Bird, Alfred 'Alf' Edward (1876-1929)
The family lived in 7 Hawthorne St, Harborne in Warwick (Alfred's brother Herbert was born there ); and was still there by 1881 .
When Alfred was 6, the family packed up and started a new life in Australia. The journey began with a trip to Plymouth, where they boarded the British India steamship Merkara on March 5 1883 for the long haul to Australia.
By 1903 the brothers had moved out of home and were establishing separate careers. Alfred was living in Walker St, Townsville; working as a clerk . Henry was living in Macrossan St, Townsville; working as a plumber .
Alfred married Lily Bradfield in Brisbane, Australia (in the home of M. Marhy, Maryvale St Toowong ) on 8 Jan 1900 / 1901 [2,5]. At this time his occupation was noted as clerk .
Together they had nine children :
- Victor Alfred (1901 - 1940) 
- Joyce Lilian (1904 - 1932) 
- Rex Edward (1906 - ) 
- Harold Edward (1910 - ) 
- Clifford Chetwynd (1912 - 1912) 
- Douglas Arnold (1913 - 1997) (3,4)
- Kent Noel (1915 - 1915) 
- Howard Bradfield ( - 1961) 
- Clive Burnett (1917 - )
In 1913 Alfred was living in William St, Townsville ; together with his wife Lily and their 5 children. Alfred was noted as an accountant  at this time.
The family moved to the suburb of Tinana, Maryborough; later moving to 'Cora Linn'  (house name), in Elena St, Maryborough. 'Cora Linn' was later known simply as #9 Elena St. (NB : 'Cora Linn' may refer to the waterfall near Glasgow, popularised by Wordsworth)
In 1917  he began working as a manager for Sim's Ltd (timber merchants - in partnership with William Pettigrew & Sons). By 1922 he had moved to 9 Elena St, Maryborough . He was working as a secretary at this time.
In 1919 his father passed away in the nearby town of Ayr. Alfred was noted as being a secretary  (presumably at Sims).
By 1924  he was a member of the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce.
The environmental and health impacts of working in a sawmill were not closely looked at until much later that century. Alfred - who had been working for timber merchants who dealt with a great deal of kauri pine - passed away from various breathing conditions (chiefly asthma and bronchitis) on 22 Apr 1929 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. By this time he had reached the occupation of Manager at Sims.
- 1881 Staffordshire census
- Birth certificate of Douglas Arnold Bird
- Noted as fourth son in newspaper clipping at time of marriage
- Death certificate of Douglas Arnold Bird
- Marriage certificate of Alfred Edward Bird
- QLD Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Recollections of Darrel and Heather BIRD (nee STERLING)
- Maryborough Rate Book
- MCC Cemetery Records
- Record of assisted shipping on the Merkara, from England to Australia
- 1913 Queensland Electoral Roll
- 1922 Queensland Electoral Roll
- Published obituary in Maryborough Chronicle, April 23 1929
- 1903 Queensland Electoral Roll
- Maryborough Chronicle, April 2 1924
- Queensland Immigration Records
- Site visited
Research by Janet Martin, and Helen Beckinsale.