Alexander FRATER

Male 1828 - 1911  (82 years)


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  • Name Alexander FRATER 
    Born 15 Dec 1828  Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 10 May 1829  Crookham, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Crookham is a village in Northumberland in England, It is situated approximately 8 km (5 miles) to the east of Coldstream. Mothers name on this birth record is Elizabeth Harvey.
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1851  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Shepherd 
    Occupation 1869  Merrylong Park, Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stock Farmer 
    Occupation 1911  Deep Creek, "Millfield" Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Grazier 
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    _UID 962FC85E14C947F99661BC9EF1F0073D7EA5 
    Died 24 Mar 1911  Deep Creek, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: Cerebral Haemorrhage, Senile Dementia 
    • Informant: Penelope Frater (Wife)
      Witness: Septimus Faulkner (Son Inlaw)
      Reg.No. 2428
    Buried 25 Mar 1911  "Millfield" Family Cemetery, 696 Old Gunnedah Road Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • "Deep Creek" is a private cemetery on "Milfield" Narrabri, NSW
    Person ID I575  The Path to Our Future
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2019 

    Father John FRATER 
    Mother Isobel (Eliz) Isabella HARVEY,   b. 9 Jun 1788, Dryburgh, Merton, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1856, Kirk Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Penelope HAY,   b. 10 Feb 1834, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1917, Merihula, Namoi River, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1851  Kirkcubright, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • I am unsure if Alexander and Penelope married in Kirkcubright before leaving or perhaps they married onboard the "?i?Emperor?/i?" I have never been able to find a record for their marriage as yet. Family stories have it that they married then a couple of months after the marriage sailed for Australia. On the birth records of their children it states they where married 7 Feb 1851 in Kirkcudbright.
    Children 
     1. John FRATER,   b. 7 Oct 1851, Moredun Station, New England, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1928, District Hospital, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Peter Hay FRATER,   b. 27 Aug 1854, Moredun Station, New England, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1858, Trinkey Property , New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     3. Elizabeth (Bess) FRATER,   b. 10 Feb 1855, Trinkey Property, Near Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1936, "Glenagie" New Angledool, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Alexander (Doc) FRATER,   b. 9 Mar 1859, Trinkey Property, Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1931, 174 Roger Road, Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. George Sidney FRATER,   b. 24 Aug 1860, Trinkey Property, Near Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1932, "Meentone" Near Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. William Denne FRATER,   b. 13 May 1862, Trinkey Property, Near Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1929, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     7. Archibald Douglas (Dookie) FRATER,   b. 13 Jun 1866, Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1943, "Merihula" Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     8. Penelope FRATER,   b. 26 Jan 1869, Merrylong Park, Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1939, Sydney Hospital, Princess Highway, Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. Mary Isabella FRATER,   b. 17 Aug 1871, Merrylong Park, Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1967, Whitecourt Private Hospital, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     10. Fergus Stuart FRATER,   b. 14 Mar 1876, Merrylong Park, Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1913, Tokwe Block, Victoria, Rhodesia, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Odds and Ends
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  • Notes 
    • ?b??i?1841 Census: The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841?/b??/i?
      Civil parish: Yetholm
      County: Roxburghshire
      Address: Kirk Yetholm
      Parish Number: 811
      Household Members: Name Age
      Alexander Frater 10
      Isabella Frater 50
      John Frater 25

      In 1851, they set sail on the "?b??i?Emperor?/b??/i?" to Australia, arriving 6 June in this
      same year. Alexander was contracted as a shepherd first at Armidale, NSW. and
      then at Trinkey (near Tamworth). Later they moved to "Merrylong" (near
      Murrurundi). In 1883, moved to Sydney. He then bought the farm "Deep Creek", near
      Narrabri. (This was a resting place for Cobb & Co).). He died of Cerebral
      Haemorrhage Senile Dementia while living at Deep Creek
      ?b?
      New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 for A Frater ?/b?
      Purchased 40 achres at Narrabri on 5th June 1873 still owing 1pound 10shillings on 31st Dec 1890?b?

      The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser, Wednesday 27 April 1853.
      ?/b?Five Pounds Reward - Whereas, Alexander Frater, my hired shepherd, ABSCONDED from here about the end of January last wand a warrant having been issued for his apprehension, I herby offer the above reward to anyone who will get him taken. Description - Dark complexion, about 5 feet 6 inches, and speaks the broad accent of the Boarder Countries of Scotland. He left with his wife and child; she is a delicate little woman, with red hair; and the boy is about 16 months old with a red mark on the side of his forehead. A.Wauchope. Moredun, 4th April, 1853.

