Mary Beatrice Bullock

F, #9723, b. 4 Oct 1876, d. 4 Sep 1878
Father*Walter Herbert Bullock b. 1851, d. 31 Oct 1921
Mother*Frances Amelia Buncle b. Sep 1851, d. 9 Jun 1919
Birth*4 Oct 1876 Carlton, VIC, Australia, #B21459.1 
Birth-Notice*7 Oct 1876BULLOCK.—On the 4th inst., at 54 Berkeley-street, Carlton, the wife ol Walter Herbert Bullock of a daughter.2 
Death*4 Sep 1878 Lilydale, VIC, Australia, #D8999 (Age 1) - as BULLOCH
Buried at Lilydale 10 Sep 1878.3 
Death-Notice*6 Sep 1878BULLOCK.—On the 4th inst., at the Colonial Bank of Australasia, Lillydale, Mary Beatrice, the only and dearly beloved daughter of Walter Herbert and Frances Amelia Bullock. Safe in the arms of Jesus.4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 7 Oct 1876, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5905126
  3. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Fri 6 Sep 1878, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5947326
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

William Buncle Bullock

M, #9724, b. 22 Feb 1878, d. 24 Nov 1945
Father*Walter Herbert Bullock b. 1851, d. 31 Oct 1921
Mother*Frances Amelia Buncle b. Sep 1851, d. 9 Jun 1919
Birth*22 Feb 1878 VIC, Australia, #B30277X1917.1 
Birth-Notice*5 Mar 1878BULLOCK. —On the 22nd ult., at the Colonial Bank of Australasia, Lilydale, the wife of Walter Herbert Bullock of a son.2 
Death*24 Nov 1945 Sydney, NSW, Australia. 
Death-Notice*7 Dec 1945BULLOCK.—A loving tribute to our dear brother, William Buncle, who passed away in Sydney, November 24, elder son of the late W. H. and F. A. Bullock, brother of the late F. G. Bullock. (Inserted by his loving sister, Lily H. Bullock, Mrs. A. F. Gibbs, Mrs. G. V. Ket.)3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 5 Mar 1878, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5923849
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Dec 1945, p2.
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

Lily Hester Bullock

F, #9725, b. 10 Jul 1879, d. 1 Jul 1948
Father*Walter Herbert Bullock b. 1851, d. 31 Oct 1921
Mother*Frances Amelia Buncle b. Sep 1851, d. 9 Jun 1919
Birth*10 Jul 1879 Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #B16177.1 
Birth-Notice*15 Jul 1879BULLOCK.-On the 10th inst., at Alfred-cottage, Rae-street, North Fitzroy, the wife of Walter Herbert Bullock of a daughter.2 
Death*1 Jul 1948 Ripponlea, VIC, Australia, #D6708 (Age 68) - as Lillian Hester BULLOCK.3 
Death-Notice*3 Jul 1948BULLOCK.-On July 1, at her residence, 1 Victoria avenue. Ripponlea, Lillian Hester, loved sister of William (deceased), Frank (deceased), Amelia (Mrs Gibbs, deceased), and Gertrude (Mrs Ket). (Privately Interred.)4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 15 Jul 1879, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5950730
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Jul 1948, p2.
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

Clara Ethel Bullock

F, #9726, b. 18 May 1881, d. 17 Feb 1884
Father*Walter Herbert Bullock b. 1851, d. 31 Oct 1921
Mother*Frances Amelia Buncle b. Sep 1851, d. 9 Jun 1919
Birth*18 May 1881 Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #B16475.1 
Birth-Notice*4 Jun 1881BULLOCK. — On the 18th May, at No. 6 Hargreaves street, Fitzroy, the wife of Walter Herbert Bullock of a daughter.2 
Death*17 Feb 1884 Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #D1195 (Age 3.)1 
Death-Notice*23 Feb 1884BULLOCK.— On the 17th inst., at 61 St. David street, Fitzroy, dear little Clara Ethel, youngest daughter of Walter and Frances Bullock, aged two years and nine months.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), Sat 4 Jun 1881, p22
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219426019
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), Sat 23 Feb 1884, p15
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221150628
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

