Alexander Bryan, my Grandfather born 24 Jan 1881 (Daylesford Victoria) – Died 24 Dec 1953 (Perth WA). My Grandfather’s Grandfather, William, paid passage to bring his wife, Jane Richmond and at that time, 9 children, unassisted, to Australia on board the Marco Polo arriving in Hobsons Bay Vic. on 20th Sep 1852. They were from Ayrshire, Scotland and after their 10th child was born in Richmond Vic. the family moved to Daylesford. Alexander later moved to W.A. where he met and married Dulcie Halbert, my grandmother on 20th Nov. 1913 at the Wesley Methodist Manor, Ravensthorpe, W. A., Aust. Dulcie was 17 and had her father’s permission to marry the 32 year old Alexander, a local minor marrying a local miner. LOL.
(This photo is enhanced and colourised courtesy of My Heritage.)
To view the Bryan Family Tree 51 Page PDF with a Surname List starting at Page 46 CLICK HERE
Bryan Family Reunions
John Bryan Mole has been the main instigator of the Bryan Family Reunions.
There was the 1985 reunion in Daylesford
Then there was the 2002 Daylesford Reunion
Followed up by a 2010 reunion in Swan Hill.
There may have been more?
Because I’m a Lawn Bowler and my dad was a Spring Carnival follower, John seemed to have the happy knack of always choosing the wrong time of year for us……Caulfield Cup Weekend!.
I have made it to 2 reunions however, and I’m sooooo impressed with John’s ability to display and present the family tree. His books are top class. He’s been the mainstay of the family history.
John’s 2010 reunion at Swan Hill was simply fantastic!
It was great to meet up with “book writers” Bev Mappin, Val Anderson, John Mole and Dorothy Reid. (Cover shots of their books and some pages can be found below, so keep scrolling!)
My thoughts are that now we have unlimited technology, reunions can “Happen Daily”, if you are willing to share your knowledge. (BUT…..I do hope someone carries on the tradition of John’s reunion shindigs.)
Stay in touch…. share your knowledge and enjoy where and who you are, but always appreciate the “how you got to be there”!
Books on the Bryan Family
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- Our Gillon Family (including their Sturrock/Bryan connections) by Beverley Mappin. (ISBN: 0-646-26769-8) 1 (a). The author.
- Moses in the Mallee by Dorothy E. Reid. (ISBN: 0-9589179-0-6)
- The Bryan Family (Cumnock to Lightwood Hill) by Valerie Anderson. (ISBN: 0-646-01699-7)
- William & Jane Bryan Descendants by John Bryan Mole. (ISBN: 978-0-9750970-1-4)
- Farmer, Fighter, Forester and Father by John Bryan Mole. ( ISBN 0-9750970-0-8)
John Bryan Mole has also written a magnificent 460 page book on Narbethong which includes 16 pages on the Mole family.