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Dr John  RANKINE

Dr John RANKINE

Male - 1864

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  • Name John RANKINE 
    Prefix Dr 
    Born Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 1835  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    30 April 1839 John Rankine and Strathalbyn collated by:Alison Painter 30 April 1839:John Rankine and Strathalbyn

    On 30 April 1839 Dr John Rankine, his two brothers and other immigrants from Scotland, arrived in South Australia. The Rankines settled in the district south of Adelaide around what is now the township of Strathalbyn. Some of the families who travelled out with the Rankines also settled in the area. Dr Rankine later purchased land on Hindmarsh Island, which he stocked with cattle, and built a large house there. In 1855 the doctor, who suffered from a heart condition, retired from active work and returned to Scotland for a holiday; he died there in 1864.

    His brother, William, continued to live near Strathalbyn. He married three times and six sons survived him to continue the family name in the district.

    The town of Strathalbyn grew slowly, but by 1854 it was large enough to be proclaimed a local government area, the second, after Mitcham, outside the city. The town was linked to Victor Harbor by a tramway in 1869 and to Mount Barker by rail in 1884. Strathalbyn has retained many of its colonial buildings and for this reason it was used for some of the scenes in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

    Harold J. Stowe, They Built Strathalbyn, Investigator Press, 1973.
    Nancy Gemmell, Old Strathalbyn and its people , National Trust.
    Historic Places of Australia, National Trust, 1978, pp. 570-583 
    Biography Notes 30 Apr 1839  Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On 30 April 1839 Dr John Rankine, his two brothers and other immigrants from Scotland, arrived in South Australia. The Rankines settled in the district south of Adelaide around what is now the township of Strathalbyn. Some of the families who travelled out with the Rankines also settled in the area. Dr Rankine later purchased land on Hindmarsh Island, which he stocked with cattle, and built a large house there. His brother William, continued to live near Strathalbyn. He married three times and six sons survived him to continue the family name in the district.

    By 1854 Strathalbyn town growth was large enough to be proclaimed a local government area, the second, after Mitcham 10 km south of Adelaide CBD. Strathalbyn was linked to Victor Harbor by a tramway in 1869 and to Mount Barker by rail in 1884. Strathalbyn has retained many of its colonial buildings and for this reason it was used for some of the scenes in the making of the movie from 1950's novel "Picnic at Hanging Rock".

    SOURCES: Harold J. Stowe, They Built Strathalbyn, Investigator Press, 1973.
    Nancy Gemmell, Old Strathalbyn and its people , National Trust.
    Historic Places of Australia, National Trust, 1978, pp. 570-583. 
    Cause of death 1855  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1855 the doctor, who suffered from a heart condition, retired from active work and returned to Scotland for a holiday;he died at home in Scotland;1864. 
    Died 1864  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-5866  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Father Walter RANKINE 
    Relationship -1914 
    Mother Unknown UNKNOWN 
    Relationship -1914 
    Family ID F-1914  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-119] http://www.sahistorians.org.au/175/chronology/april/30-april-1839-john-rankine-and-strathalbyn.shtml.
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      30 April 1839 John Rankine and Strathalbyn

      On 30 April 1839 Dr John Rankine, his two brothers and other immigrants from Scotland, arrived in South Australia. The Rankines settled in the district south of Adelaide around what is now the township of Strathalbyn. Some of the families who travelled out with the Rankines also settled in the area. Dr Rankine later purchased land on Hindmarsh Island, which he stocked with cattle, and built a large house there. In 1855 the doctor, who suffered from a heart condition, retired from active work and returned to Scotland for a holiday; he died there in 1864.

      His brother, William, continued to live near Strathalbyn. He married three times and six sons survived him to continue the family name in the district.

      The town of Strathalbyn grew slowly, but by 1854 it was large enough to be proclaimed a local government area, the second, after Mitcham, outside the city. The town was linked to Victor Harbor by a tramway in 1869 and to Mount Barker by rail in 1884. Strathalbyn has retained many of its colonial buildings and for this reason it was used for some of the scenes in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

      Harold J. Stowe, They Built Strathalbyn, Investigator Press, 1973.
      Nancy Gemmell, Old Strathalbyn and its people , National Trust.
      Historic Places of Australia, National Trust, 1978, pp. 570-583.