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Dugald McPherson arrived 13 Aug 1840 as Cabin passenger on the Culdee
Dugald McPherson, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Dugal McPherson Correspondence sold Portland Bay Strathdownie to Kirby, Edmond
Duncan Mcpherson 33 father (family 13) Shepherd, came 17 April 1840 on the Glen Huntley and was Engaged by Mr McPherson, Melbourne:
Isabella Mcpherson 8 dau of Duncan (family 13), came 17 April 1840 on the Glen Huntley
Isabella, b/ba. 23/25 Mar. 1832, Parish of Kilmonivaig, Inveness-shire, to Duncan McPherson and Mary Cameron; an only child.
Isabella Mcpherson wed 1850 #30485 to Francis A Mckenzie Muirson at Church of England, Belfast (Now Port Fairy)
Isabella Muirson nee Mcpherson 1831 - 1883 #3631 aged 51, at Tower Hill, dau of Duncan McPherson, 3 dau
Francis Alexander McK Muirson from Scotland, wed 1885 #5327 to Celester Riddell nee Styles 1836 - 1926 #3001 aged 89, dau of James Styles, widow of Joseph Riddell died 1878 #6171 aged 45
Francis Alex Mckenzi Muirson died 1818 - 1895 #6880 aged 76, son of Christian Mckenzie and Thomas Muirson
D McPherson, arrived in Port Phillip from Hobart on the cutter 'Shamrock' 10 Jan 1840 - source Port Phillip Herald 14 Jan 1840
D McPherson arrived 13 Aug 1840 on the Culdee
D McPherson, imported from Hobart to Port Phillip on the brig 'Julia' sailed 1 Sep 1846 list of timber goods - source Hobart Courier 5 Sep 1846
D McPherson Correspondence Portland Bay Bungletap
Captain Edward McPherson Master (Staff 1), came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Mr H McPherson arrived at Port Phillip 11 Dec 1843 from Sydney on 7 Dec Shamrock
Isabella Mcpherson wed James Smith in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Isabella M'Pherson Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
James Mcpherson Janet baptised Margaret 1840, William 1843
John Mcphirson / Mcpherson - (Intermediate 11), came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Abrams
John Mcpherson and Margaret Mattheson baptised Robert 1841, James Philip 1842, Christina Elizabeth 1845;
Directory 1847 landholder, Moonee Ponds Page 153 letters at Post Office, 31st May 1847
John Mcpherson, and Helen baptised male James Philip at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong born at Melbourne 1842 #833
John Macpherson / Mcpherson has a Deed of Grant received by Sub-Treasury, and ready for delivery upon payment of the regulated fees, source Melbourne Times, 18 March 1843, page 3, Government Notices
John McPherson, The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 23 June 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, during second hour, 10-11am
John McPherson house Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John McPherson House Collingwood Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
John McPherson List No 3, 31 Mar 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John McPherson, voted 1-2pm Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
John McPherson, Campbellfield one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
John McPherson landholder Moonee Ponds, Source - 1847 Directory
John McPherson freehold Portland Bay Electors, resident within the County of Normandy, in Police District of Portland source PPH 9 May 1843
John McPherson freehold Portland Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
John McPherson, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1844
John McPherson, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
John McPherson, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
John McPherson ca 1842 occupied Spring Bank (south west of Casterton, 25,000 acres)
John McPherson Correspondence sold Portland Bay Spring Bank to Hawkins, W S P
John M'Phersen Page 197 Letters at Office, 30th June 1847
John M'Pherson 90 acres Bourke lot 1., Deeds, 29th April 1847
John M'Pherson Purchased land , 24th February, 1847
John McPherson Owned Property Parish of Doutta Galla - Freehold Property
J Mcpherson has Convicts assigned to him - Thomas Wheeler came 1837 on the Norfolk is Peter Vivian came 1836 on the Bengal Merchant is Patrick Lacey came 1835 on the Backwell is Henry Sellars came 1832 on the May
Martin Macpherson / Mcpherson farmer Mercer's Vale Sydney Road, Source - 1847 Directory
Mary McPherson 16 dau of Donald, came to NSW on the British King and Apr 1839 on the John Barry
Mary Mcpherson wed Robert Daniels in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Marion Mcpherson, wed John Mckay 1842 #647 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mr McPherson Departed from Hobart 7 Mar 1837 for Port Phillip on the Tasmanian Lass
Mr McPherson Arrived at Hobart 10 Apr 1837 from Port Phillip on the Tasmanian Lass
Mr McPherson sailed from Hobart 10 Sep 1837 for Port Philip on the Blossom
Mr and Mrs MacPherson / McPherson with child and servant Departed from Hobart on 13 Dec 1838 for Port Phillip on the Agnes
Mrs McPherson with child and female servant Arrived at Hobart on 20 Feb 1839 from Port Phillip on 14 Feb, on the Agnes
