John Archibald McFarlane

Born:Dec 4 1879 In:  49 Alfred St, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died:Aug 27 1945 (at age 65)In:  Coburg, Victoria, Australia
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Immediate family

Muriel Ayton McFarlane (born Ellis)
His wife
Winifred Marion Isobel (Winsome) Berriman (born McFarlane)
His daughter
John Joseph Ellis McFarlane
His son
John McFarlane / Mc Farlan
His father
Jessie Isabella McFarlane / McFarlan (born Robertson)
His mother
Cunningham John McFarlane / Mc Farlan
His brother
Robert McFarlane
His brother
Alice May Fawcett (born McFarlane)
His sister
Annie Elizabeth unmarried (born McFarlane)
His sister
Jessie Anne McFarlane
His sister
Jessie Isabella Wark (born McFarlane)
His sister
Rosa Pilkington (born McFarlane)
His sister
Stenan Robertson
Half brother
Duncan Glencrock Robertson
Half brother
Clemintina Robertson
Half sister
Clara Robertson
Half sister
    

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John Archibald McFarlane
Gender: Male
Birth: 1879
Death: 1945
Father: John McFarlane
Mother: Jessie Isabella McFarlane (born Robertson)
Wife: Muriel Armson McFarlane (born Ellis)
Child: Winifred Marion Isobel Berriman (born McFarlane)
Sibling: Annie Elizabeth McFarlane

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Citation text:

John Archibald McFarlane
Gender: Male
Birth: 1879
Death: 1945
Father: John McFarlane
Mother: Jessie Isabella McFarlane (born Robertson)
Wife: Muriel Armson McFarlane (born Ellis)
Child: Winifred Marion Isobel Berriman (born McFarlane)
Sibling: Annie Elizabeth McFarlane

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Biography

3rd son & 8th child of John & Jesie McFarlane. His father died of TB when he was three, & his two elder brothers were 15 & 13 years his senior, both were marrid before hs wa 10 years old. His upbringing was largley in a house otherwise female (his mother & 4 elder sisters. He left school in 1893 at 14 years, worked for a short time in C J McFarlane & Son but the life of a wathmakr & jeweller didn't appeal & he gave it away. He had a number of jobs & little qualifications. Among his friend were the Brock family in East priston adn the 'Rose Shamrock & thistle' where the Findon Hunt lub met. he enjoyed living in the country where the Brock's had horsesof their own. The south Afican War (Boer War) errupted. the Iperial Government desires a company of seasoned horsemen, bold riders & sharp shootr shoudl be enrolled. Corporal John McFarlane (20 years) enrolld with the 4th contingent, left australia on the 1st May 1900, raching Bira, Sth Africa on 23rd May. H served through the remainder of the War and was twie woundd & primoted to sergeant. On or about the 22nd June 1901 at Gwelo, Sout Afica, he received his commission & was promotd to the rank of Lieutenant, in the 5th contingent (with Queens medal & clasp). On 18th Feb 1902 in the final stages of the war he led a perty which captured 12 Boer & forty horses in the Elandsburg district. Lieutenent John McFarlane arrived back in melbourne on April 1902 with the 5th contingent & demobilised soon afterwards.

Following taken from John McFarlane's daughter, Winsome's handwritten notes:

"Corporal John (Jack) Archibald McFarlane no 259 , 4th Imperial contingent, Victoria. Left australia on 1st May 1900. Promoted Sergeant - there is no record of the comany in which he served. promoted Lieutenant in the 5th Contingent in South Africa from the 4th contingent in 27 March 1902. (5th Rifles left Australia in 1901). he served in 5th from 22June 1901 - 27 March 1902.

Received the Queen's Medal and clasps.

1901 Relieved garrison at Schweizer Reneke, also operations at the town of Wolmaransstad. Marched 380 miles in 15 days - Complimented highly by Colonel Plusner.

On June 22, 1901, 4th Regiment returned but McFarlane did not return with them.

On 8th Feruary 1902 Lt McFarlane who had been commissioned in 5th Contingent in Sth Africa (Gwelo) and a party captured 12 Boers & 40 Hoetee in the Elendsberg district. The 5th contingent returned home to Melbourne in April 1902 and was disbanded shortly afterwards." 

The Coville famiy, old frinds of the McFarlane's & daughter Lottie was secretary to J G Gats Gen Mgr of Spicers, gave John a job as storement, thn the front counter, where sale increased under John, & he was promoted to senior city traveller. In 1920 he rsigned from Spicers to set up his own business. the paper trade experience was invaluable - McFarlane and burns prives a goldmine under the competent leadership & the original chairman, John McFarlane. He was active in the Melbourne Scots, the Power House (Lord Somer Camps) & finally in world War II in the Air GForce Asociation. In august 1945, John became ill & died from renal failure within a week at 66 years of age. The younget member of the family, who had started off with the least opportunity & regarded as a problem child, finally outstripped them al. No man can predict his own future - let alone that of others!

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