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Family History Through The Alphabet: Letter M

November 9, 2012

The lovely folk at   Gould Genealogy  have  issued a challenge to genealogists and family historians. Their idea is The ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge   We will work our way through the alphabet, using one letter each week  and discuss anything relating to our family history starting with that letter. This week is the Letter M

M is for Morison or Morrison as it has come to be known since settlement in Australia. My Great Great Grandfather FARQUHAR MORISON arrived in Australia in 1848 on the ship ‘Blonde’.  The shipping records have him named as the schoolmaster on board. This is not surprising really as he was also a schoolmaster at GLENSHIEL, SCOTLAND, as was his father WILLIAM MORISON. William passed away in 1860 at the Glenshiel Schoolhouse.  After the death of  William the teaching position went to his son JAMES MORISON .  Farquhar was schoolmaster at Heathcote school, before resigning to become a farmer at Spring Plains, just outside Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

  1. I adore his name, Farquhar Morison. It has such a great sound to it.

  2. I love the fact that he was the schoolmaster on the emigrating ship. I hadn’t actually thought that they’d have school on board – but it makes sense.

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