2573RE: [suth_to_aus] My first post to the group
- Nov 30, 2013
Peter, the MURRAY that I connect to, Lewis MURRAY and Marion POLSON, (she’s the sister of my ANGUS POLSON), their son JAMES MURRAY came to Victoria, he sponsored the POLSON to Victoria.
As far as I know, Robert made the bold decision to relocate all by himself. I understand that when he arrived, he had to learn English pretty fast as the family spoke Gaelic! Whether this is true or not, I couldn't say.
Having looked in the old directories of the time, he lived in Robe Street St.Kilda until getting married to a lovely Irish lass. He worked as a gardener to begin with and as a draper for a time. After getting married to Ellen (an assisted immigrant who was working as a servant & living in Richmond) in 1870, my Great Grandfather, Alexander arrived in the same year. They were still living in St.Kilda at the time.
I've often wondered what provoked a young Scot to travel for 6 months half way around the world to start another life without knowing a soul. Why did he choose Melbourne? Why St.Kilda? Who was he gardening for? Will I ever know?
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On Nov 30, 2013, at 9:00 PM, "JudyM" <raigmore@...> wrote:
Welcome to the group.
If your ancestor Robert [1840-1928] came out unassisted at aged 19 did he
come out to relatives?...friends?
There certainly were quite a number of Sutherlanders in the colony by then.
My Gr gr grandfather Kenneth Scobie MACKENZIE arrived 1853 with his brother
..but certainly had quite a few relatives already here in New South Wales,
Tasmania and Victoria.
When I started research, many moons ago, I had no idea that the two boys
would have had anyone else here.
Neither got carried away by the gold rush but quickly obtained good jobs .
Like most Scots they had the advantage of better education compared with
English and Irish of similar social backgrounds.
Where did your Robert end up?
> Hi Janelle & members,
> I've only recently discovered this group but have been working on this
> branch of my tree for over 15 years.
> My Great x4 Grandparents were Robert Murray c1782-12 Feb 1862 &
> Catherine McKenzie c1780- 24 Sep 1864. They lived in the parish of Clyne
> but I'm not sure exactly where to begin with but are recorded in Ardochy
> from 1815. In 1824, Robert is a servant there. They had 7 children, the
> 2nd born, a son Alexander 12 Aug 1810 - 4 Sep 1881. He married Ann Munro
> 29 Jan 1814 - 5 Apr 1887. They had 9 children, again, the 2nd born, a son
> Robert 16 Nov 1840 - 16 Dec 1928. Alexander, Ann & family lived in Brora
> as early as 1838.
> At 19, Robert left the Sutherland county for a whole new world down under
> in Australia. He left Liverpool, England (a different world itself
> compared to the Highlands) 27 Dec 1859 and arrived in Melbourne as an
> unassisted immigrant on 1 May 1860. The rest, as they say, is history.
> Peter Murray
> Burwood East, Vic
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