12 Ancestors in 12 Months; Arthur Galbraith

Born 11 August 1852, [1] his birth details state that he is ‘lawful son of Samuel Galbraith Merchant in Ayr and Margaret Kidstone Nicol his spouse.’ Arthur is baptised on 12 September 1852.  He is their second son, to be named Arthur, with the first one being born in January 1850 and dying, sometime before August 1852. This using of the same name was a common practice.

I next find Arthur, aged eight on the 1861 Scottish Census[2] , living with his parents and six siblings at 15 Hillock Place Ayr. He is a scholar. The family also has a servant.

How Arthur came to the Colony of Victoria, I do not know and this is something I hope to discover, one day.

On 14 August 1883[3] he marries Mary Ann Grant. Arthur is 30 and a Storeman, living a 3 Neill Street, Carlton, whilst Mary Ann is 23 and living at Douglas Terrace, Albert Park.
A small announcement in The Age, (Melbourne, Vic 1854-1954) Monday 27 August 1881, Page 1, Family Notices, tells of this happy event.







They are blessed with a son, Arthur Alfred Victor, on 8 December 1884[4], he will become my grandfather.

They then move to Sydney, New South Wales and in 1890[5], their second son, William Cameron, is born.

I then ‘lose’ Arthur Snr and it would take me 30 years to find what happened to him. 

Finding what happened to both Arthur Snr and his wife Mary Ann become an ongoing task, in my research. Every few years I would make another effort to try and solve this mystery.  

This gave me some clues but nothing I could pin down, until a search on FindMyPast, gave me the deaths of Arthur’s parents, in Scotland.  From my research, Margaret Kidstone Galbraith, nee Nicol died on 2 May 1893[6] and Arthur went back to, Ayr, Scotland, to sort out the estate.

He was returning to the Colony of New South Wales, on board the ‘Orizaba.’ The ship stopped in Colombo, Ceylon, (now Sir Lanka), Arthur suffered Cerebral Apoplexy and died on 25 June 1894[7]. He was buried in Colombo.

His passing left Mary Ann a widow, with two boys, aged just nine and three.


[1] Scottish Old Parochial Register, 012287.
[2] Census of Scotland of 1861, 4027511.
[3] Victorian Marriage Certificate, 24/1883.
[4] Victorian Birth Certificate, 381/1884.
[5] New South Wales Birth Certificate 18347/1890.
[6] Scottish Death Certificate, 179/1893, Ayr.
[7] Marine Register of Deaths, 93688.




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