Thursday, August 30, 2012

Out of the Jaws of Death

“Out of the jaws of death”

experienced by William and Sarah Macdougall, June/July 1914

  From diary entries of Leslie S. Macdougall and adapted by Joy Olney 2012.

On Monday 29 June 1914 Sarah Macdougall received a letter from King Island while staying at her sister Susie’s home “Melville House”, in Hobart.

The letter had been written three days after William A. Macdougall had met with an accident on their property “Lorne”(near Etterick River) towards evening. It appears William had driven thither with a cart load of stuff and had “outspanned”, but coming to the cart to unload he tripped over the belly-band and fell towards the cart, striking the bridge of his nose and injuring his back.  He was found by a passer-by, lying on the ground.  The passer-by rode to Currie and informed Olive and Ila and they came down, bringing the Doctor with them and arriving at “Lorne” at midnight.  The next day William was removed to the Cottage Hospital at Currie and passed the following night fairly well. The letter was then dispatched, so that no more information was available.

On Friday 3 July mail brought forth further word about William’s accident, showing it to have been much worse than had been at first supposed.  He had lain two days where he fell jammed in against the cart wheel before he was seen and given relief, and paralysis had set in.

The next available boat to King Island was expected to leave Launceston on Thursday 9 July.
Sarah proceeded to Launceston to travel on the SS “Wauchope”.  It did not leave the Launceston wharf until 8 o’clock Friday 10 July – she had been delayed through the boiler wanting repairs. Sarah went across in the ferry boat and boarded SS “Wauchope” at the cattle jetty.

Rev.Wills came to meet Sarah and said he was going to look after her and he proved to be a man of his word.  He made her comfortable in a chair on the deck, with his rug all round her and a motor-veil tied around her head.  When they got to the heads about 5p.m. it was then fearfully rough.  Sarah went to bed in her clothes, fortunately. She could not stand to get them off.

There was a child and two ladies in the cabin with Sarah.  The boat was crowded - 9 children and a lot of adults.  When they got to Burnie they took on a mother and father with five children, and a man and his two girls, they were now very crowded.  They started off  with 75 cattle and at Burnie put on something the same number and two horses.

The boat left Burnie about midnight and the weather was fearful.  They had to hang onto the hooks and sides of the bunks.  Crockery was banging, everything was on the move.  They thought they would never see land again, and strange to say, Sarah had a feeling that the sooner it was over the better.

SS “Wauchope” got under shelter of the Hunters Islands on the Saturday (Day 2) and stayed there the day and night.  During the next day (Day 3) they got to Frazer on the East Coast of King Island.  The waves were mountains high.  It was thought they would put the cattle over board.  Five had died.  The Captain tried to continue again and they got into Seal Bay, but could get no further, so dropped anchor there. They had to again return to Frazer (Day 4) as the anchor was dragging and it was not safe even with that number of cattle on board.  The ship rose with the mountain of waves and went down on its sides.  It was fearful and pouring rain and terrific wind and hail storms.  They ran out of water – only allowed a very little drop.  They had to keep some for the horses.  The poor cattle were without food and water.  They ran out of bread, no flour, and the last meal was salt pork and Haywood’s biscuits.  It was too rough to get tea carried and the poor stewardess was not well, but she did her best for Sarah.  Mr. Wills dragged himself to the cabin door when he could or get someone to go and see how Sarah was.  He was very attentive.  Sarah will never forget his kindness to her.

In the afternoon of Day 4 the Captain says it is most likely they will be at sea for days as he dared not attempt to try to get in.  They suggested a man be taken in a life boat and a horse being put over to swim ashore. The man would then ride to Currie across from the East Coast, about 30 miles, to get provisions sent to the boat. Mr.Wills came in to tell Sarah that he intended going in the life boat to see if he could get provisions.  He left Sarah with his rug and she watched him go.

The lifeboat returned to the boat after Mr.Wills reached the East Coast Jetty and to Sarah’s surprise Olive Macdougall was in the lifeboat with the sailors. She had ridden out in the storm to see if there was any sight of the boat on the other coast.  Olive said “Mother, have you nerve enough to come in the lifeboat?”  If not, you may be here for days”.  Sarah said “Yes, I will.”

Sarah was lifted by five sailors over the side of the boat and lowered into the lifeboat.  Olive steered, and Sarah was wrapped in Mr.Wills’ rug and the sailors covered her with oilskins.  They were like a cork on the water, up and down, but arrived safely on the Frazer Beach.  Sarah was carried by the sailors on to the beach.

Mr.Wills was there waiting for them and they started for Mr.Button’s house amongst the timber.  Mr.Button used to own “Lorne”.  Mrs.Button came on in all the rain to meet them and did everything for their comfort. She had a big fire, warm clothes and a hot meat tea ready for them.  They were dressed in the Button’s clothes. Olive had called by on her way and had had her lunch there.

Olive immediately went off to ride across country to get the butcher and baker to send out provisions to the boat in case they could not land.  Olive was a BRICK! She thinks of everything. She intends to bring a four-wheeler out to the Frazer to take Mr.Wills and Sarah to Currie on the West Coast. Sarah left the boat without a dress or hat and will not get anything till the boat gets to Currie, but meanwhile Mrs.Button will fix her up.

