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William Gerrand

Male 1819 - about 1860  (40 years)


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  • Name William Gerrand 
    Born 8 December 1819  Kells , Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Christened 28 December 1819  Old Glenlee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Buried May 1860  Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died about 7 May 1860  Loddon River, Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • 1851 Scotland census:
      http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/historicalindexes/census.aspx

      Name: GERRAND , William
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: household of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: unmarried
      Occupation: SERVANT general
      Age: 30
      Born: born Kells Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: GRIERSON , James
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: household of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: unmarried
      Occupation: LABOURER farm
      Age: 19
      Born: born Mouswald Dms
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Agnes
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: daughter of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Age: 11
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Catherine
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: daughter of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Age: 6
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , James
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: son of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Age: 4
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Jane
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: daughter of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Age: 14
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , John
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: son of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation:
      Age: 1
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Mary
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: wife of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: married
      Occupation:
      Age: 38
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Mary
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: daughter of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status:
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Age: 9
      Born: born Dalry Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: McQUEEN , Thomas
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: head of household
      Marital Status: married
      Occupation: LANDED PROPRIETOR farming 1000 arable 10000 moor emp 40 labs
      Age: 50
      Born: born Dunscore Dms
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: MUNRO , Lillias
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: household of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: unmarried
      Occupation: MAID nursery
      Age: 28
      Born: born Kells Kbt
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: ROBSON , Janet
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: household of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: unmarried
      Occupation: MAID dairy
      Age: 25
      Born: born Glencairn Dms
      Household No: 5/29

      Name: TAIT , Agnes
      Address: Crofts Mansion House(874)
      Parish: Kirkpatrick Durham
      Relationship: household of Thomas McQueen
      Marital Status: unmarried
      Occupation: MAID house
      Age: 33
      Born: born Balmaclellan Kb
      Household No: 5/29

      Acknowledgement: Information on the Gerrand family obtained December 2006 from Jessie May Treloar
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      William (b: 1819), his wife, Jane/Jean RODDAN, their four eldest children and Mary
      RODDAN emigrated together on the "Queen of the East", arriving at Melbourne
      February 1858. William's parents (William and Margaret) then seem to have
      arrived in 1860, as their death certificates state the number of years
      resident in Australia. Their fifth child, Robert, who had emigrated in
      1852, married Mary RODDAN in April 1860, so I wonder if the parents arrived
      just prior to the marriage.

      [Gerrand family history from Jessie May Treloar (2007):
      Robert arrived in Australia in 1852 and initially worked on sheep stations, shearing sheep. As soon as he had earned enough money he purchased gold mining equipment and made his way (with his brother, John) to the goldfields. After some time mining for gold they appear to have decided that there was better money to be made carting supplies to the goldfields and transporting gold to Melbourne. In 1858 Robert's older brother, William and his wife, Jane Roddan came to Australia, along with their children and Jane's sister, Mary. In about 1860 Robert's father and mother also came to Australia. The rest of Robert's brothers and sisters also seem to have moved to Australia, except perhaps for one sister, who may have died before William and Margaret emigrated. It seems that probably shortly after William and Margaret arrived Robert married Mary Roddan and established himself as a farmer. Robert and Mary had nine children.]


      Unfortunately William (b: 1819) met with a sad end shortly after the
      marriage of his brother.

      The 1851 Census for Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbright, says a William
      GERRAND, aged 20, born at Kells, Kirkcudbright, was employed as a general
      servant at "Crofts Mansion House," household of Thomas McQueen 50, Head,
      landed prospector and farmer of 1000 acres, employing 40 shepherds and
      labourers.

      William, Jane and the four eldest children, accompanied Mary Roddan (future
      wife of William's brother, Robert) on the ship, "Queen of the East",
      arriving in Australia on the 8th February 1858.

      Sadly, William was drowned in the Loddon River at Newbridge, Victoria, just
      over two years later. It would appear he may have drowned about four weeks
      after attending the marriage of his brother, Robert and Mary Roddan, as one
      of the marriage witnesses is William Gerrand.

