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Looking for McGowans of Moyston, Victoria Australia

Query by Jenny467

I am looking for any information on the family of Dugald McGowan and Margaret McGowan (nee Toner), who came out to Australia from Britain in the 1850's. They settled in Moyston (near Stawell) in Victoria and had children who included Charlotte (came out with Margaret in 1857 on ship), Margaret, Jane, John, Henry, Mary, Archibald, Anna Bella, and others who died as babies. If anyone has any information on this family it would be much appreciated.

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by Jenny467 Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-03-13 04:52:50

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by Aussie1947 on 2011-03-13 05:42:54

by Jenny467 on 2011-03-13 06:42:54

Thanks so much. I know that Margaret McGowan had a business at Stawell after her husband died, but have not been able to find anything. This is most helpful to me.

by Aussie1947 on 2011-03-13 08:10:13

1903 Electoral Roll
McGowan Annabella, Lower Main street, Stawell, fruiterer.
McGowan Charlotte, Lower Main street, Stawell, fruiterer.
McGowan Margaret, Lower Main street, Stawell, home duties.

I can see a Margaret (30) born abt 1827 in Scotland & Charlotte McGowan (3) born abt 1854 in Scotland arriving on the "Guy Mannering" at Melbourne on 25th November 1857 from Liverpool. Cant see Dugald McGowan though on the voyage.

I can find 9 children born to Dugald & Margaret in Victoria.

Looks like Margaret died in 1905 at Stawell.

Can't find a death for Dugald though!


by Jenny467 on 2011-03-13 22:45:43

Hi Gerry,

Wow you are fast. I have some of this information, but not all and it has taken me forever to get it. I am very thankful for this. I too have been unable to find any trace of Dugald, except on the Trove newspaper site, where I found a Dugald was in a fight and had part of his ear bitten off. I think somehow that this may have been him. But as for his death or any other information, I am at a standstill.

by Jenny467 on 2011-03-13 22:54:35

Oh also, I found that Dugald McGowan came over in 1856 on the "Red Clipper". I wondered if he may have been a convict. Do you know of any way that I may find this out. Its just that family rumour had him as being a Doctor in Scotland, and then becoming derigistered. I can find no record of this, but wondered if perhaps he was shipped out.

by micka on 2011-10-12 07:09:20

Archibald McGowan is my great grandfather. He married Alice Elizabeth Windsor. They had only one child who survived beyond infancy- my grandmother Margaret Muriel McGowan. Archibald died in 1899 of complications from malnutrition. He was an apothecary and due to the bad depression of the 1890's he could not get enough money to feed himself after providing for his wife and child. His daughter, my grandmother was born in 1885 and lived with my mother in later life until she died in 1974. My sister and I have a lot of stories about that side of the McGowans if you want to reply. I think that the Dugald McGowan on the trove newspaper site was our Dugald. My granny said that he was quite a wanderer and came and went all the time. Dugald came to Australia on the Red Jacket in 1856. Amazingly, one of my father's ancestors came out on the very same ship on the VERY SAME voyage. To my knowledge, my two different parental sides didn't know of each other until my parents met in 1945. Dugald is listed on Archie's death certificate in 1899 as having been a bootmaker.I don't know what happened to him. Apparently Margaret Toner married Dugald McGowan in Glasgow, and came to Australia separately, Margaret coming later on the Guy Mannering with 3 year old Charlotte and I think another infant who died. I hope this has been helpful to you.

by Jenny467 on 2011-10-13 03:19:16

Hi Micka,

My great grandfather was Archibalds brother, John McGowan. All of your information is the same as I have found,so it is definately the same people. I have done some research and am happy to share the information with you. I am not too familiar with this site, but if there is some way we can comunicate through email , that would be good. I have also travelled to the grave of Margaret McGowan (nee Toner), Archibald's mother, who died at Stawell Vic in 1905. I would love to hear some of the stories so if there is some way that we can trade email addresses, or do I need to post it on this public site? Did your family stay in Victoria? We became spread out in WA and NSW, but I am currently in Victoria.

by micka on 2011-10-13 05:44:14

I would love to correspond through email, but like you, I don't know if it's ok to post my email address on a public forum. I am pretty much a beginner with regard to computers.If you post your email address then we can communicate privately. It's good to hear that there is anybody out there who is reading what I'm saying, because I have started researching my family history only a few months ago, and most of what I read that other people have said is so old that I don't think that they visit the sites any more. As far as I know, all of Archie's descendants are still living in Victoria and I know of all of them, but I know very little of Dugald's life before Australia because it is so hard to find anything from Ireland. Likewise, Scotland is hard and expensive and I refuse to pay much, just on spec. My sister knows more than I do, but she is in New Zealand for the next couple of weeks.I can also email you a photo of Archie (and his wife, Alice separately ), but I don't have photos of any other McGowans. I hope to hear from you soon.

by janilye on 2011-10-13 06:55:34

Micka, To exchange email addresses safely;

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by micka on 2011-10-15 19:42:06

Janilye, thanks for that. It's been extremely helpful.

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