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Henry and Annie Drury

Henry Drury wed 1853 #3134 at Presbyterian Church, Geelong to Annie Maria Bolwell 1833 - 1905 #10172 aged 72, daughter of Louisa Wright and Sampson Baldwell, died at Mt Korong
12 Children 1. Elizabeth Louisa Drury 1854 #2315
2. Mary Jane Drury 1856 #8168
3. Henry James Drury 1858 #11418
4. Eliza Hellen Drury 1860 #14236 lived 5 months
5. Charles William Drury 1861 #19928
6. Emily Anne Drury 1864 #3195 - 1890 #13110 aged 26
7. Albert Edward Drury 1866 #3013 - 1957 #18100 aged 90
8. John Alfred Drury 1868 #10081 - 1945 #18712 aged 76
9. Miriam Alberta Drury 1870 #16826 - 1893 #15479 aged 22
10. Alice Gertrude Drury 1872 #9849
11. Sampson George Drury 1874 #9821
12. Edwin Thomas Drury 1877 #13159 - 1934 #9329 aged 57
1. Elizabeth Louisa Drury 1854 #2315 wed 1882 #1533 to Charles Goodland born in England, and lived at Mt Korong, 9 Children
2. Mary Jane Drury 1856 #8168 wed 1877 #67 to John Thompson Bird and lived at Wychetella, 9 Children
3. Henry James Drury 1858 #11418 wed 1888 #3450 to Mary (Minnie) Jemima Wilson and lived first at Wychetella
Minnie Drury c1875 - 1964 #1998 aged 88, dau of Ann Bartlet and Thomas, died at Northcote (does not match any birth registration in Victoria, and I think she was about 21 when she wed Henry so died aged about 78)
4 Children 1. Ethel May Drury 1889 #8703
2. Millicent Drury 1891 #8130
3. Henry James Drury 1893 #18202 - 1925 #7544 aged 33
4. William Francis Drury 1898 #11424
8. John Alfred Drury 1868 #10081 wed 1897 #2965 to Cath Houston Volich 1875 - 1951 #24546 aged 76, daughter of Catherine Crawford and John Volich, and lived at Inglewood
5 Children 1. Roy Stanley Drury 1897 #28920 - 1932 #2801 aged 34
2. Norman Henry Drury 1900 #28539
3. Alfred John Drury 1903 #12453 - 1978 #8041 aged 75
4. William Charles Drury 1904 #20104 - 1975 #16859 aged 71
5. Claud Houston Drury 1913 #33505 - 1944 #21682 aged 30
10. Alice Gertrude Drury 1872 #9849 wed 1893 #2838 to John Wm Britten and lived at Dunolly, 7 Children

Henry and Margaret Drury

Thanks to on 17 June 2008, who sent a copy of the wedding certificate of Henry Drury and Margaret Hayes
I have been unable to find anything on Mary Ann Margaret or Ann.
Only going on family information. When Thomas (Drury) Mulder died told 2 nuns attended the church service but they were from the order of silence. Goodness knows. The info came from Tom's son. Seems they arrived in a taxi and left same way. Of course that means they were in Brisbane. Church told me they would be buried under their proper names. We did come across a Margaret Drury (think it was) music teacher in Hay.
Henry jnr. was supposed to be in Longreach as well but not sure about that but I do have a photo of him which he sent to G'dad and Peter and on the back he has written 'From Your Loving Brother Harry'. We also found a War Record for a Henry Drury, dates all matching in 1915. Gives his wife as Edna Jane Drury. 40 yrs, Butcher of Darlington NSW. Comparing the war photo to the one we have there is a good likeness.

Henry Drury 1835 - 1880 #3005 aged 45, son of Mary Ann Twinn and John Drury born in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, when aged 36, wed 27 Sept 1874 to Margaret Hayes aged 23, dau of Bridget McGowan and John Hayes of Tipperary, Ireland. The marriage using the rites of Presbyterians, took place at the residence of the Minister of the Union Congregation, Maindample, (serving Violet Town and Euroa) and both Margaret and Henry signed with X their marks. The children were registered at Euroa.
Margaret Drury and Thomas Mulder moved into NSW, settling at Bourke where they wed 1884, going via Hay where James was born 1883 and lived 1 week,
Margaret Mulder nee Drury nee Hayes born c1851, died 8 Jan 1889 aged 38, leaving John 5, Catherine 3 and Peter 8 months.
3 Children 1. Mary Ann Margaret Drury 1875 #22822
2. Henry Drury 1877 #22221
3. Ann Drury 1879 #2581
5 Children 4. Thomas Drury 1880 #15635 born in Euroa
5. James Drury 1883 born in Hay, NSW, lived 1 week, died of yellow jaundice
6. John Samuel Mulder 1884 #15017 born in Bourke, NSW
7. Catherine E Mulder 1886 #16291 born in Bourke, NSW
8. Peter Mulder 1888 #17020 born in Bourke, NSW


