Andrew Keith was the son of Andrew Keith and Euphemia née McCallum, both aged 34, who sailed from Scotland in 1853 in the Sir William Molesworth. According to shipping records (which do not agree with cemetery records) they brought with them three children:
Andrew — aged 7
Margaret — aged 4
Daniel — aged 1
The family farmed land at Freshwater Creek for many years before Andrew senior handed over the farm work to his eldest son, Andrew, and retired to live in Belmont, Geelong.
On 23 September 1873 Andrew married Elizabeth Paterson, daughter of William and Elizabeth Paterson. Their children were:
Andrew James (James) — born on 22 September 1874 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1951 aged 76 years
William Bruce — born in 1874 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1876
Charles — born in 1877 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1940 at Berwick aged 64
Robert Livingstone — born in 1878 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1953 at Geelong West aged 75
Malcolm — born in 1879 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1943 at Wangaratta
Elizabeth Euphemia — born in 1881 at Freshwater Creek
John Alexander (Alexander) — born in 1883 at Freshwater Creek
Margaret Agnes (Maggie) — born in 1884 at Freshwater Creek, died in 1922 aged 37 years
Jessie Campbell Abercromby— born in 1891 at Geelong, died in April 1925 aged 32 years
Andrew died on 24 January 1923 in Belmont aged 80 and was buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Elizabeth who died on 14 March 1902 at the age of 43 is buried with him. They share a plot with Andrew's parents and two children, William who died as an infant and Maggie who died in June 1922 aged 37. Daughter Jessie who died in April 1925 is buried in a separate location in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Andrew's sister Margaret Campbell Keith married Thomas Kirkland Dow, a well known agricultural journalist and son of David Hill Dow of Forest Station.
Pictured at right is Private Charles Keith (5038) before taken before serving in the 21st Battalion. He was a farmer from Longwarry prior to enlistment. He returned to Australia on 9 April 1919.
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