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Alexander Barnes Lumsden

Alexander Barnes Lumsden

Male Est 1852 - 1943  (~ 91 years)

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  • Name Alexander Barnes Lumsden 
    Born Est 1852  Crail, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Shore St, Pittenweem, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  21 Pitalpine St, Liff, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 3 Apr 1881  Blairgowrie Turnpike, Scone, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Migration/Travel 26 May 1883  Brisbane, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Registration 1903  Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Registration 1913  Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Registration 1925  Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Registration 1930  Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Registration 1936  Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1943  Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Arrived Brisbane 1881 Invented and manufactured the Lumsden Corn Planter. Died aged 91.
      When the sailing ship "Otago" was four months out from its home port - Glasgow, Scotland - bound for Australia, it was given up for lost, but after a gruelling voyage it finally reached Brisbane in 1881. Alexander and Mary Ann Lumsden, with their eldest daughter, Isabella, were passengers. An epidemic had broken out among the small children on board, and many lives had been lost. Among them, the Lumsden's baby daughter Ann.
      Alexander Lumsden was born in Pittenween [Correction: born in Crail, grew up in Pittenweem], a small fishing village in Fifeshire. When still young he was sent to Glasgow to become apprenticed to a blacksmith. He had many vivid stories to tell of this time in his life, when he was only one of several boys apprenticed to, and living in the household of, the one master. He always searched for education, and to this end attended high school in Glasgow. Mary Ann Lumsden was born in Perthshire, not far from Glamis Castle. Prior to the motor age a master blacksmith was in great demand, so work was quickly found in Brisbane in 1881.
      At this time the Western Railway was being built through Mitchell. Mr George Anderson, who was well known as a wheel-wright in Toowoomba, held the contract for the line. Mr Anderson enlisted the services of Alexander Lumsden who then took hiis family to live in Mitchell. After some years in Mitchell, the Lumsden family moved to Allora (southern Darling Downs) in 1886, where Alexander commenced his own business as a blacksmith. He had an inventive turn of mind and was always planning something new to be made at his forge.
      His most successful invention was "The Lumsden Corn-planter". This machine was an excellent aid to farmers, and Alexander manufactured them in large quantities. His supply could never keep up with demand. Despite his success he was most un-business-like in management, and did not ever patent his machine, so that this then became the forerunner to a machine later produced by Australia's then largest farm machine company. At his death in 1943, some of his planters were still in use on the Darling Downs.
      Alexander was a gifted musician. In Scotland he had been precentor at the church and choir master, and in Allora his voice was always in demand and enjoyed by the community. He was always a great reader and rather a dreamer, and when the constatant clang of his anvil finally took his hearing completely, he lost the pleasure of his music and turned more to his books. Through their works the great apostles and poets became his friends. He was a familiar figure because of his luxuriant, well-tended white beard and because of his constant quoting from his favourite apostle, Paul.
      Both Alexander and Mary Ann played a prominent part in the establishment of the Presbyterian church in the district. Mary Ann became a well-known personality in Allora. All her life she gave devoted service to her church in all its activities, and each year attended the State Assembly in Brisbane and thus made friends all over the state. She was a strong character, sympathetic and warm-hearted, and all forms of charitable work drew her interest. She had many friends among all denoominations, all were happy to enjoy the hospitality of her home, "Girlington". Mary Ann was a member of the WCTU (Womens Christian Temperance Union), and during World War 1 was an enthusiastic worker for the Red Cross. Later she became the first Treasurer for the QCWA (Queensland Country Womens Association) in Allora. She was a successful and competent nurse, and was proud to claim the nursing of the second generation of children. Her association with the SA League was one of her last pleasures. Mary Ann died at the age of 89 at her home, and Alexander at the age of 91, also at Girlington. They had four daughters - Mrs A.G. McKenzie, Mrs W.H. Ackinson, Mrs F.E. Green, and Mrs D.D. Campbell.
      These were happy migrants who enjoyed the new country of Australia and made it their own. They lived a life of service and christian fellowship with others. Alexander was once questioned as to whether he would like to return to the home land - he looked thoroughly astonished and replied, "What? And leave sunny Queensland?"
      - Notes prepared by Mary (wife?) from newspaper clippings daughter Jess had saved.

