Stewart Brisbane McDougall

M, b. circa 1850, d. 1933

Thelma Agnes McDougall

F, b. 1894

Unnamed McDougall

M, b. 1859

Unnamed McDougall

M, b. 1862

Unnamed McDougall

F, b. 1886, d. 1996

Vernon Stanley McDougall

M, b. 20 December 1898, d. 6 October 1958
  • Vernon Stanley McDougall was born on 20 December 1898 in Sandgate, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Ronald McDougall and Frances Elizabeth Flora Harding.
  • At the age of 28 years, Vernon Stanley McDougall married Maud Victoria Thorn in 1927 in Queensland.
  • Vernon Stanley McDougall and Maud Victoria Thorn appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Cooyar. Vernon was a station hand.
  • Vernon Stanley McDougall enlisted in the Australian Army on 24 April 1942 in Toowoomba. Vernon was living in Toowoomba at the time and gave his next of kin as his wife Maud. He was discharged on 19 Apr 1944 with the rank of Private in the 32nd Garrison Battalion.
  • Vernon Stanley McDougall died on 6 October 1958 in Queensland at age 59.
  • He was buried on 8 October 1958 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

William A McDougall

M, b. 1851

Elizabeth McDowell

F, b. 1854, d. 11 August 1921
  • Elizabeth McDowell was born in 1854 in County Sligo, Ireland. She was the daughter of John McDowall and Ann.
  • At the age of 23 years, Elizabeth McDowell married William Thomas Chambers in 1877 in Queensland.
  • Elizabeth McDowell and William Thomas Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Djuan.. William was a farmer. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann and son Joseph, also a farmer most likely lived with them. Son John farmed at Crow's Nest :CR:]
  • Elizabeth McDowell died on 11 August 1921 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 13 August 1921 in Cabarlah Cemetery.

Children of Elizabeth McDowell and William Thomas Chambers

Ivy Rosina Constance McDowell

F, b. 4 June 1905, d. 19 September 2000

Norman Kenneth McDowell

M, b. circa 1918, d. 9 June 1938
  • Norman Kenneth McDowell was born circa 1918.
  • He and Bernice Isabel Skuse were engaged.
  • Norman Kenneth McDowell died on 9 June 1938 in Gomoran, Haden, Queensland.
  • Bernice Isabel Skuse died from a gun shot wound to her head inflicted by Norman Kenneth McDowell on 9 October 1938 in Gomoran, Queensland, at age 20. Below are three oaths sword at the inquest:-
    EDWARD IRONS SKUSE on oath states:-
    I am a widower, and live with my family at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isabell Skuse was my daughter. She was 20 years and about 4 months at the time of her death. My wife died in April 1937. Since my wife's death, the girl looked after the home for me. I have 5 sons. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell for about four years prior to his death. I know that at the time of his death he was employed by Mr McDonald, Goombungee-Haden Road. Prior to this he used to work for Raftery and Woods, who both live in the direction of my home.
    My daughter and McDowell were keeping company for some time, probably getting on for twelve months. McDowell came to my home to see my daughter. As a rule he came on Sunday night and Wednesday night, not always Wednesday but one day in the week. My daughter attended dances and other amusements with McDowell, not alone with him, but in company with other friends. My daughter and McDowell became engaged somewhere about 3 months prior to her death. I did not know of their having had any quarrels prior to becoming engaged. I heard on the Sunday morning, the date of my daughter's death that she had broken off the engagement. My son Stanley told me that. He said also that 'Bernice wouldn't see Monday morning'. He said they were at the Haden dance on the night before, and that McDowell had made a threat, and had afterwards apologised to my son.
    On the night of my daughter's death, she and other members of the family and a youth named Griffin were in the kitchen. After tea we remained in the kitchen for quite a while. I went to bed about 7.30 or 7.45 pm. My son and daughter and Griffin remained in the kitchen after I had left. I do not remember my sons leaving the kitchen and going to bed. After I had been in bed for some time, I was aroused by a noise. I had been asleep. When I heard the noise, I got out of bed and went towards the kitchen. There is a 10 or 12 ft verandah extending along the kitchen from the rear door of the house. At my bedroom door I was met by Griffin. I do not remember whether I spoke to him. I ran into the kitchen and found the place in darkness. I went back to my own room and lighted a lamp in my own room, and returned to the kitchen. I took the light from my own bedroom. On entering the kitchen, I saw my daughter on the floor, face downwards, six or seven foot from the kitchen door. I grabbed hold of her arm, and saw that it was too late - she was gone. I went to Mr Berge at the Sunnyside Hotel. Gomoran, and told him what had happened, he telephoned Sergeant Martin at Goombungee. I saw Sergeant Martin later, and later still I saw Const Reilly, Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I did not see McDowell about my home that night. On the following morning, in company with Const Rielly, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I saw a single-barrelled shotgun lying on the ground close to McDowell's body. I saw that portion of McDowell's head was blown away.
    I have known the youth Griffin only as a friend of my sons, only a couple of months. He recently arrived at my house in the company with one of my sons who had been away working, and at the time of the death of my daughter and McDowell, Griffin was staying at my place. Griffin and my daughter were not close friends. There was nothing between them more than the fact that he was staying at the place as a visitor. There was nothing that could cause McDowell to be jealous of their association. The only conclusion to which I can come is that McDowell did away with the girl through pure jealousy and without a doubt, following the shooting of the girl he went to the paddock and shot himself. I would not know McDowell's handwriting. I have never seen it. I am quite sure that there is no other person associated with my daughter's death other than McDowell.

