Colin McPherson, wife Catherine, and 8 of their children arrived in Hobart on 28th July 1855. They had left Liverpool three months earlier on the White Star.
Colin McPherson (Jr) and Jessie Melville
The Name McPherson
The name McPherson, meaning "son of the parson" is very common in Scotland. It is a Highland name, and the McPherson Clan was centred in the Badenoch area of the Grampians; in the middle of the Highlands. While Badenoch and the Spey River valley is considered the "heartland" of the McPhersons, the name was long been used in various parts of highland Scotland. The town of Newtonmore in the Spey valley has a McPherson Clan museum. The McPhersons in our line were at the start of the 1800s located in the Breadalbane (pronounced Bred-all-bn) area around Loch Tay, some 70miles south of the Badenoch region.
The McPhersons in Scotland: Colin and Catherine
Colin McPherson (Snr)
Colin McPherson and wife Catherine (Cameron) arrived in Tasmania in 1855 accompanied by 8 of their children.
According to the International Genealogical Index (IGI) Colin McPherson was born in Killin parish, Perthshire on 12 March 1810. There is some evidence that he may have been born in July 1804 in Killin and that the former is actually a baptism date. The town of Killin is at the southern end of Loch Tay but the family may have lived elsewhere in the parish. His parents were
Donald McPherson was born in Perthshire in 1758 (3066;368) and Christian McPherson (also nee McPherson) on 23 June 1765 (3077;369) in Killin parish. They were married 18 December 1790 in Killin parish. Donald died in Killin 13 September 1837
Colin was the fourth of their five sons:
Colin married Catherine Cameron on 25 January 1830. In the IGI there are identical records which give both Killin and nearby Kenmore as the place of marriage. [NB. Catherine's death certificate indicates Alva, Stirlingshire as the location of marriage]. They soon after moved to the industrial town of Alva in the lowlands.
Catherine Cameron was baptised 2 May 1812 in the farm/village of Auchtertyre (3947;969) located in Strathfillan (i.e. valley of the Fillan river) some 16 miles west of Killin town. It is thought that she was born in 1810. Her parents were John Cameron, born about 1771 (3945;379) and Margaret McNicol, born about 1786(3946;968). Catherine's parents still lived at Auchtertyre at the 1841 census - John an agricultural labourer aged 70, and Margaret aged 55.
An older sister, Margaret Cameron was baptised in 1810.
The Children of Colin McPherson and Catherine Cameron
It seems that Catherine had 14 children as follows:
Notes. The dates in some cases may be incorrect. Also some aspects of the order are a little uncertain; e.g. the time between the births of John and Duncan would indicate 6 births in less than 7 years. The only evidence of some of the children (Margaret, Mary and Hugh) comes from their parent's death certificates. Also a second Alexander was not mentioned on either parent's death certificates. The IGI gives Annie's birth date as 28 April 1846, which is clearly incorrect - as this meant she would have married at 13. While no birth records have been found for Christine there are records which declare she is Annie's twin, and other records which indicate that Colin was Annie's twin.
At the 1841 census the following McPhersons were living in Coalsnaughton Village (no street address), which is about 4 miles south-east of Alva:
At the 1851 census the following were living at 35 Ark Lane, Alva
It is probable that Margaret, the first Alexander, Mary and Hugh had died by 1851; and that the elder sons Donald, John and Alexander were living away from home. It seems that the child Catherine, aged 11, was also living away from home. Other convincing evidence (e.g. parents death certificates) indicates that Colin and Annie were twins, rather than the census assertion that Annie and Christian (Christina) were twins.
Notes on Some Scottish Places and Events
Killin parish covers a large area and it is possible that both the McPhersons and Camerons lived in or near the village of Auchtertyre some 16 miles west of the town of Killin. This area in the western section of Perthshire is considered by some commentators as an idyllic Highlands locale. The Breadalbane range is the backdrop to the valley of the Fillan River (Strathfillan). Killin town is on the shores of Loch Tay
In contrast Alva was a town "made" by the industrial revolution. Situated in central Lowland Scotland, at the base of the steeply rising Ochil Hills, the rapidly flowing streams (burns) of the area were perfect sources of energy to power woollen mills. Located close to both the sheep-producing areas of Scotland and shipping facilities in the Firth of Forth, Alva could take advantage of the mechanisation of woollen manufacturing and the expansion in world trade.
