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Donald Edward (Doogy, Doug, Old Zeke) ASHBY

Donald Edward (Doogy, Doug, Old Zeke) ASHBY

Male 1915 - 2006  (91 years)

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  • Name Donald Edward (Doogy, Doug, Old Zeke) ASHBY  [1
    Born 21 May 1915  Mount Schanck SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Nicknames "Doogy". "Doug" and "Old Zeke".

    When Doog left school he worked at home. then for others of the district and for the council with horses. He made 8/- (80 cents) a day carting stones from the quarry with horse and dray and making the roads. Many farmers worked some time tor the council to pay their rates. It was a long day as he had to be up at 4.00am to feed and harness the horses and drive 4 miles to start work at 7.30 am.

    He learnt to shear at Kongorong first by hand and after 12 months by machine. After a couple of years with Bob Chant he went North and to the West Coast, shearing, and returned to Mt Gambier at Show time (October), This became a yearly event to shear away in the winter and home around Kongorong during summer.

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    Marriage/Wedding 30 Jan 1917  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He met and married Gwen. For a few years they lived with his parents and worked for very little on the farm. Many of the boys had left for the war. Doog joined up but was refused, as Australia was desperately short of shearers. After saving for many years Doog and Gwen then bought their own farm in Kongorong and worked this until their sons took over. Doog and Gwen retired to Nene Valley. They are keen bowlers and spend the winter months travelling in Queensland. 
    Occupation Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Residence Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 7 Nov 2006  Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I-4544  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2017 

    Father James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889,   d. 15 Apr 1967  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Mother Maria Mabel (Mary) MCLEAN,   b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1981  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gwen MILLHOUSE,   b. 30 Jan 1917, Moorak SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 2009, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married
    • In Gwen Millhouse biography written in the original BRB it states Gwens birth at 30 Jan 1917 and repeats that date for her marriage to Doug Ashby. However there is evidence attached to her profile stating she was still being educated in 1939. But no findable entry of a wedding. Source Lorna McLean 28.11.2017
    Children 
     1. DM A
     2. EG A
     3. JF A
     4. IA A
     5. JM A
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2017 23:01:13 
    Family ID F-1486  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories
    1995 - Donald Edward Ashby & Gwen Millhouse
    1995 - Donald Edward Ashby & Gwen Millhouse
    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-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 28 Nov 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      BORN 21 May 1915, Donald Edward ASHBY father:James Edward ASHBY, Mother: Maria Mabel MCLEAN
      at Mount Schanck SA, RegNo959/510
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    3. [S-99] Ryerson Index (Australian Broadsheet Deaths only), http://ryersonindex.org/search.php, 28 Nov 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      DEATH:ASHBY,Donald Edward (Doug) Death notice 07NOV2006 AT 91YOA at Mount Gambier Hospital, Newspaper:Mt Gambier Border Watch on 09NOV2006