Australian Notes


Arrival of the schooner Flying Fish
from Hobart Town to Port Phillip 20th Jun 1845
from passenger list.............................................Mr John Drummie

Ships List of Passengers on the LONDON
going from England to Victoria, Australia, October 1853.
.........................................................................James Drummie
.........................................................................Miss Margaret Drummie

John Drummie Farmer Mulgrave
Son of Daniel & Elizabeth (nee Nickel)
died 19/04/1866 age 58 Unmarried
Oakleigh General Cemetry Monash Australia by James Drummie (brother)

James Drummie Farmer Dandenong Creek Oakleigh District
not married Died 14/03/1870 age 64
Oakleigh General Cemetry Monash Australia by Neice Elizabeth Adele


James Drummie tells us that he and and John are brothers
and that their parents were Daniel and Elizabeth (nee Nickel)
according to the headstone which he erected in John's memory.
James was born in Kirriemuir, Angus Scotland in 1806
to Daniel Drimmie and Elizabeth Nicol,
however I still have John's birth to find
as it is not entered in the Kirriemuir Parish Register.
Also when James went out to Australia in 1853 he had with him
Miss Margaret Drummie, the siblings of James don't include a Margaret.
Given that John is James's brother born two years his junior
it could be that Margaret is their sister born after John
and her birth is in the same limbo state as brother John's.
awaiting our discovery.

We also have of course neice Elizabeth Adele
James had a sister Elizabeth born in Kirriemuir 1804
is Elizabeth Adele Margaret's daughter?
Perhaps our Australian cousins will be able to unravel this section further.


More Notes on John,James and Margaret - Feb 2007

Since writing up this Australian Notes article I have had another look
at our Scottish records and can now say that John was born at Fettercairn in the year 1809
to Daniel Drimmie and Elizabeth Nicol.
In the 1841 Census he is staying with his father and mother
at Greencairn, Fettercairn, Kincardine Scotland.
James is also here at this time along with their brother David who was born at Fettercairn 1816.
By the 1851 census John is gone from Fettercairn
and since he had purchased a small holding of 3 square miles in The Dandenong by 1848
we know for sure that he went out to Australia between 1841 and 1845.
James is still living with his father and sister Catherine
their Mother is dead by 1851.
The closest match to Margaret Drimmie is a birth at Montrose
15th December 1800 to John Drimmie and Isobell Nicol.
This Margaret Drimmie would have been John and James' cousin
I can only think that she is the Margaret travelling with James.


Drummie's Bridge Reserve City of Monash Australia

The City of Monash, with 162,910 residents,is Melbourne's
most populous municipality. It is also close to the
demographic centre of Melbourne, lying 20 km south east of the CBD
in Melbourne's fastest growing population corridor.

"Another small holding of about 3 square miles to the north of High Street Road
was owned by partners John Drummie and Patrick Brennan
who purchased it in 1848
The names of these early settlers in the Mulgrave area can still be seen at
Jell's Park, Wheelers Hill and Drummies Bridge Reserve.
Land adjacent to Dandenong Creek at this time is described as being 'Flat
with rank swamp grass', with the adjacent hills covered by Stringybark Forest.
Although a road reserve later to become High Street Road
had been surveyed prior to the first land sales,
no substantial construction of this road was to occur until the late 1800s.
Until this time the nearest crossing points of Dandenong Creek
were just south of Burwood Highway and south of Waverly Road
within Jell's pre-emptive right selection.
Before 1860 the more frequented route through the area
was past Drummie's bridge across country to the main route
to the Dandenong Mountains (now the Burwood Highway)
It is interesting to note that although High Street Road
was initially known as Drummie's bridge track,
there is no historical evidence to suggest
that any type of bridge existed at the current crossing point.
However, given this name for the road, it is highly likely
that some sort of bridge existed at this point."
Priestley, Susan. Cattlemen to commuters: a history of the Mulgrave district, now the City of Waverley, 1839-1961.

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