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Ebenezar Shoobridge (1820 - 1901)

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Ebenezar [uncertain] Shoobridge aka Shoebridge
Born in Maidstone, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Brisbane Chapelmap
Husband of — married in Glenelg, South Australiamap
Husband of — married in Coffee Place, Launceston, Tasmaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Glenora, Tasmania, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Aug 2013
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Categories: Maidstone, Kent | Glenora, Tasmania.

BIRTH: Ebenezer SHOEBRIDGE> born 4 FEB 1820 in Maidstone, Kent, England. He was chirstened 14 Mar 1820 at the Union Street Wesleyen church in Maidstone, Kent [1] His parents were given as William and Mary Shoobridge.

His father "William Shoobridge (1781-1836) arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1822 on the Denmark Hill. His wife and three of their children died on the voyage out. The surviving children were: Mary (born 1806), John (born 1808), Lydia (born 1810), Elizabeth (born 1813), Richard (born 1818) and Ebenezer (born 1820). ... Ebenezer Shoobridge (1820-1901) purchased Bushy Park, an estate of some 2000 acres in 1865. He introduced hop growing (hops having been first introduced to Tasmania by his father William Shoobridge) and fruit orchards, principally apples. There was also a dairy farm and some grain and root crops."[2]

In 1822 William Shoobridge arrived in Van Diemen's Land with some hops. He is credited with being the first person to grow hops in Tasmania although there are other claims. In 1867 William Shoobridge's son, Ebenezer, came to the Styx valley and began growing and processing hops. He was a remarkable man who, with a combination of religious zeal and hard nosed capitalism, managed to make Bushy Park the largest producer of hops in both Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

MARRIAGE 1: Charlotte Giblin 23 MAR 1841[3] They were married at the Independent Chapel in Brisbane St, Hobart. His occupation was given as farmer.

MARRIAGE 2: Ann Paxton (nee Bruce), 13 july 1880 at her home in Glenelg, South Australia.[4]
SHOOBRIDGE—PAXTON.—On the 13th July, at Glenelg, by the Rev. C.Manthorpe, assisted by the Rev. R. S. Casely, E. Shoobridge, Esq., J.P., of Bushy Park, Tasmania, to Annie, relict of the late John Paxton, and daughter of the late Andrew Bruce, of South Australia.[5]

MARRIAGE 3: Louisa Caroline Collins Harvey 03 Aug 1886 in Tasmania[6]

DEATH: Death: 6 JUL 1901 in Glenora, Tasmania, Australia [7] He was buried at the Red Hills Cemetery in Bushy Park.

OBITUARY: He came to Tasmania on the Ship "Denmark Hill". His careers included: dairy farmer, fruit grower, hop farmer, Member of Lower House and Methodist lay leader[8]

WILL: His will is date 1901. He appointed his last wife Louisa Caroline and a Charles Henry Elliston as executors of his will which included estates at Bushy Park and Fenton Forest.


Hawthorn Lodge

Around the corner from the Bushy Park Post Office is Hawthorn Lodge (1869), the original home of Robert Shoobridge (son of Ebenezer) and his family. It has been turned into a guest house. The pleasant gardens, with a hundred year old magnolia and a huge cherry tree, makes it a remarkably attractive dwelling. During the mid 1820s more new settlers arrived from England, and among these was the Shoobridge family. Ebenezer Shoobridge hailed from Kent in England, and was immediately struck by the similarity of the Derwent Valley to Kent. He acquired land at Bushy Park and planted acres of hops. Bushy Park Estates continues to grow and supply hops for Tasmania's world renowned beers. The wonderful old oast houses which were used to dry the hops, are still very much in evidence around the Derwent Valley, and add greatly to it's charm and character.


Ebenezer Shoobridge was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly to represent the electorate of New Norfolk on 27 may 1882. He was defeated at the subsequent election in July 1886.[9]


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Ebenezar Shoobridge, 04 Feb 1820); citing UNION STREET-WESLEYAN,MAIDSTONE,KENT,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0596912 (RG4 1667), 0597065 (RG4 937, 1668).
  2. Tasmanian Archives: Shoobridge Family [1]
  3. "Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 March 2018), Ebenezer Shoobridge and Charlotte Giblin, 04 Mar 1841; citing Marriage, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart; FHL microfilm .
  4. Genealogy SA marriage index: Groom Given Name(s): Ebenezer Groom Last Name: SHOOBRIDGE Bride Given Name(s): Ann Bride Last Name: PAXTON Marriage Date: 1880, July 13 Marriage Place: Res of Mrs Paxton Glenelg Groom Age: 60 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1820 Groom Marital Status: W Groom Father: William SHOOBRIDGE Bride Age: 44 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1836 Bride Marital Status: W Bride Father Name: Andrew BRUCE District: Adelaide Symbol: Book/Page: 124/123
  5. Family Notices (1880, July 19). The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), p. 2 (SECOND EDITION.). Retrieved May 17, 2018, from
  6. "Australia Marriages, 1810-1980," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Ebenezer Shoobridge and Louisa Caroline Collins Harvey, 03 Aug 1886; citing , Tasmania, Australia, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,368,307.
  7. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Ebenezer Shoobridge, 1901; Burial, Bushy Park, , Tasmania, Australia, Red Hills Cemetery; citing record ID 114208360, Find a Grave,
  8. Obituary ['Shoobridge, Ebenezer (1820–1901)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 5 May 2018.]
  9. SHOOBRIDGE, Ebenezer Parliament of Tasmania from 1856. Accessedt 9 February 2017

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On 13 Dec 2016 at 13:45 GMT Matthew Cutler wrote:

Shoobridge-134 and Shoobridge-53 appear to represent the same person because: Attached to the same wife, all the same dates, middle name of one is first name of the other. Seems clear that these two are the same person.

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