Blogging from A to Z

Blogging from A to Z – W is for Williamstown

My great grandparents were Robert Harley and Euphemia Dandie.  Although as far as I can tell Robert and Euphemia never lived at Williamstown themselves, they both had siblings who did.

The Dandie connection

Euphemia had a brother named John Hardy Dandie.  John was born 21 March 1831 in Ferry Port on Craig (Tayport), Fifeshire, Scotland.  I have not been able to find an immigration record for John at this stage, but he was in Victoria by 1859, when he married Margaret Maloney.

John and Margaret had 3 children:

  • John Dandie born 7 April 1860 at Williamstown. Refer below for more information about John
  • Peter Dandie born 29 August 1861 at Williamstown. He married Eda Louisa Warlond in 1885 in Victoria, and then he and his wife moved to Balmain in New South Wales.  Peter died in 1947 at North Sydney.
  • James Dandie born 1 September 1863 at Williamstown. More about James below.

Margaret died 28 October 1863, aged 27 years, and was buried at Williamstown Cemetery.

John then married Annie Ryan in 1864 at Williamstown.  They had 5 children:

  • Ann Dandie born in 1865 at Williamstown, died in 1865 at Williamstown. She died aged 1 day.
  • Jane Dandie born in 1866 at Williamstown, died in 1866 at Williamstown. She died aged 9 days.
  • Theresa Mary Dandie born in 1868 at Williamstown. Theresa Mary Dandie (or Mary Teresa Dandie) married George Baxter Stewart in 1894.  George had also been born at Williamstown, in 1866.  They had 1 daughter, Muriel Ethel Stewart born 1895 in Williamstown.   It is not known when they left Williamstown.  The first record found for them after Muriel’s birth was on the UK Incoming passenger list in 1926, and then the 1931 Electoral roll, which showed they were living at Elsterwick, Victoria, Australia.
  • Alexander Dandie born in 1871 at Williamstown. Alexander married Elizabeth Ann Water, and their first child was born in 1902 at Hotham (North Melbourne).  By 1905, when their second child was born, they had moved to Northam in Western Australia.
  • William Dandie born in 1873 at Williamstown, and died 1 February 1883 at Williamstown. He is buried with his parents at Williamstown Cemetery, aged 9 years.

John died 29 September 1908 at 66 Hanmer St, Williamstown, and was buried 1 October 1908 at Williamstown Cemetery.  His wife Ann died 30 December 1900 at Williamstown, and is also buried at Williamstown Cemetery.  A public member tree at Ancestry has a photo of their gravestone – http://mv.ancestry.com.au/viewer/b56902d2-3077-4f9c-bb44-a799efb7c15d/82737793/36471306786

John Dandie (junior) married Margaret Mary Lough on 18 June 1885 at Williamstown. They had 4 children:

  • Margaret Dandie born on 29 October 1886 at Williamstown. Margaret married Albert Ellis Glenn on 15 March 1911 at Williamstown, and they then moved to Brunswick/Coburg.
  • Christina Lily Dandie born 17 August 1889 at Williamstown. She never married.
  • Leopold George Dandie born 16 April 1893 at Williamstown.
  • Olive Mary Dandie born 1896 at Williamstown. Olive had an illegitimate child, Allan Frederick Dandie, who was born in 1914 at Williamstown. Olive married Wilfred Joseph Fryer in 1936.

As mentioned, Margaret moved away from Williamstown after her marriage.  The rest of the family moved from Williamstown to Moonee Ponds between 1917 and 1919.

James Dandie married Louisa Jane Loveridge in 1888.  They had 6 children.:

  • Louisa Daphne Dandie born 9 June 1889 at Williamstown
  • Ethel Mary Dandie born 2 May 1891 at Heathcote
  • Muriel Violet Dandie born 19 November 1892 at Williamstown
  • William James Dandie born 18 November 1894 at Queenscliff
  • Margaret Mary Dandie born 29 January 1900 at Griffith Island, Port Fairy
  • Agnes Harley Dandie born 7 January 1901 at Port Fairy

I wrote about this family in my post “Blogging from A to Z Q is for Queenscliff”.

