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Australia’s Largest Civilian Maritime Disaster

One of the joys of blogging is being contact with cousins from all over the world who are researching the people who are in my family tree. This has happened many times during the years that I’ve been blogging. Recently I was overjoyed to be contacted by Mary, a cousin who is also researching the Waters family. Thomas Waters is my 2x great grandfather.

We have been going back and forth sharing information for a few months now. I must say that Mary has shared much more information than I have been able to share. Being from England, Mary is closely related to the English generations of my Waters family. Mary has been collaborating with Graham Revill, a family researcher who I was in contact with many years ago. Unfortunately, we lost contact when my email address was changed due to moving cities. Graham helped me out with Waters family research, in the early years of my research. I remember visiting him at his home in England in 2004, where he generously made us a lovely lunch and shared his Waters family research with me.

The Cataraqui

Recently, Mary shared information about The Cataraqui that I hadn’t come across previously. The SS Catataqui was involved in Australia’s largest civilian maritime disaster, when it struck a reef on the west coast of King Island, killing 399 people. The tragic shipwreck occurred at 4.30 am on 4 August 1845. More about the shipwreck:

The scene of The Cataraqui shipwreck disaster with Cataraqui Point in the distance

Amongst the passengers who died, were William IZZARD and his family. William was the brother of my 3X great grandmother Ann IZZARD. Travelling with William, and also deceased, were his wife Sarah, and their four children

Izzard Family

William Izard, age 33
Sarah Izard, age 32
Ann, Izard,age 10
John Izard, age 5
David Izard, age 3
Henry Izard, age 1

The above passengers were uncle, aunt, niece and nephews of my 2X great grandfather Thomas WATERS, who was born in Bedfordshire, England and came to Australia in about 1854.

The Voyage

The Carataqui was an 815 tonne, 73 metre long barque built in Canada and brought to Canada with the intention of transporting immigrants to Australia.

On 20 April 1845, The Cataraqui left Liverpool, England, bound for Port Phillip, Australia, with Captain Christopher Findlay at the helm. Many of the 411 passengers on board were British and Irish assisted emigrants.

Surviving the Wreck

One passenger, Solomon BROWN, survived the shipwreck, along with several of the crew. They had little food and water and sheltered overnight under a wet blanket from the ship. The next day, they were discovered by David HOWIE, a former convict, after he saw the wreckage. He wasn’t able to help them leave the island as his boat had also been wrecked. Five weeks later they were rescued by a passing ship that took them to Melbourne.

Cast iron tablet erected on King Island as a memorial to the victims of the Cataraqui shipwreck.

Memorial on King Island to commemorate Australia’s worst civil maritime disaster

#Please note: My records show Izzard spelt with two ‘Zs’. The ships passenger listed the name with
two ‘Z’s.

In The News

from: The Leeds Intelligencer, February 1846.

The Leeds Intelligencer, February 1846

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The Family Histories Podcast featuring Jill Ball

A few days ago, I discovered a new family history podcast. I’m a bit late coming to the The Family Histories Podcast as it’s now in it’s third season. I was drawn to check it out, when I saw on Twitter, that geniemate Jill, from Geniaus blog, was being interviewed on Episode 5 of Series 3. Her episode was named The Priest. I was quite interested to hear Jill’s story.

I really enjoyed hearing Jill talk about how she came to be hooked on family history and her experiences of researching her family history. Jill introduced us to her 3X great uncle, priest, Michael Harrington Ryan. I found his story and Jill’s experiences in researching his life, to be more than interesting.

I first came across Jill many years ago, on Twitter, and immediately was drawn to her Twitter account and her blog. Jill is an enormous supporter of bloggers. We have met a few times at conferences, and I’ve found her to be just as supportive in person. As a former librarian, Jill, like me, has a passion for books and we’ve swapped book recommendations many times over the years. During the podcast she talked about her reasons for blogging, and this caused me to think about my reasons for blogging, which I haven’t given much thought to lately. I suspect there could be a post coming up on the subject.

Jill’s mention of The Australian Joint Copying Project, reminded me that I had intended to use the site to search for my Australian family, but as yet hadn’t got around to it. This is now at the top of my ‘to do’ list.

At the end of the podcast, Jill was asked to talk about her brick wall. I’m always interested to hear about the brick walls of others, as I have plenty of my own and can identify with the difficulties they present. Jill’s brickwall was a story of thorough research and frustration, which most family historians can understand. I always listen to brickwall conversations carefully as there is usually something to learn. Selfishly, I also hope that the brick walls solved by others help me to solve my own brick walls.

Over the next few days, I plan go back to the start of season one and listen to all episodes of this most interesting podcast.

