Fraser (1792-1870) and Magdalene
McTavish was the daughter of Alexander McTavish and Christiana Williamson.
Alexander was the Tacksman of Migovie in the Dores or Boleskine parish of
Stratherrick, Inverness-shire, Scotland. The
family was prominent in the area at that time, but like many other Scot’s the
sea’s called and they emigrated with the Laird of Glengarry to Australia.
They departed 1840 from Greenock in the ship, “The Perfect”.
They arrived at Port Jackson (Sydney) in New South Wales on 12/20/1840.
Deciding that Victoria, then
called "Port Phillip District" was to be their final destination
they transferred to the ship "The Brothers” with all their implements and
stock and arrived to the newly discovered Port Albert and disembarked on
the Albert River at what we now call "Old Port" on the 6th
July 1841. It was only due to a shipwreck on the 2nd January
1841that the bay was discovered. "Brothers" was only
the about the 5th or 6th ship to arrive in that period.
settled on land ten miles inland on the Tarra River. The much reduced acreage is now called Green mount.
Alexander Fraser was the head stockman in this operation.
The men would round up the stock while the milkmaids would mike the herd. Due to the large difference in farming from the Highlands of
Scotland to the lands in Australia, this venture went broke within 12 months.
So Aeneas Randal McDonnell, the laird of Glengarry returned to Scotland,
however Alexander and Magdalene stayed in the area. We next find evidence of
Alexander 3 years later in reference to a cow being given to one of
Alexander’s sons by Patrick Cody Buckley, the owner of a station.
Fraser worked for other station owners before taking up his own land at
Merton in central Victoria. He
lived and worked here until his death in 1792.
He and Magdalene are buried in the Merton cemetery.
of MAGDALENE MCTAVISH and ALEXANDER FRASER are:
FRASER, b. January 08, 1817, Dores, Inverness, Scotland; d. December 09, 1876,
Mansfield, Victoria, Scotland; m. DUNCAN MCDIARMID, June 23, 1836; b. Glensurrit,
FRASER, b. June 10, 1818, Dores, Inverness, Scotland; d. July 09, 1892, Doctors
Flat, Victoria, Australia; m. MARJORIE MCPHERSON, 1839, Garthbeg, Inverness,
Scotland; b. Garthbeg, Inverness, Scotland.
FRASER, b. November 28, 1819; d. March 03, 1868, Benalla, Victoria, Australia;
m. HENRY MYDDLETON, March 01, 1832, Avenal, Victoria, Australia.
FRASER, b. September 21, 1821, Dores, Inverness, Scotland; d. January 04, 1868,
Benalla, Victoria, Australia; m. GEORGE PIRIE, 1846.
FRASER, b. September 23, 1823.
ARCHIBALD FRASER, b. March 26, 1826; m. CATHERINE MCPHERSON.
LOVAT FRASER, b. May 06, 1828, Boleskine, Inverness, Scotland; d. October 23,
1893, Mansfield, Victoria, Australia.
FRASER, b. April 15, 1830.
FRASER, b. May 03, 1832, Boleskine, Inverness, Scotland; d. 1895; m. SARAH
BICKFORD; b. Plymouth, England.
FRASER, b. April 05, 1834, Boleskine, Inverness, Scotland; d. May 17, 1920,
Dalyston, Victoria, Australia; m. JANE CLARKE.
FRASER, b. July 22, 1838, Boleskine, Inverness, Scotland; m. JOHN WATT, July 16,
1860, Merton, Victoria, Australia.