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Gavin Gemmell RANKINE

Gavin Gemmell RANKINE

Male 1879 - 1921  (42 years)

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  • Name Gavin Gemmell RANKINE 
    Born 2 Jan 1879  Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 2 Jan 1921  Dungolocking WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    A correspondent writing from Clare says: "I noticed in your last issue reference to the death of Mr. Gavin Rankine, who, as all old residents of your district know, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Gemmell Rankine (a son of pioneer William Rankine, one of the two founders of the town of Strathalbyn), and the announcement of the death reminded me of the fact that there are now living none of the original family, all of them having 'passed out', John of that ilk having been the last to succumb to the inevitable destiny of all of us. "The late Mr. Gemmell Rankine in his youthful days was one of the most popular of the family, and certainly the most jovial. The eldest son of the clan, Matthew, was always of somewhat austere nature on the surface, though really of kindliest disposition at heart; James was a fine character too, but a bit fiery; William and John were more retiring in type than any of their brothers, keeping themselves aloof a good deal from public or social matters; Andrew was in his youthful years a regular "good fellow" but even in his jolliest times a trifle hasty-tempered and apt to get misunderstood; but Gemmell never anybody's enemy but his own, was loved by all, and the wife he married won equal popularity and equal love from all classes of the community. "It was Gemmell who was the 'pet lamb' of his parents and his uncle, Dr. Rankine; it was Gemmell who was the mischievous, happy-go-lucky young daredevil of the family; Gemmell who was the only one of the clan who lacked the 'austerity' of the 'severe Highland Presbyterians' from whom he sprang. "Old William Rankine, though he must have 'frequent and oft' bemoaned his 'baby boy's' fallings away from grace, almost worshipped him, and when the time came for him to settle his affairs he showed that love by leaving the old homestead of Glenbarr to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmells death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these lads were bound to under the will I lads were bound to under the will I don't know, but now that Gavin has gone it may be that the pioneer homestead will pass to another branch of the family. "Anyhow, I thought these few lines might interest some or the readers of your chatty 'jottings', which I may tell you, are enjoyed by all 'old timers' like myself, whether younger readers enjoy them or not."
    My correspondent's letter will make many of our 'old fogeys' sit up and realize the fact that there are very few indeed left of those who helped to found the town of which we are all so proud to-day. Soon there will be scarcely more than the memory of the pioneers left, for there are no 'son's sons' now in the district to keep the good old name going, the few that are existent being scattered over the length and breadth of the Commonwealth. The late Mr. Gavin Rankine inherited the characteristics of both his mother and his father, and so shared the natures of each that it was difficult to say which predominated! He, like both, made friends wherever he went, never had an enemy but himself, and never was there a better illustration of the poet's words : 'If to his lot some common errors' fall, Look in his face and you'd forget them all!'
    Source: Jottings by JWE on page 3 of Southern Argus, 17th Nov 1921
     
    Died 26 Oct 1921  Dungolocking WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • 24.04.2021....after checking Trove and FAGrave and calling local cemetery (Dumbleyung) I left an archivist Deb Stevens of Wagin Shire on 12th March 2021 to see if she could find more for G G Rankine EARLY DEMISE at 42yoa AND NO HEADSTONE when his will stated "no less than 8000 pounds"
      advice is that he was in fact buried in WA but a memorial plaque added to a rankine headston in Strathalbyn SA -evidence required eg headstone

