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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square G14

Quilt square G14

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John Caldwell / The Manse / Williamstown

Summary

The person represented is John Caldwell (1865-1933). As a Student of Divinity, he had served as minister of Heidelberg's Scots Church while Reverend Duncan Fraser was overseas from 4 February to 11 August 1893.

Further information

John Caldwell was born and educated in Scotland.

In 1889 he married Jeannie Morton (1866-1892). They migrated to Melbourne and their son, Alexander Morton Caldwell, was born in 1892. Jeannie died following childbirth.

We presume that Alexander was placed in foster care (whether with a relative or with friends, perhaps via the Presbyterian Church networks) because his square on the quilt shows him living at Briagolong in Gippsland - see [H16]. Alexander appears to have spent his adult life in Gippsland, farming at Yinnar.

John Caldwell was called to the North Williamstown Presbyterian Church and commenced his service there in July 1895. He was a popular and long-serving Minister with the North Williamstown congregation. While living in Williamstown, he remarried and had a second son, Alan Bissett Caldwell (b. 1898).

When John Caldwell died, a death notice for their ‘beloved father’ was placed in the Melbourne Herald by both sons, Alexander and Alan.


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