After three days and nights at sea Mr.Wills and Sarah were looking forward to rest, but neither slept a wink that night at Buttons. They were too upset. Sarah worried about Olive going through rough timber country at night in such a storm.  Olive arrived in Currie at 9p.m. after six hours on horseback in difficult circumstances.

The next morning (Day 5) Mr.Robinson arrived with a pair of horses and a four-wheeler, lots of rugs and clothing Mrs.Robinson had sent them. They lunched together with Mrs.Button and left for a journey Sarah will never forget.  The horses had to go through roads, mud and slush above the axles.  Sarah just shut her eyes and prayed to be safely taken to Currie.  In some parts Olive and Mr.Fred  walked up to their ankles in mud, so as to make it lighter for the horses.  They had Mr.Fred’s horse and our Dick.  Neither horse had ever been in a double-harness.  They had Mr. Attrill’s four-wheeler.  Olive drove and Mr.Fred used the whip. Sarah would have given anything for you to have seen Olive in a mackintosh strapped round her waist, leggings, and Mr.Fred’s soft felt hat tied on her head with string.  OLIVE WAS A MARVEL!  Mr.Wills and Sarah were on the back seat with mud splashed all over them. Sarah had a big cloth travelling hood belonging to Mrs.Fred and Aunt Suzie’s mackintosh over her coat.  Sarah had the presence of mind to wrap and pin the mackintosh around her in the boat.

Upon arriving at Currie Mr.Wills was left at Mr.Huxley’s and Sarah will stay at Mr.Ingham’s until she gets her things from the boat. They are truly thankful to have arrived safely in Currie.
Sarah was sick only once and that was while they were anchored, she lost a tooth, when and how she does not know, and she had a slight cough.

Wednesday 15 July (Day 6) weather very bad and still no sign of the boat.  They were safe but cannot get into the jetty as it was too dangerous amongst the reefs. Sarah and Mr.Wills are counting their blessings now they have safely landed, while the other poor creatures are still being tossed about and so ill.  Mr.Wills and Sarah are being looked upon as hero and heroine. The old Captain who says Sarah did a brave and dangerous thing to come by the lifeboat and travel by the fearful road in such weather.

Sarah is at last able to visit her husband William in the Cottage Hospital, Currie (16 days after hearing of his unfortunate accident). It will not do to excite him, so she must not stay for long.

William must have an iron constitution to have gone through what he has done and to be on the mend. His nose was smashed in, and now except that it is more of a “Roman” and that he cannot as yet use it, there will not be any disfigurement.  He can move his arms and he can eat.  So far his legs are useless.  It is hoped that he will get the use of his legs in a few weeks when they get the blood circulating again.  He was very comfortable.  There are no other patients in the hospital.  Ila and the Matron are attending to him. His great trouble is that he has no power to make water; it has to be taken away from him.  It looks so strange to see him there with dear old Hughie’s reading-stand fixed to his bed.  He can read now and that will make the time pass.  He has a big fire and all the comforts he can get.  Olive made him some jelly.  People are very good to him.  Ila is so pleased that she can continue nursing him.  She was determined she would not leave him.

Sunday 26 July, and a letter from Sarah to family in Hobart says that William is slightly better.  He can move his legs a little.  The left hand is not much use to him yet and his feet are helpless.
Everything has to be done for him.  He was very weary of the long time in bed, but is considered by all, Doctor included, as the wonder of the age. No one else thinks they could have held out so long.

The cry that William put all his strength into when he heard the man passing by on the road, he knew it was his last cry for help, as he could never have lived another hour.  He said he called all day and night for three days and when the man answered his call he could scarcely believe that such good luck could attend him.  The man went into “Lorne”and got some blankets and put them on him. The man could not touch William. He went off for help and fortunately met Tom Denby. The man (named Creasey and who works opposite “Pearshape”) went back to stay with William while Tom Denby went onto Langham’s and got Miss Langham, a nurse who was staying with her brother near the Ettrick River.  She and her brother went onto “Lorne”, Tom Denby went onto Bishoff’s, and Mr.Bishoff and his son went down to “Lorne” with hot-water bags, whisky, brandy, eggs, etc.  Mrs.Bishoff got a room ready at her house and the bed made warm in case it was too far for them to take William to the Hospital.  Tom Denby then went off for the Doctor and to the Lightfoots for the girls (Olive and Ila).  It was fortunate that the Lightfoots were having an evening and the girls were visiting so about 8 miles was saved.
Mr.Willie Lightfoot got the pair horses and four-wheeler and took the girls down, reaching “Lorne”at midnight (Wednesday 24 June, therefore the accident happened Sunday 21 June, 1914).  They only knew there was an accident and thought it was the acetylene gas, so you can imagine their feelings that long journey.

William had been put into bed and the fires in all the rooms and hot bottles all around him.  They dared not take his wet clothes off him until he was taken to the hospital at daylight. Strychnine was injected often and brandy given.  They dared not give him food. William said it was lovely to be in the bed warm.

