I'm beginning to write my paternal grandmother's story - nothing
extensive, just a page or two - and have a couple of questions.
She was born in Newton-on-Ayr on 17th December 1876 and
migrated to Australia in 1900 (June to August) when she was described as a
As she died in 1911, not even my father knew much about her (he
was 4 at the time), but she had obviously been to school as her mother wrote
to her during her few short years of life in Australia.
Addresses I have:
Jock Street Lane, Newton-on-Ayr - where Kate was born.
17 Elba Street, St Quivox - 1881 Census (aged 4)
26 Nelson Street, Elba - 1891 Census (aged 14)
70 Taylor Street, Ayr - for her mother in the 1901 Census
21 McCalls Avenue - from where her mother wrote to her in
Her school years would probaby have been between the 2 Census
takings of 1881 and 1891.
Are the addresses for those years far apart?
Does anyone know what schools there might have been within
walking distance of either in the 1880s please?
Could someone point me in the right direction for finding out.
Is there a Mailing List for Ayr itself as distinct from the
Is there a site for Ayrshire history - maybe a particular
Does anyone know if the above streets (Elba, Nelson and Taylor)
are still in existence please? I have photos, kindly sent by a local Lister,
of 21 McCalls Avenue, but it is possible that she never lived at there, or
if so, then in her teen years.
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia