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  • Name Donald GOLLAN 
    Born 11 Jan 1815  Inverness, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 20 Jan 1815  Bainyards?, Urray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Migration Donald Gollan/Gullen and Catherine migrated to South Australia in 1839 on the 'Lysander' which left Liverpool on 18th March 1839 and arrived in Adelaide on 6th July 1839. The captain was Wm Currie. This was reported in the South Australian Register on 20th July 1839.
    It had 218 passengers and was 476 t, 123' X 29'4" x 7' - wooden 3 masted ship, later barque (ref: Barry Leadbeater's shipping lists - Register of Emigrant Labourers Applying for a Free Passage to South Australia 1836-41, PRO CO 386/149-151, and South Australian Death Registration Certificates Index 1842-1972, Genealogy SA, 2012 and Manifests of Vessels Arriving from Overseas 1838-42, SAA, GRG41/8 (A743))
    Is was incorrectly reported that they arrived on 'Clydesdale' which left Clyde on 28th April 1841 and arrived in Adelaide on 3rd Sept 1841 - under Captain Robert Mathieson. There were only 8 passengers, two of whom were Donald Gollan and Kenneth Mathieson. It is noted that Donald and Kenneth 'may have gone on to NZ'. It must have been another Donald, because, by 1841, 'our' Donald was already getting established in Strathalbyn for at least a year. There is no mention of Donald's wife, Catherine, nee Matheson. The two Mathiesons (captain & passenger) were probably not related to Catherine because we have no evidence to point to them, and the names are spelled differently.

    Notes for biography * Terminus Hotel.
    * Donald established the Angus Flour Mill.
    * He began a spring cart service to Adelaide in 1844.
    * He was actively engaged in squatting pursuits, holding in addition to other properties Pine Camp, Blackwood, Jupiter Creek etc (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3)
    * Member of the first Rifle Association in the colony and was one of the best rifle shooters in the south (ref: orbituary)
    * One of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Agricultural Society, both as a committee man and as an exhibitor.
    * Enthusiastic supporter of the defense movement
    * Prominent and active member of Rev MacQueen's church.
    Notes for biography DEATH: On the 15th February he was thrown from his horse, and sustained a broken rib, but 10 days later he suddenly died of heart disease which, it is generally thought, was hastened through the accident. "In our last issue we mentioned that Mr Gollan met with a slight accident by which he had been laid up for some time, but no cause for alarm was given, most satisfactory progress being made and a few days' rest was expected to completely restore him to his accustomed heath and vigor. On Saturday morning, however, Mr Gollan's heart began to give trouble, and at nine o'clock he grew so rapidly worse that he died in a few minutes. The accident thus was not the cause though it probably hastened the old gentleman's end." (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3)
    "Mr Gollan's body was brought to the Belvidere Farm on the previous day. A long procession following the hearse to Milang. On the following morning the funeral took place, the mortal remains of the deceased gentleman being followed to their last resting place, the Strathalbyn cemetery, by the largest assemblage ever gathered together in the South for a similar purpose, nearly 400 mourners, conveyed in about eighty vehicles, and on horseback joining the procession, the number including all the leading people of the district as well as influential city gentleman." (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3)
    The funeral took place at the Strathalbyn Cemetery. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. W. S. Macqueen.