    STANLEY LAWRENCE SKUSE on oath states:
    I am a single man, 23 years of age, and am at present residing with my father at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isobell Skuse is my sister. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had known him for several years.
    During that time he had worked for a man named Raftery at Gomoran, also for Woods at Gomoran, and for some time immediately prior to his death he was working for McDonald, on Goombungee-Haden road. I knew that he was keeping company with my sister for some time, for about 18 months, to my knowledge. They were going together, and they broke it off, and for about 18 months before my sister's death they were keeping company. I have been away in the country working, for about 3 years, coming home occasionally. During the occasions I was at home, I saw McDowell visiting my home. He came there to see my sister. I was home about 3 weeks before my sister's death. I think it was just when I came home that I heard McDowell and my sister were engaged. John Griffin came home with me on that occasion. He was at my home on the night of 9th October 1938, and is still there.
    From the time I returned home up till the date of my sister's death, I attended two dances with her. McDowell was present at both those dances. On the night prior to her death, that was a Saturday night, I attended a dance at the home of people named Smith at Boodua. I had attended a dance at Haden on the previous night that is the Friday night. My sister and McDowell were at that dance also. During the progress of the dance at Haden, my sister asked me to speak to McDowell, as he had made threats to her. She said he had told her she would not see Monday morning. I did speak to McDowell. I said I wanted an explanation as to the threats he made against Bernice, and he was very sorry for what he had said, and he apologised to me, and in my presence he told my sister he was very sorry for what he had said, and to take no notice.
    McDowell was a saxophone player, and played for the different dances around about the district. He was playing the saxophone at that particular dance on the Friday night. After the dance my sister and McDowell and I left in company, and McDowell parted with us at the entrance to McDonald's place, where he was employed. My sister and I came home together. That was the last time I saw McDowell alive. On the Sunday night I was in company with my father and brother and my sister and Griffin in the kitchen of our home, after tea. My father went to bed about 7.30 pm. I was not last in the kitchen. I retired at about 8 pm. One of my brothers, Griffin, and my sister Bernice were then in the kitchen. When I left they were all sitting and talking. When I left the kitchen and went into the house to go to bed, I did not see anybody about.
    After going to bed, I heard a terrible noise, which I thought sounded like a sheet of iron loose on the house. I gotout of bed, and met my father in the hallway, and went into the kitchen with him. I saw Griffin at that time. He was in the hallway too. The kitchen was in darkness then. We had a light in the kitchen, which was taken out of one of the bedrooms. In the kitchen I saw my sister lying on the floor, face downward, in a pool of blood. I lifted her head, and was satisfied that she was dead. My father then went to the Sunnyside Hotel and communicated with Sergt Martin of the Goombungee Police. I later saw Sergt Martin and Const Reilly of Goombungee, and later still saw Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I remained there throughout the night. A search was made throughout the night for McDowell, for the reason that the Police officers returned to the house at intervals through the night. On the following morning at daybreak, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I was in company with Const Reilly. I saw a single barrelled shotgun grasped in McDowell's left hand. I saw that portion of his head was blown away.
    I would not know McDowell's handwriting. WITNESS LOOKS AT PHOTOGRAPHS - 'A' FOR IDENTIFICATION. My sister is in three of the photographs now shown to me, one of the others is of her alone, and the other is of my mother. Since I returned home in company with Griffin, I have been in close association with Griffin. There was nothing more between him and my sister than the fact he was staying at our house. McDowell would not have any cause for jealousy through the associations of my sister and Griffin. I know that McDowell used to ride his pony to my place when he came to see my sister. I saw his pony tied to a tree in a paddock opposite our home, the morning following the shooting. From my knowledge, and from what I have learned following the shooting, I am of the opinion that the whole thing was brought about by jealousy on the part of McDowell. There was no cause for such jealousy on his part. I am satisfied that McDowell shot my sister, and afterwards went into the paddock behind our place and shot himself.