Although Alva had long been known as a source of quality tartan, the nineteenth century saw its rise from a small village to a town. The introduction of finer wools, especially from Australia, facilitated shawl manufacture. This became the major industry for a time. In 1845 out of a population of about 1,500 some 565 people laboured at 80 looms in their own houses. This appeared to be the case with the McPhersons and others in Ark Lane at the 1851 census.
Living conditions in Alva, and particularly "The Ark" were undoubtedly poor. In the 1870s "the parochial board touched the fringe of the housing problem by investigating overcrowding in an area appropriately known as The Ark". Cholera was a problem of the age, and Alva was hit particularly in 1832 and 1853. Its spread was fostered by the incredibly crowded housing conditions as by "middens, ashpits, cesspools and small backyards full of livestock".
While the McPhersons and Camerons could look back with pride on their membership of particularly powerful clans, by the nineteenth century this feudalistic system was all but destroyed. The basis of the demise of the clans was simply that the market economy began to replace subsistence agriculture and intra-clan loyalty and dependency. The farming methods of the Scottish peasantry were seen as particularly backward. The new emphasis was on improved farming techniques which reduced the demand for agricultural labour, and on the introduction of sheep. The land owners (lairds) saw that great profits could be generated by running sheep, while crofters and tenants were an impediment to their economic aspirations. The chiefs, the lairds and their factors were attracted to the salons of London and Edinburgh and the world of money and property.
After the defeat of the clans at the Battle of Culloden (1746) emigration from the Highlands started to become a way of life. Initially most emigration was to Canada, the United States, or to the industrial towns of the Lowlands. However from 1840 Australia and New Zealand became popular. Most people voluntarily left to seek a brighter future, some went only to escape starvation, and a few had their houses destroyed by their lairds in order to ensure their removal and their replacement by sheep.
It is particularly ironic that the McPhersons were probably replaced by sheep, then went to the slums of industrial Scotland weaving wool, then came to Australia and farmed wool. My grandfather, James McPherson was a shearer
The McPhersons Arrive in Tasmania
Colin McPherson, wife Catherine, and 8 of their children arrived in Hobart on 28 July 1855. They had left Liverpool three months earlier on the "White Star". The White Star docked in Melbourne where 425 passengers disembarked. 91 went on to Hobart in the "City of Hobart". The ship's record reads:
[N.B. The age for Colin (Sr) above conflicts with other records. It may have been falsified to support an assisted settler application.]
It is thought that the family stayed in Tasmania for up to 6 years, as that is the length of time in Tasmania that is recorded on Catherine McPherson's death certificate. Some of the children stayed longer. The McPhersons lived at Falmouth on the eastern coast at least during the years 1857 to 1859. Falmouth was an early Tasmanian settlement. While today it is of historic interest, with very few residents, in the nineteenth century it was a prominent whaling station.
They worked on a farm owned by Michael Steel. The following mention is from the book Thanks to Providence: a history of Falmouth and its people, by Tim McManus:
"It must be remembered that many of the tenants were married with children; the McPhersons - Colin and Catherine - brought eight offspring out with them. They arrived in the same month, July (but not on the same ship) as the German immigrants in 1855 [NB The majority of Steel's tenants were German]. Alex was the eldest at 19,then came Duncan, 17, Catherine Jr., 15, twins Colin Jr. and Ann, 13, Christina, 9 and finally, poor woman, another set of twins, Ronald and James, the aged 6. When these and all the others were added to the as yet unattached labourers on the property...it amounted to a small army of approximately 100 people dependant on Michael Steel and "Thompson Vale" for their livelihood". [I think that should read "Thompson Villa"].
Two daughters, Catherine and Anne, married during this time at Falmouth. Tragically James was killed at Cluny near Falmouth on the 7th October 1858 aged 10 "by the accidental upsetting of a bullock dray". While it is thought that some of the family moved by Victoria in 1861, and possible went directly to Ballarat, Catherine and perhaps Duncan stayed in Tasmania. Annie was in Ballarat by 1864.
The McPhersons In Ballarat
According to Baillere's 1865 directory of Ballarat, Colin McPherson (sr) was the proprieter of a store in Macarthur Street, Ballarat. The store was on the north side of the street, the sixth building from the western end. It was only a few lots away from Ballarat cemetery. The shop was the only one in this residential area, then on the outskirts of the city. Most householders in the Macarthur Street area were miners, tradesmen or labourers.