Alexander Drysdale

Andrew/Alexander Drysdale is the first Drysdale to settle in Australia. He was the captain of a large number of merchant vessels that worked around Australia from 1823. Andrew left Portsmouth in 1822 on the Schooner Samuel. His wife Rachel Turnbull and his sons arrived in Sydney in 1825. They lived in Princess St,('The Rocks') which was demolished to make way for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Son John moved to Queensland about 1840

James Drysdale

James Drysdale 1832 - 1913 aged 79, wed 1857 #1658 to Marjory Mcgillivary and lived at Yan Yean then at Yea
10 Children 1. Catherine Drysdale 1858 #11354 - 1931 #12162 aged 73, born at Yan Yean
2. John Drysdale 1860 #2011 died before father, 1913
3. Jeannie Drysdale 1862 #5831
4. Margery Souter Drysdale 1864 #18675 - 1924 #9651 aged 60, wed Stanley born at Plenty
5. Janet Drysdale 1866 #24539 - 1931 #7527 aged 64
6. Donald Drysdale 1869 #6005 died before father, 1913, born at Yea
7. William Drysdale 1871 #13314 - 1933 #9742 aged 62
8. Mary Jane Drysdale 1873 #21306 wed 1898 #953 to Wm Scammello Attwood
9. Alexander Drysdale 1876 #6332 - 1957 #6129 aged 79
10. Isabella Johnson Drysdale 1879 #6446
1. Catherine Drysdale 1858 #11354 - 1931 #12162 aged 73 wed 1881 #4304 to Alexander Mcintosh and lived in Yea
6 Children 1. George William Mcintosh 1882 #26785 - 1937 #8224 aged 56
2. Marjory Mcintosh 1884 #21780
3. James Douglas Mcintosh 1886 #23221 - 1887 #12390 lived 1 year
4. Alexr Stewart Mcintosh 1889 #8790 - 1963 #8739 aged 74
5. Robt Drysdale Mcintosh 1892 #9287
6. Douglas Gordon Mcintosh 1900 #7678 - 1974 #20668 aged 74
8. Mary Jane Drysdale 1873 #21306 wed 1898 #953 to Wm Scammello Attwood 1868 #12801 - 1956 #10725 aged 88, son of Margaret Spoor wed 1863 #333 to William Attwood
3 Children 1. Marjory Myrtle Attwood 1898 #25363 - 1972 #26565 aged 73. wed Tranter
2. Wm Donald Drysdale Attwood 1901 #15623 - 1972 #24861 aged 71
3. James Gordon Attwood 1907 - 1959 #28459 aged 52
9. Alexander Drysdale 1876 #6332 - 1957 #6129 aged 79, wed 1897 #6825 to Rachel Mcleish 1857 - 1938 #13479 aged 81, dau of Annie Caster and James Mcleish
2 Children 1. Edileen Caister Drysdale 1892 - 1972 #15266 aged 80,
2. Gordon Josh Drysdale 1899 #14911 - 1899 #7986 lived 1 month
1. Edileen Caister Drysdale 1892 - 1972 #15266 aged 80, wed Thomas Henry Prideaux 1888 #8822 - 1967 #6896 aged 78. son of Elizabeth Gilbert and William John Prideaux
4 Children 1. Gordon Thomas Prideaux 1924 - 1980 #07076 aged 56
2. Eileen Jean Prideaux 1926 #3626 infant
3. Norris Chrisr Prideaux 1927 #893 infant
4. Lyall Alexander Prideaux 1930 - 1955 #9047 aged 25
10. Isabella Johnson Drysdale 1879 #6446 - 1964 #9942 aged 85, wed Templeton