    JOHN BERNARD GRIFFIN on oath states:-
    I am a single man, at present residing at the Skuses' home at Gomoran, and have been residing there since 20 Sept1938. Prior to that date I was employed near Kumbia, in company with the previous witness, Stanley Skuse. I was employed by my brother at that place; Stanley Skuse was employed at the same place. I had never been to Skuse's home prior to 20 September 1938. I knew Bernice Isobell Skuse - I did not know her prior to 20 September 1938.
    I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had met him for the first time at the rodeo ball at Goombungee on 24September, I think it was. I met him at different times after that, at about three dances. Bernice Skuse was in attendance at those dances also. Stanley Skuse was at each of those dances. McDowell was playing the saxophone at those dances. After the dances, I went home with Stanley and Bernice Skuse in Sharp's truck, and from two of the dances McDowell rode his horse home to where he was working. One night McDowell came home with Stanley Skuse and Bernice Skuse and myself, from Haden, as far as the place where he was working. McDowell visited the girl on several occasions since I have been staying at Skuse's. He was quite friendly. There was no reason for him to be jealous of myself and the girl.
    I remember 9 October 1938. On that night after tea, the girl and her father and brothers and myself were in the kitchen. They retired to bed at intervals, leaving myself and the girl in the kitchen. It’s about 8.45 pm I am sitting down in the kitchen reading a newspaper, the girl was standing alongside me, the distance between us would be approx 4 inches. She was also reading portion of the newspaper. The paper was folded into two different portions, I was reading one and she was reading the other. While we were so engaged, I heard a scream from the girl. She turned and looked facing the kitchen door, which opens on to a verandah, and then screamed. I sat dumbfounded for a moment. I heard a shot and smelled gunpowder. Bernice fell on the floor beside me. There had been a light burning in the kitchen; it was blown out by the shot. Following that, I ran outside, but could not see anybody there.
    I went into the house and told the girl's father what had happened. I returned to the kitchen with the father and Stanley Skuse. A lamp was lighted in the kitchen, and I saw Bernice was lying on the floor of the kitchen, she was lying in a pool of blood. Stanley picked her up and had a look at her, I also looked at her and saw that her face was half blown away. She was dead then. I was present later when an examination was made of the kitchen wall.
    I saw a number of pellet shots in the wall in a direct line with the kitchen door and the spot where Bernice was standing at the time she was shot. At the time the shooting took place, I was sitting down, and Bernice was standing a short distance away from me. I am satisfied that the shot was fired from the kitchen verandah, immediately outside the kitchen door. The person who fired the shot must have moved away quickly; otherwise I would have seen the person when I went out. I later saw the Goombungee Police, also Det Elford and Det Nesbitt.
    I remained about the house till daylight. I never saw the body of McDowell. I think the shooting was the result of jealousy on the part of McDowell. If he was jealous of me, he had no reason to be jealous of my association with the girl. I am satisfied that it was McDowell who shot Bernice Skuse, and from what I have learned, I am satisfied that he afterwards went into the paddock at the rear of the place and shot himself.
    The following is a copy of the suicide note left by McDowell.
    To all my friends who thought I was happy. Dear friends,
    No doubt you will think what I have done is an awful (sic) thing. But there isn't anyone in this world who realizes what Bernice meant to me. If we weren't engaged and this happened it would be different but no-one understands just what an Orphan has to go through before he or she gets this far. Lots of people will say I'm insane but that's not the case at all. I just can't go on living this life and thinking of Bernice in someone's arms. If Bernice had been let go her own way it would have been different but she always took notice of others. I have nothing and no one in the world to share my----or else perhaps I could go to them and forget. No one realizes what it's like to face a world like this without parents and I've been through Hell on Earth since a baby. I thought that when I had to work for my living that this would change but instead I still continue (just worry and disappointment) so I have decided that this world holds nothing for me. I'd be prepared to battle on and work day and night if I only had Bernice to care for. I am sorry for Ted and all his children and I realize what Bernice means to him and his children but I just can't go alone. I'd be happy if I thought Bernice and I would be together forever so I'm going to take her with me if it’s possible.
    Hope you will all understand this and remember I've been absolutely driven to this. Well, I will say goodbye to you all now and I hope that none of you will blame either of us because it is just Fate. I'd love to be buried somewhere near Bernice but of course I won't be able to argue where I'm put. Sell all my things and that will payfor my expense, if I win anything in the casket give it to Ted Skuse for his family.
    Again Adieu. If only I could have Bernice and be happy, just someone to have an interest in and someone to care for. I loved Bernice more than words can say. I'd like this letter to be printed so as everyone will see what life had done for me. Goodbye.

