Sidney Garfield Steer was born in Launceston on 25 Aug 1882, the youngest son of James Steer (1841-1911) and his wife Elizabeth Fanny Gould (1845-1907). He married Dorothy Tonks, sometimes spelled Tinks, at Latrobe on 26 Jan 1909. Their son Colin Digby was born at 77 Federal Street, North Hobart, on 12 Oct 1912. By 1914 Sidney was a warehouseman and living at 'Brookside', Moonah. See The Examiner 22 Apr 2006, p.30.