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The five distinct lines of the VIDLER family in Australia all originated in the South-Eastern areas of England, in particular from the Kent/Sussex border areas. Although the spelling in this country has been consistently VIDLER (with one exception) since the families arrived, research in England has shown that the spelling was originally VITLER, which I personally believe to have been a derivative of VICTUALLER.

A One-Name-Study into the FIDLER/FIDDLER/VITLER/VIDLER variants is currently being undertaken by Graham Fidler, who can be contacted at

                Mere Close,
                Knutsford Cheshire WA16 0JR
or by email at


The five lines to be discussed on this page are:

  1. Descendants of William Vidler and Mary Copper, who emmigrated (in the main) from Sandhurst, Kent in 1838 and settled in the Illawarra area of NSW

  2. Descendants of Thomas Vitler and Mary Chapman, three of whose children settled in the Stroud area of NSW

  3. Descendants of George Vidler and Elizabeth King, who settled in the Sydney suburb of Five Dock

  4. Descendants of John Vidler and Mary Anne Curran, who settled in the Victorian country town of Euroa

  5. Descendants of Robert Vitler and Esther Quince, who settled in the Yass area of NSW

Since 1980, a group of dedicated researchers has been compiling a list of descendants of William Vidler. As a by-product, we have recorded details of a few thousand members of the other families. New information is always welcome, as is contact with other researchers.

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This page was created and maintained by John Graham, a sixth generation descendant of William Vidler and Mary Copper, who can be reached at The last update was May 21st, 2006.