Robert Samuel McDowell

M, b. 1879, d. 1938

Child of Robert Samuel McDowell and Bertha Elizabeth Aberhart

Janet McEdward

F, b. circa 1781
  • Janet McEdward was born circa 1781 in Kingussie and Insch, Inverness, Scotland.
  • Janet McEdward married Donald Stuart on 5 December 1797 in Kingussie and Insch, Inverness, Scotland.
  • Janet McEdward and Donald Stuart appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 in Stranantopar, Kingussie, Inverness, Scotland. Donald was 70 years old, independent and was born in Inverness Shire. Janet was 60 also born Inverness Shire. Their 8 year old grandson Evan McPherson was living with them. He was also born in Inverness Shire.
  • Janet McEdward appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in Stanantobar House, Kingussue. Janet is shown as a 70 year old. She is living with lodgers Isabella McPherson aged 60, and James McPherson aged 25 (a gamekeeper) both born in Alvie, Inverness. A Janet McPherson aged 35 (a houseservant) was visiting the household. Isabella Ritchie, a 12 year old scholar born in Ahole Parish, Path Shire was also living there. She was Janet's granddaughter.

Children of Janet McEdward and Donald Stuart

Anastasia Ellen McErlean

F, b. 1905, d. 1918

Bridget Josephine McErlean

F, b. 1891, d. 1945
  • Bridget Josephine McErlean was born in 1891 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin.
  • Bridget Josephine McErlean died in 1945 in Queensland.

Children of Bridget Josephine McErlean

Catherine Mary McErlean

F, b. 1898, d. 1979

Daniel McErlean

M, b. circa 1870, d. 1939
  • Daniel McErlean was born circa 1870.
  • He was the son of John McErlean and Catherine Kelly.
  • Daniel McErlean died in 1939 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Daniel Thomas McErlean

M, b. 1909, d. 1978
  • Daniel Thomas McErlean was born in 1909 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond.
  • At the age of 24 years, Daniel Thomas McErlean married Mavis Mabel Winter in 1933 in Queensland.
  • Daniel Thomas McErlean died in 1978 in Queensland.

Elizabeth McErlean

F, b. 1901

Elizabeth Margaret (Eliza) McErlean

F, b. 1899, d. 1959
  • Elizabeth Margaret (Eliza) McErlean was born in 1899 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin.
  • Elizabeth Margaret (Eliza) McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Ravensbourne. They carried out home duties.
  • At the age of 22 years, Elizabeth Margaret (Eliza) McErlean married John Thomas Pobar in 1921 in Queensland.
  • Elizabeth Margaret (Eliza) McErlean died in 1959 in Queensland.

Francis Leonard McErlean

M, b. 1914, d. 1964
  • Francis Leonard McErlean was born in 1914 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Bridget Josephine McErlean.
  • Francis Leonard McErlean died in 1964 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Hugh McErlean

M, b. circa 1860, d. 1908
  • Hugh McErlean was born circa 1860.
  • He was the son of John McErlean and Catherine Kelly.
  • Hugh McErlean married Nancy (Annie) Mullin in 1887 in Queensland.
  • Conditional approval for Hugh McErlean's selection of landwas given on 24 November 1888. He selected 40 acres of land at Ravensbourne. "For the agricultural township farms adjoining the village of Ravensbourne there was great competition, many of the portions being applied for from four to ten times over. The ballot had to be resorted to in no less than 50 cases; this, with the refunding of the amounts paid by the unsuccessful applicants, necessarily occupied  a deal of time, and it was not till half-past 6 O'clock that the business was concluded, and the court closed. By 7 o'clock the whole of the refundments had been paid over to 115 applicants. The 76 portions adjoining the village of Ravensbourne, granted at the land court, were  apportioned among 62 selectors, so there is every probability of the village settlement of Ravensbourne proving a success. The total area granted at the court was 5025 acres among 68 applicants."
  • He. The Queenslander reported that applications for certificates at Ravensbourne for the following selections were adjourned for inspection:- John M'Laughlan, William Richards, August F. Beutel, Gustav F. Beutel, Robert Shedden, Ann Walsh, Donald A McDonald, Hugh M'Erlean, Mary Ryan, Charles McQuillan, Frederick Reuschle, Jacob Weller, Harriet E. Austin, Emma L. Austin, Charles Wallace, Henry McLeod, and William J. H. Austin.
  • In 1901 Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin lived in Ravensbourne.. Hugh was listed on the Crow's Nest Post Office directory as a farmer of Ravensbourne as was his brother James:CR:]
  • Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1905 living at Ravensbourne. Hugh was a farmer.
  • Hugh McErlean died in 1908 in Queensland.