Gertrude Victoria Bullock

F, #9727, b. 1887, d. 29 Jul 1971
Father*Walter Herbert Bullock b. 1851, d. 31 Oct 1921
Mother*Frances Amelia Buncle b. Sep 1851, d. 9 Jun 1919
Married NameKet. 
Birth*1887 Clifton Hill, VIC, Australia, #B18336.1 
Marriage*16 Nov 1912 Spouse: William Ah Ket. Methodist Church, Kew, VIC, Australia, #M9518.2
 
Marriage-Notice*28 Dec 1912KET-BULLOCK.-On the 16th November, 1912, at the Methodist Church, Highbury-grove, Kew, William, son of the late Mark Ket, of Wangaratta, to Gertrude Victoria, youngest daughter of Walter H Bullock, of Princess-street, Kew.3 
Widow6 Aug 1936Gertrude Victoria Bullock became a widow upon the death of her husband William Ah Ket.4 
Death*29 Jul 1971 Sydney, NSW, Australia.5 
Death-Notice*31 Jul 1971KET. Gertrude Victoria (Bullock). — July 29th at hospital late of Vasey Place, Hawthorn, Victoria, dearly loved wife of the late William Ah Ket, dearly loved mother of Dr. William Ket (dec.), Capt. Stanley Ket (dec.), Melaan Bunting, of London, and Margaret Toylaan Allen, of Sydney.
In God's loving care.5 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
19311 Dandenong road, Malvern, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With William Ah Ket.6
1968Flat 33 20 Lisson grove, Hawthorn, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.7

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Dec 1912, p9.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age, 31 Jul 1971, p48.
  6. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  7. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