The “party” got supper at “Lorne” in the early morning, cooked chops and sausages that William had taken down for his weeks supply.  They had to eat with their fingers and have basins as they could not find crockery or knives.

When they got William to Hospital the nurse had everything ready for the Doctor.  They had to cut his clothes off him.  He was not out of danger for more than a week.  The Doctor did not think it possible to pull him through. He thinks there is some injury to the spine but cannot say for certain until William gets his circulation back. It will be a very long time and he will never be the same strong man again. He will not be able to leave hospital for a very long time, it will be a lengthy illness. Later the Doctor will try the battery.  William says he has a feeling in his body of suffocation and like a band tight round his waist.

William has very little appetite.  Sarah is cooking all sorts of tempting things that she can take to him and friends are so kind, Mrs.Woods especially. She has sent William two turkeys, one duck, one fowl, pumpkin, egg, etc.  She sends them to Sarah, now that she and Ila are at the “Bungalow”, and Sarah cooks dainty dishes.  This morning William had giblets for breakfast, and broth for lunch, turkey for dinner and fish for tea. The next day Sarah cooked steamed fish and parsley sauce but William only ate a very tiny piece.  For lunch she cooked kangaroo-tail soup and a stuffed wing of turkey but he only took enough to taste. You cannot make him eat, he is stubborn about it.  Sarah is so near to the Hospital.  It does remind Sarah of poor Hughie’s spine trouble.  Sarah is there the best part of the day.  Mrs.Munroe has been very good.  She has sent four lots of beautiful fish.  Mr.Richardson, the Editor of the paper, came up yesterday to see if Sarah needed any wood chopped.  Mr.Fred Bowling came and had lunch with Sarah and William.

William has a chair fixed up with wheels and platform, and put in it for a little time every day. Mr.Batten has done it.  It takes two to lift him.  The maid is a big girl and she helps.

Mrs.Blake is looking after Sarah and says Sarah is to stay with her at night. Sarah is going to Church and enjoys Mr.Perkins preaching. She is feeling perfectly well and looking after herself with food as she knows it necessary to keep up her strength. Sarah is aware of the Haywood’s prayers at quarter to ten every night and thanks Charlie and Susie for praying for her safe journey, and William’s recovery.

News comes from King Island on 18 September that the injury William sustained at “Lorne” three months ago, and the subsequent exposure has resulted in the permanent loss of the use of his lower limbs and that therefore he will be unable to walk or work again.

William was 65, Sarah 64, and Olive 26 in 1914 when the accident happened.
The Macdougalls took up farming on King Island in 1901. “Dunollie” was bought mid 1901, just a hut near the Porky River 6 miles north of Currie. Hugh went with his father.
“Lorne” was bought March 1903 - known as the Ettrick property, 5 miles south of Currie where William.A.Macdougall and Hugh lived.
Sarah remained in Launceston running the family Drapers business until it was sold 23 April 1904. Sarah and the girls arrived on King Island to live 14 September 1904 after a small house was built at “Lorne”.          
Hugh got 1907, and was in Launceston Hospital permanently from September 1909 until his death on 7 August 1913. Sarah stayed with various friends in Launceston to be near Hugh from 1909.
Sarah frequently visited her sister Susie Haywood in Hobart, and still in Hobart in 1914 when William had his accident.
Daughters – Ruby, Olive, Ila and Gwen lived on King Island with the family at various times but Olive was “the farmer.” Olive later owned “Three Rivers” (on the main road between the airport and Currie) and retired to Naracoopa. She spent her last years in a Nursing Home in Lindisfarne She was very over weight, troubled with arthritis and unable to walk.
Son Leslie Macdougall visited King Island in 1908 and 1909. He took Beatrice and Winsome 1915. 
William was transferred from Currie, King Island to Launceston Hospital March 1916 for 6 months.
William and Sarah retired to “Renfrew” 14 Swan Street, New Town, Hobart on 19 October 1920.
William remained in a wheel chair for a total of 16 years until his death on 2 July 1930 at 81 years.
Sarah visited Olive on King Island many times before her death on 21 August 1941 at 91 years.

William Macdougall 77 years at his 50th wedding anniversary 15 April 1926
Sarah Macdougall
Sarah Macdougall flew from Melbourne to King Island 3 May 1934, met by Olive Macdougall

"Renfrew" Macdougall's retirement home at 14 Swan Street, New Town, Hobart 19 October 1920

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

William A. & Sarah (Allason) Macdougall

 William Arthur and Sarah Ann Macdougall


William Arthur Macdougall 15 April 1849 - 2 July 1930

Sarah Ann Macdougall nee Allason 17 August 1850 - 21 August 1941

William A Macdougall Properties 1849 - 1930

15 April 1849 – Born at “Wattle Tree Lodge” Bathurst Street, Hobart.

1877 – Lived in a house in small street off Charles Street opposite Launceston Hospital a short time.

1878 - Lived in York Street next to “York House” a few months.

1877 - 1882 – Employed by R.D.Richards & Co at Soft Goods House, Launceston.

1878 - 1880 – Rented house from R.F.Robertson, Cataract Hill while building No.216.