Children of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin

Hugh Daniel McErlean

M, b. 1895
  • Hugh Daniel McErlean was born in 1895 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin.
  • Hugh Daniel McErlean appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Ravensbourne. He was a timberfeller.
  • He and Nancy (Annie) Mullin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Ravensbourne. Annie carried out home duties and son Hugh was a timber feller and son Michael a labourer.
  • Hugh Daniel McErlean appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Ravensbourne. He was a timber feller.

James Henry McErlean

M, b. 1897, d. 1971
  • James Henry McErlean was born in 1897 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin.
  • James Henry McErlean appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Ravensbourne. He was a farmer.
  • At the age of 25 years, James Henry McErlean married Catherine Mary (Kathleen) Brennan, daughter of Richard James Brennan and Margaret Mary McCaul, on 22 February 1922 in St Patrick's Church, Toowoomba, Queensland. The Brisbane Courier reported:-" At St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday morning the wedding was celebrated by the Rev. Father Murphy of Miss Kathleen Brennan (daughter of Mr. Richard Brennan, Ravensbourne) and Mr. Henry McErlean (son of the late Mr. Hugh McErlean and Mrs. McErlean, Ravensbourne). The bride wore, a frock of ivory embroidered crepe de Chine, and her embroidered tulle veil was arranged over a wreath of orange blossoms. A bouquet of while asters and roses, tied with white satin ribbon, was carried. There was one maid in attendance. Miss May Brennan (the bride's sister), who wore a frock of white chiffon voile, inserted with lace, and a broad-leafed Leghorn hat, sashed with pink ribbon and set with pink roses. She carried a bouquet of pink asters and dahlias tied with pink ribbons. Mr. Francis McErlean attended his brother as best man. After the ceremony the wedding party was entertained at the residence of Mrs. T. Pobar, at Willowburn, and on leaving later for Brisbane Mrs. McErlean wore a costume of navy blue crepe de Cline and a white hat. "
  • James Henry McErlean and Catherine Mary (Kathleen) Brennan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1925 and 1930 living at Helidon. James was a labourer.
  • James Henry McErlean died in 1971 in Queensland.

Child of James Henry McErlean and Catherine Mary (Kathleen) Brennan

James Patrick McErlean

M, b. 28 March 1862, d. 11 October 1930
  • James Patrick McErlean was born on 28 March 1862.
  • He was the son of John McErlean and Catherine Kelly.
  • At the age of 35 years, James Patrick McErlean married Rachel Margaret Diamond, daughter of Laurence Diamond and Mary Jane Gunter, in 1898 in Queensland.
  • In 1901 James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond lived in Ravensbourne.. James was listed on the Crow's Nest Post Office directory as a farmer of Ravensbourne as was his brother Hugh:CR:]
  • James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1905 living at Ravensbourne. James was a farmer.
  • James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at Ravensbourne. James was a farmer.
  • James Patrick McErlean died on 11 October 1930 in Queensland at age 68.

Children of James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond

James Patrick McErlean

M, b. 1907

John McErlean

M, b. circa 1830
  • John McErlean was born circa 1830.
  • John McErlean married Catherine Kelly circa 1855.

Children of John McErlean and Catherine Kelly

John Patrick McErlean

M, b. 1893, d. 1972

John Vincent McErlean

M, b. 1904, d. 1944
  • John Vincent McErlean was born in 1904 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James Patrick McErlean and Rachel Margaret Diamond.
  • At the age of 25 years, John Vincent McErlean married Nora Clair in 1929 in Queensland.
  • John Vincent McErlean died in 1944 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Katherine Agnes McErlean

F, b. 1888, d. 1939
  • Katherine Agnes McErlean was born in 1888 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Hugh McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin.
  • Katherine Agnes McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at Ravensbourne. They carried out domestic duties.
  • Katherine Agnes McErlean and Nancy (Annie) Mullin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Ravensbourne. They carried out home duties.
  • Katherine Agnes McErlean died in 1939 in Queensland.

Kevin McErlean

M, b. circa 1923, d. 1923