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Helen Marshall
born: 1849 – Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland
married: 1879 – Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland
Spouse: George Stewart McDonald
died: 1931 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The twelfth child of her parents James Marshall & Elizabeth Reid, her eldest sister was already married with a child of her own when Helen arrived into the tiny town of Dunning in Perthshire, Scotland. By 1879, Helen has somehow met George McDonald, a railway porter from the town of Monifieth, in Forfarshire, some 60km away to the north east. How George had arrived here from his own home town of Oathlaw some 30km to the north is also a mystery, but however it happened, their paths crossed, and they were married. Their first child, a daughter arrived the following year, and the young family are living in the city of Dundee.

Helen & George emigrated to Australia in 1882 and together raised 7 children, sadly losing their second daughter in late infancy (aged 2), and their first born daughter in middle childhood (aged 9). The remaining 5 children, spanning birth years between 1882 and 1899 grew up and established their own lives. Losing their third daughter in 1924, when Helen died in 1931, she was survived by her husband of over 51 years, George, her sons Robert & James, and her fourth and fifth daughters Wilhelmina and Linda, as well as seven grandchildren. With her children not having any further children of their own, it appears that she had met, and knew, each of her grandchildren before her death. Helen was buried alongside her third daughter at Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane, Queensland, and was joined just over three years later by her husband George.


Helen Marshall – my great great grandmother.