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 son and retired to live in Belmont, Geelong.
On 23 September 1873 he married Elizabeth Paterson, daughter of William and Elizabeth Paterson. Their children were:
Andrew James (James) — born 1874
William Bruce — born 1874
Charles — born 1877
Robert Livingstone — born 1878
Malcolm — born 1879
Elizabeth Euphemia — born 1881
John Alexander — born 1883
Margaret Agnes (Maggie) — born 1884
Jessie — born about 1893
He 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.
His sister Margaret Campbell Keith married Thomas Kirkland Dow, a well known agricultural journalist and son of David Hill Dow of Forest Station.
Mick Robinson was the speaker at our meeting on 1 June, 2017. He has an extensive knowledge of Geelong history. We had a great night with lots of laughs. An excellent speaker.
Gottlieb Gogoll died on 29 August 1876 aged 49 years and is buried in the Grovedale Cemetery. His estate was valued at £370/8/5. Louisa (née Bieske) died aged 52 years on 21 December 1890 and is also buried at the Grovedale Cemetery.
Andrew Thomson Abercrombie, born in Midlothian, Scotland in 1845, was the son of Andrew Thomas and Mary (née Thomson) Abercrombie. He came to Australia with his parents, brother Robert (born 1843) and sister Elizabeth Waddell (born 1849), in 1853 at the age of 8 years. Two more siblings were born in Australia, Ralph in 1855 and Jessie Brown in 1863.
In 1866 he married Mary Anna, daughter of Samuel and Anna (née Heath) Kenshole. Their children were:
Jessie Elizabeth — born 23 June 1867 Chilwell, Geelong, married Creighton Wilson Rankine 24 May 1898 (Queen's birthday) at Christian Chapel, Swanston Street, Melbourne, died 1912 Hawthorn
Mary Anna — born 1869 Mount Duneed, married Thomas Stafford
Agnes — born 29 July 1870 Mount Duneed, married Sidney John Grace 20 January 1892 at her father's house Albert Park, died 1895 Cue WA
Blanch — born 15 June 1872 Mount Duneed, Mount Duneed. On 18 December 1887 Blanch, aged 5 years, died from a fractured skull caused by a kick from a horse on 14th December. This happened after school when her father had unharnessed the horse. She was buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Mary Beatrice Heath — born 1874 Mount Duneed, married Walter Thistlethwaite 16 November 1898 at her father's residence, died 1952 Malvern
Constance Lucretia — born 1876 Mount Duneed, died 9 March 1906 Murchison
Andrew — born 17 Jun 1878 Mount Duneed, died 1970 Camberwell
Maud Thomson — born 1880 Mount Duneed, married Dickson Russell Johnston
Ralph — born 19 Jun 1881 Mount Duneed, died 3 May 1957 Hawthorn. He was appointed Auditor-General as from 1 September 1938. He continued in this role until 1946.
Eva Mabel — born 1883 Tower Hill, died 1969 Balwyn
James McGregor — born 1885 Tower Hill, died 1960 Camberwell, died 1960 Camberwell
He took an active interest in public life and held many honorary positions including treasurer of the Victorian Male Teachers Association and president of the State Schools Teachers' Union.
In March 1910, while head teacher of Victoria Park State School, he retired after 45 years' service. The staff and scholars presented him with a dressing case, travelling rug, silver serviette ring, gold medal and other tokens of appreciation. He had commenced his career in the beginning of 1865 as a trainee in the old Queen Street Church of England Training College. He then served in Geelong at the Saffron Street Wesleyan Day School (a common school), Mount Duneed, Koroit, Melbourne, Saint Kilda, South Melbourne, Bendigo and Victoria Park.
He died at the age of 81 at his home "Woodlands" in Yarra Street, Hawthorn, Victoria on 2 March 1926. Mary Anna died in 1885.
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