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Australian immigrants

We are looking for the ancestry of early immigrants to Australia.

Location: Australia
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2018

Early arrivals

Many Australian families can be traced back to early arrivals in Australia, but making the connection back to Britain is often not so straight forward.

I am keen that we should use this forum to identify those key people, and then work together to trace their ancestors back to Scotland (or Ireland, or England).

A starting point is the list in The Douglas Archives of 'Australian arrivals', and 'Douglas convicts shipped to Australia'. Suggestions for additions to these lists would be very welcome.

Please make your contributions as full as possible, with dates and places included, as appropriate.

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Bombay Douglas.

Started by stephen light. Last reply by William Douglas Mar 20, 2018. 4 Replies

John Charles (convict) Douglas

Started by Sue Burville. Last reply by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born Jan 23, 2018. 3 Replies

Clan Douglas Society of Australia

Started by William Douglas Dec 2, 2016. 0 Replies

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Comment by William Douglas on July 17, 2018 at 21:14

 I was interested to find this:

Henry Douglas landed on KI on 3rd Oct 1836 off the "Emma" and with Wilkins (his man) and Mrs Wilkins they built a bush hut near the salt lakes. Wilkins was later employed in the garden the SA Company were making on KI. Henry became "Foreman of the Yard", his duty being to see that timber and cargo of incoming vessels was stacked and stowed and guarded at night. He left KI for the mainland four months later on the "John Renwick" to take up his land options there.

Comment by William Douglas on January 10, 2017 at 11:39
Comment by William Douglas on September 5, 2016 at 11:04

Good to be in touch with Clan Douglas Association of Australia again today. It must be Newsletter time again soon! Always a good read. 

Comment by Lauraine martinus on January 19, 2016 at 14:11
Great book and a great story. Builds a bigger picture of the Douglas family
Comment by William Douglas on January 19, 2016 at 10:43

Thank you, Kim

It is stories like this that brings family history alive.

Comment by Kim Douglas-Reid on January 19, 2016 at 6:20

Hi  I have found a book called "The Battlers of Butchers Hill" in it there is a reference to Sam Douglas.  I have found him because I believe he is my Ancestor John Black Douglas' first son Hugh Samson Douglas named after his rogue Grandfather who was transported Hugh Douglas.  Hugh Samson Douglas or Sam would have been my Great Uncle brother to Buchanan Douglas.  Anyway, the story goes that they moved to a place called Maitland Downs in Queensland (Hugh Sholto Douglas lived in Maitland NSW and Buchanan was born in Maitland NSW and that is where John Black Douglas took his family when he arrived in Australia) Sam had one Son John Buchanan Douglas who while trying to cross a flooded river and save his half brother or friend (bit sketchy on that bit) drowned.  The story is that when at the homestead horses can be heard racing into the yard and stopping at the barn and the local legend is it's just the men bringing Johnny Douglas home.  Worth googling for a look at the extract re: John Douglas in that book.

Comment by William Douglas on October 23, 2015 at 16:19

Leslie Bernard (Toby) Barraclough (1922-1988), born on 30 June 1922 in Cunnamulla, Queensland, was a drover.

He was the 5th child of William Arthur Barraclough, labourer and bullock-cart driver, who came from Wilcannia, New South Wales, and his Queensland-born wife Florence Ethel, nee Reid. 'Toby' moved with his family to Cloncurry where his father worked in a copper mine. Leaving school at 12, he beagn droving at 18 and became head stockman at 23. In World War II he tried to enlist into the armed forces but was not accepted because his droving skills were considered important to the war effort.

He met Alma Douglas, a domestic, whose mother was Aboriginal, when they were both working in Corella Park station, near Cloncurry; she was 17 when they married on 15 October 1945 at Cloncurry Presbyterian Church.

Who was Alma's father?

Comment by William Douglas on October 21, 2015 at 11:31

Convict John Charles Douglas was born in 1819 at Shoreditch, London, England. He was the son of John Douglas and Ann Hacker. John Charles Douglas was baptized on 26 May 1822. He was (an unknown value) on 11 May 1840 at England. He arrived on the convict transport ship 'Lord Lyndoch' Hobart, Van Diemen's Land, Australia from Plymouth, England on 5 February 1841. He married Hannah Peacock, daughter of Edward Peacock and Catherine Peed, on 14 June 1862. They had 10 children. John Charles Douglas died on 6 February 1884 at Tasmania, Australia.

Does anyone have more information on this family?

Comment by Daryl John Douglass on August 25, 2014 at 14:00


Just having another dabble in the books.

further to William's mention of Henry Douglass, He was born in 1835 in Pitt Town NSW and married Catherine Hickson in 1858. He died on the Goldfields in Sofala in 1890 and had 9 children, Elisha John, Henry Charles,Evangeline,Albert,Wiliam R.,Rowland, Frederick, George Horace and William E.(?)

Comment by Lauraine martinus on January 10, 2014 at 22:07
My g uncle was Buchanan Douglas my grandma was Flora Isabel Douglas
She lived at Redfern

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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