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Alexander Mcmillan 14 son of Archibald, employed by Capt Brown, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Alexander McMillan & Archibald in a partnership agriculturists Scotchman's Creek County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
Angus McMillan employee found path to coast in Feb 1841, see Clonmel
Angus McMillan Gipps Land License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
Angus Mcmillan Correspondence Bushy Park, Gipps Land, 1844 Alberton 1 181
Angus McMillan Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
See Web page, the Founding of Gippsland, Angus McMillam 14 Aug 1810 - 18 May 1865 aged 55, was a large-framed man, native of Glenbrittle, on the rugged Isle of Syke, west of Scotland. He was the fourth of fourteen braw sons of Ewan McMillan, a Highland farmer of some substance. At 27, two years after the founding of Melbourne, he left Scotland for the new land, Australia. He landed from the ship Minerva in Sydney on January 23, 1838.
Angus Macmillan / Mcmillan settler Bushy Park Gipps Land, Source - 1847 Directory
Angus McMillan settler Gipps Land, Source - 1847 Directory
Angus McMillan married Christina MacDougald in 1857 and had sons Ewan and Angus. He was impoverished by disasterous fires and the economic downturn.
Archibald Mcmillan 46 with wife aged 42, son Gilbert 10, 3 step children, Farmer Argyle employed by Mr Sim, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Mrs Mcmillan 42 wife of Archibald with Godfrey 7, Christina 5, William 3, employed by Mr Sim, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Archibald McMillan, freehold, Little Brighton The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during sixth hour, 2-3pm
Archibald McMillan, County of Bourke depasturing license for 1-31 August 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
Archibald McMillan, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Little Brighton Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Archibald McMillan, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
Archibald Mcmillan baptised John 1845;
Archibald McMillan farmer Brighton, Source - 1847 Directory
In many ways, the McMillan family epitomised the hopes and aspirations of all emigrants. Prior to his assisted passage with his wife and children on the David Clarke in October 1839, Archibald McMillan was a penniless porter at Greenock, near Glasgow in Scotland. But he wasted no time on his arrival in Melbourne to show his enterprise. While employed as a stone- mason’s labourer, he saved enough money to buy a cow and grazed it on Crown land, tending it after his day’s work. It soon became a herd, and the sale of its milk provided the money for him to buy a 42.5 acre creek-side farm from Henry Dendy (1800-81) at the end of Kooyong Road late in 1842 at a cost of £298. McMillan’s farm is shown on the plan of Dendy’s Brighton Estate circa 1842, and was named Clonaig.
By June 1843, he was able to qualify for the £200 needed for the voting franchise of the New South Wales Legislative Council. In 1845, the farm of Jonathan Binns Were (1809-85), Henry Dendy’s manager and agent was rented out to McMillan as well. Were had arrived in the same year as McMillan, and apparently as part of the partnership arrangement with Dendy, Were selected for himself 78 acres between Arthur’s Seat Road (Nepean Highway), North Road and Union street, being part of the 5,120 acres comprising Dendy’s Special Survey. In April 1841, Dendy and Were Bros. & Co. advertised for surveyors to undertake a survey of Dendy’s land grant, later to become known as the Brighton Estate. Were remained a major land owner in the area, long after Dendy’s departure about 1848

Archibald McMillan died on 21 September 1863, at the age of 74 and his wife Kate survived him by 16 years. They are both buried in the family vault at the Melbourne General Cemetery. By 1847, McMillan was growing wheat and oaten hay and had become Brighton’s leading farmer. Indeed, McMillan was one of the few to make a living from the largely unsuited farming land that comprised the Dendy Estate. However, he is not mentioned in the Port Phillip Colony directory as owning freehold property in Brighton until 1849. He continued to achieve, always admiring the education that he was never able to have, but vowing that his children would have the chance that he missed. Archibald and his wife Katherine née McTaggert had ten children, and by the time of the last birth, he had become extremely wealthy, with station properties stretching from Victoria through New South Wales and up to Charleville in Queensland. The first house on the Were property was built in 1851 (or 1854) and named Landcox after their English family estate. The Were family, and later, the eldest daughter Sophia Sheppard née Were (1834-1916) early in her marriage to Sherbourne Sheppard (1820-94) lived in this seven roomed house until 1862, when the house and 42 acres of land was sold to McMillan.