William Ah Ket

M, #9728, b. 1876, d. 6 Aug 1936
Anecdote*Asian Studies Program. Chinese Australia
William Ah Ket - Building Bridges between Occident and Orient in Australia, 1900-1936*
By Toylaan Ah Ket
My father, William Ah Ket rose to prominence in the 1900s-1930s as one of Melbourne's most talented and adroit barristers. He was born in Victoria in 1876, the only son among six daughters all born in Australia to his Chinese parents. His father had migrated from Canton in the 1850s, and when the Gold Rush in Australia ended, he settled in Wangaratta to raise his family. William's father, Mah Ket, became highly respected as the local 'mandarin' and Law Courts Interpreter, and prospered well as a tobacco-grower, store-keeper, and property owner.
William was educated in Wangaratta, and on gaining his matriculation he moved to Melbourne to study Law at Melbourne University. He completed his articles with the solicitors Maddison & Jamieson in 1903. After reading with (Sir) Stewart McArthur, he signed the Bar Roll in 1904 and became the first Chinese barrister to practice in Melbourne. He built up a successful practice in Selbourne Chambers alongside such famous neighbours as Arthur Deane, R.G. Menzies, Owen Dixon, James Tait, and Ben Dunn who all gained renown in that era as KCs, or Justices of the Supreme Court and knights of the realm.
At the age of 35, William was married at the Kew Methodist Church to a young Australian woman, Gertrude Bullock, whose English-born forebears had migrated to Australia from Cheshire and Cambridge respectively. In 1921, William and Gertrude established their home at No.1 Dandenong Road, Malvern where they raised a family of two sons and two daughters.
Their eldest son William Ket MBBS became Deputy Superintendent of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. The younger son Captain Stanley Ket (LLB) served with the Intelligence Unit of the AIF in World War II and was killed during the Allied landing at Tarakan. The eldest daughter, Melaan, married Len Williams, founder of the Spanish Guitar Centre in London, and their only son, John Williams, has been acclaimed as one of the world's most talented classical guitarists. Their youngest daughter Toylaan gained her BA(hons) degree at Sydney University in 1982 and is currently writing the biography of her father.
William Ah Ket became a leading figure in the Chinese Australian community during the early years of Federation. Prior to completing his tertiary studies at Melbourne University, William received a full primary and secondary education in Wangaratta's public schools. in Chisholm Street. In addition, he had the advantage of growing up in a traditional Chinese household where his father employed a resident tutor for his 'seven little Australians' to learn the cultural traditions of ancient China, and to master the Confucian skills of reading and writing in the Chinese language. There is little doubt that William Ah Ket's youthful experience in 'bridging' the two worlds of East and West enabled him to become one of the few Chinese Australians of his time who could mix with ease, and enjoy widespread respect, not only within his legal fraternity, but within the social, business and sporting circles of Melbourne in which he moved.
In the 1900s William Ah Ket along with other leaders of the community, such as Quong Tart in Sydney and Cheok Hong. Cheong in Melbourne, publicly opposed discriminatory laws against Chinese people. He supported the creation of a committee to agitate against the Immigration Restriction Act in 1901. For the next twenty years he worked tirelessly for the alleviation of all unreasonable conditions imposed on the Chinese under the umbrella of the White Australia Policy, such as the Dictation Test and Limitation of Residence.
William Ah Ket also wrote articles and gave lectures in support of the massive petitions raised by the Anti-Opium League of Victoria, and the increasing protests of influential clergymen and educators against racial discrimination in Australia. He made several successful submissions opposing the Victorian government's repeated attempts in 1904, 1905 and 1907 to make amendments to the 1896 Factories & Shops Act to specifically exclude the Chinese from gaining a livelihood in the furniture-making trade. He was also co-founder and president of the Australian-Chinese Association, co-founder and president of the Nam Pon Soon Society, and a committee member of Melbourne's See Yup Society.
William Ah Ket was chosen as delegate by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to represent Victoria at the Conference of Overseas Chinese called by Dr. Sun Yat Sen to attend the first National Parliament for the new Republic in 1912. After his return to Australia, William Ah Ket was appointed as Acting Consul-General for China in Melbourne in 1913-14 and again in 1917.
Popular among the press reporters and cartoonists of his times, William Ah Ket was affectionately regarded as the Chinese "Rumpole" of the Victorian Supreme Court, gaining such a reputation for his canny tactics as a cross-examiner. His witticisms were aimed less to disarm the witness than to win the reluctant approval of the bench with his propensity for reciting pithy quotations from either Shakespeare, Robby Burns or Gilbert & Sullivan.
William's personal interests were widely diversified. He was a founding member and Grand Master of the East Caulfield Masonic Lodge No.123 and held life-membership of the MCG so that he could maintain his enthusiasm for cricket as a ball-to-ball eyewitness of the Test matches between England and Australia.
Following his youthful introduction to country horse-racing in Wangaratta, William Ah Ket continued his regular attendance at Saturday's race-meetings in Melbourne, never missing his place in The Stand during the season of The Oaks, the Caulfield Guineas and the Melbourne Cup, where he was recognised as a keen if not always successful punter.
Both William Ah Ket and his wife were music-lovers and regular theatre-goers during the "Gay 20s" before the Depression. It was customary for them to celebrate the various anniversaries of their happy marriage with a small party at a Chinese banquet in Little Bourke Street or attending one of the city theatres - either Her Majesty's or the Princess Theatre - for a Melba recital, a Gilbert & Sullivan production, a Franz Lehar light opera or a Gladys Moncrief musical . Occasionally their choice would be a controversial play at The Little Theatre, or a night of comedy at the Tivoli with Stiffy & Mo.
In the 1930s world peace began to waver under the threat of Germany's fascism and Japan's expanding military aggression in China and towards the Pacific nations including Australia. In 1931, William Ah Ket's dedication to foster increased understanding and friendship between the West and the East led him to accept joint Trusteeship with Sir Colin MacKenzie in the founding of the George Ernest Morrison Memorial Lectureship in Ethnology at the National University in Canberra.
Guidelines for the Lectureship had been initially proposed by Sir Colin MacKenzie and were brought to fruition through the efforts of William Ah Ket in Melbourne and William J. Liu in Sydney who both obtained generous financial support for its foundation. Sir Colin envisaged a lectureship that would increase friendship and understanding between the people of Australia and the people of China - albeit at the academic level and not merely through trade. He believed his objective could well be achieved if the Morrison Lectureship Foundation invited scholars from interstate and overseas to deliver the kind of lectures at the Australian National University that would provide all Australians with a better knowledge of the arts, sciences, and history of the Chinese people.
The Inaugural G.E. Morrison Lecture was given in 1932 by the Consul-General for China, Dr. W.P. Chen, and in 1933 the second Morrison Lecture was delivered by William Ah Ket on the subject of 'Reconciliation between Eastern and Western ways of thinking, with particular reference to Confucius'. Three years later, the untimely death of William Ah Ket brought to an end the legal career of a truly remarkable Chinese gentleman who had made such a worthy contribution to the history of Australia, by putting into practice his personal philosophy of 'building bridges between the East and West.'
NOTE: The author, Toylaan Ah Ket, is the daughter of William Ah Ket. This paper is based on a paper she gave at the Conference of the Chinese Studies Association in Australia held at Macquarie University on 5 July 1995.
The views and opinions expressed in these stories do not necessarily reflect those of La Trobe University or the editors of the website.
Last Updated: 27 February, 2009.1 
Birth*1876 Wangaratta, VIC, Australia, #B19916 [par Ah KET & Hing UNG] - as William AH KET.2 
Marriage*16 Nov 1912 Spouse: Gertrude Victoria Bullock. Methodist Church, Kew, VIC, Australia, #M9518.3
 
