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James DAVIDSON & Jane Adelaide ERREY
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Husband:
James DAVIDSON
Born:
26 Oct 1862  - Burnt Creek, Dunolly, Victoria, Australia (1); Birthplace is 'Duno' on certificate. Parents William Davidson & Helen Seith.
Married:
05 Oct 1895  - Renmark, South Australia, Australia (15 16); Mrs Johns Dining Rooms. Registered in Burra (while both were living at Lyrup.)
Died:
21 May 1938  - Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia (3); Parents William & Helen.
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Mine Accident:
13 Apr 1902 Sir Samuel, Western Australia, Australia; (Central WA.) An explosion after a miss-file in the mine, resulting in loss of a hand (arm?) and an eye. See Notes.
Residence:
1903 Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (2); Hay St. With wife Jane, occ. Grocer. He was in WA from about 1896 until about 1908.
Wife:
Jane Adelaide ERREY (4)
Born:
28 May 1872  - North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (5)
Died:
19 Feb 1910  - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (7); As "Jennie Adelaide Davidson', aged 35.
Father:
George ERREY
Mother:
Elizabeth Catherine NEWMAN
Spouses:
Residence:
1903 Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (6); Hay street. She was prob. in WA from the birth of their 2nd child in 1899 until at least 1903. Her 3rd child was born in SA in Jul 1904.
Children
01  (M):
Herbert James DAVIDSON (8)
Born:
16 Aug 1896  - Payneham, South Australia, Australai (9)
Died:
22 Apr 1985  - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Age 88. (Bert). From Advertiser 23 Apr 1895.
Spouses:
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02  (F):
Helen Elizabeth DAVIDSON
Born:
1899  - Albany, Western Australia, Australia (10)
Died:
27 May 1919  - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (11); Age 20, single.
Spouses:
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03  (F):
Marjorie Eva DAVIDSON (12)
Born:
06 Jul 1904  - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (13)
Died:
10 Jun 1929  - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (14); From Newspapers.
Spouses:
Francis Andrew Sylvester WILLIAMS
Additional Information

James DAVIDSON:

Notes:

James Davidson went to WA as part of the 'Kimberley rush' and was injured in a mine at Mount Sir Samuel in 1902. He apparently had ignored safety rules in entering the mine at the time, and did not get compensation from the company. He was then involved in lengthy negotiations with the union with regard to compensation, which went on for several years.

Jane Adelaide was in WA too, at least part of the time, and for the birth of their second child in Albany (the other 2 were born in Adelaide).

The following is only a selection of many newpaper articles.

*** The West Australian Tue 16 Mar 1897
Mrs James Davidson, of near Adelaide, states that description of elder man Mr Rudall found agrees with that of her husband, who has not been heard from since June last year Then he was cutting wood at Fraser South mine, Southern Cross He went prospecting at the time of the Kimberley rush. He had a Scotch face, forehead prominent, strong jaw, upper front teeth good, some missing; nose broken; age 35. Deeds of land in Albany and Sydney were in his possession, representing his own property. Suggest enquiry be made Could remains of both be photographed at Roebourne for tie purposes of identification. (Signed) A T Magarey.
This telegram has been handed to the Commissioner of Police, who will decide as to the action to be taken.
[This was a false alarm, but provides some important evidence of their movements.]

*** Truth (Perth) Sat 23 May 1908
James Davidson's Case. Satisfactory Settlement. All who love British justice will be pleased to learn that .the Gwalia Miners' Union of Workers (A.W.A.) former- ly known as the North Coolgardie branch of the Amalgamated Workers' Association of Western Australia, came to an amicable settlement of ihe case brought by James Davidson against his union. In 1902, miner James Davidson was nearly blown to blazes at the Belle Vue mine, Mt. Sir Samuel. He lost a hand, the sight of one eye, two legs were broken, his face was torn open and he became deaf. Now, after six years he has received £200, less £75 costs, and will draw £1 a week for life from May. "Truth" learns that little Mrs. Davidson has had a terrible struggle to keep her injured husband, her two children and herself from absolute starvation. Only by sheer hard graft has it been done. In view of all the circumstances the Union concerned need not throw any very great quantity of bouquets at itself, in having insisted, on making a poor, crippled wretch like Davidson fight so hard for his just dues. Mr. justice McMillan is to be heartily, commended for the firmly sensible and humane view in which he read the true inwardness of the case. Likewise Mr. R. S. Haynes, the Union's counsel, who did all he could to come to a settlement which would place Davidson and his family beyond the pale of poverty.

*** Sun (Kalgoorlie) Sun 18 Oct 1908
James Davidson, the miner who was so badly injured in a dynamite explosion at Mount Sir Samuel some years ago, and who had such a desperate legal fight witn the unions before he managed to secure £1 a week for life from them, is reported to be slowly mending physically. He retains the use of one arm and sufficient eyesight to enable him to do light gardening work, and it is probable he will shortly leave this State for South Australia where his wife and three children are located. Davidson's staunch friend Crane, who never slackened his efforts to get justice done by the crippled man though he had to fight almost single-handed against Trades Hall red-tape, is now managing Hon. Tom Brimage's Malcolm mine, the Richmond Gem.

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Footnotes
  1. Ancestry.com, Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  2. Ancestry.com, Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  3. Ancestry.com, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  4. Ancestry.com, Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ancestry.com, Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  7. Ancestry.com, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  8. Ancestry.com, Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  9. Ibid.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ancestry.com, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  12. Ancestry.com, Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ancestry.com, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
  15. Ancestry.com, Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Marriage.
  16. Ibid.
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