Archibald Mcmillan 24 Farm servant Argyle, in lodgings, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Archibald Mcmillin wed Eliza Menzie in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne;
Archibald McMillan freehold Little Brighton Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Archibald McMillan in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Nov 1843
Archibald McMillan Little Brighton freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Directory 1847 farmer, Brighton
Archibald McMillan Owned Property Brighton - Freehold Property
Archibald Mcmillan 12 son of Archibald, employed by Capt Brown, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark

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-------------------------------------------- On Wed, 11/6/14, Judy DeClosey wrote: Subject: RE: 1847-david39 To: "'Elizabeth Janson'" Received: Wednesday, 11 June, 2014, 4:43 PM Hello Elizabeth Back from town now. I had tried to get on to your website but keep on getting "page not found" when I click on various areas to look at further information. I am wondering if there is a new webpage link. I have found the page where you have listings for Pre 1848 and located the David Clark/e and the surname McMillan. I have Archibald McMillan born about 1818 from Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland marrying my GGG Grand Aunt, Anne Jamieson on 4 May 1854 at North Melbourne. This couple had three children, John Archibald (1859 - 1939), Donald McMillan (1861 - 1927) and William McMillan (1863 - 1916) I have Ann's death details and her burial but Archibald's details are a brick wall. On the Marriage Certificate Archibald says his parents are John McMillan and Margaret McMillan - Settler. Archibald also has his details as Settler. His age is stated as being 35 at the time of his marriage. I have located the shipping papers for the David Clarke as mentioned in my earlier email reply. http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.asp?series=NRS5316&item=4_4813&ship=David%20Clarke Actual website for all ships online http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/guides-and-finding-aids/nrs-lists/nrs-5316#the-list-of-ships If you go to the shipping records you will see 4 lads, Neil 22, Carpenter, Peter 20, Cooper, John 18, Baker and Archibald 24, Farm Servant. You will also see with the single girls Catherine 19, Dairymaid, Isabella 22, Dairymaid, and Margaret 17, Housemaid. May I please ask if you looked further into the McMillan families as listed on the website for the shipping records from NSW? It is a little hard to fathom these McMillan families out at the moment as there is no John and Margaret listed on the records but there is Archibald 46, Farmer and Mrs with children and also James and Mrs with children. At the bottom there is a link to "Archibald McMillan" but when I click on this link it takes me to oolink? Or something like that but says the actual website is not connecting. Hoping you can help me fathom these McMillan's out and discount what you may have already found on your website that I cannot reach. Thanking you in advance. Sorry to be so long winded. Kindest regards Judi


Captain McMillan master arrived 29-Jan 1840 from Sydney 18 Jan, and is intended to ply as a lighter between Williams Town and Melbourne. on the Melbourne
Catherine Mcmillan 19 Dairymaid Argyle, employed by John McDonald, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Dr McMillan, in Sydney Gazette for Tues 4 Aug 1840, page 2, lists the passengers from Port Phillip on the Andromache,
Duncan Mcmillan 16 son of Archibald, employed by Capt Brown, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Eliza McMillan List No 10, 31 Oct 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
HA McMillan, appointed Reporter for the Times, p1 - 14 May 1842 Melbourne Times
Hugh Archibald McMillan, of Melbourne, Collecting Clerk Times Office, from Insolvencies, dated 27-Jul and 1-Aug 1842
HA McMillan, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 10 Jan 1843 in jury to hear criminal case for the day
Mr HA McMillan asked to be excused Criminal Court jury on Tue 10 Jan 1843
Hugh McMillan Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Oct 1843
Hugh Mcmillan and Isabella baptised Thomas 1844
Hugh McMillan 12 Feb 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
Hugh McMillan Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Hugh Archibald Mcmillan and Hellen baptised Hugh Daniel 1845
Isabella Mcmillan 22 engaged to James Campbell, listed in single men Dairymaid Argyle, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
J. McMillan Directory 1847 settler, Western Port
John/James Mcmillan 46 with wife 43, 4 chn, Farmer Argyle, In lodgings, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Mrs Mcmillan 43 wife of John with Alexander 10, Flora 8, Jane 5, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
John Mcmillan 15 son of John Argyle, employed by Capt Brown, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
John Mcmillan 20 hus (family 11) Sailor, Prot both, Bath, Somerset, came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
Eliza Mcmillan 23 wife of Eliza (family 11) Housekeeper, Prot both, Bath, Somerset, came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
John Mcmillan, and Eliza baptised female Emma at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne born at Newt 1842 #1137
