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John Anstruther Davidson Donaldson was the youngest son of John A Donaldson (1827-1905) and his wife Anstruther Davidson (1827-1864) of Bellevue Ivanhoe and is presumably the J A D D at [A10].
After leaving school, JAD Donaldson went to work for Samuel Bennell (1838-1895), [E2], and in 1890 married the boss’s daughter, Mary Ann Bennell (1864-1934). The young couple initially lived in Clifton Hill where two daughters, Muriel Rebecca (1891-1961) and Margaret Alexandra (1893-1990) were born. They then moved to Sandringham where their next three children were all born: John Samuel (1896-1917), Mary Amy Isabella (1898-1996) and Victoria Dorothea (1901-1982).
The four (or five) year old Muriel Rebecca Anstruther Davidson Donaldson has additional relatives who are represented on the quilt. Muriel was:
a great-niece of Benjamin Bennell [K10] and
a second cousin once removed of Vera Dorothy Bennell [A14] and
a niece (or other close relation) of Busy Bees I. and M. Donaldson [Central].
For further information on the Donaldson family, click here (opens a PDF).
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