George was born at Dulbydilla, the fifth of nine children born to Robert Brindell and Florinda De Burgh Riordan. George's brothers and sisters were Mary/Mabel Alice (Birth Registration 1877/C/1195); Florinda De Burgh; (Birth Registration 1880/C/1183); Annie Eliza (Birth Registration 1881/C/1416); Octavia Ellen (Birth Registration 1883/C/1634); George (2) (Birth Registration 1890/C/1226); Catherine Ivy, born 1892; Eileen Margaret, born 1893; & Winifred Doris (Birth Registration 1897/C/12055). His father, Robert, was one of identical twins born in 1850 to George Brindle and Eliza Aiken of Armidale, New South Wales. George's mother, Florinda, was from Castleconnell, Limerick, Ireland. At the age of 20 years, Florinda arrived in Moreton Bay, Queensland, on 14th January 1874, on the ship, "Winefred". Robert & Florinda married in Goondiwindi on the Queensland / New South Wales border on 4th October 1876. The family moved regularly and after the death of their fifth-born son, George (1), the family continued to move with Robert trying a number of occupations including farmer, miner, butcher, cook, publican and hawker. There are records indicating that Robert also tried the patience of police with a couple of charges of cattle stealing.