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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (G)
Gray, Matilda Jane


I was born in Scotland in 1937 and came to Australia with my father and my brother in 1948.

My father James Hastings Gray born in Glasgow in 1908 my mother Isabella Miscampbell was born in Govan in 1911 they divorced in 1945. My mother married again in 1949 to an Englishman Arthur Sandford and stayed in England until 1964 when they too came to Australia. I have a brother who was born in 1930 in Clydebank, I too was born in Clydebank. We were bombed out during the war and the family was split asunder. We all lived with different folk and I only lived with my Dad and Brother for a few months prior to heading to Oz. My Dad worked at Singers and Barren Strouds and had his own business for a time it was called Accuracy. My brother worked for a short time as a junior reporter on the Daily Mail I think I.m not too clear about that. Since coming to Oz I have married had four children , divorced and remarried and gained another wonderful family of four children. We now have 11 grandaughters and 3 grandsons. My grandmother, Robina Hastings Gray was a French polisher and that always struck me as being odd until I read "The Holy City" by Meg Henderson and these ladies worked on the llikes of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth. My Dad had brothers-Robert George William and sisters Margaret (Peg) and Anne. Margaret moved to Australia in 1929 and Annie moved to Canada I don't know when. Margaret married a Douglas Graham also a Scot prior to going to the other side of the world.

Unfortunately I can't keep in touch with my relatives in Scotland as I have lost contact but hope one of them might read this and get in touch. Robert Gray, my uncle had four daughters-May Renee and Nancy and Joyce and I have no idea who they married so can't trace them. Uncle George had two sons George and Billy. Anne had five children and I think their surname was Pierce or Pearce and they lived in Niagara Falls. My Auntie Annie was killed in a car accident in Canada.

Well I have waffled on enough I trust this will be of interest to some. I forgot to mention my Dad married again when we arrived here, his wife was also from Scotland. On reading this over it is all disjointed sorry about that.   Jane Holmes


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