John Ross1

#15770, (1823-24 April 1902)
ChartsNicholson Family 1 - descendants
Last Edited27 Mar 2023
John Ross
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John Ross was born in 1823 at Duntulm, Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland.1 He was an agricultural labourer in 1853.2

John Ross married Flora Jane Nicholson, daughter of James Nicholson and Margaret McDonald, on Thursday, 14 July 1853 at Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland.1

John and his wife Flora emigrated from Liverpool on 23 August 1853 on the 'New Zealander'. This was little more than 5 weeks after their marriage.3 John and his wife Flora arrived at Portland, Victoria, on 30 November 1853. Along the way, their son Hugh was born. The 'New Zealander' was destroyed by fire less than a month later in Portland, where it was suspected that the crew scuttled the ship to join the gold rush..3,4
Nicholson family (from left William Nicholson, Flora Nicholson, John Ross, James Nicholson, Amalia Carlina Koch, Margaret MacDonald, Charles McLean Nicholson Samuel Nicholson)
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John died on 24 April 1902 at St. Arnaud, Victoria.1 His body was interred at Watchem Cemetery at Watchem, Victoria. He is buried in the same plot as his wife and his son Samuel..1


1823BirthDuntulm, Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland1
1853MarriageKilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland1
1853Immigratn-newPortland, Victoria3,4
1902DeathSt. Arnaud, Victoria1
BurialWatchem Cemetery, in Watchem, Victoria1


Flora Jane Nicholson (c 1827-24 Jun 1913)


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  2. [S930] Victoria Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, Public Record Office Victoria Name: John Ross; Nationality: Scottish; Arrival Age: 26; Birth Date: abt 1827; Departure Place: Liverpool; Arrival Date: 30 Nov 1853; Arrival Place: Victoria, Australia; Ship: New Zealander.
  3. [S1243] Highland and Island Emigration Society (
  4. [S1420] E-mails from Catriona to Tim Hill, 2023- 'FW: Fate of the Vessel New Zealander - John Ross& Flora Nicholson' - 27 Mar 2023, 17:45.
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