Colin McPherson (sr) died 19th June 1866 aged 64. He is buried in the cemetery in Macarthur Street. It is thought that his son Alexander took over the store upon his death.
Catherine McPherson (nee Cameron) died 10th September 1887 when living at Chisholm Street, Ballarat. [The death certificate gives her age as 87, I believe it should read 77 - as otherwise she would have had children from ages 30 to 49 rather than more probable 20-39]. There is no headstone remaining in the "Old" Ballarat Cemetery. Their plots are located at C-12-27R1.
The Children of Colin McPherson (sr) and Catherine Cameron
Children Who Died Prior to Emigration
It is most probable that Margaret, Mary and Hugh died in infancy. They were all deceased by 1866.
Donald/Daniel McPherson (1831?- 1907)
On the death certificate of Colin McPherson senior the first born child is listed as Donald. On the death certificate of his wife (Catherine Cameron) the first born child is listed as Daniel. There is no Donald on her certifciate and no Daniel on his. I had been able to find nothing, except birth and 1841 census details for Donald/Daniel, until I found the following. A Daniel McPherson died 18 September 1907 aged 81 years at the Rookwood Asylum on the edge of Sydney. His parents are listed as Colin McPherson, storekeeper and Catherine Cameron. He died from asthma, heart disease and "alcoholism (result of senile decay)". His occupation was a carpenter. The record has born Edinburgh, 56 years in NSW, not married. There are problems with his age at death as it would indicate a birth before his parents married and his mother would have been aged 14. So I suspect given his psychological condition his age may have been guessed. The 56 years in NSW indicates that he came to Australia before his parents and younger siblings came out to Tasmania in 1855.
John McPherson (1832-1920)
A John McPherson, parents Colin McPherson, farmer and Catherine Cameron, died 22 July 1920 at the Rookwood Asylum. The death certificate reads, he was an "imperial pensioner" with the career of soldier, died from senile decay, aged 88, buried at Presbyterian Cemetery Rookwood, born in Perth Scotland, 55 years in NSW, not married. Although John McPherson was probably born in Alva, his parents were born in Perthshire.
John McPherson had his arm ripped off by a lion on the Murray riverbank in 1882. There are many versions of the article on Trove. Here is one: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/38266742? It states that McPherson says he had no settled abode or business, but his sister is married to a man named Ryan,sergeant of police in Tasmania, and he has two brothers in Ballarat. This of course ties in with our family line.
I am guessing that John McPherson was in the British Army as a young man, probably in India, and arrived in Australia in about 1865. There are records of an able seaman and sail trimmer named John McPherson who worked from Sydney, mostly to and fro from New Zealand between about 1861 and 1881, with first mention being as a seaman from Hong Kong to Sydney in 1861.
Alexander McPherson (1836-1920)
Born in Edinburgh, Alexander was not living with his parents at the 1851 Scottish census. It is believed that the following census entry refers to him: living at "Head of Green", Alva, Alexander McPherson, tailor's apprentice aged 14, born Edinburgh.
When he arrived in Australia he was listed as a farm servant. He lived at Ballarat after leaving Tasmania and married Marcella Grant (also called Marjory) in St. Peter's School house, Ballarat on 23rd April 1863. [Although both were Presbyterians they were married under Church of England rites. Indications are that Marjory was pregnant at the time of marriage]. Marcella Grant came from Ross-shire; her parents being James Grant and Mary Mc(Crae?). Both the Grants and Alexander McPherson were at the time farmers in the district of Miner's Rest a few miles northwest of Ballarat. It is probable they farmed in the locality of Burrembeet near Miner's Rest.
In 1866 Alexander was given as the informant on his father's death certificate, with his occupation noted as storekeeper. If he was a storekeeper he definitely moved back to farming. The family moved to the West Gippsland area where they farmed near Leongatha. In 1899 Alexander was listed as a contractor. He died in Wonthaggi hospital 31 July 1920 and is buried in Leongatha cemetery. Wife Marcella McPherson died 13 October 1913 at Leongatha aged 81.The following children were born:
Duncan McPherson (1837?-1924)
Being aged seventeen upon arrival in Tasmania it is likely that Duncan did not accompany his younger siblings and parents in the move to Victoria in the early 1860s.
I have the death certificate of Duncan McPherson which should be read with those of elder brothers Daniel and John. All three were unmarried and died at advanced ages at mental hospitals on the edge of Sydney. According to his certificate he died aged 90 on 10 September 1924 at the mental hospital Parramatta, from senility/arterio sclerosis.