Mr Macpherson / Mcpherson Arrived at Sydney on 14 Dec 1839 from Greenock and Port Phillip 9 Dec on the Palmyra
Mr McPherson arrived in Sydney 29 Aug 1840 from Port Phillip on the Duchess of Kent
Mr McPherson arrived 25-Dec 1840 from Hobart on the Bandicoot
Mrs McPherson, and 3 chn Steerage arrived 9 Dec 1842 from Gravesend on the Posthumous
Mrs McPherson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Mrs Macpherson / Mcpherson Cleared out from Port Phillip 25 April 1843 for Sydney arrived 8 May Enmore
McPherson, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 27 Jun 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, resident of Geelong
Mr McPherson passengers from Sydney Arrived at Port Phillip 26 May 1843 from Sydney on 15 May, and from Launceston 24 May Sea Horse
Mr McPherson cleared on 25 Sep 1844 and sailed 25 Sep from Melbourne for Sydney arrived 2 Oct Christina, source local newspapers
Mr McPherson arrived 10 Nov 1844 at Melbourne from Sydney on 28 Oct Christina, source local newspapers
Sally McPherson 19 dau of Donald, came to NSW on the British King and Apr 1839 on the John Barry
Thomas McPherson saddler and harness maker Elizabeth-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Thomas McPherson dwelling-house Corio St Geelong Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Thomas McPherson, voted in Geelong to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
William McPherson 35 Farm labourer came with wife and 4 dau,(names not known) Jan 1839 on the Hope was employed Jan 1839 by Christopher Bury of Melb
From The Melbourne Courier Married on the 19 May by the Rev John Lillie of Hobart Town, Mr William McPherson of Dunrobin, Portland Bay, to Marie Bennett second daughter of Mr John Scott Clark, Honiton, Devon.
W McPherson, third jury for Supreme Court Mon 19 Aug 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Aug 1844
William McPherson, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
William Mcpherson and Marie Bennet baptised Alfred William Angus 1846
William McPherson farmer Darabin Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
William McPherson settler Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
McPherson see Taylor & McPherson in a partnership settlers River Wimeira, Source - 1847 Directory
Ann McPhillips Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Sep 1843
James Mcphinn aged 20 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
James Mcpike 38 hus (family 23) Labourer RC neither Fermanagh, came 12 Apr 1841 on the Argyle
Ann Mcpike 37 wife of James (family 23) Housemaid, came 12 Apr 1841 on the Argyle
Patrick Mcpike 12 and Ann Mcpike 8 dau of James (family 23), came 12 Apr 1841 on the Argyle
Neal Mcquade, hus of Bddy 31, Labourer, RC neither Co Fermanagh, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Biddy Mcquade, wife of Neal 31, Housekeeper, RC neither Co Fermanagh, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Sarah Mcquade, 3, RC Co Fermanagh, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Neil Mcquade, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 20 May 1844
Neal Mcquade - Mcquade Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Alexander Mcquater Mechanics' Institution Committee of Management;
Alex. Macquater / Mcquater accountant Victoria Parade Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
David McQueen clerk Market-square Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Mary McQueen and sister Departed from Hobart on 29 May 1838 for Port Phillip on the Blossom
Mary Mcquellan, 24 drowned when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked 4 Aug 1845, see Account of disaster
Elizabeth Mcquey, died 25 female Melbourne 1842 #270 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Wm Mcquere, 17 drowned when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked 4 Aug 1845, see Account of disaster
John Mcquin 18 (single man 23) Shepherd Prot both Glasgow, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Wm Mcquinan, 27 drowned when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked 4 Aug 1845, see Account of disaster
Alice Mcquoid 25 (single woman 18) RC both Monaghan came 24 Dec 1841 on the Allan Ker
Mr and Mrs Macquoid in Sydney Gazette for Tues 4 Aug 1840, page 2, lists the passengers from Port Phillip on the Andromache,
Patrick Mcquoy - Mcquoy and Bridget Maroney baptised Daniel 1845
Hugh McCracken arrived 23 Jan 1844 at Melbourne from Launceston on 19 Jan on the Tamar, source local newspapers
Hugh McCracken house Bourke Lane Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Hugh McCracken/Mcracken, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Hugh McCracken/Mcracken, fine of 40s for being absent when called for Jury Duty remitted being absent from the colony. Source - Melbourne Courier 22 Oct 1845
Hugh McCracken/Mcracken, 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
James McCracken, Shop and house Cnr Russell and Little Bourke St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Gipps Ward