      A search at the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) produced a report of
      a Coroner's Inquest, held on 15 May 1860, into William's death. Depositions
      were taken from three witnesses - two miners and a doctor and the hearing
      was held before twelve jurors. The finding was as follows:

      "We find the deceased William Gerrard (sic) was found drowned in the river
      Loddon near Newbridge on the 14th day of May 1860 death was caused by
      asphyxia but we have no evidence to prove how caused."

      I believe it was usual, at that time, to hold an Inquest within a day or two
      of the death but one wonders how a thorough investigation could have been
      carried out in such a short period of time. In this instance it would seem
      very little investigation was done, apart from taking statements from (1)
      the person employed to drag the river to locate William's body, (2) the
      person who last saw William alive and (3) the doctor who examined the body.

      The statements are as follows (deciphered to the best of my ability):

      (1) Charles John Patterson:-
      I am a miner and reside at Inglewood. I was employed by deceased's brother
      to drag the river Loddon to recover the body of William Gerrard. After
      three days I found the body near Cotters sheepwash. The body was in the
      middle of the river on the bottom. I then towed the body ashore and sent
      one of the men with me to inform deceased's brother. There was about twenty
      feet of water where the body was found.

      (2) George Plummer:-
      I am a miner and reside at Inglewood. I remember Monday the 7th of May - I
      was at Inglewood. I was in company with the deceased William Gerrard. We
      were both riding proceeding to Newbridge from Inglewood as I had a cow to
      release from Newbridge pound. We left Inglewood between 7 and 8PM. I came
      as far as Sandy Creek washing place and he turned into the bush. I did not
      see deceased again alive after that deceased was under the influence of
      drink. I followed him into the bush but could not find him deceased rode
      very hard and I requested him to ride slowly. I then returned to Inglewood
      as I did not know the road to Newbridge.

      (3) Spiridion Candiollis (maybe Candiotis):-
      I am a legally qualified medical practioner (sic) residing at Inglewood. I
      have examined the body of the deceased William Garrard there is no external
      marks of violence. I have made a postmortem examination. I found the lungs
      highly congested, a great quantity of water in the chest and stomach, the
      right ventricle of the heart was full with blood, the stomach contained a
      small quantity of undigested food, the cause of death was an asphyxia caused
      by submersion in water. The casing membrane of the stomach was natural and
      I could not detect any spirits in the fluid contained therein.


      A report from a Detective Slattery further states that an amount of £100 was
      found on William when his body was taken from the river. The detective also
      says William was seen to cross the Loddon a little down from where the body
      was recovered. The horse tracks were followed up and traced to the bank
      within a few yards of where the body was found and from where the horse was
      seen to come. Even though the detective was aware of these facts he didn't
      think there had been any foul play.

      There seems to be a number of inconsistencies in the statements and reports.
      Firstly, the Inquest initially seems to have been held the day after the
      drowning, judging by the dates quoted. However, the statement by George
      Plummer says the day of the drowning was the 7th May. Secondly, William
      "was seen to cross the Loddon a little down from where the body was found."
      It would seem strange that the body was then found upstream.

      To add to the above, a search of the "Gisborne Express" newspapers provided
      the following two articles:

      Tuesday, May 15th, 1860

      LOCAL INTELLIGENCE

      DISTRESSING OCCURRENCE - It is our painful duty to chronicle the following
      melanchola event, which has plunged a large family circle in the deepest
      sorrow. It appears that Mr Gerrand, a highly respected farmer, residing
      near Gisborne, was out on horseback collecting debts. Nothing was heard of
      him for some days, when a telegram was received by his friends, stating that
      his horse was found drowned in the Loddon river. Diligent search was
      instituted for the rider, but no trace of him could be discovered, and it is
      supposed that he must have been drowned at the same time. The fact of the
      horse being found saddled, but without the bridle, would seem to favour this
      conclusion, as the drowning man would instinctively cling to it with a
      death-grip, and tear it by sheer force from the horse's head. But faint
      hopes are now entertained of finding the unfortunate gentleman; and what
      renders the occurrence still more distressing, he has left a wife and young
      family to mourn his loss.

