Blogging from A to Z

Blogging from A to Z – Q is for Queenscliff

One of the families in my tree that were associated with Queenscliff was the Dandie family.

My 2x great grandmother, Euphemia Dandie, had a brother John. His son James was born in 1863. James married Louisa Jane Loveridge in 1888. James died on 3 October 1919 at Queenscliff. He was buried 5 October 1919 at Queenscliff Cemetery. His wife Louisa died 22 December 1933 in Geelong, and was buried 24 December 1933 at Queenscliff Cemetery.

James Dandie death notice
1919 ‘QUEENSCLIFF’, Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 – 1926), 7 October, p. 5. , viewed 20 Apr 2016,

Mr. James Dandie of the Victorian Lighthouse Service, passed to his rest on Friday last, after a painful illness leaving a widow and family of six, two of whom are married. His only son Private Will Dandie, A.I.F., returned home a short time since happily in time to see his father. Mr. Dandie was an esteemed citizen and a valued(?) elder of the local Presbyterian church. He was buried on Sunday last in the Queenscliff cemetery. The Rev. J. Garde officiated at the grave.

Although his children were all born elsewhere, James and his family had moved to Queenscliff by 1907, as I found an article on Trove which featured a story written by Daphne Dandie of Queenscliff –

SHORT STORY. (1907, September 14).The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946), , p. 56. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from

Daphne was their daughter Louisa Daphne Dandie. She married Angus McDonald in 1911, and they had 3 children who were born in Queenscliff. Louisa died in 1958 at Geelong, and was buried at the Queenscliff Cemetery. Her husband died in 1953, and was also buried at Queenscliff Cemetery. Two of their children, Allan and Margaret, died young, and are also buried at Queenscliff Cemetery.

Their daughter Ethel May Dandie married Albert Henry Kubale on 16 March 1916 at St Andrew’s Church, Queenscliff. .

Ethel May Dandie marriage
PERSONALIA. (1918, March 23).Queenscliff Sentinel, Drysdale, Portarlington, Sorrento Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), , p. 2. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from

A pretty wedding was celebrated in St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday last, when Mr Kubale, of the R.A.E., was married to Miss Ethel May Dandie, daughter of Mr and Mrs J Dandie. The best man was Mr Kubale’s brother, and the bridesmaid Miss Muriel Dandie. The church was beautifully decorated by the friends of the bride, and the church organist (Mr M. S. Caithness) played Mendelsohns’ ‘Wedding March’, on retiring. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. D. S. Jones, of Portarlington.

Ethel and Albert had one daughter who was born in Queenscliff.  Ethel and Albert later moved to Caulfield.

James Dandie and Louisa Loveridge had another daughter Margaret Mary Dandie, who married Alexander Duncan Balfour.  Margret and Alexander had 2 children who were born at Queensclif. One of these children died young, and was also buried at Queenscliff Cemetery.

James and Louisa also had a daughter Muriel Violet Dandie.  She never married, and died and was buried in Geelong.

They also had a son William James Dandie.  William had moved to Melbourne by the time of his marriage to Bertha Kubale in 1925.

James and Louisa also had another daughter, Agnes Harley Dandie, who married Allan Eldridge Parkes.  I don’t have much information about Agnes at this stage.