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Douglass Family



Robert DOUGLASS was born 1843 at Dungiven, County Derry, Ireland, the son of James Douglass and Jane RANKIN.  He left Ireland for America and lived there for several years before coming to Australia.   Shipping records show he arrived in Victoria on the ship 'William Kirk' in July 1860, aged 24 years old. (This age out slightly)


Robert married Harriett DUNKLEY in 1878 at Majorca, Victoria.  Harriett was the daughter of James Dunkley and Ann COLLINS.  Robert and Harriett's marriage failed, and Robert left Harriett and Australia behind, settling in New Zealand. In New Zealand, Robert met Louisa DEANE, they had five children:


Louisa May Deane born 1894

Joseph Deane born 1890

Robert Deane born 1891

Margaret Olive Deane born 1896

Jane Rankin Deane born 1893.


In 1917, Harriett Douglass nee Dunkley died in Victoria, and almost immediately Robert and Louisa Deane married.  Robert died in 1934 aged 90 at Ardgowan, Oamaru, as did Louisa in 1938.


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