      29.04.2021 found brother Harry had almost killed a policeman see his profile for charge of attempted murder and Gavin in another newspaper obituary that RANKINE.?On October 20, 1921, at Dongolocking, East Wagin, Western Australia Gavin Gemmell, beloved husband of Lillian Rankine, aged 42 years. with a further wirteup IMMEDIATELY below suggesting his demise as was so many in the town of Dungolocking was a particulary virulent influenza.
    Obituary 27 Oct 1921  Dungolocking WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA) 3 November 1921, page 3: "The death occurred last week, in Western Australia, of Mr Gavin G. Rankine, eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Gemmell Rankine, formerly of Glenbarr, Strathalbyn, and a brother-in-law of Mr CLA Wyatt, of this town. Mr Rankine had resided in the West for several years, where his two brothers also live, the three having leased the Glenbarr property to Mr Jas Clezy and gone to the sister state, which offered bigger opportunities for the trio than their comparatively small estate here. The late Mr G G Rankine was of very genial and kindly disposition, making friends wherever he went, and his untimely death is much regretted in his old home district, where much sympathy is expressed for his widow and family."  
    • The reports of death varied from mid to late Nov 1921.
    Buried 28 Oct 1921  Dumbleyung WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Obituary 17 Nov 1921  Dungolocking WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    RANKINE.?On October 20, 1921, at Dongolocking, East Wagin, Western Australia Gavin Gemmell, beloved husband of Lillian Rankine, aged 42 years. South Australian papers please copy, 
    Person ID I-8840  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2021 

    Father Gemmell b.1846 RANKINE,   b. 11 Jan 1846, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1884, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship -3130 
    Mother Gertrude Anne BEEVOR,   b. 24 Aug 1851, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1898, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Relationship -3130 
    Married 5 Mar 1878  Booyoolee SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Wedding at the residenceof James Rankine, Booyoolee.
    Family ID F-3130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillian Sylvia Matilda WYATT,   b. 6 Apr 1874, Hindmarsh SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1945, Prospect SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1903  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Gavin (infant) RANKINE,   b. 21 Aug 1907, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1907, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2021 05:45:55 
    Family ID F-2921  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    HS STRATHALBYN RANKINE. Gavin Gemmell died Dungolocking in WA Uncertain evidence of burial location, though HS in both locations. Lillian HS here but location of death uncertain.

    HS STRATH RANKINE GAVIN infant 2 days 1907

    Documents
    Gavin Gemmel Rankine DUMBLEYUNG CEMETERY. Died 26th buried 27th Oct 1921Oct no relative mentioned no cause of death no headstone, 'fee paid'-no name.
    Gavin Gemmel Rankine DUMBLEYUNG CEMETERY. Died 26th buried 27th Oct 1921Oct no relative mentioned no cause of death no headstone, 'fee paid'-no name.
    SOUTHERN ARGUS NOV 1921...Jottings...JOTTINGS,By J.W.E. A correspondent writing from Clare says: "I noticed in your last issue reference to the death of Mr. Gavin Rankine, who, as all old residents of your district know, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Gemmell Rankine (a son of pioneer William Rankine, one of two founders of the town of Strathalbyn), and the announcement of the death reminded me of the fact that there are now living none of the original family, all of them having 'passed out', John of that ilk having been the last to succumb to the inevittable destiny of all of us. "The late Mr. Gemmell Rankine in his youthful days was one of the most popular of the family, and certainly the most jovial. The eldest son of the clan, Matthew, was always of somewhat austere nature on the surface, though really of kindliest disposition at heart; James was a fine character too, but a bit fiery; William and John were more retiring in type than any of their brothers, keeping themselves aloof a good deal from public or social matters; Andrew was in his youthful years a regular "good fellow" but even in his jolliest times a trifle hasty-tempered and apt to get misunderstood; but Gemmell never anybody's enemy but his own, was loved by…

    Places
    Glenbarr House in Strathalbyn
    Glenbarr House in Strathalbyn
    Gavin Gemmell Rankine and his two brothers leased Glenbarr to Jas Clezy before the three moved to Western Australia - this might have been around the time of WW1, or before.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 6 Mar 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Gavin Gemmell RANKINE Birth Date: 1879, January 02 Father: Gemmell RANKINE Mother: Gertrude Anne BEEVOR Birth Place/Residence: Hindmarsh Island
      Book/Page: 217/382

    2. [S-203] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus 1837-1972, Southern Argus P3 on 3 Nov 1921, 23 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      as attached...

