Emmeline Vidler was born 8 March 1832 in Sandhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom to William Vidler (1799-1881) and Harriett Waters (1796-1881) and died 9 June 1912 in Mascot, New South Wales, Australia of senile decay. She married William Burless (1830-1917) 28 October 1852 in Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

She arrived in New South Wales aboard the Maitland on 6 November 1838 with her parents and siblings.


Offspring of William Burless and Emmeline Vidler (1832-1912)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Ellen Burless (1853-1900) 28 September 1853 Kiama, New South Wales, Australia 30 November 1900 Parkes Hospital, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia Edmund Dumbrell (1852-1912)

John Thomas Burless (1855-1947) 24 July 1855 Kiama, New South Wales, Australia 1 June 1947 Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia Ellen Mary Easton (1864-1915)

William Vivian Burless (1857-1937) 22 July 1857 Kiama, New South Wales, Australia 20 November 1937 Curry Street, Merewether, New South Wales, Australia Elizabeth Jane Jarrett (1864-1950)

Emily Jane Burless (1861-1949) 5 April 1861 Kiama, New South Wales, Australia 19 December 1949 a private hospital, Killara, New South Wales, Australia William King Smith (1856-1951)

Charles Wesley Burless (1863-1914) 21 March 1863 Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia 5 July 1914 Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Margaret Jarvie (1874-1908)

Annie Harriet Burless (1867-1870)
Alice Camelia Burless (1869-1916) 12 April 1869 Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia 19 June 1916 Glebe, New South Wales, Australia Alexander Eric Wahlberg (1864-1917)

Sarah Elizabeth Burless (1871-1952)
Florence May Burless (1874-1924)
Ada Margaret Burless (1877-1960)



The death took place on Sunday last at Mascot (North Botany) of a very old and highly esteemed resident of this town and district, in the person of Mrs. Burless (wife of Mr. William Burless), at the age of 77 years, the cause of death being senile decay. The deceased lady was a native of Kent, and arrived in Australia in the year 1839 with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Vidler, and with them and other members of the family settled in Jamberoo at what is known as the old Vidler homestead. Mr. Burless came from Cornwall in 1840, and settled with his people at Mount Pleasant. The couple were married some 60 years ago, and after residing in Kiama for upwards of 40 years, removed from the district, but eventually returned a few years ago, and for some little time kept a fruit and confectioner's shop in Terralong street, which they afterwards disposed of, and removed to the metropolitan distrtct. The late Mrs Burless was a niece of the late Mr. John Vidler, one of the old patriarchs of Methodism in this district, and a sister of Mrs. Wyldeman, senr., of Jamberoo, and was truly beloved by all who knew her—too much cannot be said of her self-sacrificing qualities, loving disposition and goodness of heart, she being ever ready to do anybody a good turn if it was in her power to do so. By her aged husband and family of eight (5 girls and 4 boys, all grown up) her death will be keenly felt, for she was a devoted wife and loving mother, and to them we extend our sincere sympathy, as will also their many friends in this district, where they are held in great esteem. The remains of the deceased lady, who was a staunch Methodist all her life, were laid to rest in the Rookwood cemetery, a large number paying their last tribute of respect by following to the graveside, where the Rev. Mr. Hewitt (Methodist minister, South Sydney) performed the last sad rites.

The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser, 12 June 1912, page 2

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¶ Death
  • BDM Index ref for death: 8256/1912
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