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Officer 
Captain
John Bruce
1839 – 17 Aug 1915
Capt. John Bruce in retirement
Capt. John Bruce in retirement
Nationality  Scottish
Born 1839
Perth
Died 17 Aug 1915
Genealogy Data
Person ID I2005
Birth Family
Bruce Family - F2001
Father David Bruce 
(b. Jul 1816)
Mother Janet McIntyre
Marriage Family/Families
Bruce Family - F2007
Spouse Unknown
Nationality Unknown
Married 1867
 
Bruce Family - F18986
Spouse Ada Eleanor Kathleen Isabella Angas 
(01 Jun 1853 – 1931)
Nationality Unknown
Married 28 Nov 1874

Children:  
Kenneth Bruce (16 Jun 1887 – 27 May 1976)
Alicia Janet Bruce (17 Sep 1875 – 1 Dec 1968)
John Angas Bruce (21 Sep 1884 – 1965)
 
Voyage Data
Voyage to Adelaide in 1864
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 25
Last ship Irene
Joined date 06 Aug 1864
Joined place London
Left date 04 May 1865
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to London in 1865
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 25
Last ship Irene
Joined date 06 Aug 1864
Joined place London
Left date 04 May 1865
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to Adelaide in 1865
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 25
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 26 Jul 1865
Joined place London
Left date 14 Apr 1866
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to London in 1866
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 25
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 26 Jul 1865
Joined place London
Left date 14 Apr 1866
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to Adelaide in 1866
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 26
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 23 Jul 1866
Joined place London
Left date 13 Apr 1867
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to London in 1867
Personal role 1st Mate
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 25
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 23 Jul 1866
Joined place London
Left date 13 Apr 1867
Left place London
Left reason Discharged
Voyage to Adelaide in 1867
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 27
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 17 Jul 1867
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1868
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 27
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 17 Jul 1867
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1868
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 29
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 25 Jun 1868
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1869
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 29
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 25 Jun 1868
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1869
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 29
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 10 May 1869
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1870
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 29
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 10 May 1869
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1870
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 30
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 21 May 1870
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1871
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 30
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 21 May 1870
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1871
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 31
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 31 May 1871
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1872
Personal role Master
Name on list John Bruce
Age on voyage 31
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 31 May 1871
Joined place London
Left date Remains

John Bruce was a native of Scotland, having been born in the City of Perth, on the Firth of Tay, on the 9th October, 1839. He first voyaged to South Australia in 1855 as an apprentice on the Irene, of which his father, David, was the skipper. John then served as First Officer aboard the City of Adelaide under command of his father before being promoted to the captaincy of the vessel in 1867 when his father retired from the sea.

While retired from the sea, David put his time into building the South Australian, a composite ship of 1040 tons, iron frame, and teak planking. In 1872, son John brought the South Australian to Port Adelaide and the command of the City of Adelaide transferred to Llewellyn Bowen. Passengers on this voyage of the South Australian included both John and his brother Alexander's future brides, Ada Angas and Jane S. Buik.[1]

On the 28th November 1874 at the Tarrawatta Church, Collingrove (near Angaston, South Australia), John married Ada Eleanor Kathleen Isabella Angas (b. 01 June 1853 Sydney NSW; d. 2 October 1931 Bournemouth Dorset), daughter of George French Angas English explorer, naturalist and painter who painted some of the earliest views of South Australia from 1844.[2] Ada's grandfather (George's father) was George Fife Angas who played a significant part in the formation of South Australia.

John and Ada had the following children:

  • Alicia Janet Bruce, born 17 September 1875, died 01 December 1968
  • John Angas Bruce, born 21 September 1884, died 1965
  • Kenneth Bruce, born 16 Jun 1887, died 27 May 1976

John retired from the sea in 1881. In 1883, he was chosen from among 41 applicants to fill the position of harbourmaster of the Tyne, with headquarters at North Shields. He had a staff of 18 assistants, and remained there for 28 years, at the end of which period he retired under the age limit.[3]

In 1911, at the age of 71, John Bruce arrived back in Adelaide with family on board the White Star liner Medic from Liverpool en route to Tasmania.[4] He was going to retire and take up residence at Hallgarth, Tasmania, about eight miles from Launceston on the River Tamar West[5]. His two sons took up a life on the land there growing fruit.

In November 1913, John with daughter Alicia visited Adelaide for several weeks to renew some old acquaintences made in the days when he sailed on the South Australia run. They stayed with former passenger Frederick Bullock at St Helens, Prospect Road. Frederick, as a 15 year old, had presumably first met John when both were on the 1867 voyage to London. Frederick kept a diary of the voyage. John's visit to Adelaide rated an article in a newspaper of the day.[6]

John died on the 17th August 1915 at his residence "Hallgarth", Muddy Creek (Launceston) Tasmania aged 75 years. He was survivied by his wife, daughter and sons.[7]

References

  1. "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 16 October 1872. p. 1. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 

    "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 16 October 1872. p. 4. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. "Family Notices.". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 1 December 1874. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  4. Adelaide Register (Adelaide). 1 November 1911. 
  5. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  6. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  7. "Family Notices.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 18 August 1915. p. 1 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

    "A VETERAN MARINER.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 26 August 1915. p. 7. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

    "DEATH OF CAPTAIN JOHN BRUCE.". The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 28 August 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 


Ship Commands
Preceded by
David Bruce
Master of the City of Adelaide
1867 – 1873
Succeeded by
Llewellyn Bowen
Preceded by
New Ship
Master of the South Australian Succeeded by
Alexander Bruce