Hugh Gray (1810-1880)

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Hugh Gray Federation University Historical Collection, Cat. No. 8206. Gift of Peter Spark.

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History

Hugh Gray was the son of Charles Gray and Robina Tait. Hugh was born on 7 January 1810 at Alloa Clackmananshire, Scotland, and married Elizabeth Paterson on 8 July 1831 at Glasgow, Scotland.(1)


Hugh, Elizabeth and their eight children boarded the 'Borneuf' and set sail for Australia from Glasgow on 20 May 1852. [1]

Hugh Gray Federation University Historical Collection, Cat. No. 8206. Gift of Peter Spark.


In October 1853 Hugh Gray set up a blacksmith's forge on Main Road Ballarat. He was a member of the Ballarat Reform League and associated with reforms outlined during the Eureka Affair. In July 1857 he donated 5 pounds to the John Basson Humffray Testimonial on behalf of the Blacksmith Association.[2]


Hugh Gray was a blacksmith operating from premises on Main Road, Ballarat East in 1858.[3]

Hugh Gray Federation University Historical Collection, Cat. No. 8206. Gift of Peter Spark.


He worked at the Phoenix Foundry from at least 1871 to 1874, position unknown.


In 1876 the business premises of H. Gray & Son was situated in 43 Dana Street. On their letterhead of that year they advertised beams and scales, weighing machines and weights, sewing machines, water metres and steam gauges, etc.(1) According to an invoice dated 19 February 1873 and 8 Oct 1878, their address was listed as 41 Dana Street. This building is still in existence in 2012. The photograph (above) illustrates the enquiring mind of Hugh Gray and shows some of the instruments he sold.


Hugh Gray died on 02 June 1880. His obituary notes '... all the patrons of the long since dead Caledonian sports will remember his shepherd's plaid costume and his untiring energy at the annual gathering whether as president or committee member to even a private member of the society. His end was peaceful and he will be buried as he wished in good old Scottish fashion ...'[4]

Legacy

Family

Charles Gray married Robina Tait

--+ Hugh Gray (1810-1880) married Elizabeth Rebecca Paterson (1808-1878)

--.--+ William Gray (c1833-1877)

--.--+ DAUGHTER Gray

--.--+ Elizabeth Gray married Adam Wilson

--...+ Elizabeth Gray married James Ronaldson

--.--+ Jessie Jane Griffin Gray (?-1918) married Edward Rees

--.--+ Charles Griffin Gray (?-1920)

--.--+ Robert Paterson Gray (?-1907)

Community Involvement

In 1858 and 1877 he was the President of the Caledonian Society, and a committee member at other times. Gray was also one of the first promoters of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute. On 14 March 1869 Hugh Gray started the Philosophical Association of Ballarat.[5]

See also

Blacksmiths

John o'Groat Hotel

Notes

See invoice from Hugh Gray and Sons to Ballarat School of Mines, 19 February 1873; University of Ballarat Historical Collection [Cat.No.607]

Further Reading

Spark, Peter. (2008.) Scotland to Ballarat: The Story of Hugh Gray, Elizabeth Gray and their descendants

External links

References

  1. Spark, Peter. (2008.) Scotland to Ballarat: The Story of Hugh Gray, Elizabeth Gray and their descendants
  2. Spark, Peter. (2008.) Scotland to Ballarat: The Story of Hugh Gray, Elizabeth Gray and their descendants
  3. ’’Huxtables Ballarat Directory for the Year 1858’’, page 58. [Federation University Historical Collection.]
  4. Spark, Peter. (2008.) Scotland to Ballarat: The Story of Hugh Gray, Elizabeth Gray and their descendants
  5. Spark, Peter. (2008.) Scotland to Ballarat: The Story of Hugh Gray, Elizabeth Gray and their descendants




--C.K.Gervasoni 12:13, 22 August 2011 (EST)

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