John Mcmillan and Eliza baptised Martha 1844, Daniel 1846;
John McMillan, Publican's License considered next week Bird-in-hand Little Flinders St, p3 - 23 April 1842 Melbourne Times
John McMillan, transfer of Caledonian Hotel' Lonsdale St from Robert Omond. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 27 Jan 1844
John McMillan, Lonsdale St Caledonian Hotel' granted Annual License. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 4 May 1844
John McMillan, license renewed for 'Caledonian Hotel' Lonsdale St. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
John McMillan, one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
John McMillan Caledonian Lonsdale St, suffering ale to be drunk in his house after 9 oclock on Saturday 22 June, 40s and costs Breaches of the Publican's Act - 22 Aug 1844, source local newspapers
John McMillan, Lonsdale St Caledonian' granted annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
John McMillan hotel keeper Lonsdale street, Source - 1847 Directory
John Mcmillan 18 Baker Argyle, employed by Capt Brown Melb, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
John McMillan Correspondence sold Portland Bay Minden to Steiglitz, R W
John McMillan Cleared out from Port Phillip 20 July 1843 for Launceston arrived 27 July Scout
John McMillan arrived at Port Phillip 23 August 1843, from Sydney 16 Aug and Launceston on 21 Aug Shamrock
JG MacMillan/McMillan, supporting a Committee to hold a meeting at Mack's Hotel, Corio, of all inhabitants of the Western District. Source - Geelong Advertiser 10 May 1844
John Gordon McMillan Owned Property Ryrie Street Geelong - Freehold Property Purchased land ,Page 89, 24th February, 1847 2 roods North Geelong lot 2 8., Deeds dated, 13 Jan 1847
John Gordon McMillam 1847 occupied Dergholm (north west of Casterton, 67,200 acres)
J McMillan arrived 5-May 1840 from Hobart on 16 Apr on the Bandicoot
J. McMillan settler Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
John McMillan squatter Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
John sen. McMillan &Jun in a partnership farmers Scotchman's Creek County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
John Evander McMillan was baptised at Arnaboll, on the west side of Loch Hope, not far from Durness, the County of Sutherland, Scotland, the only known child of Ewan McMillan and Flory McKay. John was baptised at Durness on the 11th February, 1816.
1842 - Twenty-six years later and over ten and a half thousand miles on the other side of the world - John McMillan is now in Australia. Of his life in those intervening years, we have no knowledge. Melbourne had been previously known as Port Phillip and was still part of New South Wales. It wasn't the lure of gold that attracted John to this land, as the gold rush was yet to happen in Victoria. But when it did, John was well placed to take advantage of it, as by then he was a well established hotel keeper.
Mary Ann Hunt was baptised about 1827, give or take a few years, in Belfast, Northern Ireland - the daughter of James Hunt and Ann Welsh and one of eleven children. Her sister Margaret was a witness at her wedding 1849 to John McMillan
Early in 1845, Mary became pregnant. A son, Evander Cameron McMillan was baptised on New Year's Day, 1846. A year later, on the 7th January, 1847, Mary Anna McMillan, was born.
John and Mary married by licence on the 15th February, 1849, at the St James Church. The marriage record indicated that John was of a different parish to Mary, the meaning of this is not yet understood. It appears that he may have been living in the Parish of Ballan at this time. They both signed their names - John using the abbreviation Jno. The witnesses were 'illegible first name' Rutherford of The Avoca, and Mary's sister Margaret Hunt of Melbourne.
Several months later, from 1st July 1849, John leased the Crown Hotel from William Mortimer. He obtained the license for this in April at the Annual Licensing Day. The business was situated on the corner of Queen and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, and included stables and bullock yards.
On the 19th October, 1849, Flora McKay McMillan was born, named after John's mother. She died and a second daughter was named Flora
Margaret Mcmillan 17 House servant Argyle, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Margaret Mcmillan wed Francis James Cox in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mr McMillan and child Departing 24 July 1841 from Sydney for Port Phillip on the Anne
Mrs McMillan and child arrived 6 August at Port Phillip from Sydney, in 1841 Anne
Neil Mcmillan 22 Carpenter Argyle, employed by In the Revenue Cutter, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Paul McMillan wed 18 Apr 1838 to Anne Jerdin witnesses William Price and Elizabeth Nash by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
Peter Mcmillan 20 Cooper Argyle, Not engaged, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Mr P McMillan in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Samuel Mcmillan 39 hus (family), came 8 Nov 1840 on the Perfect
Janet Mcmillan 28 wife of Samuel (family), came 8 Nov 1840 on the Perfect
Thomas Mcmillan 8, Janet Mcmillan 5 and Letitia Mcmillan 3 dau of Samuel (family), came 8 Nov 1840 on the Perfect
Samuel Mcmillan and Janet baptised Samuel 1841, James 1844-6 died, Mary 1847
Samuel McMillan with Janet McMillan (Labourer from Londonderry and Housekeeper from Ayreshire).
