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Query by Peckham

I am looking for descendants of James and Agnes Cullen of Australia. James was born in Chapelhall on 10/08/1855 and died in Australia on02/08/1939 ages 83 years. His wife Agnes (nee Anderson) was born, possibly in Kilmarnock in around 1853/54, and died in Australia on 04/09/1932 aged about 78 years. Their daughter Margaret married my Grandfather, James Rose MacGillivray on 29/06/1900 in Hamilton, Scotland. I believe James and Agnes, with children William (age 21) and Mary (age 18) sailed to Brisbane, Australia in August 1911 on board the Torilla.
Any information would be very much appreciated.

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on 2010-09-28 16:12:31

Peckham has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2010. is researching the following names: MACGILLIVRAY, PATTERSON, WALKER and 4 other(s).

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by cullen on 2011-02-24 21:28:25

There are Macgillivray's in Victoria. If you can check the Melbourne or Victorian Phone books.

by Aussie1947 on 2011-02-24 22:11:14


Records indicate that the Torilla arrived in Brisbane from London on October 10th 1911 and from a manifest the following Cullen family members were on board.

James Cullen, 54 born Scotland about 1857.
Agnes Cullen, 56 born Scotland about 1855.
William Cullen, 21 born Scotland about 1890.
Mary Cullen, 19 born Scotland about 1893.

I see in the 1901 Scotland Census James 45 and Agnes 46 along with 5 children James, 21, John 16, Robert 12, William 9 and mary 6 were residing at Rockside, Burnblea st Hamilton, Lanarkshire Scotland. James was a collery fireman.

Appears that the three eldest sons, James, John & Robert didn't come to Australia!

When James arrived in Queensland it looks like he went to Ipswich which was a coal mining are and used his skills he had in Scotland to become a Miners deputy.

Some electoral Roll info.

Queensland, Moreton, Ipswich.
Cullen James, Gibbon St, Miners deputy.
Cullen Agnes, Gibbon St, home duties.

Queensland, Moreton, Ipswich.
Cullen James, Gibbon st, miners deputy.
Cullen Agnes, Gibbon St, home duties.

Queensland, Moreton, Ipswich.
Cullen James, Rockside, Gibbon st Ipswich, miners deputy.
Cullen Agnes, Rockside, Gibbon St, home duties.

Queensland, Moreton, Ipswich.
Cullen James, Rockside, Gibbon st Ipswich, miners deputy.

Looks like James and Agnes named their house 'rockside" after the place they resided at in Scotland (see 1901 census info)



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by janilye on 2011-02-25 00:06:37

Qld. Deaths
1957/B22019 John Anderson Cullen James Agnes Anderson
1960/B37377 William Cullen James Agnes Anderson

by janilye on 2011-02-25 00:28:08

Marriages for Mary CULLEN Qld.up to 31/12/1933
1920/B24769 Devin Thomas James Cullen Mary Phyllis
1923/C1987 Cullen Mary Smith William Edward
1923/C3276 Burke John Cullen Mary
Marriages for William Cullen Qld. up to 31/12/1933
1915/C3077 Cullen William John Webb Henrietta Sarah
1916/C2027 Cullen Michael William Sant Lillian Ann
1917/C2488 Cullen William Westley Sinclair Annie Elizabeth
1918/C3071 Cullen William Armour Margaret Whyte
1931/C3090 Cullen William Alexander Burkhardt Caroline Jean
1923/B32591 Wallis Charlotte Moreton Cullen William
1925/B37627 Cullum Ada Amanda Cullen William McRae
1925/C1275 Burton Irene Josephine Emma Cullen William George.
and Agnes Cullen's death in 1932;
1932/C2787 Agnes Anderson Cullen James Anderson Elizabeth Frame
and 3 listings for a James Cullen Death:
1933/C4684 James Cullen - - -** aged 54 years
1939/C3302 James Cullen Charles -
1934/C3932 James Cullen - - -** aged 63 years

by janilye on 2011-02-25 00:40:24

Macgillivray deaths in Qld 1911-1963:

1913/B17556 Alexander MacGillivray John MacGillivray Mary MacGillivray
1913/C3355 Arthur Vincent MacGillivray Alexander MacGillivray Kate Marmsell
1951/B33226 Angus Alexander MacGillivray Angus Flora MacLeod
1958/C1632 Dudley Robinson MacGillivray Alexander Sykes Katherine Elizabeth Cocks
1915/C263 Edna MacGillivray Claude Alexis MacGillivray Ivy Lillian Hyams
1948/B19173 Doris MacGillivray Claude Alexis Ivy Lilian Julia Hyams
1915/C673 James Macgillivray John MacGillivray - McBerth ** born Scotland aged about 48 years
1927/C1603 Douglas Stuart MacGillivray Alexander Stuart MacGillivray Katherine Cocks
1937/C867 John Archibald MacGillivray Donald Mary Taylor
1924/C3687 Katherine Elizabeth MacGillivray Robinson Cocks Elizabeth - ** born Victoria aged 66 years
1920/B32953 Catherine MacGillivray
1951/C3029 Claude Alexis Macgillivray Alexander Sykes Katherine Elizabeth

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by sanmas on 2013-02-06 10:05:36

New to Familytree circles.

Also on board the Torilla were Elizabeth Martin and (we believe) her son John Martin aged 6. Elizabeth was the daughter of James and Agnes Cullen and widow of Patrick William Robertson Martin (born 11 November 1870 in Hamilton). Patrick was brother of my grandfather. Patrick and Elizabeth were married at her family home Rockside, Burnblea Street, Hamilton on 1st June 1899.

They had a child James died February 1900 aged three weeks and we think a second child John born about 1905. Patrick died 9th May 1906 in Saltcoats, Scotland.

After going to Australia Elizabeth remarried James Scott and her death is recorded at Ipswich Queensland 9th March 1946

We are particularly interested in finding out what happened to John Martin - following mother's remarriage may have changed name to Scott

Hope this of interest

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