Re: John Collidge
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The ages for Joseph at the two marriages would seem to confirm that he is the one man and father of George Edward.
There is Joseph Colledge buried 9 April 1883 Cornelian Bay 79 yrs which sounds like him.
Hobarton 20 Dec1854 manslaughter of Mary Colledge's little boy. (this is an appalling story)
ATO InquestsJoseph Colledge14 Dec 18543yrs
Hobarton 14 Nov 1855 man named Collidge stabbed his wife in the body
Launceston Examiner 17 Nov 1855 Colledge stabbed his wife in the side with a shoemaker's knife.
I think Mary probably just went and left her miserable life?.