Parents Bounty, paid Steerage for children, arrived 8 Nov 1840 from Greenoch on the Perfect
Thomas Mcmillan 8, Janet Mcmillan 5 and Letitia Mcmillan 3 chn of Samuel, steerage, d d c came Nov 1840 on the Perfect
William McMillan Aug 1839 aged 40 labourer Presbyterian burial
W McMillan sailed 21-Jan 1840 for Sydney on the Caroline
Macmillan / Mcmillan & Wilson in a partnership settler Little Wardy Yallock Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Jane Mcmiller 23 (single woman 36) Dairy maid Prot reads Co Armagh, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Patrick Mcminamin / McMinakan 30 hus (family 17) Farm servant, RC reads, Tipperary, came 1 May 1840 on the China
Mary Mcminamin / McMinakan 28 wife of Patrick (family 17) Dairy maid, RC reads, Tipperary, came 1 May 1840 on the China
William Mcminamin / McMinakan 0 son of Patrick (family 17), RC, Tipperary, came 1 May 1840 on the China
Angus Mcmullin 21 (single man 24) Shepherd Prot both Argyleshire, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Catherine McMullan in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843
Hugh Mcmullen, hus of Isabella 38, Labourer, Prot both Glasgow, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Isabella Mcmullen, wife of Hugh 31, Housekeeper, Prot both Glasgow, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Alexander Mcmullen, 12, and Margaret Mcmullen, 10, Prot both Glasgow, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Hugh McMillan, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
James Mcmullan 32 hus (family 28) Labourer Prot neither Laban, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Marquis Of Bute
Jane Mcmullan 24 wife of James (family 28) Laundress Prot neither Laban, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Marquis Of Bute
James Mcmullan and Jane baptised Frances 1844, Sarah 1845;
James McMillan labourer Brunswick, Source - 1847 Directory
James McMullan aged 60, born in Ireland, arrived in 1842 by the Marquis of Bute; cancer of stomach (from Deaths at Melbourne Hospital transcribed from The ARGUS Supplement, Saturday, June 20, 1868.)
James McMulland Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Sep 1843
Jane Mcmullen wed William Mulligan in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mr McMillan Departed from Launceston on 20 Sep 1838 for Port Phillip on the Henry
shared McMullen and Campbell Depasturing Licence for Western Port, from 31 July 1843
shared McMillan and Wilson Depasturing Licence for Portland Bay, from 31 July 1843
Mr and Mrs McMillan and 4 chn cleared out from Port Phillip 22 August 1843 for Western Port Alpha
Mr W McMullard Departed from Hobart on 3 Nov 1837 for Port Philip on the Eudora
John Mcmurphy 21 (single man 31) Labourer Prot both, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Ann Mcmurtley / McMurltig 24 (single woman 15) Housemaid Prot reads Antrim, came 19 Feb 1841 on the Georgiana
Eliza Mcmurray 15 dau of William (single woman 31) Housemaid Prot both Glasgow, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Elizabeth Mcmurray, female wed John Burke 1842 #35502 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Isaia Mcmurray 22 (single man 52) Labourer Prot both Monaghan, came 17 July 1841 on the England
John Mcmurray 30 hus (family 36) Labourer Prot both Clare, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Mary Mcmurray 31 wife of John (family 36) Labourer Prot both Edinburgh, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Margaret Mcmurray 18 (single woman 38) Housemaid RC both Devon, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Mary Mcmurray 17 dau of William (single woman 28) Housemaid Prot both, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Mary Mcmurray wed Humphrey Spicer in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Robert Mcmurray and Margaret baptised George 1844 died, George 1846
Robert McMurrish carpenter Russell street, Source - 1847 Directory
Sarah Ann Mcmurray wed Benjamin Chadd in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
William Mcmurray 37 hus (family 33) Shepherd Prot both Glasgow, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Sarah Mcmurray 35 wife of William (family 33) House keeper Prot both, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Sarah Mcmurray 13 and Margt Mcmurray 1 dau of William (family 33), came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
John McMurrick in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Ann Mcmurtley 24 (15 single woman) Housemaid Prot reads Antrim, came 23 Feb 1841 on the Georgiana
David McMurtrie and Catherine baptised Jane 1840, John 1844, Margaret 1845, Marrion 1847;
David Mcmurtrie, and Catherine baptised female Helen at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong born at Melbourne 1842 #750
David McMurtrie freehold off Lonsdale St Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
David McMurtrie, House Off Little Bourke St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Gipps Ward
David McMurtie, one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
David McMutrie List No 8, 31 Aug 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
David McMurtie, Burgess for Gipps Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
David McMurtie, did not answer when called upon for duty as Special Constable, by His Worship the Mayor 21 Oct 1845 72 enrolled, all publicans exempted. Source - Port Phillip Herald 23 Oct 1845
David McMurtrie joiner Queen street, Source - 1847 Directory
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