Monday, April 11, 2016

BRS 6 Scottish Farmilies of Bracken Ridge Norris

The Norris family were on the Helenslea

Alexander Norris and his wife Margaret Waddell and the family:

[age not clear]
Alexander C
John W
Thomas H

Alexander Norris senior died 1905

Alexander Norris died 1939       He married Isabel Kirk
John Mitchell Norris  died  1910     He married Wilhemina Stewart Findlay
Thomas Henry Norris  died 1930

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 3 February 1872 p 1 Advertising

... FRIENDS. ALEXANDER NORRIS, formerly of Todhole's Farm, Fintray, Sterlngahire, Bootland,—Write immediately ... . JOHN H. HINCHCLIFFE, Secretary. YEBESDALE STORE, Upper Logan, near Townavale. 

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 31 July 1869 p 11 Article
... cane juice. Cane crushed on the 19th instant. Yours, Alex. NorrisBald Hills, July 26. [ A rich, dry ... 120 words


Alexander and Margaret's son also lived in the area.
Alexander and Isabella Norris

To learn about these Norris's reference is made to her obituary.

The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Tuesday 30 January 1940 p 15 Article
... ' husband, Mr. Alexander Norris. of Bald Hills, died six months ago

Late Mrs. Norris Knitted Almost to the End

MRS. ISABELLA NORRIS, who collapsed and died from the heat at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. G. Hall, at Dublin Street. Clayfield, knitted practically to the end.

During the Great War she knitted for three of her sons, who were on active service. Recently she knitted for her grandsons. one of whom is in the permanent force, while others are with the militia. 

She was also an expert at fancy work and despite her advanced age— on Saturday last she celebrated her 89th birthday— was apparently in good health until overcome by the heat wave 

The late Mrs. Norrls, prior to her marriage was Miss Isabella Kirk. She came to Queensland with her family from Fife, Scotland. in 1861. The family settled on Hazelbank, a properly at Logan Village, first home of William and Isabella Kirk. 

 This properly is now owned by her nephew, Mr. H. Kirk. The late Mrs. Norris' husband, Mr. Alexander Norris. of Bald Hills, died six months ago at the age of 92, and his widow had felt greatly the severance of their lengthy married life. She is survived by one daughter and three sons, twenty-two grandchildren. and 18 great grandchildren.

“Hazelbank” at Logan Village, the home of Isabella and William Kirk, was probably typical of many early  dwellings. This photograph was taken c1870 (Source: John Oxley Library Neg No 65106

Logan Village
John Oxley Library
"Hazelbank"\Logan Village - Houses
Isabella and William Kirk are outside their home, which they called "Hazelbank"
John Oxley Library

The Slack family were the first to take up land along the creek which now bears their name. .... “Hazelbank” at Logan Village, the home of Isabella and William Kirk, was probably typical of many

A William Norris was also one of the pioneers of Logan Shire.

Alexander died in 1939, and was the son of Alexander Norris and Mary Waddell

Alexander and Isabel Norris address in 1924 Gympie Road Bald Hills and he was a carpenter

Service Number: 3678
Rank: Private
Unit: 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Conflict eligibility date:  First World War, 1914-1921
Date of death: 24 April 1918
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Killed in action
Place of association: Lutwyche, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Cemetery or memorial details: Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army


 Their son was killed in action in WWI, he had married, and was not listed on any of the Bald Hills monuments.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Thursday 14 September 1933 p 34 Article
... Diamond Wedding. MR. AND MRS. ALEXANDER NORRIS celebrated their diamond wedding at their home in ... Hazelbank, Logan Village. Mr. Norris arrived In the same year by the Helenslelgh, and resided at Bald Hills ..

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