His was listed as an old age pensioner with the occupation of farmer. Like Daniel and John he was unmarried and without children. His parents being Colin McPherson and Catherine Cameron. Also like his brother he is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood.
The aged of 90 at death would indicate a 1833/34 birth. The IGI has a 1837 birth while his parents' death certificates indicate more like 1839. So I doubt that he would be as old as 90 at death.
His place of birth is given as Edinburgh, and had been living in NSW for 40 years plus 12 years in Victoria. The latter does not tie in with the clear record of his arrival in Tasmania 69 years before his death, in 1855.
There is a Duncan McPherson who lived in the Ulverstone area of Tasmania. Originally I thought this was "our" Duncan but I am convinced that he was not directly connected. There are many family trees on ancestry.com that link him with us - but I think they are all wrong.
Catherine Ryan (nee McPherson) (1839-1890s?).
According to the Chestnut Blue website Catherine McPherson was born 4 May 1839 in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire. She married Owen Ryan at Falmouth, Tasmania 7 December 1857 in the Catholic church. This was the first (and rare) Presbyterian/Catholic union known in our family. He was a police constable of Falmouth aged 28, she was described as an 18 year old servant. A Picture of Catherine & Owen Ryan.
Owen Ryan was born in 1823 or 1824. He arrived in Tasmania on 26 August 1843 as a convict from Tipperary. Owen Ryan (alias Russell) had been sentenced as one of 15 "in an affray" in March 1843 in Tipperary township and he was caught with a sword in hand. Sentences for the other 14 men ranged from one to 14 years, Owen Ryan getting life and transportation. He came by way of Kilmainham Prison (six days inside) in Dublin. They sailed on 8 May 1843 (203 convicts aboard the brand new English transport Constant, three died en route), which came direct and landed at Hobart 26 August 1843.
He was offered his Ticket of Leave (his second application) in 1856 if he joined the Police. He became a mounted trooper based first at Fingal township and later at nearby Mangana and Falmouth on Tasmania's north-eastern coast. Each place he went, he acquired a small plot of land, grew fruit and vegetables and described himself in census and ratepayer documents as a "farmer". At Falmouth he grew his crops on the fairly large police allotment. He lived most of his police life on the coast at Falmouth, which had been a major whaling port. In due course he was promoted to sergeant, and ended his police career in the early 1880s as a sub-Inspector, the highest rank then possible for a former convict.
He married Presbyterian Catherine McPherson in the Catholic Church (Owen was not a devout Catholic) in December 1857 at Fingal. They had 10 children. Later in life Owen is said to have had an serious argument with a Catholic priest at St Marys Township who told him he (Owen) was "no longer a Catholic." John Ryan wrote: "I understand from a recent St Marys priest who looked up the extensive diocesan record, that Owen Ryan's "withdrawal speed was very colourful." The argument was about - of all things! - potatoes!".
He was "allowed to resign" from the police force in 1889 for "neglect of duty". A charge he defended himself against. He died on his 97 acre farm Riverside at Upper Scamander (between the townships of St Marys and St Helens) on 6 April 1900, aged 76. He is buried at the Cullenswood Cemetery west of St Marys on the road leading to Conara, alongside, the rounded-top headstone of Margaret Edebohls, the first wife of Owen's first son Jeremiah. Owen's headstone has a grand crucifix atop
Annie Neil/Reid/Lochhead (nee McPherson) (1842-1878)
Annie married Benjamin Neil (or Niel) at Falmouth on 15 December 1859, he aged 30 and she listed as 18. Benjamin Niel was a shoemaker. Witnesses at the wedding included her sister Catherine and brother Alexander. Annie gave birth to a daughter, Jessie, on 17 September 1860 at Falmouth. [NB. There is a marriage of a Jessie Neil to James Heart in Tasmania 1877 (3736)]
According to the book "Thanks to Providence: a history of Falmouth and its people", by Tim McManus, Benjamin Neil ran the post office from a little wooden cottage in Hammond Street Falmouth. He absconded with the takings after only three months in March 1860. He seems to have died soon after the marriage, or perhaps it was annulled, as Annie re-married to Alexander Reid (or Read) on 15 April 1862.
Annie's second wedding was held in the house of Robert Wardlaw at the "Chains of Lagoons" under special licence (as she was still under 21) under Church of Scotland rites. Alexander Reid was a carpenter. She gave birth to a son, Alexander, on 20 August 1862 in the Fingal registry area.