James Mccrakan//Mcrakan Crew arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Jane Mccracken wed George Bryce in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Margaret Mccracken wed Charles Samuel Morrow in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mary Mccracken/Mcracken, 24, House or farm servant, Prot reads Belfast, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Mary Mccracken wed Alexander Mckenzie in 1844 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mary Mccracken - Mcracken wed Charles Bedford in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mr McCracken / Mcracken arrived 1 Dec 1841 at Hobart from Port Phillip on 26 Nov, on the Flying Squirrel
Mr McCracken cleared out from Port Phillip 30 Dec 1843 for Hobart Flying Squirrel
Mr McCracken arrived 5 Feb 1844 at Melbourne from Hobart, on the Flying Fish, source local newspapers
Mr McCracken cleared 27 Mar 1844 and sailed 28 Mar from Melbourne for Hobart arrived 6 Apr, on the Flying Fish, source local newspapers
From Peter McCracken's letters: We started from our much loved home and Country on 15th October 1840 for Melbourne Australia in the Nimrod and arrived on January 4th 1841. Voyage of 81 days. I was in a situation in Melbourne for over 12 months after arrival in the Colony. In March 1842 I bought a quantity of land on the Merri Creek in partnership with my brother, Robert, who always remained in town. The two following years the value of property fell so low and also the price of Produce that we lost nearly all we had. I still perservered in the farming and things began to revive a little, and I leased a portion of land on the Moonee Ponds from Mr Neil Black on which I began to make improvements in the beginning of 1846 and called by the name of "Stewarton". I became acquainted with the family of Mr. Coiler Robertson (of ? La Rose) Merri Creek in 1844, and after a long acquaintance with his daughter Grace we were married by the Rev. Peter Gunn of Campbellfield on 20th March 1846 at her father's farm of La Rose on the Moonee Ponds, and commenced housekeeping at Stewarton, where in God's providence we enjoyed a large share of happiness for nine years.
Peter McCracken freehold Merri Merri Creek Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Peter McCracken/Mcracken, freehold, Merri Merri Creek The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during third hour, 11-noon
Peter McCracken Melbourne District 23 Apr 1844 voted 12-1 pm election of Representatives for Legislative Council
Peter McCracken Merri Merri Creek freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Peter McCracken/Mcracken, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Merri Merri Creek Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Peter McCracken wed 20th March 1846 to Grace Robertson at her father's farm of La Rose on the Moonee Ponds,
Peter McCracken / Mcracken farmer Flora Ville Darabin Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
Grace McCracken nee Robertson 1822 - 1889 #4023 aged 67, dau of Jane Mcdonald and Collier Robertson
Peter McCracken 13 Feb 1818 - 1892 #15040 aged 74, son of Martha Earle and Robert both died at Northcote
See the FirstFamily2001 entry for Peter and Grace McCracken
Robert McCracken house Bourke Lane Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Robert McCracken / Mcracken butcher William street, Source - 1847 Directory
Robert died on 17 Feb. 1885 age 73. Brother John died on May 7 1883. Brother Peter
William Mccradden 20, Labourer, Gone up country, came Dec 1839 on the Westminster
Alexander McRae, in jury enpannelled 4 May 42, p3 - 7 May 1842 Melbourne Times
Alexander Mccrae - Mcrae and Susannah baptised Catherine Susannah 1843, Mary Harvie 1844;
Alexander McCrea/Mcrea, in Supreme Court jury 9 Ap 1842, p3 - 9 April 1842 Melbourne Times
Alexander McRae, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 10 Jan 1843 in jury to hear criminal case for the day
Alexander McCrae/Mcrae, freehold, Richmond The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
Alexander McCrae freehold Flinders Lane Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Alexander McCrae freehold Richmond Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Alexander McCrae/Mcrae, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 28 Nov 1843 in Jury to hear criminal cases of the day
Alexander McCrae Melbourne District 23 Apr 1844 voted 1-2 pm election of Representatives for Legislative Council
Alexander McCrae Richmond freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Alexander McCrae Special Jury impannelled for Fri 22 Nov - News 24 Nov 1844, source local newspapers
Alexander McCrae/Mcrae, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Richmond Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Owned Property Freehold Property, Richmond
A McRae - McRae Sub-Treasurer., Page 67 31 Jan 1847
Alexander McCrae first clerk in Treasury Richmond, Source - 1847 Directory
Andrew McCrae sailed on 17 Nov 1839 from Tilbury on the Royal Saxon, for Sydney. His sister married 1842 to George Ward Cole who arrived at Hobson's Bay in Port Phillip in his own schooner the Waterlilly, a vessel of about 155 tons, having left London on 10 Mar 1840. He was born 1793 at Limley Castle Durham.