1880 – Built house, corner 216 Charles & Canning Street, Launceston and lived there until 1884. Continued to own it and rented it out until 1920. Photo & Title transfer on file.

1881 – Opened Soft Goods Store at 86 George Street, Launceston, and continued to be Occupier until 1886. Owner Henry Yates.

1884 – Family moved to 86 George Street with residence above shop. Photo on file.

1880 - 29 October 1902 – W.A.Macdougall owned and rented out 58 (now 96) Frederick Street, Launceston. Put in L.S.Macdougall’s name when infant with W.A.Macdougall as Guardian. Sells to Mr. Grubb 1902.  Photo on file.

January 1903 Trevally house – W.A.Macdougall takes a loan on house as equity.

1887 - 1903 – W.A.Macdougall owner of 86 George Street, Launceston.

23 April 1904 – Sold business at 86 George Street, Launceston. 23 May 1904 – Left shop.

House built 1880 - Corner (216) Charles & Canning Streets, Launceston. Photo in "Tasmanian Mail" 30 May 1908
Macdougalls lived there 1880 - 1884, sold 1920
216 Charles Street, Launceston, Medical Centre 2005

Macdougall's Draper Shop, 86 George Street, Launceston 1881 - 1904
Macdougall's Draper shop with residence above at 86 George Street, Launceston in 2005

1880 - 1902 Rental property 58 (now 96) Frederick Street, Launceston in 2005

1901 – Bought “Dunollie” on King Island. 6 miles north of Currie on Porky River. William and Hugh go to King Island to live.

March 1903 – Bought “Lorne” on King Island, 12 miles south of Currie on Ettrick River.

September 1904 – Sarah and girls shifted to “Lorne” King Island.

Macdougalls at home "Lorne" on King Island 9 September 1908

Macdougalls at home "Lorne" on King Island 9 September 1908

27 August 1912 –Transfered “Lorne” which W.A.Macdougall held in L.S.Macdougall’s name since he was young.

1913 - 29 April 1926 – W.A.Macdougall owns 5 acres of land on Tamar foreshore, east side, at Dilston.

17 July 1916 - 17 July 1917 – rented “Bleak House, Hobart.

17 July 1917 - 19 October 1920 – rented “Roslyn” 12 Swan Street, North Hobart

19 October 1920 – William and Sarah bought “Renfrew” 14 Swan Street, North Hobart as their retirement home. Photo & Title on file.

2 July 1930 - William Macdougall died at home.

Retirement home "Renfrew" 14 Swan Street, North Hobart.  William sat in his wheelchair looking out window top storey.

Macdougall Family at King Island – as per Rev.Leslie S.Macdougall’s diaries

22 May 1900 – Olive went to King Island (aged 12) for 1 month and stays with Mr. Bowling
at Wickham.

23 October 1900 – Hugh (19) went to King Island for 2 weeks on an explorative trip.
Ruby (18) went to King Island 1-2 months and stayed with Mrs.Francis Stephenson.

2 November 1900 – Hugh has been to King Island for 2 weeks and wants to settle there.

13 & 20 November 1900 – William A Macdougall went to King Island.

5 December 1900 – William A.Macdougall and Hugh to buy land at King Island.

Mid 1901 – W.A.Macdougall bought property at King Island – “Dunolly", with just a hut near Porky River 6 miles north of Currie”. Hugh went to King Island.

6 August 1901 – W.A.Macdougall still living in tent.

14 August 1901 – W.A.Macdougall and Hugh working hard.

31 October 1901 – Sarah Macdougall will go to King Island in new year (1902).

29 October 1902 – Read letter from W.A.Macdougall.  He is back in Launceston while Sarah and Gwen go for 1 month.  Hugh enjoys King Island.  William wants to sell his rental house at 58 Frederick Street, Launceston (which he bought in Leslie’s name as an infant) to Mr. Grubb.

2 March 1903 – Olive to go to King Island.

23 March 1903 – “Lorne”, the family home where William lives. A 2 bedroom house 24 feet x 12 feet, with living room, bedroom for William and Sarah, and bedroom for Olive who wants to be house keeper. They have 10 cows.  “Lorne” is in Parish of Kittawa and 5 miles south of Currie on Ettrik River.  Read letter.

2 February 1904 – Hugh, Olive, Gwen (visiting a while). Gwen enjoys garden, flowers, vegetables and kitten “Fritz”.

23 April 1904 – Sale of Macdougall Drapers business at 86 George Street, Launceston.

23 May 1904 – Macdougalls leave 86 George Street for good.

14 December 1904 – All (except Leslie) at King Island now. Read letter.  Tenant in house at 216 Charles Street, Launceston.

24 October 1907 – Hugh in Launceston Hospital.

2 to 21 September 1908 – Leslie in King Island - been 7 years since seeing his folks.

