The Abercrombie Family Of Glasgow
Eliza ABERCROMBIE - David HUTCHISON
My grandmother, Eliza Goldsworthy married William Froggatt in Sydney in 1910. Her mother was Eliza Agnes HUTCHISON. This page gives information about her mother's parents. Follow the links in the table for information about the Hutchison family.
Elizabeth (or Eliza) ABERCROMBIE
Elizabeth (or Eliza) ABERCROMBIE was born in Glasgow around 1826, although she does not appear to be in the parish birth records. The 1841 census lists her as aged 15.
David was born about 1831 in Inverkeithing, Glasgow, to Ralph and Isabella (Milne).
Eliza and David were married at the Independent Church, Bridgeton, Glasgow on 12 July 1850.
The Hutchison Family
David and Eliza had 6 children.
Residences in Glasgow
The Hutchison family seemed to live an itinerant lifestyle, perhaps dictated by David's work as a tailor.
Migration to Melbourne, Australia
On 30 April 1880 the family travelled to Greenock and embarked on the small sailing ship, the Loch Maree, bound for Melbourne, where they arrived in early July. The ship's manifest lists David aged 50 and Eliza aged 49. They were accompanied by William (21), Eliza Agnes (19), Margaret (17), David (14), and Isabella (11). Their oldest son Alexander was not with them. However, there is a shipping record for a Mr Alex M. Hutchison, aged 24, arriving in Melbourne in Sept 1880 on the ship Cuzco (see information below).
Life in Australia
David continued as a tailor in Melbourne. The Sands Post Office Directory for 1883 shows a David Hutchison resided at Moubray St, Emerald Hill which is now an inner part of the city of Melbourne.
However the 1884, 1885 and 1886 directories list David Hutchison at 25 Chatsworth Rd, Prahran. Today, Chatsworth Rd is a typical suburban street, lined both sides with tall, mature plane trees and a mixture of renovated 1880s houses and modern homes and apartments. It is a desirable part of Melbourne, as it would have been in 1883. The house at 25 Chatsworth St has been recently renovated, after being bought a few years ago in a rather poor condition according to a neighbour. It has been re-roofed, lost its chimneys and had a new fence, but the original character of the house is obvious. (Note that it is possible that Chatsworth St was renumbered and this may not be the actual house. However it is typical of the houses in this street.)
About 1896, David Hutchison moved from Melbourne to Sydney. His daughter Sarah Isabella had married Alfred LITTLEJOHN there in 1893 (see information about Littlejohn and his influence on the Froggatt family), and his other daughter Eliza (Goldsworthy) was also living in Sydney by 1893.
David died in Sydney on 2nd Feb 1897, aged 71. He is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.
However, Eliza (Abercrombie) died in Melbourne on 11 Jan 1898, at the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote. She is buried without a headstone in the Pauper's section of the Melbourne General Cemetery. It is difficult to believe that Eliza had been left in Melbourne when her husband moved to Sydney. It is more likely that she returned to Melbourne some time after her husband David had died, either to visit, or to live with her other sons and daughters still in Melbourne. By 1898 the Goldsworthy family of Sydney, in whose cemetery plot David is buried, had probably departed for New Zealand. Her other daughter Isabella, married to Alfred LIttlejohn (a policeman) remained in the Sydney area.
The Children of David and Eliza HUTCHISON
Alexander Morton Hutchison
Alexander Morton was born 17 February 1857, at 276 Parliamentary Rd, Glasgow.
Alexander did not accompany his family to Melbourne on the Loch Maree. He followed them later in the year, arriving in Melbourne in Sept 1880 on the ship Cuzco. This record is confirmed by his marriage record in Melbourne. On 22 Dec 1882 he married Frances Elizabeth JEFFERY at St Mary's Church, Preston.
Alexander and Frances had 6 children:
Last updated: 29 March 2021