Bryce's Commercial Hotel
Merino, Victoria, Australia
David BRYCE (1805-1851) & Elizabeth DAWSON (1808-1890)
David BRYCE 1805-1851 was born in Scotland in 1805 and no particulars of his parents are known at this stage. He married Elisabeth DAWSON c. 1807-1890, the daughter of George DAWSON, a farmer of Ayr, at Alva, Stirlingshire on 17-8-1833. David BRYCE and his two brothers John and James came to South Australia with their respective spouses and children. The BRYCEs came out on the new "Wakefield" plan of free settlement they were on the ship "Fairfield" and arrived on the 14th December 1840 in South Australia. As yet this history only covers descendants of David BRYCE.
David BRYCE and Elizabeth DAWSON had the following children :-
When David BRYCE was forty six years old he was killed on the 21st. May 1851, he was travelling with a bullock team from the Burra copper mine, a hundred miles north of Adelaide, when at Little Para near Salisbury, he fell beneath the wheels of the copper laden wagon and was run over by a wheel and died. His place of burial is probably at the near by Salisbury cemetery, South Australia.
After her husband David's death, Elisabeth, now with 6 children to support, married Joseph BOWMAN c.1805-1875, born Cumberland, England; a bachelor farmer of Turtle Scrub near Burra, at the Kooringa Church, Burra, South Australia on 16-9-1852. At about this time the rich gold discoveries in Victoria were attracting great numbers of people. BOWMAN / BRYCEs with bullock dray took 6 long weeks travelling from South Australia to Victoria where they engaged in gold digging at Avoca and Daisy Hill, Talbot for a period of 3 years. Then in the roaring fifties 1856 they quit the goldfields and purchased land at Mount Beckworth, near Clunes Victoria. They built "The Stirling Castle Hotel" where Joseph BOWMAN died in 1875 and was buried in the Clunes Cemetery, Victoria. The remains of this hotel are still there to this day.
Eilzabeth BOWMAN (nee DAWSON), widow of David BRYCE and Joseph BOWMAN, died at Merino in 1890, aged 82 and is buried in the Merino Cemetery.
Charles Dawson BRYCE & Jane RHODES
Charles Dawson BRYCE born 28-6-1849 in Dry Creek, Sth. Australia. Married 2-5-1883 in Sandford, Vic. Died 2-5-1924 in Merino, Vic. Spouse Jane RHODES born 15-1-1857 Portland, Victoria. Died 18-5-1937 at Ballarat, Victoria. Both buried at Merino Cemetery.
Son William Rhodes BRYCE born 6-5-1886. Married 22-10-1908 in Merino. Died 8-10-1954 in Hobart, Tasmania. Spouse Edith Helena HEAZLEWOOD born 1887 in Digby, Vic. Died 5-2-1937 in Merino, Vic.
Son Dudley Charles BRYCE born 27-9-1909 in Merino. Married 19-11-1938 All Saints Church East St.Kilda, Vic. Died 24-2-1954 in Hobart,Tasmania. Spouse Beth COFFEY born 6-3-1916, Toorak, Adelaide, SA. Died 14-7-1974 in Prahran, Vic.
Daughter Jillian BRYCE born 16-9-1939 in Casterton, Vic. Married 11-5-1974. Registery Office, Melbourne. Spouse James Albert ROUSE (farmer) born 6-11-1931 in Bunyip, Vic. Children of this marriage were:
Jill Rouse (Nee Bryce), Cora-Lynn, Victoria.
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