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Biography

Alexander Migan was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand in 1873. At 13 years of age, after the death of his father Peter, he left school and went to sea on a variety of wooden sailing barques. The barques often carried kauri timber from the Coromandel peninsula back to Auckland and, at times, onto markets in Melbourne, Sydney, Fiji and New York. Later in his career as a sailor he worked on Northern Steamship Company steamers and sailed on the SS Moeraki to his wedding with Olive Quennell in Melbourne in 1908. He was a sailor for 38 years and was a committed union man, participating in the 1890 Auckland Maritime Strike and testifying in the Arbitration Court during the 1902 Seaman’s dispute. Alex moved to Melbourne around 1911 where he settled with his family at Small St, Hampton. He continued working as a sailor until about 1924, aged 51. After that he worked as a house painter before retirement. Pa Migan and his wife, who was known as ‘Dolly’, had two children; Alexander Bruce, who was born in Auckland in 1909 and my grandmother, Thelma Mary, who was born in Melbourne in 1912.
Facts
  • 1 OCT 1873 - Birth - ; Waiheke, New Zealand
  • 19 JUL 1954 - Burial - ; Cheltenham Cemetery, Cheltenham, Victoria
  • 16 JUL 1954 - Death -
  • 24 NOV 1908 - Marriage - ; Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 1896 - Residence - ; Coromandel, Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
  • 1906 - Residence - ; Grey, New Zealand
  • 1911 - Residence - ; Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • 1914 - Residence - ; Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 1919 - Residence - ; Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 1924 - Residence - ; Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • 1942 - Residence - ; Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
  • 1949 - Residence - ; Hampton, Victoria, Australia
  • 1954 - Residence - ; Hampton, Victoria, Australia
  • Education - Left school aged 13 after the death of his father Peter.
  • Occupation - Mariner
  • 1896 - Residence - ; Coromandel, Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
  • 1906 - Residence - ; Grey, New Zealand
  • 1911 - Residence - ; Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • 1914 - Residence - ; Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 1919 - Residence - ; Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 1924 - Residence - ; Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • 1942 - Residence - ; Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
  • 1949 - Residence - ; Hampton, Victoria, Australia
  • 1954 - Residence - ; Hampton, Victoria, Australia
Ancestors
   
 
 
Peter MIGAN
1819 - 8 SEP 1886
  
  
  
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Alexander George MIGAN
1 OCT 1873 - 16 JUL 1954
  
 
  
John FRASER
1 NOV 1810 - 20 AUG 1891
 
 
Catherine FRASER
1841 - 17 DEC 1916
  
  
  
Mary KEMPT
1832 - 21 AUG 1899
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Peter MIGAN
Birth1819Wexford, Ireland
Death8 SEP 1886 Auckland, New Zealand
Marriage16 FEB 1859to Catherine FRASER
FatherMichael MIGAN
Mother?
PARENT (F) Catherine FRASER
Birth1841Scotland
Death17 DEC 1916 Auckland, New Zealand
Marriage16 FEB 1859to Peter MIGAN
FatherJohn FRASER
MotherMary KEMPT
CHILDREN
MAlexander George MIGAN
Birth1 OCT 1873Waiheke, New Zealand
Death16 JUL 1954
Marriage1908to Olive Grace QUENNELL at Victoria
FKathleen (Kate) MIGAN
Birth1867
Death31 AUG 1931
Marriage2 AUG 1894to Thomas BOWDEN at Waiheke, New Zealand
MJack MIGAN
Birth
Death
MGeorge MIGAN
Birth1884
Death24 DEC 1963
MJames MIGAN
Birth21 AUG 1883Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Death4 MAY 1960
Marriage1920to Jeanie Ashbury ANSELL at New Zealand. Reg No. 1920/4189
MWilliam Henry MIGAN
Birth1879
Death1962
Marriage1930to Ellen JACKSON at New Zealand. Reg No. 1930/8016
MRichard Arthur MIGAN
Birth7 MAR 1878Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Death1 MAY 1939
MAlfred MIGAN
Birth
Death
MJohn MIGAN
Birth
Death
FMary Isabel MIGAN
Birth
Death
FMargaret MIGAN
Birth
Death
Marriageto William TANNER
FJessie Elizabeth Isabella MIGAN
Birth12 OCT 1875Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Death
Marriage1896to Frederick Robert EDMONDS at New Zealand
FAlexandrina Lillian MIGAN
Birth1893
Death
Marriageto Ernest Arthur CHILD
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Alexander George MIGAN
Birth1 OCT 1873Waiheke, New Zealand
Death16 JUL 1954
Marriage1908to Olive Grace QUENNELL at Victoria
FatherPeter MIGAN
MotherCatherine FRASER
PARENT (F) Olive Grace QUENNELL
Birth20 MAR 1883Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Death28 SEP 1955 Victoria Grove, Ferny Creek, Victoria, Australia
Marriage1908to Alexander George MIGAN at Victoria
FatherWilliam Thomas QUENNELL
MotherMary BRUCE
CHILDREN
MAlexander Bruce MIGAN
Birth29 OCT 1909Auckland, New Zealand
Death13 APR 1997Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Marriage11 JUN 1938to Doreen Isobel SMITH
FThelma Mary MIGAN
Birth30 MAY 1912Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Death4 JUL 1988Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Marriage2 MAY 1931to Gordon Fleming JUDD at Victoria, Australia
Descendancy Chart
Alexander George MIGAN b: 1 OCT 1873 d: 16 JUL 1954
Olive Grace QUENNELL b: 20 MAR 1883 d: 28 SEP 1955
Alexander Bruce MIGAN b: 29 OCT 1909 d: 13 APR 1997
Doreen Isobel SMITH b: 7 AUG 1915 d: FEB 2011
Peter Robert MIGAN b: 11 JUL 1942
Thelma Mary MIGAN b: 30 MAY 1912 d: 4 JUL 1988
Gordon Fleming JUDD b: 31 MAR 1908 d: 27 JUL 1995
June Olive JUDD b: 2 AUG 1932
Ian Cameron GILLIES b: 13 JUN 1926
Peter John GILLIES b: 12 MAR 1952
Andree POPPLETON b: 30 DEC 1953
Madeline GILLIES b: 5 MAY 1991
Bonnie Ellen GILLIES b: 27 DEC 1993
Judith Ann JUNGWIRTH b: 5 OCT 1953
David Timothy JOYCE b: 5 MAR 1979
Debbie MOORE b: 22 JUL 1980
Oliver JOYCE b: 4 NOV 2008
Alexander JOYCE b: 18 JUN 2010
Brett JOYCE b: 1 APR 1981
Stacey KAINE b: 11 DEC 1980
Ava JOYCE b: 30 MAY 2006
Rory JOYCE b: 16 MAR 2009
Philip Robert GILLIES b: 20 AUG 1953
Susan Jennifer GILLIES b: 25 MAR 1957
Anna CHETWOOD b: 8 JUL 1998
Julia CHETWOOD b: 6 NOV 1996
Rae Quennell JUDD b: 5 JUN 1934
Ian KEELING d: 15 FEB 1979

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