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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.

Discussion Forum

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 Francene Thompson on April 17, 2010 at 7:58
Hi all, my GGGrandmother Margaret Douglas married Henry De Daunton, they had a son 1848 NSW\aus, i don`t know if she was born in Aus or not. anyone got any clues, i`m stuck, a reli told me thought they went back to Scotland in later yrs, Regards Francene
Comment by Beryl Turner on January 25, 2010 at 8:36
This is another very god idea. Thank you.

What would you think of adding another column to your lists of Australian convicts and arrivals- ie a place to add the contact details of a known descendant of the convict or arrival. Contact details for the genealogist of the family would be very useful if someone recognises the ancestor.
Comment by Beryl Turner on January 25, 2010 at 8:24
My family descends from Richard William Glode Douglas who migrated (free settler) in 1853 aboard the Albermarle. He disembarked in Victoria but evenually settled in Qld, and was buried at Banana. There is a large tribe of his descendants in Australia.
He also has descendants in UK. His earliest knwn ancestor was Alexander Douglas who emigrated from Scotland to England in the entourage of King James in 1601.
Comment by Vicki Houlbrooke on November 5, 2009 at 2:22
Hi there
What about Immigrants to NZ?
William Douglas left Limavady, Londonderry and came to NZ in 1860 with 10 children on the 'Blue Jacket'. They stopped in Australia on the way, but settled north of Auckland, before moving to Tauranga and farming. He was instrumental in setting up the Presbyterian Church in Tauranga.
William's wife Rachel followed in 1863 on board 'Gertude'.
And his brother George Alexander in 1863 on 'Green Jacket'.
Then a niece and 2 or 3 nephews came on the 'India' in 1875.
Comment by Daryl John Douglass on August 21, 2009 at 13:21
Lots of info on William (george) Douglass after he unwillingly 'migrated' to Australia in 1804. The Cross-Flood foundation have two volumes on his children and their descendants (William Married Rose Flood in 1809, hence the connection)

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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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