In 1839 the letter starts "Dear papa" and is signed Mary. At this stage I think this must have been his step-daughter, as it is known (from the Internet) that Cole married a widow Eliza Cantey, the daughter of Colonel Charles Brietyche, and it is listed that they only had a son, so I think that Mary must have been the daughter of Eliza's former marriage??
The Feb. 6th 1841 Melbourne New S Wales cancel is a Purves Type B 24 x 30mm, in use from 20th April 1839 to Sept./Oct. 1841.
It was most likely carried on the ship "YORK" a ship of 1016 tons. The ship left London on the 9th Nov.1840 arriving in Melbourne 5th Feb. 1841 a trip of 88 days.
The ship was carrying general merchandise, 20 passengers, 20 intermediate passengers and 34 steerage passengers, the ship was the largest vessel to enter Port Phillip up to the end of 1841.
Andrew McCrae/Mcrae, subscribed 5/5/- to the Testomonial to be presented to Captain Lonsdale, raising a total of 325 pounds 17s from 76 men. Source - Port Phillip Herald 31 Jan 1840
AM McCrae arrived 21-Mar 1840 from Sydney 6 Mar on the Caroline
Andrew McCrae a householder or proprietor of south-western Ward of Melbourne in list dated 12 Oct 1841, requesting meeting to elect representatives for Melbourne Market .
Andrew McCrae and WS Murison of Montgomery Partnership and McCrae, Little Collins-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Andrew McRae wed 25 Sep 1830 to his cousin, Georgiana Huntley born 15 Mar 1804, and had 4 children, in 1838 went to Port Phillip, followed by his wife and children came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
A Murison McCrae office Little Collins St Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Andrew Muirson/Morison McCrae, House Meek St Burgess in Lonsdale Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
Andrew Murison McCrae, dwelling-house Yarra Yarra Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Andrew McCrae Jury empannelled for Common Law cases 13 Nov 1844 News 12 Nov 1844, source local newspapers
Andrew Mcrae a solicitor Page 32 letters at Post Office, 3 Feb 1847
A McCrae late Captain 80th Regiment on list of supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH 24 June 1843
Andrew McRae's wife Georgiana and children were able to join him on the Argyle. The Arygle arrived in Port Phillip Bay on 27 February 1841, and anchored in Hobson's Bay on 1 March.
Georgiana McCrae nee Gordon, was a notable artist. They moved into Argyle Cottage in Little Lonsdale Street West, Melbourne. She made good friends with Sophie La Trobe, and Governor Charles La Trobe tickled her interest in the flowers, native birds and animals. Georgiana was an artist specialising in miniature portrait painting, although both in Scotland and in her watercolours of Australian landscapes she showed her draughtsmanship.

Andrew M McRae, Port Phillip Herald 10 Jun 1842 Page 2 Trustee of Land Mechanics Institution Annual Report
Andrew Muirson Mccrae/Mcrae, and Georgiana baptised Georgiana Lucia Gordon at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12738
Andrew Morrison Mccrae - Mcrae, and Georgiana baptised Margaret Martha 1844, Octavia Frances Gordon 1847 Notaries Public
Andrew Murison McCrae/Mcrae, dwelling house, Yarra Yarra The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
Andrew Muirison McCrae/Mcrae, House Meek St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Lonsdale Ward
Andrew Muirson McCrae/Mcrae, one of 469 voters who qualified by Dwelling house in Yarra Yarra Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
A.M. McCrae / Mcrae settler Arthur's Seat Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
A M M'Crae - Mcrae Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Angus McRae in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Angus M'Rae - McRae Page 153 letters at Post Office, 31st May 1847
Anne Mccrae/Mcrae, wed Archibald Mcdonell 1842 #282 Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
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