Marriage-Notice*28 Dec 1912KET-BULLOCK.-On the 16th November, 1912, at the Methodist Church, Highbury-grove, Kew, William, son of the late Mark Ket, of Wangaratta, to Gertrude Victoria, youngest daughter of Walter H Bullock, of Princess-street, Kew.4 
Death*6 Aug 1936 Malvern, VIC, Australia, #D6888 (Age 60) [par AH KET Ma & Unknown].5 
Death-Notice*7 Aug 1936AH KET.--On the 6th August 1936 at his residence, 1 Dandenong Road, Malvern, William Ah Ket, the dearly loved husband of Gertrude, and loving father of William, Stanley, Melaan and Toylaan, aged 60 years.6 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
19311 Dandenong road, Malvern, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: barrister. With Gertrude Victoria Ket.7

Australian Dictionary of Biography

William Ah Ket (1876-1936), barrister, was born on 20 June 1876 at Wangaratta, Victoria, only son and fifth child of Ah Ket, storekeeper and grower and buyer of tobacco, and his wife Hing Ung, who were married in Melbourne in 1864. His father had arrived in Victoria in 1855 and after some years on the goldfields established one of the earliest tobacco-farms on the King River. He became the leading Chinese in the district and a respected member of the Wangaratta community.
William was educated at Wangaratta High School and at home by a Chinese tutor. He was one of the few Australian-born Chinese proficient in both Chinese and English, and in his early teens acted as a court interpreter. It was his father's wish that he should qualify for the law in his countrymen's interests. Ah Ket matriculated in 1893 and entered law at the University of Melbourne, completing a single subject before proceeding to his articled clerk's course in 1898. He won the Supreme Court Judges' Prize in 1902, completed his articles with Maddock & Jamieson and was admitted to practice in May 1903. He read with (Sir) Stewart McArthur and signed the Bar roll in June 1904.
In the 1900s Ah Ket was active in the Chinese community's opposition to restrictive and discriminatory legislation, both State and Federal. In 1901 he helped to create a committee to agitate against the proposed immigration restriction bill. He was a member of the Chinese Empire Reform Association of 1904 and of the Anti-Opium League of Victoria, organizations which supported modernization and social reform among Chinese at home and abroad. He was a delegate to the first interstate Chinese convention held at Melbourne in 1905. As adviser and publicist Ah Ket was prominent in opposition to the Bent government's attempts between 1904 and 1907 to drive the Chinese out of occupations where they competed with Europeans, by requiring licensing of Chinese workers under the Factories and Shops Acts. He defended his people in A Paper on the Chinese and the Factories Acts (Melbourne, 1906), and was co-founder and president of the Sino-Australian Association, which was the first Australian-Chinese club. In 1912-13 Ah Ket visited China as the delegate of the Victorian Chinese Chamber of Commerce to participate in the election of overseas Chinese to the new parliament of the Republic. He was acting consul-general for China in 1913-14 and in 1917.
Ah Ket built up a healthy practice at the Victorian Bar, specializing in civil law. He was in the front rank of pleaders and became renowned as a fine cross-examiner—quietly spoken, courteous and shrewd—and as an outstanding jury man. He acquired a considerable reputation as a negotiator of settlements. Ah Ket's colleagues remembered him with warmth and affection as an amiable and gregarious man, greatly respected for his ability and integrity. He was an excellent after-dinner speaker, a prominent Freemason and a keen punter and golfer.
On 16 November 1912 he had married Gertrude Victoria Bullock at the Kew Methodist Church. They had two sons—one became a solicitor and the other a medical practitioner—and two daughters. Ah Ket died of arteriosclerosis and renal failure at Malvern on 6 August 1936, and was cremated after an Anglican and Masonic service. His estate was valued for probate at £4342.8