“The Family Histories Podcast aims to be a positive, conversational, fun show about family history and our family historians – the often unsung heroes tirelessly breathing life back into our collective social history.

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“Merry” Month Of May Meme: My New Normal


Pauleen from Cassmob recently posted the 2022 edition of her Merry Month of May Meme: The New Normal. Being very partial to a meme, here I am finally, and very late, contributing my thoughts. This meme asks questions about our experiences living in the new normal world, post pandemic.

Has your day-to-day life returned to how it/you functioned previously? Not really. I’m still working, though less than pre-covid. Post covid, we have no desire to jump on a plane for overseas travel. I even hesitate about interstate travel, though I’m prepared to bite the bullet and do it. In July I’m planning on visiting Norfolk Island and Queensland. I’m a bit nervous about the flights, but trying to be brave.

If your “new normal” is different from your “old normal”, can you share some of the ways it’s changed. I think the biggest difference in our post normal life is that we tend to avoid crowded areas and rarely eat out these days. If we do, we choose quieter places and times, and don’t stay any longer than necessary. We are still wearing masks and probably will be, far into the future. We are staying much closer to home in this new normal life. Pre-covid, I was very needle phobic and would do anything to avoid an injection. Now that I’ve had numerous covid vaccinations and boosters, I’m getting a bit better.

Do you think these will be long-term changes for you? I’m fairly sure these will be long term changes, however I’m prepared to get out of my comfort zone when necessary.

What personal benefits have you gained from the change of pace and experiences in the past two years? I’ve loved the way life has slowed down and become more simple. I spent the first year of the pandemic, digitising my paper files and photos. There was no way this would have been done, if I hadn’t been on covid leave. I have also had more time for family history research and writing my family stories.

Do you think the disadvantages have outweighed the benefits for you and/or family and friends? I have been very fortunate. A disadvantage for me was the loss of income, due to not being able to work for the first year of covid, until vaccinated. The biggest disadvantage was not being able to see my three grandsons, who live in Queensland. I visited them in November 2019, just before the pandemic struck, and haven’t seen them since. It’s an understatement to say that I’m looking forward to seeing them in June.

What do you value most about your new normal? I am extremely grateful to have avoided coming down with covid so far. I really love having more time now for the things I love most. Top of that list is genealogy. Covid has given me a renewed sense of purpose with my family history, due to the Zoom meetings I have been able to attend, and also due to having more time.

What do you consider have been the main influences: covid infection, restrictions and isolation, other health issues, changing inter-personal interactions? Due to my partner’s immunity issue, we made the decision not to work, and to self isolate, during covid. When we first made that decision, we thought it would be for just a few weeks, but we ended up being on leave for an entire year until we were vaccinated.

What is your view of in-person meetings (social or genealogy) and do you love or hate zoom meetings? One of the highlights of of the pandemic have been the many Zoom meetings that I’ve attended. I really hope that online seminars continue as they make it possible for me to attend meetings from anywhere in the world. Being from regional Victoria, it’s not always possible for me to attend in person meetings. Having said that, there is nothing like in person meetings. Catching up with genie friends is a highlight on genie conferences and seminars. I’m still a little nervous about sitting in a crowded room at a conference.

What was the main activity and/or person that supported you through the unpredictable times? Definitely family history. I was able to interact with other lovers of family history during Zoom meetings and on Social Media. This was the cause of me getting my slowly waning mojo back, and lead to my old enthusiasm returning. I am just as passionate today, after reconnecting, as I was in the early days.

Has your community developed a new normal or just returned to the old one? What differences do you see, if any? It seems that many have reverted to the old way of life, but I have noticed there are many who are still being cautious by wearing masks and social distancing. My local coffee shop put in a take away coffee window during covid. This very quickly became popular and now seems to have become part of our culture. Most community events were cancelled and many haven’t as yet returned. I am on a local community committee. Our meetings were only online during the worst of covid. They have now returned to face to face for those who feel comfortable, others are able to participate on Zoom . I really appreciate having that option.

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#AtoZChallenge Reflection Post 2022

The A to Z Blogging Challenge ended on 30 April. Usually I would publish my Reflection post, a day or two later, however this year, due to a broken arm, my post is very much overdue. I was so relieved on the day that my Z post was published, that I just needed time out. Even though I’m still only able to use my left hand, it’s healing quite well, so it’s time to get my Reflection post done. This will be a shorter than usual reflection post, as I struggle with left handed typing.

This year is my eighth year participating in the challenge. My intention was to be super organised, with all posts ready by day 1. My theme was Family Stories. In early December 2021, I began writing drafts, which in some cases involved research. By mid March, I had completed the first 15 posts, with the drafts of the next 11 being complete. I had no doubt that I was on track to have all posts complete by 1 April.

