Sometimes a huge breakthrough comes out of left field, and so many doors then open with the most amazing results.
Such was the case in researching the major landowners of Bracken Ridge. Again there were so many co-incidences, which required answers!
Most received their lands around 1862, most arrived on the same boats, most had a relationship with another family.
Having an understanding of the Immigration Schemes, certainly became an enormous benefit to following the lives of these Scottish pioneers.
Most of the Bracken Ridge owners, it seems were settlers. There were some speculators amongst them, David Laughland Brown seems to be one.
All the lands in Bracken Ridge were granted to the Scottish immigrants who arrived in 1862, and the below article indicates how, in 1861, when the Immigration Scheme was being sold in Scotland, that the Agricultural Reserve between Bald Hills and Sandgate was not even surveyed!
These settlers were granted lands according to the number in their family. Perhaps not in Bracken Ridge as it seems the surveyors may have just decided the quickest and easiest method of surveying was similar sized blocks.
The relationships between all the families is an indication of how massive the exodus from the Western lands of Scotland was. From the Isle of Skye almost half emigrated..
The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period and its history includes a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The 18th-century Jacobite risings led to the breaking up of the clan system and subsequent Clearances that replaced entire communities with sheep farms, some of which also involved forced emigrations to distant lands. Resident numbers declined from over 20,000 in the early 19th century to just under 9,000 by the closing decade of the 20th century.
The "Viking canal" at Rubha an Dùnain
Problem solved - allocate the lands to the next major shipload of poor suffering (some) Scottish folk!
And they did!
From the map those immigrants include: J McCallum; T, McNaught; W. Davis; G.A. Hope; W.C. Whitehill; A Norris; Barbour; J Grant; J McPherson and J Ferguson, D.L Brown and W. Brown
The relationships of the above people are extremely complicated.
From the grid it can be seen that the Portion numbers ,93 95, 96, 97 and 98 are in a row., in the centre of Bracken Ridge, followed by 99, 100, 100B which adjoin each of these and front Bracken Ridge Road, or the road to Bald Hills as it was known.
The link with all the owners lies not only in Scotland, but with the ships that they arrived on and the family relationships with each other.
Who were these people, who arrived on the "William Milne" in 1855 or "Helenslea" in 1862
Lot 92 Donald McPherson
Perhaps this Donald McPherson was the same
Donald McPherson later lived at Bald Hills son of Alexander McPherson and Margery who arrived in Queensland in 1862
and his wife Mary Ann McCrimmon whose mother was Catherine Grant
(No doubt this family was related to all the others)
Lot 93 David Laughland Brown and William Brown arrived Clifton 1862
David Laughland Brown son of John Brown and Janet Laughland
Lot 95 John McPherson arrived William Milne 1855
John Mc Pherson son of Hugh McPherson
Elspeth Bruce daughter of Bruce and Ross
Lot 96 J Ferguson which one?
John Ferguson who arrived on William Milne
Janet Ferguson who arrived on the Helenslea
John Ferguson who arrived on John Davies
John Ferguson who arrived on John Bell and then arrived in Qld in 1862
Lot 97 J Grant who arrived William Milne 1855
John Grant son of William Grant
Martha Rycroft daughter of William Rycroft and his wife Mary
Lot 98 Whitehill, Norris and J & W Barbour arrived Helenslea 1862
William Campbell Whitehill son of Alexander Whitehill
wife Elizabeth Fairlie
Alexander Norris son of Thomas Norris and M/s Robertson
wife Margaret (Mary) Waddell
Lot 99 T. McNaught and J Mc Callum arrived Helenslea 1862
John McCallum son of Archibald McCallum and Elizabeth Clark
wife Margaret Stewart daughter of Duncan Stewart and Elizabeth Clark (maybe incorrect in records)
Archibald McCallum son of Archibald Buchanan McCallum and Elizabeth Clark
wife Jane Cochrane
wife Elisabeth McNaught
Lot 100 B W Davis arrived Helenslea 1862
William Davis son of Patrick Davis and Jane Collins
Lot 100 G.A. Hope arrived Helenslea 1862
George Alexander Hope son of Frank Hope and Margaret Turner
wife Elizabeth Black daughter of Alexander Black and Elizabeth Currie
The ship's captains were paid for the number of passengers who arrived safely, as this record on the arrival for John Ferguson from London to Tasmania arriving in 1855 shows.
Gladly none of our settlers were involved in a mutiny aboard the Georgiana in 1852!