From on Monday, 9 September 2013
Rincewind1954 added this on 5 Jul 2009 Pioneers to Yea, Letter written by daughter, Isabella Johnston Templeton, nee Drysdale, born 1879, Yea, Victoria, died May 1964, Yea, Victoria, Australia. History of James Drysdale since Coming to Australia , (1832-1913)
Born in Fifeshire , Scotland (at Alva), in 1832, James Drysdale was the son of a woollen manufacturer. He came to Australia in 1854 in the S.S. Mobelle, landing at Melbourne with his brother, Alex. (who was killed shortly after on the Mount Alexander railway), and laid the first rails in the Colony of Victoria. He also supplied a large quantity of stone for the Yan Yean reservoir and was one of two men who turned on the first water into the reservoir that now supplies
Melbourne
In 1857 he married Marjory McGillivray, of Yan Yean district. In 1866 he selected land in Yea, on which he lived until his death at the age of 81. When he picked the land he wanted, and applied to Seymour(where the official lived), he was told to put in his application straight away, as it was settlers that were wanted, not squatters. He thus got "Musgrove # as it was afterwards called, although for some years our letters were always addressed to "Muddy Creek # Yea. When he left Yan Yean for Yea with all his stock (a bullock dray driven by Grandfather McGillivray, and cows and horses); my mother riding a horse with a baby on her knee, it took a fortnight to make the trip over the Whittlesea Mountain . (The same track is being used today, only it is a made road now). They had to stop and cut their way through trees and scrub and clear logs out of the road. Eventually they arrived, and lived in bark huts and tents until a house was built, and there they reared the rest of the family of ten - six of whom were born after their arrival in Yea.

There was no train in those days, but one was built later on, then on to Alexandra and Mansfield. When the Yea line was built, a resident of Yea (Mr J. C. Sanders) bet my father a hat that the line would not go to Alexandra, and my father bet him it would. The line went to Alexandra, so instead of giving him a hat, Mr Sanders said he would bring him a Scotch cap from Scotland; he was going home for a trip. When the Scotch cap arrived there was great fun. Maggie McCann, who used to come to Yea to sing Scottish songs, got a great welcome because of it every time she appeared on the stage, as my father would put it on his walking stick and twirl it round in the air when she came on. Amidst spontaneous clapping. When she returned to Scotland, she wrote to a friend in Yea and asked to be remembered to Mr James Drysdale, of Yea. - Isabella J.
Alexander Drysdale 1824 - 1864 #2473 aged 39, son of Jane and John Drysdale of Scotland
Drysdale John aged 48 came Sep 1852 on the Europa
Drysdale Mgt 47 Sep 1852 Europa Drysdale Mary 22 Sep 1852 Europa Drysdale James 22 Sep 1852 Europa Drysdale John 19 Sep 1852 Europa Drysdale Chris 16 Sep 1852 Europa

Drysdale Alexr aged 22 came Mar 1859 on the Chrysolite
Drysdale John 24 Mar 1859 Chrysolite Drysdale Margaret 17 Mar 1859 Chrysolite

Obituary, Yea Chronicle Thurs 5 March 1914
OBITUARY, MR JAMES DRYSDALE.
By the death of Mr James Drysdale, "Musgrove # Yea, which sad event took place on Monday evening last, one of the finest types of the early pioneers is removed from our midst.
Although he had reached the mature age of 81 years his death was rather unexpected and it caused considerable surprise to those who had been in close touch with him recently. He enjoyed very fair health, and a recent turn was looked upon as only a case of temporary indisposition. However, he took a bad turn about midday on Monday last and at 5.30 he passed away in the most peaceful manner possible, and those who saw him after his death remarked on the exceptionally calm and -peaceful expression of his face, which appeared more life like than it had prior to his decease.
The deceased was very popular in the district, his jovial good nature appealing to all and it made him a general favorite He was particularly in evidence at the annual Caledonian gathering of the Athletic Club, and with the visiting kilties was a very warm favorite, and Miss Maggie McCann, a frequent visitor, in a letter to the secretary just to hand from London, asked to be kindly remembered to him.
Born in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1832, the son of a woollen manufacturer, he came to Australia in 1854 in the se.. Mobelle, landing at Melbourne with his brother Alex (who was killed shortly after on the Mt. Alexandra railway,) and laid the first rails in the colony of Victoria He also supplied a large quantity of stone for the Yan Yean reservoir, and was one of two men who turned the first water into the reservoir that now supplies Melbourne with water.
In 1857 he married Marjory McGillivary at Yan Yean, and a few years later came to the Yea district, selecting land in 1866, on which he lived till his death. He had a family of ten, seven of whom are living, Janet, Bella, Alex., Willie, Mrs Stanley, Mrs Attwood, and Mrs A McIntosh. He also leaves 18 grand children and 4 great - grand children.
Mrs Williamson. late of 'Sunnybank # Homewood.and now of Maidstone, Melbourne, is the sole surviving member of Mr Drysdale's family.
The Rev. Scott conducted the service at the house prior to the funeral owing to the indisposition of Rev Martin who later conducted the burial service at the grave-side. The funeral was a very large one, the mortuary arrangements being in the hands of Mr John Tosh. A number of private wreaths were laid on the grave and also one from the Yea Masonic Lodge