    Notes for biography Donald is described as "widely known and thoroughly esteemed and respected gentleman ... The sad news [of his death] which spread very fast, cast quite a gloom over the whole of the district. ... Mr Gollan was essentially one of the representative men of the South, and indeed one of its pioneers ... [and one of] the "fathers of the land". ... To him our own town owes much indeed, for it owes its very name he having christened it Strathalbyn when he first settled here in 1839. From that far back time Mr Gollan has continued to reside in the district ; much of the prosperity of which was due to his zeal and energy. ... Mr Gollan was a most useful townsman, and took a foremost place in every movement tending to advance the interests of the district ; his name being associated with nearly all the many steps by which Strathalbyn advanced As a politician his modesty prevented him from taking a very active part in the affairs of the colony, but he was a hard worker for those whose cause be espoused. ... [He had] a genial and pleasant manner, thoroughly sympathetic nature and strong convictions." (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3) 
    Notes for biography Features named after him :-
    * With the late Messrs. Column and Hooper he was instrumental in getting bridge erected over the Angas near the gasworks, which bears the name of the Gol-Col-Hoop bridge.
    * Gollan Crescent
    * Gollan Street
    Notes for biography NOTE: Most information about Donald is held on this Samuel Way website and just minimal details about Donald AND OTHER GOLLANs are held in www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net. 
    Notes for biography There might be photos of Donald and Catherine in the Strathalbyn museum. 
    Occupation He began a spring cart service to Adelaide in 1844. 
    Residence * Donald was brought up on his father's farm, probably near Inverness (ref : Donald's orbituary in Southern Angus, 1st March 1888, p3).
    * Strathalbyn 1839 to 1852.
    * 'Burnside' farm from 1852 (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3)
    * Farming at Point Sturt from 1874 (ref: The Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3)
    Residence At the time of his marriage in 1839, Donald was living in Teachnuick in the parish of Kilmorack. 
    Residence Donald built the first house in the town. This became the 'Strathalbyn Hotel' in 1840 and it later burnt down in 1867 and was later named 'The Terminus'.  
    Biography Strathalbyn Mining Company:
    * In the 1850s, copper and silver was mined at Burnside. This was at ?The Swamp? on the north-east of Strathalbyn township, between Burnside Road and Avenue Road, and in a line now bordered on their east side by the Mt. Barker to Strathalbyn Railway Line and the west side of Hillside Road in the Hundred of Strathalbyn.
    * ?Donald owned the Strathalbyn Mining Sections 2702, 2704, 2705 & 2709. He also owned following sections with the address of Strathalbyn Mines ? 2692, 2698, 2708, 2711, 1339, 1332, 1333, 1334, 1335, 1336, 1337, 2624, 2690, 1215, 1216 &1217. He sold Burnside to William Marchant in early 1870?s?. (ref: ?Strathalbyn Mines, by Carolyn Tucker, 2018, onecard network)
    * The Gollan surname was well known in Strathalbyn in the last half of the 19th century.
    * In particular, there are Donald and two Margarets. We record them on our three websites. Donald is on this WAY website. One Margaret, born 1836, is on the GORDON website. The other Margaret, born 1826, is on the McLEAN website.
    * Donald Gollan was prominent in public life and was the owner of the Terminus Hotel and several businesses. His wife was Catherine Matheson. They adopted Catherine 'Kitty' Gordon. Donald's profile is in www.samuelway.info.
    * There were two women named Margaret Gollan who were both born near Inverness and both settled in Strathalbyn and both married and had children there around the same time.
    * One Margaret Gollan was born in 1836. She was Donald's niece (ie she was the daughter of Donald's bother, John) and also she was Donald's sister-in-law (ie married to Hugh Matheson who was the half-brother of Donald's wife, Catherine). See www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net.
    * The other Margaret Gollan was born in 1826 and married Thomas Laidlaw. She had no known connections with Donald. See www.christinaanddonaldmclean.com. 
    Died 25 Feb 1888  Point Sturt SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I604  Samuel WAY
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2021 

    Father Alexander GOLLAN 
    Mother Catherine FRASER 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine MATHESON,   b. 17 Apr 1812, Inverness, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1896, Strathalbyn, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1839  Kirkhill, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children of the marriage Donald and Catherine did not have any children themselves. We know this because in Donald's orbituary there is a full list of mourners but no reference to any children, only nephews (ref : Southern Argus, 1st March 1888, p3) and there is no mention of children on her gravestone - or anywhere else.
    However they 'adopted' Catherine's niece, Catherine 'Kitty' Gordon, who was the daughter of Catherine's sister Jessie. Kitty was later to become prominent in Adelaide society - see Kitty's own profile.
    +1. Catherine Gillon ('Kitty') GORDON,   b. 8 Apr 1854, Larbert, Stirling, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1914, 'Montefiore', North Adelaide, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [Foster]
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    WW - Donald Gollan & Catherine Matheson married on 11th January 1839 - Kirkhill Parish
    WW - Donald Gollan & Catherine Matheson married on 11th January 1839 - Kirkhill Parish
    Married of this date, Donald Gollan Teachnuick Parish of Kilmorack to Catherine Matheson at Inchberry Witness William Clark Elder and Thomas Fraser Inchberry
    WW - Donald Gollan & Catherine Matheson - place of marriage in 1839
    WW - Donald Gollan & Catherine Matheson - place of marriage in 1839
    Kirkhill, Inchberry, Teachnuick, Kilmorack, Farlie House
    ww - Donald Gollan - baptism 20th Jan 1815 in Urray
    ww - Donald Gollan - baptism 20th Jan 1815 in Urray
    1815 January 20 - Donald son to Alexn Gollan and Catherine Fraser in Bainyards? was baptised.

    2.23 - Kitty & the Gollans
    2.23 - Kitty & the Gollans
    Why and when did Catherine 'Kitty' Gordon come in to the care of Catherine & Donald Gollan? - v2

  • Sources 
    1. [S37] Trove newspapers, Donald's orbituary in Southern Angus, 1st March 1888, p3.