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, https://arrow.latrobe.edu.au/store/3/4/5/5/1/public/stories/…
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Dec 1912, p9.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Aug 1936, p1.
  7. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  8. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, John Lack, 'Ah Ket, William (1876–1936)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ah-ket-william-4979/…, published in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 28 August 2014.
    Select Bibliography
    J. H. C. Sleeman, White China (Syd, 1933?)
    A. Dean, A Multitude of Counsellors (Melb, 1968)
    R. G. Menzies, The Measure of the Years (Melb, 1970)
    Wangaratta Bi-Weekly Dispatch, 3, 6 June 1896
    Wangaratta Chronicle, 3, 6 June 1896, 19 Nov 1902, 18 July 1908, 20 Nov 1912, 8 Aug 1936
    Age (Melbourne), 21 Nov 1902, 7, 8 Aug 1936
    Argus (Melbourne), 7 Aug 1936
    C. F. Yong, The Chinese in New South Wales and Victoria, 1901-1921 (Ph.D. thesis, Australian National University, 1966).
Last Edited13 Dec 2018

Elizabeth Brydie McRobbie

F, #9733, b. 1857, d. 31 Aug 1929
Probate (Will)* Elizabeth B MacDougall. Married. Melbourne. 31 Aug 1929. 231/817.1 
Married NameMacDougall.2 
Birth*1857 Perthshire, Scotland.3 
Marriage*1883 Spouse: James MacDougall. VIC, Australia, #M1049.4
 
Death*31 Aug 1929 Melbourne East, VIC, Australia, #D10921 (Age 72) [par John McROBBIE & Elizabeth LAWSON].2 
Death-Notice*2 Sep 1929MACDOUGALL.-On the 31st August, at Melbourne Mansions, Collins street, Melbourne, Elizabeth, wife of James MacDougall. (Private interment.)5 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1903Barker's Road, Kew, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James MacDougall.6
1909507 Barker's Road, Kew, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James MacDougall. With James Kenneth MacDougall.7

Family

James MacDougall b. 1859, d. 8 Apr 1942
Child 1.James Kenneth MacDougall+ b. 25 Sep 1884, d. 10 Feb 1960

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 2041; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 812.
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "Elizabeth born Perthshire, Scotland. James born Glasgow."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Sep 1929, p1.
  6. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  7. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
Last Edited30 Dec 2015

James Kenneth MacDougall

M, #9734, b. 25 Sep 1884, d. 10 Feb 1960
Father*James MacDougall b. 1859, d. 8 Apr 1942
Mother*Elizabeth Brydie McRobbie b. 1857, d. 31 Aug 1929