    3. [S-80] BDM WA, http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/default.aspx, 21 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Rankine Gavin G Male Katanning Plot No 98 1921 phoned Katanning Shire awaiting reply...for further details-have no burial of GG Rankine. Suggested Wagin. The found Trove newspaper record relating issues of GG Rankine will....stated death 26 Oct 1921...late of Dongolocking. No change to dotags reference to Katanning burial until further notice
      following up with Wagin and looking for "Dongolocking"

    4. [S-82] NEWSPAPER TROVE Express and Telegraph (1867 - 1922) SA, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/210575016?searchTerm=%22gavin%20gemmell%20rankine%22&searchLimits=#, 6 Mar 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      DATE OF DEATH stated in paper.
      Application has been made by Elder's
      Trustee & Executor Company and Mr. A.
      G. Rankine, of Dongolocking, Western
      Australia, for probate of the will, of Mr.
      Gavin Gemmell Rankine, formerly of
      Strathalbyn, but late of Dongolocking.
      Western Australia, farmer, and who died
      on October 26 last year. The South Australian
      estate of the deceased has been sworn not
      to exceed 7,500.
      The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Thu 23 Feb 1922 Page 1 PERSONAL NEWS.

    5. [S-160] Katanning Shire WA, Researcher;Lorna Mclean 18 Sep 2018, 18.08.2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Researcher telephoned several shires, as had lead of death nearby. Found Plot number confirmed by Shire Staff No98. Gavin Gemmel Rankine. Death 1921

    6. [S-58] NEWSPAPER TROVE West Australian, Near IN MEMORIAM-death. Otice exact wording, 26 Oct 1921.
      RANKINE- On October 26, at DONGOLOCKING, East Wagin WA.Gavin Gemmell beloved husband of Lillian Rankine, aged 42yrs. South Australian papers copy please.

    7. [S-203] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus 1837-1972, 3 , 12 Mar 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      see attached...

    8. [S-175] http://www.ozburials.com, http://www.ozburials.com, 6 Mar 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      RANKIN, G G Unmarked grave found! yay!

    9. [S-250] WARREN MCLEAN FAMILY TREE using My Heritage, www.myheritage.com--requires log in , 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Gertrude Anne Rankine (born Beevor) Birth Aug 24 1851 Adelaide South Australia Marriage Mar 5 1878 Booyoolee SA
      Marriage to: Gemmell Rankine Mar 5 1878 Residence of James Rankine, Booyoolee / Gladstone, South Australia, Australia - Book 114, page 663

    10. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_hikashop&view=product&layout=show&Itemid=161&uid=826293&coid=2&cid=2&request_data=%7B%26quot%3Boption%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Bcom_search%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3BItemid%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B32%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bsurname%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Brankine%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bcheck%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B1%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bgname%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Byear%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Brange%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B0%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bcusearch%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3BSearch%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmc%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Ba4bd3f58e9df756191d0f96ccbc0b1ee%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Be7015a7d200526083314a342d63ff4c5%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmz%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.1519112402.476.5.utmcsr%3Dgoogle%7Cutmccn%3D(organic)%7Cutmcmd%3Dorganic%7Cutmctr%3D(not%20provided)%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B162b9a6a86efa97778683e1106c00163%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B4F141316%20114%20D55%20B521B%2081B545B591F%2045B41%2065B%20C5521%20B5C10%20B50%20C%20D1A55%209%208464A4144%207444A4556425015%20B41535C1050505450541119%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utma%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.1713450304.1501589010.1519186969.1519193733.481%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmt%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B1%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmb%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.3.10.1519193733%26quot%3B%7D, 21 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Gavin Gemmell RANKINE and Lillian Sylvia Matilda WYATT Marriage Date: 1903, February 04 Marriage Place: Christ Church Strathalbyn SA Groom Age: 24 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1879 Groom Father: Gemmell RANKINE Bride Age: 28 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1875 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father Name: William WYATT Book/Page: 214/380