That was when I broke my right arm and ruined all my good intentions. From the letter Q on I really struggled to get my posts up every day. Because of the arm, I wasn’t working, so had more time than usual to read other blogs. However, I wasn’t able to comment as much as I’d have liked.

I did plan to learn how to type with voice control, but I didn’t feel like learning something new at the time so didn’t bother. Looking back, I wish that I’d done that as there would probably have been less stress.

Each of the years that I’ve participated in this challenge, I’ve really enjoyed it. I did enjoy reading other blogs, however my enjoyment this time was diminished due to the broken arm. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have gone ahead with it, but I couldn’t resist.

Having said all that, I will be back for the challenge in 2023, all being well.

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#AtoZChallenge: Z: Alexina (Zena) Jessie Scott and John MacGregor

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing people who are more distantly related.

Alexina (Zena) Jessie Scott

Alexina Jessie Scott, known as Zena, was the wife of John McGREGOR, my third cousin, twice removed. She was born on 28 September 1881, at Launceston to parents, David SCOTT and Margaret McLACHLAN

John McGregor

Jack returned to Victoria to take over management of the family property Dalmore in mid 1901,

Zena’s husband John, known as Jack, was the son of successful grazier Duncan Scott MacGregor and Margaret MacRae. In his younger years Jack worked in Queensland as a jackaroo, to gain farm experience with cattle and sheep. The many letters between the family and Jack give a record of their lives in these years. There are discussions about chores that need to be done on the farm, the drought, and many references to social times. In one of the letters, his mother wrote that Miss Alexina SCOTT, from Tasmania was staying with the family in Coburg. Jack was teased by his sisters about his liking of Alexina. They described her as being very nice and very pretty. For some reason, the McGregor family called her Alice, though she was widely known as Zena.

From: Leader, Melbourne, Saturday 14 September 1907

… At the sales which took place in the show grounds there was spirited bidding, and
high records were made for several of the prize winner’s exhibited from the Dalmore herd, owned by Mr. John MacGregor, of Pakenham. This breeder won the championship of the Brisbane show last year with a typical specimen and at the recent fixture carried off the reserve championship and other laurels. The pure Booth herd of Shorthorns owned by Mr. John MacGregor, of Dalmore, Pakenham, was founded in 1869 by Mr. D. MacGregor, a consistent believer in the Booth tribe of Shorthorns. In founding the herd Mr. MacGregor carefully selected a large number of typical females of the purest blood, and possessing the flesh and robustness of constitution so necessary in stud animals. From the inception these characteristics
have been prime features in the development of the herd, and ever since the formation of the stud nothing has diverted the breeder from his belief in “line breeding.” His practical and sound judgment, after an experience of over 30 years, has been proved with remarkable precision, and is being reflected through the influence of sires bred on the lines adopted by the founder of this stud. The Booth
cattle were always unquestionably of exceptional merit, and distinguished for type and substance. They possessed great character, heavy flesh carrying capacity,, remarkable conformation and robust constitutions. The broad back, wide breasts,
oblique shoulders and singular uniformity of the Booth tribe were always characteristic features, and they displayed remarkable prepotency when crossed with cattle of pure blood, mixed or miscellaneous breeding … “

After leaving Dalmore Jack had a farm at Baringhup where he successfully bred
Leicester sheep:

From: Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), Saturday 27 September 1941

A fine quality English Leicester ram changed hands last month when Dalmore No. 5 of 40 left Messrs. J MacGregor and Sons’ Dalmore Stud, Baringhup, Victoria for that
of Mr. G B Chapman, Spring Hill, New South Wales” [Sydney Morning Herald
(NSW: 1842 – 1954), Saturday 27 September 1941]


“On the 12th December, 1911, at St. Andrew’s Church, Launceston, by the Rev. W. T.
Holt, M.A., John, elder son of Duncan MacGregor, Kew, to Alexina Jessie (Zena),
youngest daughter of Mrs. D. Scott, Launceston, Tasmania, and the late David Scott.”
[Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848 – 1957), Wednesday 7 February 1912]


Zena and Jack had two children:

Margaret McGREGOR

Death of Jack

Zena’s husband John McGREGOR died in 1942 at Baringhup, Victoria.

