NameFrancis LAIDMAN, 2770, O1934
Baptism25 Feb 1816, Morpeth, NBL
Bapt MemoSt Mary the Virgin: Charles Laidman and Jane. Sadler. Morpeth
Death29 Jul 1848, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Burial2 Aug 1848, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Occupation1846-1848: Innkeeper; 1887: Painter
FatherCharles LAIDMAN , 2702, M1020 (1762-1838)
MotherJane BOWER , 2748 (ca1781-1847)
Misc. Notes
Northumberland County Council NRO 4258/12: Admittance to Morpeth Smiths’ Guild. Francis Laidman 25 June 1830.

Francis arrived in Tasmania from Liverpool in 1834 aboard "Medina" (unassisted passage).

Named in his father’s will (q.v.).

Francis appears to have been an innkeeper in Hobart, to judge from the local newpaper extracts:

The Courier, Hobart, Tasmania, 5 September 1846

Publicans' Licenses, Hobart Town:
Francis Laidman, The Lord Melbourne, Melville-street

Colonial Times, Hobart, Tasmania, 5th February 1847:

Francis Laidman applied for a house in Collins-street, near the Ship Inn, to be called the Lord Morpeth.
Mc.Rowlands stated that the house had been newly painted and "done up." (A laugh) The license was allowed, the Chairman however voting against it, as it was not wanted.

In the same publication, same date:

Licenses Transferred:

The Lord Melbourne in Melville-street, from
James Laidman
[I cannot identify this person] to Joseph Paterson

Colonial Times, Hobart, Tasmania, Friday 28 May 1847:

The "Lord Melville" Inn,
Will sell by Public Auction, on the Premises,
Melville-street, on Monday, the 7th of June
at two o'clock,
Those eligible PREMISES lately in the
occupation of Mr Francis Laidman, com-
prising a and [sic] compact Brick Building, built for
an Inn, containing eight rooms, attics, kitchens,
two-stall stable, coach-house, and garden stocked
with the choicest fruit trees.

The above presents to a small capitalist, and
industrious person, a certain independence.

Terms—Twenty per cent. deposit, and bills
for the balance at 3, 6, and 9 months', bearing interest at 8 per cent.

Colonial Times, Hobart, Tasmania, Tuesday 2 May 1848

Walks about Town [extract]

Having put my question, I saw at a glance that he whom I thus addressed was not what once he had been. He returned my cordial grasp with the same cordiality, and, pausing in his reply, I invited him to go with me to Laidman's comfortable hostelry, to talk over old matters. We went there, and ordering a bottle of wine, drew our chairs towards the fire, and established ourselves in Mr. Laidman's snug parlour, for a snug and social chat.


Fearfully agitated was my old friend in detailing this circumstance; but a comfortable mutton chop, with a bottle or two of capital porter, a cigar, and a glass of good punch—and truly Laidman can make good punch—somewhat soothed his nerves, and we walked home to his humble domicile in ---------- street.

Colonial Times, Hobart, Tasmania, Tuesday 1 August 1848

On Saturday evening last, the 29th ultimo,
Francis Laidman, of Collins-street, aged 34
years. Friends are respectfully informed that
the funeral will take place to-morrow, Wednes-
day, at 3 o'clock.
Birth15 Oct 1820, Woolwich, LND
Death1898, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
FatherWilliam Henry ATHORN , 6384 (1781-1852)
MotherCharlotte PAGE , 6385 (~1792-1876)
Misc. Notes
When her first husband Francis Laidman died in Tasmania in 1848, Mary and her children went to live in Victoria.
Marriage16 Mar 1843, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Marr MemoSt James. New South Wales (Australia) births, marriages & deaths index, vol. 27, no. 748.
Misc. Notes
Volume 27, Entry No. 748
Marriages Solemnized in the Parish of St. James, Melbourne in the County of Bourke in the Year 1843.
No. 555
Francis Laidman of this parish, Bachelor, & Mary Ann Athorn of this parish were married in this Church by Licence this sixteenth day of March in the Year 1843 by me A. C. Thompson, Chaplain.
Francis Laidman
Mary Ann Athorn
[both signed name]
Witnesses: Wm. Athorn
[probably Mary’s father], Harriet Athorn [Mary’s sister] both of Melbourne.
ChildrenCharlotte , 2773 (1844-1919)
 Thomas , 2774 (1846-1902)
 William , 2776 (1847-1890)
 Francis , 2777 (1848-1887)
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