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GALE JURKIW, who is not longer at the email address given in the entry, placed the following details on firstfamilies2001.
John Archibald Primrose, shop waiter and porter, born 1809 at Edinburgh, Scotland, died 1879 and came to Victoria 1841 on The India with his wife Isabella Robertson. She was a housewife, born 1807 at Edinburgh Scotland and died 1873 in Victoria.
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A Rootsweb writer, Kate Finning, wrote on 16 Jan 2007
"John Archibald PRIMROSE b. 19 Sep 1809 Prince Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. John married Isabella ROBERTSON 9-3-1834 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. John's parents were William and Janet Primrose nee BROWN m. 27 May 1809 in Edinburgh. John had brothers George Guild PRIMROSE, William PRIMROSE and a Ebenezer Brown PRIMROSE."
Another Researcher discovered that Amelia Primrose was born 1831 in Edinburgh, Scotland, came to Port Phillip, Victoria Australia on the Grindlay in 1841, and died at Newtown 1915.


From on Thursday, 17 September, 2009

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Proclamation at Edinburgh dated 10 March 1834 - John Primrose Waiter in 31 New Building North Bridge, Sy Andrews Parish, and Isabella Robertson in same place and Parish, 3rd Proclamation and no objections.

Isabella's Death Certificate, died 19 Jan 1873 at Ballarat, aged 65 years, inquest held 21 Jan 1873 by Coroner, daughter of Amelia Robertson formerly Stewart and Donald Robertson, Informant the Coroner, buried 27 Jan 1873 at Ballarat, born at Blair Athol, Perthshire, Scotland, in the Colony of Victoria 31 years, was aged 25 when wed John Primrose. Children Amelia 40, Isabella 37, Donald deceased, George 27 and Fanny deceased.

John's Death Certificate, died 3 June 1879 at Jindivick, aged 69 years after 14 weeks illness, son of Janet Primrose formerly Brown and John Primrose, Informant William Gilby, son-in-law, buried 5 June 1879 at Drouin West Cemetry by Samuel Sandiford, Church of England minister. Born in Edinburgh and 38 years in the Colony of Victoria. Children Amelia 45, Isabella 43, Daniel deceased, George Duncan 35 and Frances Ann deceased.


John Primrose arrived 30 Mar 1839 at Adelaide on the Ariadne from Greenock. John Primrose wed 10 Apr 1845 to Elizabeth Reid in South Australia, and their children listed in South Aust records to 1855 are John Primrose born 23 Mar 1846, Agnes Primrose 23 Mar 1847, Elizabeth Margaret Adelaide Primrose born 6 July 1849, and James Robert Primrose 30 Mar 1852

John Primrose arrived Oct 1841 with Isabella Robertson on the Grindlay. They had George Duncan Mercer Primrose baptised 1843 at Geelong Presbyterian Church.
Isabella Primrose died 1873 #212 aged 65, daughter of Amelia Stewart and Donald Robertson.
Two men named John Primrose died in Victoria, John in 1854 #5967 with parents unknown, and John Primrose in 1879 #3839 aged 69, son of Janet Brown and John Primrose and born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Three people surnamed Primrose wed at Geelong Presbyterian Church, Amelia Primrose in 1849 #2163 to William Holmes, Isabella Primrose in 1852 #2747 to James Mowat, and Ebenezer Brown Primrose (parents unknown in 1873) in 1853 #3387 to Elizabeth Marshall.
Other early marriages are Jessie Primrose in 1855 to Robert Reid, Helen Primrose in 1857 to Alfred Simper, Susanne Primrose (daughter of Jessie Wilson and Adam Primrose) in 1859 to John Mathieson, then Frances Ann Primrose in 1865 to Edward Bull.

John Primrose and Isabella Robertson are noted as parents of Amelia, Isabella, Frances and George.

5 children 1. Amelia Primrose 1831 - 1915 #1488 aged 84 when her father was called George John, wed William Holmes.
2. Isabella Primrose 1836 - 1879 #8456 aged 43, wed William Gilbey
3. Donald on parents' death certs
4. George Duncan Mercer Primrose 1844 #7741 - 1904 #1300 aged 59, born in Geelong.
5. Frances Ann Primrose 1846 - 1868 #3141 aged 22, wed Edward Bull

1. Amelia Primrose 1831 - 1915 #1488 aged 84 when her mother was Isabella Robertson and her father was called George John Primrose, wed 1849 #2163 to William Holmes died 1908 at Charlton, when his parents names were unknown, 12 children