      This name derives from the old manor of Lumsden in the parish of Coldingham, Berwickshire. the earliest recording of the name appears some time between 1166 and 1182 when brothers Gillem (William) and Cren de Lumsden witnessed a charter by Earl Waldeve of Dunbar to the Priory of Coldingham. The lands of Lumsden are first mentioned in a charter dated 1098 of Edgar, King of Scots and son of Malcolm Canmore. Gillem and Cren de Lumsden are the earliest recorded owners of the lands. In 1296 Adam Lumsden of that Ilk and Roger de Lumsden were among those who did forced homage to Edward I of England, their names appearing on the Ragman Rolls.
       Around 1328 Gilbert de Lumsden married the heiress of Blanerne of that Ilk and in 1329 received a charter from the Earl of Angus for the Blanerne lands. By the mid 14th Century offshoots of the family had charters to lands in Conlan in Fife annd Medlar and Cushnie in Aberdeenshire. Three Lumsden brothers fought for the Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphu s in the mid 1600s. A unit in his service was named Lumsden's Musketeers. One of the brothers, James Lumsden of Innergellie returned from his duties for the Swedish King to support the Covenanters; he fought at Marston Moor in 1644, where Charles I was defeated and captured, and at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 where he served under David Leslie. His brother Robert of Mountquhanie defended Dundee against General Monck and was killed on its surrender. Blanerne or Lumsden Castle, Duns, was acquired in the 14th Century. Cushnie, Alford, Pitcaple Castle Inverurie and Tillycairn Castle, Cluny are also owned by the family.
      -- http://www.lumsdenclan.com/
    Person ID I623  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2011 

    Father James Lumsden
              b. 1805, Pittenweem, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1860  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Lilias Laing
              b. 8 Nov 1809, Kilconquhar, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Jul 1901, East Grange, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1830  Pittenweem, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F802  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Millar
              b. Est 1852, Moneydie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Aug 1941, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Children 
     1. Isabella Lumsden
              b. Est 1872, Tibbermuir, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ann Lumsden
              b. Est 1880, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Jan 1883, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 3 years)
     3. Jessica Lumsden
              b. Est 1881, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Jane Lumsden
              b. 14 Jul 1884, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Lillias Lumsden
              b. 2 Aug 1889, Allora, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1981, Brisbane, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
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    Last Modified 20 Dec 2011 00:00:00 
    Family ID F35  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Est 1852 - Crail, Fifeshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - aged 9, scholar - 7 Apr 1861 - Shore St, Pittenweem, Fifeshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - aged 19, blacksmith - 2 Apr 1871 - 21 Pitalpine St, Liff, Angus, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Alexander Lumsden, aged 29, born Crail, Perthshire, Blairgowrie Turnpike, Scone, Perthshire, blacksmith employing 1 boy apprentice, wife Mary Lumsden, aged 29, born Moneydie, Pethshire, daughter Isabella Lumsden, aged 9 (born c 1872, Tibbermuir, Perthshire), scholar, Alexander Dick, aged 19, blacksmith apprentice - 3 Apr 1881 - Blairgowrie Turnpike, Scone, Perthshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration/Travel - 26 May 1883 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - blacksmith - roll has just "Jubb St" - same in 1905 Roll - 1903 - Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - blacksmith - 1913 - Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - blacksmith - 1925 - Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - blacksmith - 1930 - Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - blacksmith - 1936 - Jubb and Forde St, Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1943 - Allora, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Ancestry.com, Australian Electoral Rolls 1901-1980.