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The Sharp Family - Australia and Scotland

Updated April 18, 2001

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George Sharp, our first ancestor to arrive in Australia, was born in Aberdour Scotland c1824. He was the 3rd son of George Sharp and Jean Grinton (Grunton) who married in Kirkaldy in 1813.

George arrived in South Australia as a seaman aboard the "Harry Lorrequer" on December 24th 1849. In July 1850, he married Elizabeth Kerr who had also been a passenger on the "Harry Lorrequer" travelling with her mother Janet Kerr (nee Finlayson), and her sister Jane who married Robert Anderson, later to become the Mayor of Mt. Gambier.

The Sharp and Anderson families lived in Adelaide, Port McDonnell and Mt. Gambier, where the two brothers-in law went into partnership as brewers and publicans. George Sharp died in Adelaide in 1876. His wife Elizabeth died in Adelaide c 1910, and her family tree has been traced back through her mother's side via the Finlayson and Glen families to William Niven, a Scottish Covenantor who was imprisoned in Dunottar Castle in the 1680's.

Other names associated with the Sharp family in Australia are:

George's older brother David Sharp (born c 1816), also came out to Australia several years before George, and settled on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria where he was employed as a carpenter for the Clyde Company. David is believed to have married a Susan Stewart, "the blacksmith's daughter".

We would like to hear from anyone else who may be researching any of these families, or who is able to assist us in tracing George and David's line past their grandparents - David Sharp and Jean Galloway in Fifeshire Scotland.

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