From: The Argus, Melbourne, Vic: 1848-1957), Monday 16 March, 1942

On March 14, at his residence Dalmore Baringhup, John, beloved husband of
Zena and beloved father of Margaret and Duncan”

From: The Argus, Melbourne, Vic: 1848-1957, Friday 10 July 1942, page 2

AFTER the expiration of 14 clear days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria in it’s Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the WILL, dated 30th September, 1941, of JOHN MacGREGOR, late of Baringhup, in the said State, grazier, deceased, may be granted to Alexina Jessie MacGregor, widow. Duncan Scott MacGregor. grazier and Margaret Jessie MacGregor, spinster, all of Baringhup, in the said State, the exécutrices and executor appointed by the said will.
Dated the 9th day of July 1942
HENDERSON AND HALL, SOLICITORS, 430 Little Collins Street Melbourne.

Death Of Zena

Zena died in 1960, at Maryborough aged 79.

Birth: Launceston, Tasmania, Libraries Tasmania RGD33/1/59 NO 4160
“Family Notices” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 7 February 1912: 9. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
Advertising” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 10 July 1942: 2. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
“LIVE STOCK.” Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 – 1918, 1935) 14 September 1907: 7. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
Family Notices (1942, March 16). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 2. Retrieved January 31, 2022, from
Law Notices (1942, July 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 2. Retrieved January 31, 2022, from
The Enterprising Mr. MacGregor: Stockbreer & Pioneer Pastoralist by Fay Woodhouse

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#AtoZChallenge: Y – Yarrawonga – Death of John Lloyd Taylor

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing people who are more distantly related family members.

John Lloyd Taylor

John Lloyd TAYLOR was my great granduncle. He is the second son of my 2x great grandparents John TAYLOR and Martha LLOYD. John was born on 7 September 1840 at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

The Taylor family left Wales for Australia in 1841, settling at Diamond Creek, Victoria. By 1878, John had moved to Bundalong, on the Murray River and was working as a labourer. His brother, James was farming at Bundalong.

On 01 August, 1877, John TAYLOR applied for lease of land at allotment 56 in the parish of Bundalong, County, of Moira. The allotment size was 160 acres

On 29 October 1879 John sent a letter to the land department asking for an extension of time until after harvest, to pay his lease payment

On 9 February 1887, application was made to convert the leasehold to a freehold. He had been growing wheat on the property since taking over the lease.

Improvements made to the property during the time of the lease:
Building 20 ft X 10 f, consisting of two rooms made from timber and bark.
Stable with 3 stalls made from timber and bark
Cart shed made from timber and bark
Stock yard
A dam had been dug on the property.


John Taylor died on 24 November 1916, at Yarrawonga.

From: The Yarrawonga Mercury, Tuesday November 28, 1916

OBITUARY: The death occurred at Yarrawonga on Friday last, of an old resident of the district in the person of Mr. John Taylor, who has been a sufferer of ? of the heart for the past three years. The deceased who was unmarried, and born at sea was 76 years of age. The death took place on Saturday. The remains were interred in the Yarrawonga Cemetary by Rev. Dunstan conducting the service at the graveside.

He was buried at Yarrawonga Cemetary, Plot 43S, Area 1&4

#The obituary states that John Taylor was born at sea. This is incorrect as he was born at Haverfordwest, Wales. (see above birth certificate)


The executors of John Taylor’s will were Charles Lloyd Taylor (brother) of Oaklands N.S.W and George Forster Gillies of Ringwood, Victoria.
Mary Taylor (sister) inherited 50 pounds. The residue of the estate to be divided between the children of William Lloyd Taylor (brother) with nephew Thomas Taylor to receive twice the share of the others.
Land at Bundalong – 1280 pounds
Crops – 81 pounds
Farming Implements 23 pounds 17shillings 6d
Money in bank – 12 shillings 6d

WILL, Taylor John, Public Records of Victoria (PROV) VPRS 28/P0003, 149/091, 1917

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WILL, Taylor John, Public Records of Victoria (PROV) VPRS 28/P0003, 149/091, 1917

#AtoZChallenge X: AleXander McQueen

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing to research people who are more distantly related family members.

Alexander McQueen 1844-1854

The following is a repost with improvements.

Alexander McQueen was born on 14 December 1844 in Launceston, Tasmania to parents, Thomas James Jonathan McQueen and Janet Young. In about 1850, the family relocated to Collingwood, Melbourne. Thomas McQueen was my great great grandfather.

Alexander was the first born child and by 1854 there were six children in the family. Tragedy struck on 30 November 1854, with Alexander’s sudden death by drowning, just two weeks before his tenth birthday

The Inquest

The inquest into Alexander’s death was held at The Duke of Wellington Hotel on 30 November 1854.

