|About The Wildman's of South Australia
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Nearly all of the Wildman families in South Australia are now represented here, either by direct
relationship or marriage, this cover extends to all other states of Australia and includes England
where the Wildman families originated from and are still represented.
For those people perusing this website for information on family tree connections or
those starting out compiling family trees of their own, please recognise several
The early South Australian settlers came to South Australia to escape bureaucratic
intrusion into their lives and they were distrustful of any officials that wanted to
know all about them.
They were good at stretching the truth and giving officialdom the answers that they
thought the bureaucrats required, be it name, age, or date of birth to suit the
occasion. This is where discrepancies in records become apparent, especially for under
age brides, who were all 21 or full age. See notes against each individual.
The churches were the holders of all records prior to Sept 1837 in England and 1842 in South
Australia when official registration of all BMD’s started, but the churches continued to
record all BMD occasions as well.
The churches of the day did not like the intrusion into their patch, and responded by
not recording parents names on marriage records. They also did not state the ages of
the marriage couple and inserting FL for a person of age of consent or MI for a minor,
until the government forced the churches into compliance.
A great proportion of the early ancestors were illiterate, and relied on scribes in
churches and government offices to record their details of the information recorded,
this resulted in phonetic spelling of names.
A good example is BEZOR, found as Beaser, Bizer, Bezer, Beazor or any other corruption
that can be thought of, and this is not an isolated case.
It was not until wide spread education happened that families then took full control of
their names and how they were spelt.