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John Finlay

John Finlay

Posted: 1352775627000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Finlay, Aitken, Stanton, Batty, Maitland, Farmont, Sayers, Boag, De Banks, McBurney and Williams

I’ve been putting together a site for my Great-Great-Great Grandfather John Finlay, who was a school teacher at Ballarat during the Eureka stockade. If anyone knows anything more about him or his descendants and could help that would be great. Other than Victoria some of his grandchildren can be found in NSW and WA.

Known surnames include – Finlay, Aitken, Stanton, Batty, Maitland, Farmont, Sayers, Boag, De Banks, McBurney and Williams

The site is-

Thank you

Re: John Finlay

Posted: 1352869059000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1352869787000
A few bits to add

Margaret & Robert AITKEN also had:
Margaret Lithgow (AITKEN) b. 1856 Magpie (reg 12253)
John b. 1859 Bunninyong (reg 13245)
Ellen b. 1861 Bunninyong (reg 13786), d. 1862 aged 8 months (reg 422)

Eleanor STANTON, daughter of Mary, married Peter McEWAN in 1882 (reg 4137). She died in Bendigo in 1944 aged 85 (reg 22095, confirms parents as Hy STANTON & Mary FINLAY).

The Argus, Saturday 7 October 1944
McEWAN.-On October 3, at Bendigo, Eleanor, loved wife of the late Peter McEwan, loved mother of George, Lyla (Mrs. C. Connor, W.A.), William, John, Frank, and Hilda (Mrs. M. Johnston, Carnegie), aged 85 years. -At rest.

Mary & Louis FARMONT's son Louis Philip died in 1904, aged 24. Louis was killed in 1900 after being hit by a train (article in Bendigo Advertiser, 28th Dec 1900, p3, see NLA Trove).

Daughter Ann Louisa died as SAYERS in 1944 aged 71 in Dandenong (reg 18298, confirms parents names). Note her husband's name differs here to what you have. Gilbert Alex SAYERS died in Dandenong in 1952 aged 83 (reg 18593).

The Argus, Thursday 11 May 1944
SAYERS.-On May 10, at her home, 14 Walker street, Dandenong, Ann Louisa, the dearly beloved wife of Gilbert Alexander (Alex) Sayers, formerly of Leongatha, and devoted mother of Lou (Benalla), Alva (Mrs. Bart Tharle), and Mavis (Mrs. G. Judd), and loving mama of Beverley and Grove, aged 71 years. -Our pal. A patient sufferer at rest.

Son John Albert served in WWI; you can view his record at NAA Recordsearch. He died in Bendigo in 1940 (reg 17035, confirms parents names). His wife was Rosena Agnes Ann (nee BATEMAN); she died in 1941 in Bendigo aged 65.

Farmont John Albert : SERN 3968 : POB Bendigo VIC : POE Bendigo VIC : NOK W Farmont Mrs R

Re: John Finlay

Posted: 1352869926000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1352874844000
Daughter of John Steele & Agnes FINLAY, Margaret (b. 1868 Pleasant Creek, reg 25472), died as Margaret Johnson FINLAY in 1955 aged 88 in St Arnauds (reg 23570). (By the by you have her as Finaly on your site)

There was also another daughter, Agnes Sutherland Martha, who died in 1942 aged 71 in Elsternwick, as GISSING or FREEMAN-GISSING (reg 7162). Her husband was Edward Francis; he died in 1942 aged 61 in Elsternwick (reg 275). She was born as Martha Agnes in 1870 in Pleasant Creek (reg 18285).

John & Agnes also had 2 sons, John Walter b. 1873 Ballarat (reg 585) and James Steel b. 1877 Pleasant Creek (reg 17690).

Both died in WA:
The West Australian, Monday 18 June 1951
FINLAY: On June 14, 1951, at Kalgoorlie, James Steel Finlay, of the Paris Goldmine, Widgiemooltha, loved husband of Barbara, step-father of Ella (Mr. and Mrs. Chapman), grandfather of Digby and Ossie, of Goomalling. Friends are informed that his remains were interred in the Anglican portion of the Kalgoorlie Cemetery on June 15, 1951. W. Strother, Funeral Director, Kalgoorlie.

The West Australian, Friday 18 October 1946
FINLAY.-On September 29, passed away suddenly in Narrogin Hospital, Western Australia, John Walter, beloved eldest son of the late John S. Finlay and Agnes Finlay, and loved brother of Margaret T. Finlay (Middle Brighton), Agnes (Mrs. Freeman Gissing, deceased), Robert W. (deceased) and James S. (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia), aged 73 years.

This indicates there was a 3rd brother named Robert!


Patrick James FINLAY (previously MONAGHAN) died in WA in July 1905 (not 1903), aged 26.

His half-sister Winifred also died in WA, in 1967 aged 84, as Winifred Grace Elizabeth May Vincent De BANKS, daughter of Peter & Winifred (Perth, reg 1517). Her husband Clarence Arthur De BANKS died there in 1938 (East Murchison, reg 32); he was born in 1881 in Jarrahdale WA (reg 22234). They married in 1906 in WA (Perth, reg 236).

The West Australian, Monday 24 October 1938
DE BANKS--On October 22, 1938, at Wiluna, Clarence Arthur, dearly beloved husband of Winifred Grace De Banks, and beloved father of Grace (Mrs. I. Baldwin, Dongarra), Clarice (Mrs. C. Elsgood, Mt. Lawley), Doris, Edna (Mrs. J. Thompson, Wiluna), Joyce and Alice; aged 57 years. R.I.P.

Grace L M 1909, m. Ivan A J BALDWIN 1930
Clarice E Joan 1911, m. Clarence Oswald ELSEGOOD 1941 [as WILKINS], d. 1982 aged 72
Doris Veronica 1914, m. Frank Goddard TOURNAY 1957, d. 1990 aged 76
Edna M P 1917, m. Wm J THOMPSON 1936/7
Joyce Constance 1920, m. Al[l]an Cedric FRASER 1941, d. 1986 aged 66
Alice Noreen 1922, m. Donald Gilmour McDONALD 1946, d. 1987 aged 64

Re: John Finlay

Posted: 1352871458000
Classification: Query
Thank you for the help, I'll update it all now.

Re: John Finlay

Posted: 1352874622000
Classification: Query
My pleasure.

Also in case you don't have it Wm Lloyd WILLIAMS, son of Wm Lloyd & Grace (nee FINLAY) died in 1968 aged 66 in Essendon (reg 15386).

Re: John Finlay

Posted: 1485720512000
Classification: Immigration
Surnames: Aitken, Finlay
Thanks Katie! I've been looking at your site and it has been very helpful!

Margaret Aitken and family moved to New Zealand sometime in the 1860's maybe following the goldrush in Dunedin? I've yet to find them on a passenger list though.

I also found that her mother Margaret Finlay died in Chorlton in 1844.

Hope this helps, thanks for your work
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