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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 [E9] and served there from July 1895 to February 1918. He was a popular Minister with the North Williamstown congregation. While living in Williamstown, he remarried (to Jean Kilgour, in July 1896) and had a second son, Alan Bissett Caldwell (b. 1898).
When John Caldwell died in 1933, a death notice for their ‘beloved father’ was placed in the Melbourne Herald by both sons, Alexander and Alan.
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