      ?b?I always?/b? ?b?believed Alexander?/b? got involved in race horses later in life but I have found some newspaper clippings of Alexander racing horses in Narrabri as early as Feb 1853 with the horse by the name of "Recovery"
      ?b?
      Alexander ?/b?must of spent some time working on "Moonbi Station" just east of Tamworth as Alexander placed an advertisement in The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser, Wednesday 20 June 1855, which Alexander had written on the 11 June 1855. Also another Advertisement was placed on the 9 December 1855, with a one pound reward for the return of strayed grey filly.?b?

      The Maitland Mercury:?/b? ?b?27 June 1882?/b?: ?b?Spring Ridge Report?/b?: A.Frater has sold Merrylong to Coomoo Coomoo Station for 2pounds 2shilling per acre.

      ?b?The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser,?/b?
      ?b?Saturday 28 June 1884, Page 3.?/b? Testimonial to Mr Alex, Frater - On Friday, the 13th instant, Mr. Alexander Frater, late of Yarraman, was presented, at Deeble and Punch's Hotel, corner of Pitt and King streets, Sydney, with a very handsome illuminated address, beautifully framed and illuminated by Mr. Harper, of Sydney, and the work reflects the highest credit on that gentleman. The address was drawn up by Mr. Juchan, jun, of Coonamble, who, we believe, was the chief
      mover in the affair. Mr. Alexander Pyke, of Yarraman, presented the testimonial, and success was drunk to the welfare of Mr Frater and his family. The testimonial reflects the highest credit upon the residents of Yarraman. The sporting folks of Sydney may well be proud of having such a straight going gentleman as Mr. Frater amongst them. He was long a resident of Liverpool Plains, and left many warm friends behind him there, on his departure for Sydney. - Cor.

      ?b?The Maitland Mercury:?/b? ?b?2 October 1886?/b?: Mr John Mayo purchased "Highland Mary" for 245 guineas, when a two-year old, and the property of Mr A. Frater, the daughter of "Grandmaster" and the novice was trained by Moore in Maitland, and the filly was always a great favourite with Mr Mayo.?b?

      Death Notice - in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Scotland, dated 13th May 1911 page 3 column F. (newspaper clipping) ?/b?Death of a Kircudbright Man in New South Wales - Information has been received regarding the death of Mr Alexander Frater, Sen., of Deep Creek Narrabri district, New South Wales, which took place on Friday, March 31, at the ripe age of 83. The family belonged to Jedbourgh, but were resident in Kirkcudbright for many years. Deceased left the country town as a young man of 23, and first settled in the New England district, and Deep Creek in the early seventies. He was well known throughout the North West, and was for many years a known follower of racing, being a conspicuous figure at the Narrabri meeting until he was prevented attending by advancing years. Deceased is survived by his wife and family of nine children, six sons and 3 daughters, The funeral took place on the Saturday afternoon, deceased being buried on his own property. The burial service of the Presbyterain Church was read by Mr J.J.Piper in the absence of the clergyman, and there was a large attendance of relatives and friends. Miss Frater, Rhonehouse, is a relative of deceased.
      (Note from Christine: The date of the 31 Mar 1911 is the wrong date as on his death certificate it states that he passed away on the 24 Mar 1911 and buried on the 25 Mar 1911. Date on the obituary notice could of been mistaken with the lapse in time between death and time of publication.)

      ?b?(Notes from Sally Frater nee Jones letter dated 1975)?/b?
      Alexander and Penelope really set out for South Africa, but the weather was so rough the boat did not call at South Africa. At one stage they had all the women and children locked below decks because it was so rough, but if the boat had sunk they would of all gone down with it.
      When Alexander landed in Australia, they went to the Inverell area where Alexander took a contract for 7pound and keep a year. He broke his contract and bought his wife and baby across the mountains on a horse, to Tamworth , and got a job on Trinkie Station (Trinkie Station is west of Quirindi) as an overseer. It was advertised that he had broken his contract - so he returned and finished his contract and then returned to Trinkie Station. Free Selection - The Roberts Land Act 1861 said people could select 640 acres for 1pound per acre. (On checking the Robertson Land Act for 1861 - I found that it was only 320 acres to be selected at 1pound per acre) Sally goes on to write, Alexander must of selected Trinkie Station and as each son was born he selected a further 640acres for them. The story goes that when the 9th child was due to be born, Alexander had a horse saddled and ready to ride to Tamworth to select a further 640 acres if the child was a boy. Alexander had selected "Merrilong" at Yarraman, west of Quirindi then moved to "Deep Creek" Narrabri. Maybe "Merrilong" was a part of the original Trinkie!! It appears that in 1882 "Merrilong" was sold and they moved to Sydney. Bought a house at Surrey Hills - a narrow 3 story house also stables. Alexander had a Tattersall's bookmakers ticket. They had a horse "Highland Lass" won the Kings Cup and also the Moree or Armidale Cup. Later a black stallion "Highland Lad" They also had a horse that came 4th in the Melbourne Cup!!! The money from "Merrilong" he left with a solicitor, it was supposed to be on mortgage on a property in Gunnedah and on "Merryula" and also "Deep Creek" at Narrabri. He went to the races at Gunnedah and it was raining - so in those days they just waited there until it was dry enough to race, while waiting for it to dry up he discovered that the Gunnedah property did not exist, so he called in the mortgages on the 2 properties in Narrabri and they went to "Deep Creek" to live. Uncle Alex, ( Alexander's grandson, son of Archibald) had "Merrula" when I got this information in 1973. (Trinkie is spelt Trinkey) refer to map.