19 September 1909 – Hugh has a serious spinal injury.

23 September 1909 – Leslie visits King Island – all concerned about Hugh.

9 December 1909 – Hugh in Launceston Hospital and encased in plaster.

24 March 1910 – Leslie visits King Island.

8 April 1910 – Leslie visits Hugh in Launceston Hospital.

30 October – 3 November 1910 – Hugh’s condition extremely grave.

25 April 1911 – Leslie visits Hugh in Launceston Hospital.

24 February 1912 – Leslie visits Hugh in Launceston Hospital.

27 August 1912 – “Lorne” which W.A.Macdougall holds in Leslie’s name to be transferred into William’s name – Land Department.

7 August 1913 – Hugh dies in Launceston Hospital.

20 August and 4 September 1913 – William Macdougall in Launceston and Hobart.

Mid 1913 – Gwen in King Island.

13 March to 9 June 1914 Gwen in New Norfolk with Leslie and Beatrice Macdougall.

1914 - Ruby and Gwen Macdougall in Hobart.

1913 and 1914 – Sarah Macdougall in Hobart.

29 June 1914 – Sarah receives news in Hobart about William’s accident at “Lorne”.

10 July 1914 – Sarah leaves Launceston for King Island (4 days at sea). 
Sarah reaches William 16 days after accident.  William was unable to ever walk again and spent the next 16 years in a wheel chair. Read “Out of the Jaws of Death” blog.

21 March 1916 – William transferred to Launceston Hospital (for 5 and a half months).

4 September 1916 – William left hospital after accident in June 1914.
William and Sarah Macdougall live at “Bleak House” 17 July 1916 – 17 July 1917.

17 July 1917 – 19 October 1920 – William and Sarah Macdougall live at “Roslyn”
12 Swan Street, North Hobart.

13 April 1918 – Olive buys another dairy farm at Surprise Bay, King Island.

21 February 1919 – Olive buys Cowen’s farm at Sea Elephant River, King Island
7 1/2 miles from Currie.

16 July 1920 – Macdougalls want to sell “Lorne” on King Island.

19 October 1920 – William and Sarah retire to “Renfrew” 14 Swan Street, North Hobart.

May 1921- October 1922 - Olive and Ettie in Gisborne, N.Z. where Ettie’s family live.

4 October 1922 – Olive and Ettie (Edith) D’Arcy take on Ball’s Farm, King Island on a 99 year lease from Repatriation Department.

2 July 1930 – William Macdougall died.

9 July 1930 – “Lorne” given to Leslie (read 7 and 9 July) – not included in estate.

1 August 1930 – Leslie accepts Olive’s offer of 300 pounds for “Lorne”.

3 January 1931 - Olive buys “Lorne” and Leslie out of debt.

7 June 1932 – Olive sells “Lorne” for 500 pounds.

Sarah and William Macdougall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family on 15 April 1926

William & Sarah Macdougall 15 April 1926

Obituary – Mr.W.A.Macdougall 2 July 1930

With tragic suddenness the death occurred at his home, 14 Swan Street, Hobart on Wednesday night of Mr.William Arthur Macdougall, at the age of 82 years.  Mr.Macdougall was known in many parts of the State, he having taken up residence successively at Bellerive, Hobart, Launceston, King Island and Hobart.  In the latter years of his life he was confined to an invalid’s chair, as a result of an accident while he was on King Island.  Mr.Macdougall was seated at his evening meal on Wednesday when he expired.

The late Mr.Macdougall spent his early life at Bellerive, with his parents and after a short period of residence in Hobart, a few years later, he entered the service of the late Mr.W.F.Brownell.  After his marriage he went to Launceston to take charge of a business and settled there, and after a few years set himself up in business as a draper in the Northern city.  He remained in the North for several years, but when settlement began on King Island he sold his business and went to the island, interesting himself in cattle-raising.  During his residence on the island he met with a serious accident.  Walking from his main farm to another pasture, he tripped over a chain of a chaise cart, was rendered unconscious.  He was in that state for several hours.  Medical assistance was sought at Currie Hospital and it was found that his spine was injured.  The injuries attendant upon the accident were present until his death – a period of some 16 years. Mr.Macdougall after a period in the Launceston Public Hospital, returned to Hobart with his family.

Grand Lodge Work
The late Mr.Macdougall was a prominent member of the Masonic Order, his outstanding work in this connection being in the Grand Lodge of Tasmania.  He was one of the founders of the Grand Lodge, and was one of its first officers.  He held office as Deputy Grand Master in 1895.  It is noteworthy that Mr.Macdougall was one of the few surviving officers of the Grand Lodge in its infancy, amongst being Sir.Elliott Lewis and Alderman E.J.Rogers C.M.G.

Mr.Macdougall is survived by his widow, four daughters, one of whom is the wife of Hon.W.H.Calvert M.L.C. and one son, the Rev.L.S.Macdougall, of the Peace Memorial Methodist Church, East Malvern, Victoria.

The funeral will arrive at Cornelian Bay cemetery at 3.15pm today.

(Notice published in “The Mercury” Friday 4 July 1930, page 12).

In 2007 Peter & I took a week out to explore King Island where my Great Grandparents were pioneer farmers in the early 1900s.


It was an unreal experience to walk in their footsteps 100 years later.  We were able to find the properties owned by the Macdougalls - "Dunollie" in Hardys Road, 6 miles north of Currie and "Lorne" on Ettrick River, 11 miles south of Currie.