Coroners Inquest VPRS 24/P Unit 22 File 1854/67

Robert Boyle
John Auld
Joseph Blakely
Michael Donelly
William Dadgon
Edward Pergote
Robert Taylor
Peter Conlon
James Gathergaad
Frederick Stephenson

The examination of Thomas McQuein, painter, , off Condel Lane, Collingwod, taken on oath this 30th day of Nov A.D. 1854, at Melbourne before the undersigned, a Coroner, in the said Colony.
This Deponent on his oath saith as follows:-The deceased was my son, his name Alexander McQuein, his age, ten years. He left his home yesterday morning at about nine o’clock to go to school. At about two o’clock in the afternoon a young man came to where I was at work and told me that a little lad, who he thought was my son, had been drowned. He conducted me to the Duke of Wellington Hotel, where the boy had been removed to. Immediately I recognised it to be the body of my son. I know that he was in the habit of bathing between school hours, but he was very careful not to go in deep water, he could not swim. From what I have been able to ascertain, it appears that my son was bathing with some other lads in the water between the water works, Flinders Street and the River Yarra, and that he slipped into the water in the cutting which conveys the supply of water to the water works. (signed, Thomas McQuein)

Coroner’s finding: Accidentally drowned while bathing in the water between Flinders Street East and the waterworks.

Newspaper Report

From: The Argus 01 December 1854


An inquest was held yesterday at The Duke of Wellington Hotel, before the Acting City Coroner, Dr. You’ll, upon the body of a boy named Alexander McQueen who fell into the race that supplies the waterworks at the east end of Flinders Street, and drowned.

Deceased had been bathing in the swamp on Wednesday, and there being nothing to indicate the presence of the deep ditch in question, he had walked in and met his death in about fifteen feet of water. Verdict – Accidentally drowned.

The jurors expressed their sense of the impropriety of such a dangerous place being left exposed, and wished to append a rider to their verdict, to the effect that the race should be fenced in and a caution board displayed.

The Coroner would not accept a rider to the verdict, but promised to communicate with the proper persons, with a view to carrying out the suggestions of the jury.

source: VPRS 24/P Unit 22 File 1854/67

Over the years this name has appeared with various spellings: McQueen/McQuein/McEwan

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#AtoZChallenge: W – Wedding of Jessie MacGregor

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing to research people who are more distantly related family members.

Jessie MacGregor

Jessie MacGREGOR was my third cousin twice removed, the eldest child of Duncan Scott McGREGOR and Margaret MacRAE. Jessie was born at Chin Tin in Victoria. Chintin is a small rural area, located about 50kms from Melbourne.


Jessie married the Reverend Donald Macrae STEWART, on Wednesday 5 December 1894. The ceremony took place at the Brunswick Presbyterian Church and was followed by a wedding breakfast at Glengyle, Coburg, the home of the bride’s parents. The ceremony was performed by the groom’s uncle Reverend J.F. MccRAE of Toorak.

Jessie MacGregor and Donald MacRae Stewart. From The Enterprising Mr MacGregor by Fay Woodhouse

From: Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 8 December 1894, page 16

STEWART-MACGREGOR. – A very interesting wedding was celebrated at the Presbyterian Church, Brunswick, on Wednesday afternoon, December 5, the contracting parties being Miss Jessie MacGregor, eldest daughter of Mr. Duncan MaoGregor, of ” Glengyle,” Coburg, and the Reverend Donald Macrae Stewart, of the Presbyterian Church, Ascot Vale

The Church was crowded with friends and interested spectators. The ceremony took place at half past one, the Reverend J. F. Maorae (uncle of bridegroom) being the officiating minister.

The bride was given away by her father, and was attended by her four sisters, the Misses Goodie, Tottie, Cissie and Pearl MacGregor, Miss EllStewart, and a little maid, Miss Ethel McRae, (cousin of the bridegroom).

The bride wore an exquisite toilette of ivory faille francaise, made with a court train. The bodice was almost all composed of silk striped chiffon, with straps of white silk brought over the shoulders, and finished at the corsage with rosettes; and having a folded belt of faille, with a large empire bow at the back. The collar was formed of folded chiffon, and the sleeves were full to the elbow, and then tight fitting to the cuff, where they finished with a small frill of chiffon. The style was simple and very becoming. The tulle veil was plain and was arranged at the coiffure to fall over a wreath of natural white roses.

The bride also wore a very chaste gold chain with a heart pendant set in pearls (the gift of her mother), and a gold bar brooch, also set with pearls (the gift of bridegroom). A large bouquet of white roses and light fern completed the toilette.

The dressing of the bridesmaids also showed excellent taste and style. The first five maids wore gowns of white spotted muslin with gathered yokes and shoulder straps of white silk ribbon, finished with rosettes on the shoulder, and having folded belts of silk with bows and ends. The sleeves were made very prettily, full to the elbow, where they were gathered in, and then tight-fitting to the cuff. They wore half-moon amethyst brooches (the gift of bridegroom). Their hats were of cream leghorn, arranged with two upstanding plumes in the front, and an ostrich feather lying fiat on the rim, in the style of Charles II., and finished with trimmings of areophane, which was also gathered under the rim in a very becoming fashion. They carried shower bouquets of water lilies and cream roses, with yellow silk loops and streamers.