1.3. Isabella Holmes 1855 #10885 - 1939 #16783 wed Robert McAdam 1853 - 1932 #11616 aged 79, son of Jean Hendry and William McAdam, 6 children

2. Isabella Primrose 1836 - 1879 #8456 aged 43, died as wife of (Frederick William) or William Gilbey. She wed 1852 #2747 to James Mowat, who fathered no children in Victoria. As Isabella Mowat she wed 1857 #4128 to William Gilby and lived at Warrenheip, 5 children

4. George Duncan Mercer Primrose 1844 #7741 - 1904 #1300 aged 59, born in Geelong, wed Elizabeth Jane Roberts 1847 - 1914 #6049 aged 67, daughter of Elizabeth Toy and John Roberts
12 children 1. John William Primrose 1866 - 1919 #4648 aged 53
2. Elizabeth Frances Primrose 1867 #672 - 1926 #10250 aged 59
3. Daniel George Primrose 1868 #14074
4. Robert Henry Primrose 1870 #6889 - 1950 #22184 aged 80
5. Isabella Amelia Primrose 1871 #13819 - 1919 #8588 aged 47, wed 1891 #2047 to Thomas Knight
6. Frances Ann Primrose 1873 #7137 - 1875 #240 aged 1
7. George Arthur Primrose 1875 #6762 - 1891 #4506 aged 16
8. Albert James Primrose 1879 #282 - 1954 #11855 aged 75
9. Alexander Rosberry Primrose 1880 #20204
10. Alfred Gordon Primrose 1885 #289 - 1966 #24402 aged 81
11. Alan Verner Primrose 1887 #585 - 1977 #5852 aged 90
12. Ethel May Primrose 1891 #29264 - 1985 #22751 wed Falloon

4.4. Robert Henry Primrose 1870 #6889 - 1950 #22184 aged 80, wed 1894 #5473 to Sarah Johannah Bryant 1873 - 1939 #15661 aged 66, no children were recorded

4.5. Isabella Amelia Primrose 1871 #13819 - 1919 #8588 aged 47, wed 1891 #2047 to Thomas Knight

1 child 1. Muriel Irene Knight 1892 #17777 - 1929 #15550 aged 39, wed Hough
4.8. Albert James Primrose 1879 #282 - 1954 #11855 aged 75 wed 1915 #6061 to Carol Sinclair
1 child 1. Allan Sinclair Primrose 1917 #3511 - 1964 #6777 aged 47
5. Frances Ann Primrose 1846 - 1868 #3141 aged 22, wed 1865 #739 to Edward Bull
2 children 1. Edward Bull 1866 #509
2. John Bull 1867 #12703 - 1943 #3859 aged 76


A brother of John
Ebenezer Brown Primrose 1823 - 1873 #2097 aged 50 from Glasgow parents not listed, wed 1853 #3387 to Elizabeth Marshall 1825 - 1893 #5038 aged 68, daughter of Margaret Fowler and John Marshall.
6 children 1. Margaret Elizabeth Fowler Primrose 1854 #1588 - 1921 #1930 aged 66
2. Edwin Brown Primrose 1856 #7733 - 1920 #5070 aged 64
3. Christina Brown Primrose 1859 #10358 - 1866 #8183 lived 7 years
4. Edith Ellen (Helen) Primrose 1861 #11088 - 1940 #12639 aged 76
5. William Primrose 1863 - 1933 #3816 aged 70
6. Harold Primrose 1866 #2572 was 'Best man' for Edwin's marriage to ketha

1.2. Edwin Brown (Bouverie) Primrose 1856 #7733 - 1920 #5070 aged 64 wed 15 Oct 1892 at St John's Launceston, to Ketha Clarisse Walker 1872 - 1965 #25394 aged 93, first child of Catherine Turner and Charles Walker of Mildura House, Wellman St, Launceston Tasmania. The wedding is described in the Launceston Examiner, Tas. Wednesday 19 October 1892, page 2, Current topics, 3rd paragraph. Messrs Primrose arrived at Launceston 15 Oct on the Pateena from Melbourne, and Mesdames Primrose departed 24 Oct on the Coogee as Saloon passengers for Melbourne.
6 children 1. John Bouverie Primrose 1893 #33889 - 1979 #5672 aged 85
2. Ketha Primrose 1898 #5285 - 1981 #14609 aged 83, wed Stewart
3. Wm Lyndon Primrose 1903 #9977 wed c1923 to Ella Chevelette Baston
4. Elizth Alison Primrose 1906 #10097
5. Edwin Gerald Tremayn Primrose 1912 #14048 - 1965 #7594 aged 69
6. Margt Maud Primrose 1915 #24904

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