      ?b?This is the Last Will and Testament?/b? of me Alexander Frater of "Millfield" Deep Creek, near Narrabri in the State of New South Wales, Grazier. I hereby revoke all former wills and testamenttary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. I give devise and bequeath the whole of my estate both real and personal and of what nature or kind noover and whatever situated of which i shall be siezed possessed or entitled unto my Wife Penelope Frater for her own use and benifit absolutely. And I appoint my said wife Penelope Frater sole Executrix of this my Will and Testament.
      As witness my hand at Narrabri in the State of New South Wales aforesaid this Tenth day of August, one thousand nine hundred and nine.
      Probate No.52491 of the said Will was granted on 1st May, 1911, to the said Penelope Frater. The testor died at Deep Creek on 24 March, 1911 and the estate was sworn at ?5436.6.2 [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]
    • (Research):Situated between the dramatic Cheviot Hills to the west and the North Sea coast to the east, Crookham village is set within a circle of small rural communities that encircle the great Milfield plain in north Northumberland. It lies on a bend of the meandering river Till. Glacial activity created a kettle moraine style of ground in the area, composed for the most part of sand and gravel. The name Crookham is thought to have Anglo-Saxon origins, Crookham being taken from 'crucum', meaning 'at the bends of the river'.
      The village is near to the Scottish border; geographically it is 4 miles southeast of Coldstream and 9 miles northwest of Wooler. Looking through various published sources it is possible to see that Crookham has always been a modest sized village. Early in the nineteenth century the village is described as being 'principally of one street of 44 houses'. At this time there was a school too; interestingly by mid-century it was being used as a school and also a chapel of ease to Ford church. At the end of the century it was disused as a school and was solely for the purposes of Sunday services by the rector of Ford or minister of Etal.
      As Crookham approached the twentieth century, it had the use of several commercial businesses. Among traders in the village were a carter, shopkeepers, joiner/cartwrights, a blacksmith, tailor, market gardener and an insurance agent. The nearest railway station was 4 miles away at Coldstream, on the Kelso branch of the North Eastern railway. Today is remains a quiet village on the border, enjoying a peaceful setting in a beautiful area.

  • Sources 
    1. [S844] Crookham Presbyterian Baptism Register.

    2. [S2763] MI records from Betty McKenzie.

    3. [S998] Shipping Record from arrival in Australia in June 1951.

    4. [S2749] Death Cert. 1911/2428, Alexander Frater.

    5. [S833] Death Certificate ( Christine has a Copy) 12 June 2007.

    6. [S1080] Death Notice in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Scotland, dated 13th May 1911 page 3 column F.

    7. [S2217] Photo of the headstone for Alexander Frater at Deep Creek "Millfield" Narrabri.

    8. [S972] Reel 2136,2462. State Achives of NSW. Vessell Emperor 1851, Pages 74 & 82 (Copy held by Christine).

    9. [S1086] Death Notice in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, dated 13th May 1911 page 3 column F.

    10. [S749] State Records Authority of New South Wales: Shipping Master's Office; Passengers Arriving 1826 - 1859; NRS13278, reel 1278. Transcribed by Lyn Mulcahy.

    11. [S440] Letter from Sally Frater nee Jones dated 1975.

    12. [S840] 11 June 1851, Arrival of the Emperor on the 22 Feb 1851, advertised in the Maitland Mercury newspaper.

    13. [S876] Lloyds Registrar of Shipping, 1851 and 1852.

    14. [S813] The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser, Wednesday 27 April 1853.

    15. [S1749] History Notes from Quirindi History or Notes from The Maitland Mercury, Page 17 of 55. Recieved on the 14 Mar 2010.

    16. [S3461] 1841 Scotland Census.