The sixth maid, who was a tiny child, looked very pretty in a Greenaway frock of spotted muslin, with a gathered yoke, and white silk sash, and a leghorn hat, trimmed with silk ribbon bows. She carried a lovely basket of roses and ferns. The bridegroom was supported by his younger brother, Mr. Douglas Stewart, as best man.

The church was very prettily decorated by the sisters and friends of the bride. Quite a bank of foliage surrounded the rails, and the reading desk and pulpit were also hung with garlands of foliage. The hymns, which were sung by the choir of the Presbyterian Church, Ascot Vale, of which the bridegroom is the Pastor, were printed on ivory paper, and distributed amongst the guests. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the “Wedding March” was performed by the organist, and the bridal party left amid a shower of rose petals and rice.

The guests then drove to the picturesque residence of Mr. and Mrs. MacGregor (parents of the bride), “Glengyle” Coburg, where they are remembered as almost the oldest residents in the district. The grounds looked at their best, and the rooms of the house were brightly adorned with white roses, carnations, other white blossoms, and pot plants of every description. The drawing room, in which the bride held her reception, was very prettily set off, with foliage arranged into garlands round the walls, pot plants and vases of cut flowers.

A wedding tea was then served in the dining room, which also shared in the gay decorations.

Later in the afternoon the Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Stewart left for a honeymoon tour of two or three weeks’ duration, the bride’s travelling dress being of beaver corduroy, very smartly made with trimmings of faille. The bodice had a square yoke of faille and folded collar of the same silk, with a folded belt forming a sash with ends that reached to the end of the skirt, and full picture sleeves. A relief was formed by a large soft bow of pink chiffon, worn at the neck. Her hat of fancy straw of the peculiar beaver shade as the dress, was very prettily trimmed with pink silk poppies and oats,with a garniture of green leaves arranged over the crown and brought to the back.

Evidence of the popularity of the bride was given by the large number of very handsome presents which she received.

At the ceremony Mrs. MacGregor (mother of bride) wore a very handsome gown of black silk grenadine with a floral pattern. The bodice had a full vest of old rose silk veiled with Chantilly lace, which also formed epaulets to the shoulder, and with jet passementerie, formed an adequate trimming to the dress. Her bonnet was a dainty confection with a cream lace crown and jet rim arranged with a cluster of old pink roses and an aigrette in front, and small plumes at the back, where another cluster of roses rested on the rim, finished with black moire strings. Mrs. Stewart (mother of bridegroom), wore a handsome costume of black velvet, relieved with [unreadable word] of fine old lace;m, and a jet bonnet trimmed with roses and ribbon.

Miss Scott wore a pretty dress of brown crepon relieved with bronze passementerie; and a picture hat of brown straw trimmed with daffodils. Miss Ada Scott was in a white linen costume, and a white hat trimmed with feathers. Mrs. Trebilco wore a rich gown of black silk, with velvet sleeves and trimmings of point lace, and black jet bonnet trimmed with white flowers and ribbon.

Mrs. Herbert Ham looked very well in a pretty, cream costume relieved with black satin ribbons, which crossed the shoulders and were brought over the corsage to finish at the side with a bow and ends, and large leghorn hat trimmed with coloured roses and black plumes.

Mrs. Carl Dyring wore a handsome gown of black crocodile crepe de chine, with full sleeves finished with jet trimmings and a vest of leaf-green silk veiled with coarse guipure lace and shoulder knots of black satin, and a bonnet of black straw and jet with a garniture of Russian flowers.

Miss Cissie Scott wore a white linen costume and a white feathered hat. Mrs. James Taylor (Essendon), a black silk costume trimmed with jet passementerie, and having a vest of vieux rose silk veiled with black lace; small jet bonnet to match. The following ladies and gentlemen were present:— Dr. and Mrs. Dyring, Mrs. McDougal, Misses McDougal, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Lethum, N. J. MacGregor, Mrs. Macarthur, Miss MacGregor, Mrs. Nesbit, Mr. and Mrs. Flemmis, Mr. and Mrs. Downie, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Elder (London), Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas, Mr. Sam MacGregor, Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Miss Martin, Dr. MacGilvery, Mr. and Mrs. Major, Mr. and Miss Sinclair, Mrs. Trebilco, Reverend and Mrs. Irwin, Miss Scott, Miss C. Scott, Miss Mackenzie, Miss T. Mackenzie, Reverend and Mrs. Macrae, Mr. Mathie, Mrs. Stewart, Miss Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Paterson, Mr. Mathen, Mr. and Mrs. McEachran, Mr. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ham, Mr. Oscer, Mr. and Mrs. D.K. MacGregor, the Misses MacGregor, Mr. Demond, Rev, Mr. MacRae, Lieutenant Pestell, Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland, Rev. and Mrs. MacLaren, Rev. and Mrs. Hewitson, Mrs. MacDonald, Rev. Murdoch, Mr. Jan Stewart, Miss F. Scott, and Mr. J. MacKenzie.

