This is the gravestone of Alexander Dun(n) Smith in Toowoomba Cemetery (Presbyterian Section 1, Block 3 Allotment 40). He died 2 May 1877 at Emu Creek, on the Darling Downs.
Here is the mystery, back in the days when you could read it, this stone was transcribed, and it says "Native of Angus"!
But, I found Alexander in the Old Parochial Register for Barrachan, Mochrum, Wigtownshire, Scotland (around 320km or 200 miles away), being christened 3 October 1823, he was the youngest of 7 children in the family, all christened at Barrachan, to Francis Smith (a weaver) and Agnes (nee Young). Alexander's wife was Helen (nee Turner).
I have a couple of theories:
- The stone was originally made for someone else, and the family was too poor to have another made (in this case, why not have the incorrect text erased?), or
- Angus is where his father Francis was from, and so he felt the family was from there..?, or
- Alexander was actually born in Angus, and his family travelled to Barrachan for the christening (I don't feel this could be correct as all his elder siblings were also christened in Barrachan).
So far, I have been unable to trace the marriage, deaths or births of Francis or Agnes. Although, there is a possible marriage of a Francis Smith to Alison Young, St Cuthbert's Edinburgh, 6 March 1805, which is before any children I can find.
This is the timeline for Alexander:
|1823||3/10/1823||Christening||0||Barrachan, Mochrum||Father Francis, Mother Agnes Turner|
|1841||4 Jun 1841||Census||18||Auchengellie Farm||Servant to James Muir|
|1843||4 Dec 1843||Marriage||20||Mochrum, Wigtownshire||to Helen TURNER|
|1845||Birth of Child||22||Whithorn, Wigtownshire||Robert SMITH|
|1847||Birth of Child||24||Symington, Ayrshire||James SMITH|
|1851||Birth of Child||28||Riccarton, Ayrshire||Alexander Turner SMITH|
|1851||31 Mar 1851||Census||28||Riccarton, Ayrshire||Head of Household|
|1853||26 Feb 1853||Emigration||30||Australia||with family on “Agricola”|
|1853||13 Oct 1853||Birth of Child||30||Ipswich, Australia||John Turner SMITH|
|1855||Birth of Child||32||unknown||Helen SMITH|
|1864||Electoral Roll||41||Ipswich, Australia|
|1865||Electoral Roll||42||Ipswich, Australia|
|1866||Electoral Roll||43||Ipswich, Australia|
|1867||Electoral Roll||44||Ipswich, Australia|
|1868||16 Sep 1868||Land purchase||45||Aubigny, Queensland|
|1874||Electoral Roll||51||King's Creek, Aubigny|
|1875||Electoral Roll||52||King's Creek, Aubigny|
|1876||Electoral Roll||53||Emu Creek, Aubigny|
|1877||Electoral Roll||54||Emu Creek, Aubigny|
|1877||2 May 1877||Death||54||Emu Creek, Aubigny|