Scouller, Dagon and Fawkner Families at Bright

On a recent golfing week in Bright I took some time out to investigate one of the Scouller cousins who lived in Bright from at least the late 1860s.  Margaret Hamilton Scouller (Scoular) migrated to Melbourne on board the Sea, arriving in May 1853.  This was six months before her father with his family and her uncle with his family arrived in Melbourne on board the Waverley.

Margaret may have had two children, Mary who was born and died in 1857, then Georgiana in 1858.  She reappears in Bright marrying Swiss born Jules Dagon on June 28, 1869 at the parsonage.  They were both living in Morse’s Creek (Bright).  She was a servant and he was a miner.  They had two children, Mary Louisa (known as Maria Louise) in 1869 at Growler’s Creek and Jules Alphonse born in 1877 at Wandiligong.  Sadly he died when he was 14 days old.  Margaret died on November 15, 1891 aged fifty-six.  Her husband Jules died in 1904.

Bright cemetery
Bright cemetery

While in Bright I visited the cemetery to look for their graves.  Both Margaret (and probably her husband Jules with her) and their son Jules are buried in separate unmarked graves.  Maria Louise has a recent headstone on her plot.  Margaret is in the Presbyterian section while her children are in the Anglican section of the cemetery.  I believe this is a photo of the area where Margaret was buried.

Margaret Hamilton Scouller at Bright cemetery
Margaret Hamilton Scouller at Bright cemetery

This shows the plot where Jules Alphonse Dagon was buried.

Jules Alphonse Dagon at Bright cemetery
Jules Alphonse Dagon at Bright cemetery
Marie Louise Dagon at Bright cemetery
Marie Louise Dagon at Bright cemetery

Marie (Mary) Louise Dagon married Andrew Ross Fawkner (son of William Fawkner and Ellen Swan) in 1894 at Wandiligong.  They had eight children – James Alexander, Alice Louise, Jules Andrew, Ross Percival, Margaret Ellen, George Edward, Edith Grace and Jean Mavis.

Margaret’s father Robert and her step-mother with her siblings returned to Scotland by 1855.  She remained close with her aunt and uncle, John Scouller and Janet Scouller who lived in Bairnsdale.

As usual I would love to hear from anyone who has information, photos etc in relation to these families.

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