Between 1862 and 1864 it appears as though she moved to Ballarat where she had another daughter, Catherine Read, born 1864, The baby died in October 1866 and is buried in the same grave as her grandparents, Colin and Catherine McPherson at Ballarat. Two other children, Ronald 1866, and Elizabeth Annie 1869 were also born in Ballarat.
Annie married a third time aged 31, to James Henry Lochhead (also spelt Lockhead; who was born in Stirling, Scotland), in 1873 at Emerald Hill (later named South Melbourne). This suburb has also the home of her younger brother Ronald. Annie gave birth to a daughter Mary Christina at Collingwood 1n 1877. This infant died the same year. Mother Annie died in Melbourne Hospital in 1878 from phthises and is buried in Melbourne New Cemetery. (9136).
Colin McPherson (1842-1926) (Jr)
Colin went to Ballarat from Tasmania with his parents. On 13 August 1870 he married Jessie Melville at St. John's Manse, Ballarat. The certificate claims he was aged 26 and she 20. See Melville file for more information on Jessie Melville. There children were:
Colin and Jessie lived at Ballarat until 1875 when they went to Middle Creek near Buangor. He worked on the railway as a fettler (from 6 July 1875) and she as a "keeper of the gate" (from 4 April 1875). They also established a farm at Buangor itself. The farmhouse "Rosedale" was just a few hundred yards northwest of the Buangor school. They moved a second house on to this farm. This may have come from Middle Creek. They farmed for more than 35 years before retiring back to Ballarat in 1920.
According to my late auntie Adeline McPherson, Colin invested successfully in a mine at Leonora in Western Australia. This is partially verified by an advertisement in the Kalgoorlie Miner on 28 February 1900 regarding a mining lease at Gwalia Main Lode. The electoral rolls of 1903 & 1906 also indicate that a Colin McPherson mined at the Trump goldmine at Leonora already I suspect this may be another Colin McPherson. When Colin and Jessie retired they moved with their daughters Louisa Jane and Flora back to Ballarat. I think they lived initially at 707 Eyre Street and then 406 Talbot Street and later at 702B Dana Street. Picture of the house
Jessie McPherson (nee Melville) died 20 June 1924 at Dana Street, aged 74. She left behind 31 grandchildren and a great grand-daughter. Colin died 18 July 1926 at Dana Street, aged 84. By the standards of the day he died a quite wealthy man with a will of over 6,000 pounds. They are buried together (with son Norman) at Buangor cemetery. The Grave
The farm "Rosedale" was worked by son Colin until the late 1920s and in the 1990s was owned by Mervyn White.
On 11 September 1928, according to the book "Coaches Called Here: a history of Buangor and Surrounding Districts", a memorial chair was unveiled for Colin and Jessie in the Buangor Presbyterian church. After its closure in 1971 the church was sold for removal and the furnishings donated to other Presbyterian churches.
Christina Gregory (nee McPherson) (1846-1910)
Christina came from Clackmannashire to Tasmania aged about 9, When she was about 14 the family moved from Tasmania to Ballarat, where her father had a store in the 1860s. Christina married George Gregory in 1865. They lived at 6 Dawson Street, Ballarat. She seemed to have give birth to some 14 children. She died in 1910 in Melbourne.
Her husband George Gregory (1839?-1911) was born in Yorkshire. He was a miner at Ballarat for a time. They later moved to West Melbourne where he died in 1911 (Reg.14174). I suspect the following is the background of George Gregory. Born in 1838 or 1839 in Yorkshire his parents were James Wellington Gregory and Sarah Birchall. James and Sarah were married after his birth in Manchester 28 August 1841. George was baptised at Headingly, Yorkshire on 29 May 1843. Two other children of Sarah (Alfred and Mary) were baptised at the same time. George Gregory died in 1911 in West Melbourne aged 72 .
George's mother Sarah Birchall (1821?-1897) was probably born 1821 in Leeds. After marrying James Wellington Gregory I believe she remarried in 1847 to Charles Grant Lawson in Manchester. She then had two more children who along with her son George Gregory came to Australia on the Atrevida landing in Melbourne in December 1852. These children were Charles Lawson (1848) and Jane Lawson (1850). Two more children were born in Australia: Sarah Amelia Lawson (1856) in Buninyong Victoria, and Ernest Henry (Harry) Lawson (1857)in Hiscocks Gully Victoria. In 1897 she lived in Chishlom Street Ballarat and was buried 27 Jan 1897 in the Old Ballarat Cemetery. George Gregory and Christina McPherson's children were likely to be:
James McPherson (1849-1859)
He died in 1859, aged 10 in a bullock dray accident in Tasmania
Ronald McPherson (1849-1904?)