World War I

James Kenneth MacDougall enlisted on 20 Apr 1916, a month after marrying the daughter of Rawson Parkes FRANCIS, another resident of Upper Beaconsfield. James Kenneth MacDougall was an engineer and a 2nd Lieutenant on enlistment. His unit the 3rd Pioneer battalion, Reinforcement 7 embarked from Melbourne on 4 Aug 1917 on board HMAT A32 Themistocles. He returned to Australia on 15 May 1918 as Lieutenant, being recalled to design and oversee construction work at his father's new wire-plant at Newcastle, New South Wales.1,2
Anecdote*James Kenneth MacDougall worked for the Austral Nail Company Pty Ltd from 1911-16 and 1918-21, and for Rylands Bros (Australia) Ltd, which was formed by a merger between Austral and Rylands Bros Ltd 1921-52. His enthusiasm for the design and development of new products and techniques contributed to the world leadership of Rylands in wire-making.3 
Birth*25 Sep 1884 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B24926.4 
Marriage*23 Mar 1916 Spouse: Olive Wilks Francis. Christ Church, South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #M768/768R.5,6
 
Marriage-Notice*29 Apr 1916MACDOUGALL-FRANCIS.-On the 23rd March, at Christ Church, South Yarra, by the Rev. K. Henderson, Kenneth; eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James MacDougall, Arlington, Kew, to Olive, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rawson P. Francis, Inglesby, South Yarra.5 
Military*25 Oct 1943Enlisted for military service: Newcastle, NSw, Australia, Australian Army - N284232 - Lieutenant Colonel 32 BATTALION VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS PART TIME DUTY.7 
Widower1958James Kenneth MacDougall became a widower upon the death of his wife Olive Wilks Francis.3,8 
Death*10 Feb 1960 New Lambton, NSW, Australia.3 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1909507 Barker's Road, Kew, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: electrical engineer. With James MacDougall and Elizabeth Brydie MacDougall.9

Australian Dictionary of Biography

James Kenneth (Ken) MacDougall (1884-1960), engineer, was born on 25 September 1884 at Hawthorn, Melbourne, son of Scottish-born parents James MacDougall, importer, and his wife Elizabeth Brydie, née McRobbie. His father acquired, through an unpaid debt, a nail-manufacturing plant which was incorporated as the Austral Nail Co. Pty Ltd in 1891. Ken attended Malvern Grammar School and the Working Men's College (1901-03), gained a diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering, and was employed (from 1904) by the Melbourne City Council's electric supply department. He designed equipment for wire-drawing for the Austral Nail Co. in 1911, and was hired as a consultant when Lysaght Bros & Co. Ltd built a wire-drawing plant in Sydney in 1914.
At Christ Church, South Yarra, on 23 March 1916 MacDougall married with Anglican rites Olive Wilks Francis (d.1958). On 20 April that year he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. Commissioned in January 1917, he embarked for Britain in August. After serving on the Western Front with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in February-April 1918, he was recalled to design and oversee construction work at his father's new wire-plant at Newcastle, New South Wales. His A.I.F. appointment terminated in Melbourne on 14 August.
By 1921 Austral had joined with the British firm, Rylands Bros Ltd, to form Rylands Bros (Australia) Ltd. In 1924 the Broken Hill Propriety Co. Ltd acquired Rylands; MacDougall, whose technical expertise was recognized by Essington Lewis, became manager. The Newcastle plant specialized in high-carbon products such as rope wires, spring wires, and nails; the three-ribbed 'star' fence-post was patented soon after MacDougall took charge. By 1935 Rylands was drawing equivalent wires twice as fast as the best American mills. A notable inventor, MacDougall devised the 'keyhole' type of self-locking tie for the binding of 'dumped' wool. Although 'Mr Ken' was known for his good relationship with employees, he left personnel and industrial matters to his deputies. Possessing a strong voice, Lieutenant Colonel MacDougall commanded (1942-45) the 32nd Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, which guarded the steelworks. Some Japanese shells fell on the works, but no one was killed.
His enthusiasm for the design and development of new products and techniques contributed to the world leadership of Rylands in wire-making. After his retirement in 1952, MacDougall was chairman of Lysaght Bros, the Australian Wire Rope Works Pty Ltd and Bullivants' Australian Co. Pty Ltd. A member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, he was president of the Rotary Club of Newcastle and of the Newcastle branch of the New South Wales Chamber of Manufactures; he was also a member of the Technical Education Advisory Council and a foundation councillor (1949) of the New South Wales University of Technology. The university awarded him an honorary D.Sc. in 1955.
MacDougall was an engineer at heart. He enjoyed spending his weekends boating with his family on Lake Macquarie. While manager of Rylands, he lived at the Works House, the company cottage on the hill at Mayfield, designed by his wife. Survived by his daughter and two of his three sons, he died on 10 February 1960 at his New Lambton home and was cremated with Presbyterian forms.10