"Dunollie" - Macdougall's property Hardy's Road, 9 kms north of Currie on King Island bought 1901

Hugh Macdougall's property in Hardy's Road on King Island

"Lorne" Macdougall's property bought 1903 on Ettrick River King Island where William had his accident in 1914

"Lorne" property South Road 11kms south of Currie on Ettrick River bought 1903 & sold 1932

Peter at "Dripping Wells" waterfall trickling over limestone stalactite formation at "Lorne"

"Three Rivers" the property Olive Macdougall owned on King Island
King Island, Tasmania

Most of the above information has been gained from reading my Grandpa's diaries. I suggest you read my other blogs about Rev L.S.Macdougall who wrote extensive diaries from 1895 - 1948 and his wife Beatrice 1953 - 1978.
I have compiled a 16 GB presentation that is available by emailing Joy Olney at

Friday, August 17, 2012

Archibald C. & Sarah (Calvert) Macdougall 

 My Great Great Grandfather Archibald Macdougall

Archibald Campbell Macdougall was the 5th child of (Captain) John Macdougall and his wife Davinia, and only 6 years of age when his father was deported to Van Diemen's Land from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1821. Davinia and 7 children arrived in Hobart Town about 1825.  Born 26 September 1815 in Scotland and died 2 April 1870 in Prahran, Melbourne. Archibald married Sarah Calvert (born 20 September 1815 and died 10 July 1882 in Dimboola, Victoria) on 9 September 1837 at St.David's Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania. 

Archibald Campbell Macdougall married Sarah Calvert at St.David's Cathedral 9 September 1837

Interior St David's Cathedral, Hobart

Archibald and Sarah Macdougall had 11 children but only 4 sons and 1 daughter survived:

Sarah Helen Macdougall (born 28 March 1839 and died 29 May 1839) in Hobart, Tasmania.

Archibald Henry Macdougall (born 16 February 1841 in Adelaide, South Australia and died 18 August 1895 in Melbourne, Victoria).  Archibald Macdougall married Lavinia Richards (born 1842 in Adelaide, South Australia and died 1869) in 1866.
They had 2 children - Archibald William Walter Macdougall (born 1867 in Inglewood, Victoria and died 1936 in Chatswood, N.S.W.) and Sarah Lavinia Carne Macdougall (born 1868 in Inglewood and died 1869 in Inglewood, Victoria).  
Archibald William Walter Macdougall  married  Maud Malvena Beckingsale (born 1870 in Castlemaine, Victoria and died 1959 in Chatswood, Sydney,) on 14 January 1903 in Hawthorn, Victoria. They had 2 daughters - (Venie) Lavinia Macdougall (born 1905 in St Leonards, Sydney) and (Emmie) Emma Beckingsale Macdougall (born 1908 in Hawthorn, Melbourne). 
Archibald Henry Macdougall took a second wife Eliza Carne Richards (born 1845 and died 5 February 1875).  They had 2 daughters - (? born and died 1873 in Sandhurst, Victoria) and Eliza Macdougall (born and died 1875 in Sandhurst, Victoria).

Jessie Hannah Macdougall (born 23 October 1842 and died 11 August 1843 in Adelaide, Sth Aust.).

Davinia Louisa Macdougall (born 11 April 1844 in Adelaide and died 7 October 1922 in Mosman, Sydney).  Davinia Macdougall married Geo.T.Geer (born in London and died February 1918 in Mosman, Sydney) in 1869.
They had 4 daughters and 3 sons - George Archibald E.Geer (born 1870 in Melbourne and died 1926 in Annadale, Sydney), Frederick William Geer (born 1872 in Melbourne and died 1948 in Lithgow, Sydney), Archibald (Archie) Henry Geer (born 1874 in Timor, Victoria), Doris C. Geer (born 1876 and died 5 November 1923 in Sydney), Claribelle (Carrie) Maude Geer (born 1878 in Charlton, Victoria), Aurelia (Rella) Stella Geer (born 1880 in Ballarat and died in Sydney), Lilian (Lily) Ella Geer (born 1883 in Dimboola, Victoria).
Geo. T.Geer was known as Archdeacon Geer in the Church of England.

John Campbell Macdougall (born 21 January 1846 in Longbottom, Adelaide and died 1889 in Balmain, Sydney).  John Macdougall married Mary Ann (Polly) Falkiner on 7 January 1875 in Maitland, N.S.W.).
They had 6 children - Mary (Polly) Campbell Macdougall (born 1875 in Richmond, Melbourne), Archibald John (Jack) Falkiner Macdougall (born 1877 in Maitland, N.S.W. and died 16 May 1904 in Sydney), Geraldine Edith (Poppy) Macdougall (born 1880 in Albury, N.S.W. and died in Sydney), Robert (Bob) Campbell Macdougall (born 1883 in Albury, N.S.W. and died 1960 in Lewisham, Sydney), Edith Campbell Macdougall (born 1884 in Geelong, Victoria and died in Sydney), Eric Campbell Macdougall (born 1885in Dunolly and died 14 March 1954 in Chatswood, Sydney).