The Harley connection 

John Harley (senior). John Harley had been born in 1792 at Forres, Moray, Scotland. He married Agnes Moncur in 1817 at Longforgan, Scotland, and they had four children who were born at Longforgan

  • Robert in 1817. Robert married Euphemia Dandie in 1846 in Dundee.  They came to Australia in 1852 on the “Wanata”, and lived at Emerald Hill, then the Rochford area, and then returned to South Melbourne.
  • Elizabeth in 1819. She married James Wynd at Inchture. They came to Australia in 1855 on the “Covenanter: and they also lived at Emerald Hill/South Melbourne.
  • John in 1823. John married Elizabeth Bower at Emerald Hill, and their first child was born at Emerald Hill.  They then lived for a short time at Williamstown, which is where two of their sons, Alexander, born in 1858, and George Martin Bower, born in 1860, were born.  The family then moved to Lancefield. More information about this family can be found in my post “Blogging from A to Z L is for Lancefield”.
  • Janet in 1834. Refer below for more information about Janet.

Agnes Harley, nee Moncur, died in 1850 in Longforgan.   John then came to Australia to join his children who were already here.  He died 11 January 1864 at Williamstown, and was buried 12 January 1864 at the Williamstown Cemetery.

Janet Harley Janet married Alexander Lindsay in 1858.  They had 7 children:

  • Alexander Lindsay was born in 1860 at Williamstown, died in 1861 at Williamstown at the age of 18 months, and was buried 3 August 1861 at the Williamstown Cemetery.
  • William Lindsay was born in 1862 at Williamstown. He died in 1942 in Ivanhoe, and was buried 1 July 1942 at the Williamstown Cemetery. He never married
  • Jessie Lindsay was born in 1864 at Williamstown. She died in 1899 in Bendigo, and was buried 11 August 1899 at the Williamstown Cemetery. She never married.
  • Catherine Lindsay was born in 1866 at Williamstown. She died in 1916 at Richmond, and was buried 12 January 1916 at Williamstown Cemetery. She also never married.
  • John Lindsay’s birth was registered in 1869 at Williamstown. He died in 1869 at Williamstown, at the age of 2 weeks, and was buried 12 January 1869 at Williamstown Cemetery.
  • Agnes Lindsay was born in 1870 at Williamstown. She died in 1870 at Williamstown, at the age of 14 days. She was buried 23 March 1870 at Williamstown Cemetery.
  • David Lindsay was born in 1871 at Williamstown. He died in 1871 at Williamstown, aged 4 days.  He was buried 9 March 1871 at Williamstown Cemetery.

Janet died 24 November 1902 at her home at 7 Perry Street, Williamstown.  She was buried 25 November 1902 at Williamstown Cemetery,  Alexander Lindsay had died 22 January 1877 and was buried at Williamstown Cemetery.

A Public Member Tree at Ancestry has a photo of their gravestone at Williamstown – http://mv.ancestry.com.au/viewer/895a3a06-121f-4fb4-90d2-2ab0899c6c57/82737793/36471306974

The Gravestone is hard to read, but this is what I think it shows::

IN MEMORY
OF
ALEXANDER LINDSAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JAN. 22ND 1877
AGED 47 YEARS
THY WILL O LORD BE DONE
JESSIE LINDSAY
WIFE OF ABOVE
DIED 24TH NOV 1902
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO THEIR CHILDREN
ALEXANDER LINDSAY

The bottom of the gravestone has broken off

Another Public Member Tree at Ancestry also has the photo of the gravestone for John Harley, and the Lindsay children: http://mv.ancestry.com.au/viewer/a3c27d53-8f23-4a29-8470-c4b4cbfb2640/83098154/38470722206

This appears to be the broken off part of the gravestone for Alexander and Jessie, although it looks newer. Some parts of this gravestone are also hard to read, and I have referred to the death indexes to check these details

DIED 31ST JULY 1861
AGED 18 MONTHS
JOHN LINDSAY
DIED 11TH JAN. 1869
AGED 14 DAYS
AGNES LINDSAY
DIED 21ST MARCH 1870
AGED 14 DAYS
DAVID LINDSAY
DIED 8TH MARCH 1871
AGED 8 DAYS
JESSIE LINDSAY
DIED 9TH AUG. 1899
AGED 35 YEARS
CATHERINE LINDSAY
DIED 10TH JAN. 1916
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO JOHN HARLEY
FATHER OF JESSIE LINDSAY
DIED 11TH JUNE 1864
AGED 67 YEARS.

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