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI.
  2. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, MacDougall Family Tree - Owner: thompsonwbt.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Apr 1916, p13.
  6. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 "listed as McDOUGALL & MACDOUGALL."
  7. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.awm.gov.au/database/, Name      MACDOUGALL, JAMES KENNETH
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      N284232
    Date of Birth      25 Sep 1884
    Place of Birth      GLENFERRIE, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      25 Oct 1943
    Locality on Enlistment      MAYFIELD, NSW
    Place of Enlistment      NEWCASTLE, NSW
    Next of Kin      MACDOUGALL, OLIVE
    Date of Discharge      8 Dec 1945
    Rank      Lieutenant Colonel
    Posting at Discharge      32 BATTALION VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS PART TIME DUTY
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  8. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  9. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  10. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Beverley Firth, 'MacDougall, James Kenneth (Ken) (1884–1960)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…, published in hardcopy 2000, accessed online 2 September 2014.
    This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 15, (MUP), 2000
    Select Bibliography:
    BHP, Newcastle Wiremill 75th Anniversary 1919-1994 (Newcastle, NSW, 1994)
    BHP Review, June-Sept 1955, p 36
    Sydney Morning Herald, 6 July 1949, 25 Feb 1950
    Newcastle Morning Herald, 11 Feb 1960
    A. Smith, The Australian Wire Industry: An Economic, Business and Technical History (M.Comm. thesis, University of Newcastle, 1982)
    private information.
Last Edited10 Aug 2015

Alexander Clark MacKay

M, #9740, b. 1859, d. 27 Jul 1940
Father*Alexander MacKay b. 29 May 1831, d. 15 Jul 1893
Mother*Eliza Ann Brisbane b. 27 Jan 1834
Birth*1859 Creich, Sutherlandshire, Scotland.1 
Land-UBeac*6 Sep 1879Alexander Clark MacKay selected land from the Crown. PAK-59. 13a 2r 24p.2 
Land-Note*19 Nov 1879 PAK-59: The Secretary for Lands, Melbourne. Sir, At the last land board held in Melbourne, I applied for a piece of groud adjoining the Kardinia Creek, being west of land adjoining G. Miller and North of Cameron. There are only about 18 acres altogether in the selection, which I intend converting into a place suitable for the growth of hops and willows. These require frequent irrigation and for the success of this it is necessary I should have the creek frontage. I may add that the property to the north and west has the creek as a boundary, and no injury will be suffered by any one if a similar frontage is accorded to me. Mr Callanan, the district surveyor approves of this application, which I trust will receive your early and most favourable consideration.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant
A. C. MacKay.3 
Land-Note10 Dec 1879 PAK-59: Office of Lands and Survey. 10 Dec 1879. Sir, In reply to your letter of the 19th ult. asking that the creek frontage may be included in the area of the land recently selected by you in the Parish of Pakenham, I have the honor to inform you that your request cannot at present be granted.
When you obtain a lease or grant of the land you can apply to be allowed to purchase the frontage.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient servant. W Blundell, Secretary for Land.4 
Land-Note20 Dec 1879 PAK-59: May I be permitted to utilise the chain and a half frontage referred to and when sold that I be protected by having a valuation allowed for improvements? A. C. MacKay
Blundell notes on files on 2 Jan 1880 that he must not occupy the frontage.
On 23 Jan 1880 another note in a different hand: Ask him what description of improvements he intends to put upon the frontage if his request be allowed.5 
Land-Note12 Feb 1880 PAK-59: Mr Blundell Esq. The improvements will be as ... may require such as draining, clearing etc. I may add that the request is made by express permission of the Sec for Lands, the cost of improvements will be about £50 fifty pounds.
A.C. MacKay per W Brisbane.6 
Govt Gazette*16 Jun 1882The article reads: forfeited 58 acre selection at his own request, Parish of Gembrook. Application No 11269.7 
Marriage*1887 Spouse: Annie Stewart Fraser. VIC, Australia, #M4989.8
 
