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Manny’s birthday book – September 7

September 7, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

From Manny’s birthday book – September 7 – Daddy

Going to school in the morning,

With her bag by her side, and her slate;

She stands and stares at the passers-by,

I’m sure that she will be late.

‘Daddy’ is Angus Mcleod, Manny’s father.  As the entry notes, Angus was born 7 September 1884 and died 23 October 1947.

Angus was the youngest son of Alexander Grant McLeod and Janet ‘Jessie’ McDonald, and he was born in Talbot, Victoria.

Alexander Grant McLeod was born in Lairg Sutherlandshire Scotland in 1829 and came to Australia with his parents and four of his five siblings aboard ‘Bride’ from Plymouth, England, arriving in Melbourne on 31 January 1852.  His parents were Donald McLeod and Janet Grant.

Janet ‘Jessie’ McDonald was born in Auchintal, Invernesshire, Scotland in 1841 and arrived in Australia in 1867 aboard ‘White Star’ at the age of 25 with her sister Margaret ‘Mary’ McDonald, then aged 22.

Alexander Grant McLeod and Jessie McDonald had seven children.  Augnes Jane McLeod, the sixth child died at the age of 10.  All of the others reached adulthood.

Angus McLeod came to Western Australia and married Alice Jones on 12 September 1910 in Kalgoorlie.  Angus was a fitter and turner/engineer, but he also trained horses.  Alice’s father, George Jones was also a horse trainer.  I’m not sure whether they knew each other through horses, or whether George influenced Angus in that regard, after they met.

The following article appeared in The Western Argus Tuesday 17 May 1927:

Street Accident.-Last Tuesday about 5.50 o’clock  as James Low was driving one of Messrs Jamesand Pollock’s taxi-cars across the interesection of Hannan-street towards the motor rank a trottinghorse with a spider attached, driven by Mr. Angus McLeod, “pulled out” from the footpath near the Australia Hotel. The car struck the vehicle side on and dislodged the driver. McLeod was injured about the arms and hands and the horse had one of his rear legs severely cut. Another horse behind the spider was uninjured. The mud guard on the car was slightly damaged.

I have a beautiful old photograph of Angus in full Scottish regalia, in a heavy, ornate frame.  I haven’t yet devised a way to adequately scan or photograph it.  I’m working on it.

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