      Tuesday, May 22nd, 1860

      LOCAL INTELLIGENCE

      DEATH OF MR GERRAND - We are now enabled to lay before our readers the
      full particulars relative to the melancholy end of Mr Gerrand. It appears
      that on Monday the 7th inst. he went to Inglewood on horseback, transacted
      his business, and started to return to Newbridge, where he resided, at half
      past seven in the evening. It was a beautiful moonlight night, but by
      mistake he took the road to Sandy Creek. He was seen by the men at the
      washing-place, where the pumping engine is erected, and was warned off the
      dam by the miners. It is reported that he came again and attempted to swim
      his horse across. He was next seen coming at full gallop out of the bush to
      the bank of the river, when the horse 'propped' on the bank and would not
      carry him in. He then attempted to cross a few hundred yards further down
      the stream, at a very rough place, but was told to go further down. He went
      further down and succeeded in crossing at a rocky but shallow place ,
      without holes. While on the Inglewood side of the river he would speak to
      no one, but when he crossed and was clear of everybody, he called out 'Good
      bye.' About ten o'clock the same night, as the men at the pumping engine
      were about to retire to rest, they heard a horse plunging and snorting in
      the river. They went out and saw the horse, but without a rider. They
      attempted to get the horse out, and for that purpose tied his fore feet
      together, when he slipped from them and swam to the other side, where they
      secured him. Two boats and a number of men were employed to drag the river,
      but it was not until the afternoon of Monday the 14th inst. that the body of
      the unfortunate man was found. His money was found on his person, so that
      there can be no suspicion of foul play; but why he should attempt to
      re-cross the Loddon will for ever remain a mystery. An inquest was held on
      the body by Dr Quinlan, and a post mortem examination was made by Dr
      Candiotis, when a verdict of 'Found drowned' was returned. He leaves a wife
      and four young children to mourn his loss.

      The statement, above, that William was residing near Gisborne would not
      appear to be correct, as Gisborne is probably about 150 kilometres from
      Newbridge. However, it would seem that, at the time, his brothers, Robert
      and John were living at Gisborne and possibly another brother, James.

      The real facts of William's drowning will never be known but, in the light
      of the gold fever era and the variety of "characters", including
      ex-convicts, moving around the district, it's not hard to imagine foul play
      may have contributed to his death.
      ======================================================================
    Person ID I3113  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 December 2006 

    Father William Gerrand,   b. 14 January 1796, Barr by Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 1866, Spring Hill, Nr Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Margaret Ferguson,   b. 8 July 1794, New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 September 1876, Girgarre East, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 11 February 1819  New Galloway, Kells, Kirkcudbright, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F1315  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Jane (Jean) Roddan,   b. 25 January 1829, Urr , Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 June 1909, "Norfolk", Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 11 April 1851  Kirklebride, Kirkpatrick, Kirkcudbright, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Notes 
    • 1851 census was on evening of 30 March 1851

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      WILLIAM GERRAND
      Male Family
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      Event(s):
      Birth:
      Christening:
      Death:
      Burial:
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      Marriages:
      Spouse: JANE RODDAN Family
      Marriage: 11 APR 1851 Kirklebride,Kirkpatrick, , Kirkcudbright, Scotland
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      Batch Number: 8411031
      Sheet: 29
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    Children 
    +1. Mary Gerrand,   b. 5 January 1852, Nethertown, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 June 1932, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. William Gerrand,   b. 22 November 1853, Nethertown, Dunscore, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1901, Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     3. David Roddan Gerrand,   b. 30 August 1855, Dunscore, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 October 1891, Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     4. Margaret Gerrand,   b. 23 June 1857, Nethertown, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 November 1900, Kaikoura, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     5. Janet Gerrand,   b. 12 July 1859, Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 January 1860, Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Hamilton Grace Jane Gerrand,   b. 5 January 1861, Newbridge, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 January 1938  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F987  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] VicGold Genealogy Database.

    2. [S3] Gerrand, Errol, Gerrand, Errol.

    3. [S4] Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society, Elizabeth Maxwell.

    4. [S5] Gerrand, Ken New Zealand, Gerrand, Ken (New Zealand).

    5. [S6] Death Inquest, Copy of Inquest into the death of William Gerrand by drowning.

    6. [S125] Certified copy of Marriage Record, OPR Register, Parish of Kells, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

    7. [S24] Rackham, Margaret.


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