(Heir) Probate (Will)21 Mar 1911Alexander Clark MacKay was named an heir in the will of William Brisbane. 119/103. Ex Land Agent. Nr Drouin.
Value of Estate £3276. Alexander Clarke MacKAY of Apollo Bay inherits £25 from William BRISBANE.9 
Death*27 Jul 1940 Burwood, NSW, Australia, #D16920 [par Alex & Elizabeth].10 
Death-Notice*29 Jul 1940MACKAY -July 27, 1940, at his residence, 362 George's River Road, Enfield, Alexander Clark Mackay, F.R.G.S., dearly loved husband of Annie, second son of the late Doctor and Mrs Mackay, Scotland, nephew of Governor Brisbane, and beloved father of Cedric, Buff, Darnley and Darley, aged 78 years.
MACKAY.—The Relatives and Friends of Mrs ANNIE MACKAY and FAMILY are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved HUSBAND and their dear FATHER Alexander Clark, to leave Metropolitan Funeral Home Railway Parade, Burwood, THIS DAY after service commencing at 1.30 pm for the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood.11 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
7 Apr 1861Main Street, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland(Head of Household) Alexander MacKay;
Age 2
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann MacKay12
2 Apr 1871North Side of Street, Hutton Cranswick, Cranswick, Yorkshire, England(Head of Household) Alexander MacKay;
Age 12 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann MacKay, William James MacKay, Jane MacNeill MacKay, Matthew MacKay, Henry Beatson MacKay, John MacKay13
1903Apollo Bay, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: sawmiller. With Annie Stewart MacKay.14

Newspaper-Articles

  • 30 Jul 1940, MR. A. C. MACKAY.
    Mr. Alexander Clark Mackay, nephew of Governor Brisbane, died at his residence, George's River Road, Enfield, on Saturday. He was 78.
    Mr. Mackay, who was an authority on Australian timbers, had travelled a great deal in Manchuria, China, and India.
    In 1924 he was captured by Chinese brigands. In the fight one of the party, an Englishman, was fatally wounded. Mr. Mackay was kept captive for nearly a fortnight.
    Mr. Mackay is survived by Mrs. Mackay and four children.15

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11235/19 - Alexander Clark MacKay of Beaconsfield, Bookkeeper.
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11235/19 - Letter to the Secretary for Lands written 19 Nov 1879.
  4. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11235/19 - Letter from Office of Lands and Survey. 10 Dec 1879.
  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11235/19 - Reply to letter from Office of Lands and Survey. 20 Dec 1879.
  6. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11235/19.
  7. [S194] Newspaper - Victorian Government Gazette "16 Jun 1882, p1538."
  8. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "Annie born in VIC, Alex in Scotland."
  9. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 119/103. Ex Land Agent. Nr Drouin.
  10. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  11. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 29 Jul 1940, p6.
  12. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Muirkirk; ED: 2; Page: 16; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1861_88."
  13. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG10; Piece: 4806; Folio: 16; Page: 1; GSU roll: 847356."
  14. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  15. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Jul 1940, p6.
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John Brisbane

M, #9747, b. 25 Jul 1832, d. 24 May 1865
Father*William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Mother*Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
Birth*25 Jul 1832 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, chr 12 Aug 1832.1 
Death*24 May 1865 Scotland. 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841High Street, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 8
Member(s) of Household: Ann Brisbane, Matthew Brisbane, John Brisbane2
30 Mar 1851Buchanan's Ld A Bell Mt House, Bridgend, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 18 - Assistant Pawnbroker
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann Brisbane William Brisbane3

Citations

  1. [S187] Familysearch "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Perth; ED: 3B; Page: 7; Line: 1260; Year: 1841."
  3. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Kinnoull; ED: 4; Page: 24; Line: 3; Roll: CSSCT1851_80; Year: 1851.
    listed as Brisbain."
Last Edited22 Oct 2017