The wedding party outside Glengyle, Coburg: from The Enterprising Mr. McGregor by Fay Woodhouse

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“Family Notices” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 8 December 1894: 17. Web. 14 Feb 2022 <;.
The Enterprising Mr M
acGregor: Stockbreeder & Pioneer Pastoralist by Fay Woodhouse

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#AtoZChallenge: V – Violet Town Butcher James Boyle

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing to research people who are more distantly related.

James Boyle

James Henry BOYLE was my first cousin three times removed. His parents were my second great granduncle Patrick BOYLE and his second wife, Maria CHUTE. Patrick BOYLE came to Australia from Donegal, Ireland as an assisted immigrant in 1857.

James BOYLE was Patrick and Maria’s second son, born in 1869 at Violet Town. In May 1899, James opened up his own butchering business in Cowslip Street, Violet Town.

Below are a few news articles from local newspaper The Euroa Advertiser, where James BOYLE was mentioned. When the first incident took place James was 17 years old. Thomas BOYLE was James’ brother and one year older. Edward CALNAN was James’ cousin.

from: Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 – 1920), Friday 17 December 1886, page 2.
Violet Town Police Court. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9. (Before Messrs Linard and Wallace, J’s.P.)
Four youths, named respectively James Boyle, Thomas Boyle, Edward Calnan and Thomas White, appeared to answer the charge of having wilfully broken a door and pulled up a fence, the property of an aged man, giving the name of John Waters, and the estimated damage of which was £4.

Mr. Lamrock, of Benalla, defended the accused, and Waters conducted his own prosecution. The complainant in evidence stated that on the night of the 28th November he was disturbed by hearing the barking of his dog, and on going out to ascertain the reason, he observed a light some 400 yards distant from the house; he entered his kitchen again, and shortly afterwards a crashing noise was heard and a billet of firewood came through the roof, accompanied by a huge stone (produced).

On looking out of the bedroom window he espied the defendants near a heap of cut wood, and two of them were engaged in pulling up a fence. In reply to Mr Lamrock, Waters said it was after dark when the occurrence took place; he was nearly 80 years of age, but his sight was quite good; was quite sure the defendants before the court were the persons who assailed his house on the evening in question. It was their second offence.

Mr Lamirock submitted that the case must be dismissed, as the complainant had not sworn to damages, which he was required to do in order to prove his case thoroughly. The Bench were about to recall Waters for this purpose, but the attorney objected. A slight passage-at-arms ensued between the Bench and the latter, and after consulting the Clerk of Court, the Bench found that they had no alternative but to dismiss the case.

The justices, however, did so reluctantly, and offered to nonsuit the plaintiff with costs; or give him an opportunity to withdraw and bring the case on for hearing again, when they would order a free summons to issue, but Waters declined to accept either of the tenders.

From: Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 – 1920) 20 July 1894, page 2

MILK AND WATER EXPERIENCE: On Friday last, while going to Brown Bros.’ creamery, Mr. T. Hartin had a rather “icy” adventure. His horse decided to stop in the middle of deep water, which lay on the road, and “would not budge a foot”. Nothing remained for the driver but to take off his boots and socks, tuck trousers up to the knee, then make for the water, and lift his cans of milk out, one by one, to the opposite side.

The horse after being relieved of the load, then pulled the empty vehicle out. The following morning when going to Wallace’s creamery Mr James Boyle went even further than this, and had an immersion in the Honeysuckle.

His horse stumbled in the middle of the stream, and precipitated him into the icy waters. He soon came up again, however, and by a little assistance, got to the bank safely with horse, dray and milk. The cows would, no doubt, appear to have given a little extra when the milk was brought to the factory.