Ronald, James' twin brother, married Isabella Bennett (1854-1943) in 1875. Their children included:
Ronald was a gas stoker living at 13 Spring Street, South Melbourne in 1904. This was the probable year of his death.
The following reminiscence of Colin McPherson from the 1920s comes from Reg White in the book Coaches Called Here
He was a very wild man, he was very cruel on the horses. His language was awful and it would have been very easy to walk out on him.
Adelaide Charlotte (Adeline) McPherson (1913-1993)
Born 29 August 1913 at Swan Hill. Picture as child. She married Ken Cavanagh, a policeman at West Wyalong. Their children were Lesley and De-arn:
After leaving West Wyalong Adeline lived at Jerilderie, Singleton, Tighes Hill in Newcastle, Bourke, Drummoyne and West Ryde. Adeline died in June 1993 when living at 1181 Victoria Rd., West Ryde.
Adeline gave her body to science, but shares a plaque on her mother's grave at Pakenham Cemetery. She provided much of the anecdotal information contained in this website.
Colin James McPherson (1916-1966)
Born 23 July 1916 at Ararat. He married Jean Chambers 4th April 1940 at Young. He served in WWII and after the war he worked for the local council and opened the Park corner store between the caravan park and the public school. They had a daughter Lynette. Lynette married Ronald Wall. In 2013 they lived in Wollomi near the Hunter Valley. Lynette has worked in publicity and conference convenor, and was a champion triathelete. Ron has long been involved in the computer industry. They have two children Kiaja and Cameron.
Colin passed away 26 January 1966 at Queanbeyan.
Norman Duncan McPherson (1919-1987)
Born 25th June 1919 at Buangor, Norm served in the war and married Gladys Cornwall [born 12 July 1923 at Pakenham] at Pakenham on 8 April 1950. They had three daughters:
Norm worked on the railways and at General Motors, Dandenong and later was a quarryman. He died 3 April 1987 and is buried at Pakenham. Gladys lives in Moe (2013).
Jean May Wyatt (nee McPherson) (1922-1987)
Born 1 September 1922 at West Wyalong. She moved to Melbourne and later Pakenham. She married Reginald Wyatt aged 30, and she 20, on 21 November 1942 in a Presbyterian ceremony at Jean's home at 32 Essex Road Surrey Hills (in Melbourne). They had a dairy farm on the Gembrook Road for many years before moving into Pakenham town. Jean's seven children are:
Jean passed away in May 1987, her husband Reg in Feb 2008. They are buried at Packenham.
Heather Melville Pollock (nee McPherson) (1925-2012)
Born 16 January 1925 at West Wyalong. Photo when aged two She nursed before marrying Ted Pollock at West Wyalong on 18 July 1947. They farmed at Clear Ridge, at Wyalong, and since 1962, at Caragabal. They retired to Young in 2002. They have two sons: Anthony John (Tony) a farmer of Caragabal and Neil (the compiler of this information). Tony married Lindy Rumble and they have three children, Natalie (1975), Mitchell (1979) and Karla (1982). Neil lives in Lilyfield, Sydney. He married Michelle Vogel in 1980, divorced 2012. They have a daughter, Nina (1984).
Donald McPherson (1926-1998)
Born 12 December 1926 at West Wyalong, he married Valerie Armstrong from Young on 21 November 1953. He worked at the Young Mercy Hospital. Their children are Rose-Ann and Leone. Rose-Ann married Robert Quinlivan at Young. Her children are sons Todd, Brad, Dane and daughter Laryn. Leone married Patrick Schiller. She had two sons, Deane and Brett.
Born 14th December 1927. He lived just one week.
To all who have included information for the above: including my late Auntie Ad (Adelaide Cavanagh nee McPherson), Fran and Bruce Stewart, Jon Wyatt, Ann Edwards, Joycelyn Richter, Stewart Masters, Jimmy Macpherson, John Ryan of Alton Downs, Murray McPherson. Note that this is always a work in progress. There will be errors. Any assistance in increasing our understanding is always appreciated
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