Law, William Turnbull (1865-1943) and Euphemia Simpson Boyd (1868-1944) (written for this page by Althea Hurwood, October 2017)
Occasionally I visit the grave of my great grandparents William T Law (known as WT) and Euphemia Simpson Boyd Law, their son, Andrew (born 1911; dies 21 February 1931) and Euphemia’s sister, Margaret (dies in Sydney 1915), at South Brisbane Cemetery in Brisbane just 10 minutes from my Highgate Hill home.
WT is born on 26 April 1865 in Carriden, West Lothian to William Law and Margaret Turnbull.
Euphemia Simpson Boyd is born on 8 March 1868 in Mansfield Newbattle, Edinburgh to Thomas Boyd and Jane Stirling. Her second name ‘Simpson’ is taken from her grandmother’s family name.
Prior to her marriage, Euphemia B is living in Straiton.
WT and Euphemia B marry in Edinburgh on 24 January, 1890. He is 24, a marine engineer living at Kelty Cottages Binlfs (???), Euphemia is 21. Their witnesses are Alexander Boyd (Euphemia’s brother) and Christina H. Law (William’s sister).
|WT and Euphemia (A. Hurwood)|
WT must need to live elsewhere for work because in the 1891 census his occupation is an engine fitter, married and living as a boarder with William Russell and his family in Paper Mill Cottage, Torphichen, West Lothian. For WT, ‘engine fitter and marine engineer’ are synonymous terms (1891 census and 1890 marriage register) used to describe his occupation.
Euphemia is on her own at 77 Lumly Street, Grangemouth on census night 1891.
By 1901 the Laws are back down the road in Bo’ness and living in 2 Choodford Terrace (with 3 rooms having one or more windows). WT (35) is a dredging master. Euphemia B is 32. It seems that WT is in the right man in the place at the right time. He is recorded as ‘Superintendent Engineer’ on the marriage certificate when his son William (my grandfather) and Edith’s (my grandmother) marry in 1918.
The Last Farewell - Emigrating to Australia
People of many different nationalities emigrate to the Australian and New Zealand colonies in the nineteenth century. Some have assisted passage while others pay their own passage.
I remember my mother telling me when I was young that WT and Euphemia B emigrated to Australia first, with their son William (my grandfather), daughter-in-law Edith (my Nanna) and baby Christina Boyd (my mother) arriving later. I can verify this. The Australian Electoral Roll of 1914, Division of Melbourne Ports lists WT (engineer) and Euphemia B living at 34 Laverton Street, Williamstown. By 1943 the Electoral Rolls has them living at Richmond Road, Morningside.
Passenger lists are still patchy to research on the web. However, the names of a Mr and Mrs Law arriving in Melbourne via Fremantle on the Otway on 21 October, 1912 seem to fit in with the information I have and I wonder whether this is WT and Euphemia B. The passenger list estimate Mr Law’s date of birth as 1862 and Mrs Law’s estimated date of birth as 1868. The birth date is reasonably accurate for WT who is born in 1865 and exact for Euphemia B who is born in 1868. There are no other passenger lists indicating that a couple in the name of Law arrive in Australia in either 1913 or 1914. As WT is registered on the 1914 Australian Electoral Roll it seems plausible that the Laws arriving in Melbourne on the Otway via Freemantle are my ancestors. This hypothesis is born out by their absence from the 1911 Scottish census.
|Euphemia, Great Aunt Jean Inglis and WT Law at their |
home in Richmond Road, Morningside, Brisbane. (A. Hurwood)
WT dies in Brisbane on 25 December 1943 aged 78. Euphemia B dies in Brisbane on 23 September 1944. She is 76.
WT and Euphemia B, their son, Andrew (born 1911; dies 21 February 1931) and Euphemia’s sister, Margaret (dies in Sydney 1915) are buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery, just 10 minutes away from where I live at Highgate Hill.
Ledger, Edith (1843-1936). Read E Ledger's obituary here.Lonergan, William (1846-1919). William is the 4th of 6 sons born to Patrick and Ellen Lonergan of
Knocknaboha, Mortlestown, Tipperary, Ireland. William emigrated about 1885 and headed to Western Queensland to manage Stores for his brother John at Stonehenge and Jundah. While at Stonehenge William was Secretary for the Stonehenge Races and Returning Officer for the Barcoo Divisional Board. By 1900 William had relocated to Augathella where his brother Michael lived and managed stores at Augathella and 27 Mile. Sadly William died at the Mater Misericordiae, Brisbane at the age of 72. (Thanks to Margaret Geraghty for this information)
|AF Luya (Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, |
10 September 1898)