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George Kerr (1830-1913)

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 'Shotts to Yeppoon and beyond' Souvenir Edition of the George Kerr Family History.
This limited edition private publication was published to coincide with the Kerr Family Re-Union held in Rockhampton Qld on the 120th Anniversary of the three Kerr teenage sons of George leaving Glasgow for Queensland, and is available at a cost of AU$20.00 per copy (postage inclusive within Australia).
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RE-UNION ROCKHAMPTON ----  QUEENSLAND JULY 20 2002                         

The re-union was an outstanding success with 270 plus relatives going to the get together and 176 sitting down to dinner in the evening.....see story and photographs

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Glasgow 'Shire' Line barque "Selkirkshire", in which the teenage Kerr Brothers, William, Robert & George jnr., after a journey of 105 days arrived on the 2nd November 1882 at Rockhampton in Queensland.

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GEORGE KERR 1830-1913
George Kerr born 1830 Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland, son of William and Christina (nee Miller), one of 8 children, Grandson of George and Jean(nee Graham).
First marriage to Janet Dick 22 June 1860 Shotts Scot.
children :-Janet, Christina, William, Robert, George, Marion, Mary and Alison.1 infant male died before Janet died 19-6-1874
Second marriage to Margaret Wilson 23 Nov.1874 Shotts Scot.
children :- Isabella, Jessie born in Scotland and Agnes first child born in Australia.2 males & 3 females infants died before Margaret died in childbirth 27-5-1888.
Third marriage to Florence Evelyn Spanner 6 Nov.1890 Rockhampton Queensland.
children :- Fanny, Ethel, Florence, Muriel, Lindon Arthur, Mildred, Vera, Lesley Roy and Marjory Alice. (1 male,James died).
George Kerr died at Redhill Yaamba Rd Rockhampton Qld 30 April 1913. He was survived by his third wife and 19 of his 27 children. Florence Evelyn Kerr died in Brisbane Qld 28 June 1951 aged 80 years.

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Geo&JanetKerrc1873.jpg (42430 bytes) George & Janet Kerr (nee Dick) . c.1873 Shotts Scotland

ROBERT KERR 1866-1936 (CHILD 4)
Robert Kerr, an engine (winder) driver, may learnt his trade at the Yeppoon Sugar Mill before moving to the Charters Towers goldfields and in c.1896 to the Western Australian goldfields where he worked for a time on the Great Boulder Lease before establishing a greengrocers business in Boulder and living at 85 Moran Street. He later worked as a winder driver at Princess Royal mine and possibly on mines in St. Ives and Norseman. In 1925 he established a family business in the name of his daughter Olive Kerr at Salmon Gums (O.Kerr & Co). He built a shop, post office, garage, dining room and family residence on lot 25 which remained in the family until sold when his grandson Paddy Kerr moved his business to Esperance in March 1989.
Robert Kerr married Jane Willis on January 4th 1897 in St.Johns Mission Church Kalgoorlie

StJohnsKal'97.jpg (18888 bytes)  St.Johns Church Kalgoorlie 1897

Kerr family Salmon Gums (c1937)
Henry(Harry),Jane(nee Willis) & Olive
   Extended Family S.Gums c1937
Working on later generations of family in conjunction with the Willis Family


Above snapshot recently came to light. On the back all those years ago someone wrote "Mac Small cutting Geordies hair, (Geordie Wallace), at the back of Kerrs. Note the background. Very open isn't it."
note the open sided shed which appears to house the old delco engine which provided electricity to the family. Late 1920's?

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