From Euroa Advertiser

Begs to inform his numerous friends
and the public in general that he has
opened his
and trusts by strict attention to
and keeping
To merit a fair share of public patronage
Small goods, always on hand
Families waited on for orders.
Highest price given for hides and skins.

from: The Euroa Advertiser, (Vic: 1884-1920) Friday 21 September, 1900 page 2

………………… Jas. Boyle proceeded against Mrs Hart to recover the sum of £6 9s 10d, being for goods sold and delivered. The defendant admitted the debt, but stated that she was unable to pay under present circumstances. She stated that she had no property, and Mr Boyle being agreeable to give time, the magistrate said that the parties would have to come to some agreement between themselves for the settlement of the account. The Court then adjourned.

from: The Violet Town Sentinel (Vic. : 1894 – 1946) 22 June 1915, page 1

IMPORTANT SALE.- On Saturday next Mr E. Stribling will conduct an important auction sale, under instructions from Mr James H Boyle, who has sold his property and is leaving the district., The whole of his furniture and effects, horses, etc., will be disposed


James Henry BOYLE died on 5 October 1839 at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital. He was buried at Fawkner Cemetery on 6 October 1839.

*Please note: Punctuation and paragraphs have been added to the above transcription for ease and speed of reading

Violet Town Police Court. (1886, December 17). Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 – 1920), p. 2. Retrieved February 12, 2022, from
Violet Town Sentinel” The Violet Town Sentinel (Vic. : 1894 – 1946) 22 June 1915: 1. Web. 12 Feb 2022 <;.
DEPARTURE OF MR. LANCE.” Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 – 1920) 20 July 1894: 2. Web. 12 Feb 2022 <;. Advertising (1899, May 12). The Violet Town Sentinel (Vic. :
(1895, June 7). The Violet Town Sentinel (Vic. : 1894 – 1946), p. 3. Retrieved March 27, 2022, from
1894 – 1946), p. 4. Retrieved March 27, 2022, from
VIOLET TOWN POLICE COURT. (1900, September 21). Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 – 1920), p. 2. Retrieved February 12, 2022, from

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#AtoZChallenge: U – Urquhart Rebecca

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing to research people who are more distantly related family members.

Rebecca Urquhart

Rebecca URQUHART gave birth to a son out of wedlock, named Duncan MORISON. My second great grand uncle Duncan MORISON was named as the father. . It appears that Rebecca gave her child to the Morison family to raise. This post is to record information that has been found. It is nowhere near the entire story of Rebecca URQUHART.

John Morrison

John MORISON was born on 4 July 1857, at Glenelg, Inverness Shire, Scotland. The birth certificate records that his name was originally Duncan and was changed to John on 20 July 1857. His birth was recorded as being illegitimate.
The father’s name was given as Duncan MORISON, archdeacon of Kintail. The mother was Rebecca URQUHART.

1851 Census

At the time of the 1851 census, Rebecca was about 15 years old and living with her mother and two siblings. Also present were two lodgers, Mary MacRAE, nurse , and Duncan MacRAE, farm servant.


When the 1871 census was taken on Sunday 2 April, John was 13 years old and staying with his uncle, Alexander MORISON, who was the census registrar. Alexander was a bachelor, and it appears that he took responsibility for his brother’s child.


When the 1881 census was taken on Sunday 3 April, John was 24 years old and with his grandmother Janet MORISON at the Leckachan Wester Private Hospital. His occupation was given as Farmer’s son.


When the 1891 census was taken on Sunday 5 April, John was 34 years old and staying with his uncle Alexander MORISON, and his aunt Jane MORISON, at Leckachan Wester. His occupation was given as postmaster.

Death of John Morison

John MORISON died aged 34 years, on 18 December 1891 at Glenshiel, Ross Shire, Scotland. On the death certificate he was stated to be illegitimate. Parents: Duncan MORISON, retired farmer and Rebecca URQUHART, Domestic Servant.
Cause of death was chronic asthma and heart disease.
Informant: Alexander MORISON, uncle. Registrar: Alexander MORISON. Alexander is John’s uncle.

Death of Rebecca Urquhart

Rebecca URQUHART died at age 75, on April 19, 1918 at Inveraray in the district of Glengarry, in the county of Inverness, Scotland. Rebecca never married and was described as a retired domestic servant. Rebecca’s parents were John URQUHART and Catherine URQHART, maiden name MacRAE.


1857 MORISON, JOHN (Statutory registers Births 097/1 16), Scotlands People
1891 MORISON, JOHN (Statutory registers Deaths 067/ 3), Scotlands People
1851, URQUHART REBECCA, (Census 097/1/18, Page 18, Scotlands People
1871 Census Parish: Glenshiel; ED: 2; Page: 1; Line: 4; Roll: CSSCT1871_12. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
1881 Census: Parish: Glenshiel; ED: 2; Page: 1; Line: 6; Roll: cssct1881a_103237. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
1891 Census: Parish: Glenshiel; ED: 2; Page: 1; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1891_18 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

Graham Sleeth, family researcher

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