...do YOUR families link back to first South Australian wheat growers?
 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Eliza Jane SEMPLE

Eliza Jane SEMPLE

Female 1888 - 1956  (67 years)

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Eliza Jane SEMPLE  [1
    • She was nicknamed, according to the Smith Family Bible.
    Nickname Lizzie 
    Born 28 Oct 1888  Dimboola Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes Eliza Jane Semple, b. 28/10/1888 at Dimboola.

    Her mother died only two weeks after Eliza was born. So she lived with her grandmother Gray. She was very lonely and often wrote letters to herself and posted them so she would receive letters in the mail.

    Her grandmother Gray accidentally set the house on fire while looking for papers with a candle. The family Bible was on an oak table. The table was burned but the bible fell to the stone floor and although singed was not burned.

    Married: at Jeparit John Duncan Ernest Smith, (b. 21/1/1882. North Adelaide). Witnesses were Lucy Smith and Taney Wilkins.

    Residence: Hawthorn, Vic.

    History: John met Eliza when she was 15 and married her when she was 16. They had their first baby when she was 16.

    His occupation: John was a builder, building schools for the government, and houses. He was also a wheelwright and a fully trained butcher and slaughterman.

    Deaths:
    John died on 24/6/1937 aged 55 at Hawthorn, Vic.
    Eliza died aged 67 on 29/6/1956 at Melbourne.
    Both were interred at Burwood Cemetery, Vic.

    CHILDREN ......  [1
    Cause of death The cause of death was myocardial insufficiency for some months and arteriosclerosis for many years.   [2
    Residence Hawthorn Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    20 Bowen St, Hawthorn at the time of death 
    Died 29 Jun 1956  Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 2 Jul 1956  Burwood Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I-3664  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2017 

    Father William SEMPLE,   b. Yes, Date Unknown 
    Relationship -1193 
    Mother Margaret Ann MCLEAN,   b. 8 Apr 1864, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1888, Dimboola Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Relationship -1193 
    Married 27 Oct 1887  Dimboola Vic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F-1193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Duncan Ernest SMITH,   b. 21 Jan 1882, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1937, Hawthorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married c1905  Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Liza's death certificate states that she was 16 years old when she married John in Jeparit.
    • According to his death certificate, John was 23 years old when he married Eliza in Jeparit.
    Children 
     1. Margaret Brittania Rosedew SMITH,   b. 21 Sep 1905, Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1961, Burwood Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  []
     2. Alice Melvina Pearl SMITH,   b. 9 Jan 1908, Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. xx Jul 2003, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  []
     3. Robert William John (Jack) SMITH,   b. 11 Mar 1911, Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1993  (Age 82 years)  []
     4. Duncan Edmond Kent (Dunk) SMITH,   b. 21 May 1912, Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1979  (Age 66 years)
     5. Nellie Doreen (Nell) SMITH,   b. 24 Oct 1916, Jeparit Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 2002, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2017 12:01:46 
    Family ID F-1194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    BDM Death Eliza Jane Smith, nee Semple - died 29th June 1956 in Alfred Hospital Melbourne Vic
    BDM Death Eliza Jane Smith, nee Semple - died 29th June 1956 in Alfred Hospital Melbourne Vic
    Smith Family Bible
    Smith Family Bible
    The family bible records Eliza Jane Semple’s parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren.

    BDM Marriage John Duncan Ernest Smith and Eliza Jane Semple Jeparit Vic on 30th Jan 1905

    Stories
    1995 - Eliza Jane Semple & John Duncan Ernest Smith
    1995 - Eliza Jane Semple & John Duncan Ernest Smith
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995).

    2. [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached .