Edith Alice Gates

12 June 1879–9 April 1949 (Age 69)
Kapunda, South Australia, Australia

The Life of Edith Alice

When Edith Alice Gates was born on 12 June 1879, in Kapunda, South Australia, Australia, her father, Alfred Edmund Gates, was 29 and her mother, Emma Grace Pyman, was 24. She married Walter Henry Pitman on 4 August 1915, in Prospect, South Australia, Australia. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She died on 9 April 1949, in Gilles Plains, South Australia, Australia, at the age of 69, and was buried in Mitcham Cemetery, Mitcham, South Australia, Australia.

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Family Time Line

Walter Henry Pitman
Edith Alice Gates
Marriage: 4 August 1915
Alice Grace Pitman
Mavis Lou Pitman
Audrey Olive Pitman

Spouse and Children

4 August 1915
Prospect, South Australia, Australia


Parents and Siblings

    Alfred Edmund Gates





World Events (7)


Age 13

Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.

Age 22

First Federal election.

Age 22

The Australian flag flown for the first time.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ ( see Yates ). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.2 Americanized spelling of German Götz ( see Goetz ).3 Translated form of French Barrière ( see Barriere ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Walter Henry Pitman in "Pitman Families in Australia:1838-1990"

Walter worked at various properties in the Inglewood area, and was the manager of an orchard at Highercombe, SA, before buying land at Gilles Plains in 1906. With son Stan, he grew top quality fruit a …

Sources (3)

  • Edith Alice Pitman, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Edith Alice Pitman in "SA BDM indexes" - death
  • Edith Alice Gates in 'SA BDM indexes' - birth

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