James Daniel Macdougall (born 17 August 1847 in Adelaide and died 26 August 1847 in Adelaide).

William Arthur Macdougall (born 15 April 1849 in Hobart and died 2 July 1930 in 14 Swan Street, Hobart).  William Macdougall married Sarah Ann Allason (born 17 August 1850 in 3 Elboden St, Hobart and died 21 August 1941 in 14 Swan St, New Town, Hobart) on 15 April 1876 in Melville Street Wesleyan Church, Hobart.  
They had 6 children - Leslie Stuart Macdougall (born 4 March 1877 in Hobart, Tasmania and died 1949 in Brighton, Victoria), Hugh Campbell Macdougall (born 17 February 1881in Launceston, Tasmania and died 7 August 1913 in Launceston, Tasmania), Ruby Frederica Macdougall (born 3 September 1882 in Launceston, Tasmania and died 17 July 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania), Olive May Oban Macdougall (born 5 October 1888 in 86 George St, Launceston and died 14 November 1975 in Hobart), Ila Aisbett Macdougall (born 5 October 1888 in 86 George St, Launceston and died24 September 1960 in Sandy Bay,  Hobart), Gwenneth Lenore Macdougall (born 16 March 1892 in Launceston and died 31 October 1982 in Hobart, Tasmania).

Charles Frederick Eggleston Macdougall (born 19 October 1850 in Hobart and died 17 May 1873 in Benin River, West Coast Africa).

Edward Dirmid Macdougall (born 27 October 1852 Clarence Plains, Tasmania and died 22 March 1853 at 84 Argyll Street, Hobart). 

Unnamed male (born and died  31 January 1854 in Hobart, Tasmania).

Walter Cummin Macdougall (born 1855 in Hobart and died 26 January 1917 in Balmain, Sydney).  Walter Macdougall married Emma Parkinson (born 1855 in Sydney and died 1 October 1941) on 4 January 1882 in Petersham, Sydney.
They had 7 children - Ettie Emma Jane Macdougall (born 26 November 1883 in Norwood, South Australia and died 7 August 1947 in Balmain, Sydney), Archibald (Archie) Walter Macdougall (born 1886 in Balmain and died 5 November 1910 in England while on holidays), Millicent Gertrude (Millie) Macdougall (born 22 October 1888 in Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney and died 1971), Cecil George Macdougall (born 1890 in Balmain and died 12 October 1899 in Balmain, Sydney), Wilsie Pearl Macdougall (born 1893 in Balmain, Sydney and died 1899 in Balmain, Sydney), Dorothy (Dorrie) Muriel Macdougall (born 1895 in Balmain, Sydney and died 1964), Keith Campbell Macdougall (born 1898 in Balmain, Sydney and died 1965).

Walter C Macdougall with wife Emma and children in 1896 - Ettie, Archibald, Millie, Wilsie, Dorrie. (Cecil missing!)

Walter Cummin Macdougall (1855 - 26 January 1917)

Ettie Macdougall in 1901 when she visited her cousin Leslie Macdougall in Launceston. From Leslie's diary it is obvious that he was smitten with Ette.  They remained very close friends.

"Dunolly" the home of Walter C.Macdougall in 74 Louisa Road, Balmain. Joy remembered visiting Auntie Dorrie.  The property went down to Parramatta River/Sydney Harbour.  Photo taken in 2010.

 Archibald C Macdougall agrees to Home Allotment 20 December 1831

Survey Office,
20 December 1831

Dear Sir,

In locating the Allotment in Wellington Buildings I hereby pledge myself that I will within 4 months from this date make a footpath nine feet wide along those sides of the Allotment which are bounded by Streets, and I will enclose the same with a good paling fence those sides which front streets being of sawed stuff, That I will commence the erection of a Brick or Stone House with a frontage of not less than Forty five feet within the same period.  Keeping the line of front at a distance of not less than twelve feet from the street or streets, That I will complete this Building (as far as regards the  appearance, within two years from this date, That I will within that period spend at least the erection of Building One Thousand Pounds and That I will not alienate the allotment within the same period of two years but will myself make the improvements required.

I have the honour to be Sir,

Your Obedient Servant,

John Macdougall
Per A. Macdougall

To The Surveyor General.

(A copy of the handwritten letter is on file, but typed out for easier reading).

Wesleyan Missions Poster - Printers Murray & Macdougall 1829

Archibald was a Printer and Publisher like his father and brother. He managed the Launceston paper "The Examiner" where he met Sarah Calvert. He left Van Diemen's Land and arrived in Adelaide on "Lady Emma" on 19 March 1838 with his printing press - the first printing press in South Australia. He published the "Southern Australian" with its first issue in June 1838, in competition with the "South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register".

Colonel William Light (1786 - 1839) was the Founder of Adelaide.  Archibald Macdougall published William Light's rare book "A brief Journal and Australian Diaries" in 1839.

In 1840 Archibald gained the Government printing contract, but this would eventually force him into bankruptcy when the government dishonoured a bill of nearly 1000 pounds.