John Drysdale

John Drysdale - Reconstruction
Kate Willott Baker 1884 - 1968 aged 84 wed 1909 to John Francis Drysdale
John Francis Drysdale 1886 #13967 at Melb to Elizth Hannah Bennett and John Drysdale
John Drysdale of W Melbourne wed 1885 #3875 to Elizth Hannah Bennett
John Drysdale born at Melb 1860 #11833 to Margaret Sloan and John Drysdale
John Drysdale wed 1859 #2112 to Margaret Sloan
John Drysdale died 1879 #11839 aged 47, son of Margaret Dawson and John Drysdale of Stirlingshire

From on Sun, 02 Jan 2005
Dear Elizabeth,
I found your web page re the DRYSDALE family and am anxious to find current descendants of someone there.
You have Maggie Brown DRYSDALE b. 1872 m. James English FOULIS.
However, prior to that she married my Gt Grandmother's only brother - Hector ARCHER (1868-1896) in 1894. They had one daughter, Doris Margaret ARCHER, b. 1895 who m. in 1922 to Bernard Charles KENNEDY.
Doris and Benrard separated after their 6 yr old son Donald died in 1933. But they had one daughter Jean KENNEDY, b. 1928. It's she who I am most anxious to find.
I note that James English FOULIS and Maggie Brown DRYSDALE had 2 daughters - Margaret, b. 1900 who m. 1916 to Thomas Henry JONES; and Jean b. 1904, d. 1950 at Elwood who m. 1927 William Alexander ANDERSON.
Any possibility that you may know the whereabouts of ANY current descendants of Maggie Brown DRYSDALE would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
David in Ballarat

John Drysdale 1832 - 1879 #11839 aged 47, son of Margaret Dawson and John Drysdale of Stirlingshire, wed 1859 #2112 to Margaret Sloan (Sloane)
7 Children 1. John Drysdale 1860 #11833
2. Marion Miller Drysdale 1862 #9619 lived 7 weeks
3. David Smith Drysdale 1863 #15550
4. Ann Drysdale 1865 #23774
5. Alexander James Drysdale 1868 #10536 - 1953 #14465 aged 86
6. Margaret Mcgregor Drysdale 1870 #17550 lived 1 year
7. Maggie Brown Drysdale 1872 #17642 wed 1894 #6260 to Hector Archer and c1899 to Jas English Foulis
1. John Drysdale 1860 #11833 wed 1885 #3875 to Elizabeth Hannah Bennett 1862 - 1894 #3098 aged 32
John Drysdale wed 1895 #4659 to Mary Ann Sullivan 1868 - 1955 #7346 aged 87, daughter of Ellen Handley and James Sullivan and moved to Yarrawonga
4 Children
of Elizabeth
1. John Francis Drysdale 1886 #13967
2. Alexander Joseph Drysdale 1887 #23947
3. Annie Drysdale 1888 #24835
4. Laura Drysdale 1892 #5232
2 Children
of Mary
5. Janet Drysdale 1896 #8004
6. Ellea Drysdale 1897 #23951
1.John Francis Drysdale 1886 #13967 - 1967 #2029 aged 80, wed 1909 to Kate Willott Baker 1884 - 1968 #19643 aged 84
5. Alexander James Drysdale 1868 #10536 - 1953 #14465 aged 86 wed 1891 #598 to Mary Jane Parker 1871 #86 - 1942 #12657 aged 71 born at Amphitheatre



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