Robyn’s Ferguson ancestors arrived in Brisbane in 1862, and within a year or so had acquired land in the Cedar Creek area where they worked as timbergetters. Their property was called “Woodhead”, after the place in Old Cumnock where Margaret McKerrow had lived before marrying Walter [2] Ferguson. As the seven children that came to Queensland with Margaret and Walter started to marry, they began to spread to places like the Worongary-Nerang River area, and others north to Maryborough and Gympie. Their son William eventually was left with the property at “Woodhead”, and he passed this on to his son John in 1911.

The Veivers family were another Scottish family that arrived in the district about the same time, and daughter Marion married John Veivers in 1870, and eventually ended up owning the property at “Talgai”, Worongary. The son David had been living at Gilston when he married English immigrant Emma Alice Hardman in 1877; however, this couple were soon living at “Talgai”, where they had their only two children: David Ferguson (1877) and Margaret McKerrow Ferguson (1879) — Margaret was Robyn’s grandmother and married Thomas Barr Galt in 1905.

As a side note, Emma Hardman’s brother Alfred drowned in a boating accident at the south end of Stradbroke Island in 1871 (this was before North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke became separate islands after the demolition of the ship “Cambus Wallace” and severe storms in about 1896).


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