i am looking for some help to find my grandfather history.

his name is john alexander paterson he was born 1879 one death cert it says robe south australia, but others in the family say goolwa, port pirie or robe, now im totally confused. he did die in kalgoorlie boulder wa in 1955

he went to the boer war

if any one can help with this fella it would be much appreciated a i have hit the brick wall

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Comment by Lyn Smith on April 29, 2014 at 23:33


If you do a basic search at RecordSearch for john alexander paterson, one file which comes up is the file for your grandfather, which you can read because it has been digitised! It is only one page - his attestation. It says he turned 24 in February 1900, and was born in Robe.

You can search the South Australian births, deaths and marriages at http://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

It shows a John Alack Paterson born 1877 Robe. This would make him 23 in 1900 - close!



Comment by Lyn Smith on April 29, 2014 at 23:49


Do you have access to Ancestry? There is a family tree there for John, showing him married to Lillian Beatrice Hogarth in Perth in 1905. Correct? Never accept an Ancestry tree unless you can confirm it from records!


Comment by isobel may paterson on April 30, 2014 at 2:43

thank you lyn...this john is my father and was married to a lillian beatrice hogarth

Comment by isobel may paterson on April 30, 2014 at 2:53

i think you may be right when it comes to the j a paterson born in robe even though his death cert. says he was born 1879 in goolwa sa?

very confusing

Comment by Lyn Smith on April 30, 2014 at 9:22

Don't be too confused by the death certificate. It can only tell you what the informant thought was true after the person died.

Comment by sarfarnaa on October 7, 2014 at 17:42

You might find his Boer War record on this website - http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/


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