Posted by: Jim Bell | February 28, 2011

Jack Gordon of Castle Douglas and Gordonvale, Queensland

DEATH OF MR. J. GORDON (says the Northern Standard on Tuesday 11 September 1928)

A well-known resident in the person of Mr. Jack Gordon died this morning at 6.30 in the Darwin Hospital, aged 69 years and 11 months. The deceased was born at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He was a twin brother of Duncan Gordon, husband of Mrs. Christina Gordon, licensee of the Victoria Hotel, Darwin, and formerly proprietress of the Palmerston Hotel, Pine Creek. The late Jack Gordon came to Australia as a baby, and resided at Pine River, near Brisbane. The family were the founders of Gordonvale township, near Cairns. The Gordon Brothers were well-known teamsters in the early days of Cooktown and Palmer River goldfields, and were carrying over the range roads from Port Douglas, bringing tin into Cairns. They were on the Gymph goldfields and in the early part of 1893 at Kalgoorlie. Death resulted from an attack of pleurisy. To the sorrowing relatives we extend our sympathy in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 5 o’clock.

The 1851 census for King Street, Castle Douglas, records a family of the name Gordon. James Gordon (33) a native of the town was head of house and was a carpenter/cabinet maker with his own business. His wife Elizabeth (maiden name Wallet) was aged 26 years, also a native of the town. They had at that time 4 children. The IGI records the birth of the twins John and Duncan Gordon in the town on 28th October 1858. The last child recorded was March 1860, shortly after which time the family must have emigrated to Australia.

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