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CAIRNS Alexander and Janet DALGLIESH

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Alexander CAIRNS and Janet DALGLIESH.

Alexander and Janet, and their two children, James and John, may have arrived in Victoria, Australia, on the Thos Fielden in 1854. They were recorded as:

Alexander CAIRNS aged 35 years.
Mrs. CAIRNS aged 30 years.
James CAIRNES aged 04 years.
John CAIRNS aged 02 years.

Possible death for Alexander is 1911 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 86 years.
Parents named as Alexander CAIRNS and Janet DALGLEISH.

It's easy to see the informant has named the wrong parents for Alexander. The informant may have been one of his children and when asked for parents names, meaning those of the deceased, they have given their own parents names.

Janet died 1898 in Tootgarook, Victoria.
Age: 70 years.
Parents named as James DALGLIESH and Janet DONALDSON.

Eleven children located for Alexander and Janet.


John Dalgleish CAIRNS
Born: circa 1849 Scotland.
Died: 1941 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 92 years.

Married: Emma BALDRY.
Year: 1883.
Place: Victoria.
Emma's birth place given as Suffolk.

Emma died 1914 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 53 years.
Parents named as John BALDRY and Hephzibah PENDAL.

Five children located for John and Emma.

Ernest John CAIRNS.
Born: 1884 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: -

Mabel Ellen CAIRNS.
Born: 1886 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1962 Fitzroy, Victoria.
Age: 74 years.

Married: George Alfred SYKES.
Year: 1923.
Place: Victoria.

Douglas Pendal CAIRNS.
Born: 1888 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1976 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 88 years.

Married: Grace Dora GRIFFITH.
Year: 1912.
Place: Victoria.

Grace died 1977 in Frankston, Victoria.
Death recorded under HARMER.
Age: 86 years.
Parents named as Doone GRIFFITH and Sarah SAWER.

Birth note.
Grace was born 1889 in Dromana, Victoria.
Parents named as Johan GRIFFITH and Sarah Ann SAWYER.

Reuben Dalgleish CAIRNS.
Born: 1892 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: -

Beatrice Alice CAIRNS.
Born: circa 1900. (Birth not located)
Died: 1978 Frankston, Victoria.
Age: 78 years.

Married: unknown LOVE.
Year: -
Place: -


Born: circa 1849 Scotland.
Died: 1921 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 72 years.


Alexander CAIRNS
Born: circa 1856. (Birth not located)
Died: 1912 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 56 years.


Born: circa 1859. (Birth not located)
Died: 1910 Carlton, Victoria.
Age: 51 years.


Born: circa 1860, Boneo, Victoria. (Birth not located)
Died: 1909 Flinders, Victoria.
Age: 49 years.

Married: William Cater BRENT.
Year: 1886.
Place: Victoria.

William died 1925 in Brunswick, Victoria.
Age: 65 years.
Parents named as John Richard BRENT and Anne CATER.

Birth note.
William was born 1860 in California Gully, (Bendigo) Victoria.
Parents named as John Richard BRENT and Ann CATER.

Notes for William.
William remarried in 1910 to Elizabeth Ethel LAUGHTON. *
Born: 1877 Richmond, Victoria.
Died: 1917 Brunswick North, Victoria.
Age: 37 years.
Parents were Felix LAUGHTON and Janet LAUGHTON.

Two children located for William and Janet.

James Richard BRENT.
Born: 1888 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: -

Alexander Cater BRENT.
Born: 1890 Flinders-Balnarring, (Dromana) Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Amelia Sarah Garside LAUGHTON. *
Year: 1913.
Place: Victoria.

Amelia died 1926 in Brunswick East, Victoria.
Age: 40 years.
Parents named as Felix LAUGHTON and Jane unknown.

Birth note.
Amelia was born 1886 in Melbourne, Victoria.
Parents named as Felix LAUGHTON and Jane LAUGHTON.


Born: circa 1862. (Birth not located)
Died: 1935 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 73 years.


William CAIRNS
Born: 1864 Wannaene, Victoria.
Died: 1938 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: Not recorded.


Elizabeth CAIRNS
. *
Born: 1866 Boneo, Victoria.
Died: 1948 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 82 years.


. *
Born: 1866 Wannaene, Victoria.
Died: -


Born: 1868 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1946 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 78 years.


Born: 1870 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1956 Melbourne, Victoria.
Age: 85 years.

* Amelia LAUGHTON and Elizabeth LAUGHTON were sisters.

* Birth registration numbers for Elizabeth and Edward indicate they were twins but I'm unable to explain why their birth places are recorded as Boneo and Wannaene. I don't know of a place called Wannaene. May be the name of a property.

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Immigration to Victoria.

With my thanks to camcairns for the information appearing in the comments section below.

JN 57951

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on 2014-01-06 05:55:14

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by camcairns on 2014-01-10 17:34:52

Hi Tonkin,

Alexander's parents are still a mystery. Alexander appears to have been born sometime between 1825 and 1827 in Alva, Scotland. Alexander did arrive on the Thomas Fielden(g) with David and his family. Alexander's relationship with David and Robert is still unclear. It was always thought that he was a brother, which he may be, but a cousin or even a half brother should also be considered. I suspect he is a close cousin. It should be noted, for anyone out there researching, this Alexander is not the Alexander Cairns who established buisnesses in Melbourne before moving to New Zealand - this Alexander also seems part of the extended family, in all liklihood a cousin being born in the same village(Menstrie) in Scotland as Robert David (and Betty)but to different parents. Contact me if you would like more information:

Ican suggest the following edits for the children of Alexander Cairns and Janet Dalgleish:
James is the oldest being born in Scotland circa 1850
John Dalgleish born Scotland circa 1852
Alexander born 11/03/1855
Robert Cairns was born 19/10/1857 in Boneo, died 1910 poss Carlton poss b Rye
Janet Cairns born circa 1859, married William Cater Brent, and had at least 2 children James and Alexander. D 16/08/1909 Flinders
David Cairns b circa 1861, d circa 1935 Rye? marriage unknown

Birth details are not as well recorded for Alexander and Janet's children as they are for David and Robert's for reason unknown.

Wannaene was a parsih in the county of Mornington. Wannaene largely includes current day Boneo

by tonkin on 2014-01-10 20:11:48

Thank you camcairns.

Don't know how I missed the births for Alexander, David, Robert and Janet. Will search the births again and update.

So Wannaene was a parish ... I was close when I said it may be a property.


by rusgey on 2014-01-11 21:21:47

Yes it is a parish but it is WANNAEUE and also covers Dromana.

by camcairns on 2014-01-13 19:23:11

Thanks rusgey. I used the spelling from copies of some of the earliest parish maps(late 1850's, early 1860's) - these can be viewed online through the State Library of Victoria's website. The spelling obviously changed at some point.

by tonkin on 2014-01-13 22:08:59

If you Google Wannaene and Wannaeue both spellings come up.
I also stumbled across an old map with the spelling Wannaeue.
Someone may know when the name was changed.

by itellya on 2016-02-03 06:13:46

The name Wannaeue didn't change, it was just commonly written with the wrong spelling (by journalists, hopefully not by the Lands Department.) Google WANNAEUE, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to see the parish maps. I doubt you'll find them by using the other spelling.

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