John Campbell Macdougall's widow Mary Ann Macdougall enticed Archibald to leave Adelaide and return to Hobart to manage the "Colonial Times" after Archibald's father (Captain) John Macdougall died in 1845, and his older brother John Campbell died in 1848. This he did after disposing of his Adelaide property.
He brought the "Colonial Times" business into a state of success, but when he expected his reward (a partnership), the widow did not keep her word and from that estranged relationship Archibald left and went to Victoria.  "Colonial Times" was sold when Mary Ann Macdougall married Mr Kenric Brodribb in 1855 and moved to Melbourne.

Archiblad Macdougall printed and published the famous book "The Life and Adventures of William Buckley" 1852 in Hobart.  Author John Morgan. A story of a wanderer for thirty two years amongst the Aborigines of the then unexplored country around Port Philip, now the province of Victoria. The saying "You have two hopes - buckleys and none" comes from this story. He also published "The Wild White Man and the Blacks of Victoria" by James Bonwick in 1852 in Hobart.

The Life and Adventures of William Buckley, published by Archibald Macdougall 1852

In January 2013 I found the cave that William Buckley lived in for some time. It is below the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.  If you want to explore for yourself, take the track to the beach from the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and turn left. It is immediately under the Lighthouse.  You cannot enter the cave as it is barred up but good to find it.  We enjoyed our lunch on the beach and pondered what it would have been like for William Buckley in those early days.

William Buckley's cave at Point Lonsdale
William Buckley's cave at Point Lonsdale

Archibald and family tried their hand unsuccessfully at finding gold in Castlemaine around 1856 after leaving Hobart.

The family came to Prahran were Archibald worked for "The Argus", managed the "Prahran Chronicle" and started "The Advertiser" in Prahran in late 1860s.

Archibald Macdougall died suddenly of pleuro-pneumonia on 2 April 1870, aged 55 years. He was living at Eastbourne Street, Prahran and buried at St.Kilda Cemetery, Melbourne. Below is his Will written 24 March 1870, just 9 days before his death.

Will and Testament of Archibald Macdougall

This is the last Will and Testament of me Archibald Macdougall of Eastbourne Street in the Borough of Prahran in the Colony of Victoria, Printer.  I give to my dear wife all my household furniture and personal affects in my home.  I give and devise to my sons Archibald Henry Macdougall and John Campbell Macdougall the remainder of my personal estate on trust to invest same in Government or real securities or on freehold estate and pay the annual income and profits thereof unto my dear wife during her life and after her decease in trust to divide the said trust estate equally between and amongst all my children for each of them sole and separate use and benefit, and I appoint the said Archibald Henry Macdougall and John Campbell Macdougall executors of this my Will.  In witness whereof I the said Archibald Macdougall have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this twenty fourth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy.         Signed by A.Macdougall
Signed acknowledgement published and declared by said Testator as and of his last will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other present at the same time have here unto set our names as witnesses the interlineation initialled – having been first made –       Signed by John Oldham, Melbourne and John Eccleston, Wesleyan Minister South Yarra.
This is the Will marked A referred to in the annexed affidavit of John Oldham sworn before me this day Fourteenth day of April AD 1870.      
Signed by John ?ailey.  A Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria for taking affidavits.

In the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
In the Will of Archibald Macdougall late of Eastbourne Street in the Borough of Prahran in the said Colony, Printer.
I, John Oldham of No.43 Bourke Street West in the city of Melbourne in the said Colony one of the attornies of this Honorable Court make oath and say -
1.  That the above named Archibald Macdougall late of Eastbourne Street in the Borough of Prahran in the said Colony, Printer, deceased made his will bearing date the twenty fourth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy and hereby appointed his sons Archibald Henry Macdougall of Sandhurst in the said Colony, Salesman and John Campbell Macdougall of Castlemaine in the said Colony, Salesman, Trustees and Executors thereof.
2.  That the said Will is hereunto annexed marked with the letter A.
3.  That the said will was executed by the said Archibald Macdougall in the presence of me and one John Eggleston, a Wesleyan Minister, that we were both present at the same time and at the request of the said Archibald Macdougall in his presence and in the presence of each other we subscribed our names as witnesses attesting the due execution of the said Will.
4.  That all the alterations and interlineations in the said Will were made by me at the request of the said Testator and before he signed the same.
Sworn at the said City of Melbourne this Fourteenth day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy         Before me   Signed  John ?ailey.       A Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria for taking affidavits

(A copy of the hand written Will and Testament is on file, but typed out for easier reading). 

Archibald Campbell Macdougall (26 September 1815 - 2 April 1870) with son Archibald Henry Macdougall (16 February 1841 - 18 August 1895)

Sarah Macdougall, wife of Archibald C. Macdougall 20 September 1815 - 10 July 1882
Archibald Henry Macdougall (16.February 1841 - 18 August 1895)

Archibald Henry Macdougall (1841-1895) with son Archibald Wm.Walter Macdougall (1867 - 1936).

Archibald Campbell Macdougall - Sacred to the memory of Archibald Macdougall wod departed this life on the 2nd April 1870 aged 55 years.  At evening there cometh a light. St Kilda Cemetery, Wesleyan Section, Compartment B, grave 0103.

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