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Bruce Family
David and Janet - F2001
Capt David Bruce ca1864.jpg
Captain David Bruce, 1864
Father
Name David Bruce
Lived b. Jul 1816
Nationality  Scottish
Mother
Name Janet McIntyre
Children
David Bruce
Helen Bruce (d. 1935)
Isabella Bruce
Jane Bruce
John Bruce (1839 – 17 Aug 1915)
Janet Bruce (b. 1843)
Alexander Bruce (b. 1848)
Mary Ann Bruce (b. 1851)
James Bruce (1857 – 1918)
Irene Bruce (b. 1859)
 
Voyage to Adelaide in 1864
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 6th August 1864
Arrival port Port Adelaide
Arrival date 7th November 1864
Voyage duration 93 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival 12th Aug 1864
Departure 12th Aug 1864
Voyage to London in 1865
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port Port Adelaide
Departure date 20th January 1865
Arrival port London
Arrival date 3rd May 1865
Voyage duration 105 days
Voyage to Adelaide in 1865
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 26th July 1865
Arrival port Port Adelaide
Arrival date 12th October 1865
Voyage duration 78 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival
Departure 31st July 1865
Voyage to London in 1866
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port Port Adelaide
Departure date 5th January 1866
Arrival port London
Arrival date 13th April 1866
Voyage duration 100 days
Voyage to Adelaide in 1866
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 27th July 1866
Arrival port Port Adelaide
Arrival date 11th October 1866
Voyage duration 76 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival
Departure 2nd August 1866
Voyage to London in 1867
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port Semaphore
Departure date 27th December 1866
Arrival port London
Arrival date 10th April 1867
Voyage duration 106 days
Port of Call
Port of call Cape Town
Arrival 13th February 1867
Departure 16th February 1867
Voyage to Adelaide in 1867
Under command of Captain John Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 25th July 1867
Arrival port Semaphore
Arrival date 12th October 1867
Voyage duration 79 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival 29th July 1867
Departure 29th July 1867
Voyage to London in 1868
Under command of Captain John Bruce
Departure port Port Adelaide
Departure date 17th December 1867
Arrival port London
Arrival date 7th April 1868
Voyage duration 113 days
Voyage to Adelaide in 1875
Under command of Captain Alexander Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 28th June 1875
Arrival port Port Adelaide
Arrival date 26th September 1875
Voyage duration 90 days
Voyage to London in 1876
Under command of Captain Alexander Bruce
Departure port Port Adelaide
Departure date 11th November 1875
Arrival port London
Arrival date 24th February 1876
Voyage duration 105 days

Captain David Bruce

Captain David Bruce (1816-1903) was a master mariner and was at the helm of the City of Adelaide for approximately three years. He was also the father of later masters, Captain John Bruce and Captain Alexander Bruce, who served as junior officers beneath him for a time.[1] [2]

David Bruce Junior

'David Bruce jun.' is most likely Captain David Bruce's son David, born 30 June 1845 in Perth Scotland, travelling with his father on his last round-trip voyage in 1866-7.

Captain John Bruce

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. A certain Miss Ada Angas was a passenger on the South Australian.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] He was going to retire and take up residence at Hallgarth, Tasmania, about eight miles from Launceston on the River Tamar West[7]. 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.[8]

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.[9]

Janet Bruce

Miss Bruce was listed amongst the passengers travelling on the City of Adelaide's maiden voyage from London to Adelaide and we suspect that she was the captain's daughter, Janet.

She was at the bottom of the first-class list where the ship’s surgeon, the matron, and others who are not paying passengers are usually to be found. She did not sign either of the letters of thanks that appeared in the Register.

An unmarried 21 years old would be looking for something to do with herself, and acting as hostess in the saloon on her father’s brand new ship might have been more appealing than being idle or working. One of her roles may have been to look after the Letchford children.

She does not appear on the return voyage, but given her father’s connections, she could easily have had a holiday in Adelaide with friends he had made during his years on the Irene, and returned home on any of the company’s ships. A reasonable theory, but we cannot presently prove it.

We cannot find Janet Bruce in either the Scotland or England census of 1861. She may have been married by 1864, but where? She has a name that is surprisingly common among the Scots. A Janet Bruce married in Adelaide in 1879, but she was 30 years old and her father was Donald Bruce.

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Captain Alexander Bruce

Captain Alexander Bruce was at the helm of the City of Adelaide for approximately two years. He also served as a junior officer under both his father and as an officer under his brother John before taking on the City himself.

Alexander Bruce was born in Perth, Perthshire in 1848. During the 1860's the family lived at number 19 Alexandra Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1863, at the age of 15, Alexander became apprenticed to his father, and served a year in his service aboard the barque Irene before transferring to the City of Adelaide, again in his father's service, in 1864, where he served another three years. In 1869 he was an officer under his brother John, who was then the master of the City of Adelaide, and in 1872 he passed his examination and received his own Master's Certificate. He became master of the 'family' ship in 1875.

In addition to the captaincy of the City of Adelaide, Alexander Bruce was also the master of the South Australian and had also captained a number of steam ships plying the trade routes between London, Sydney and Melbourne.

Alexander Bruce married Jane Buik (b. 2 Dec 1856) in Port Adelaide SA on 29 November 1876.

After serving his time at sea, he took up the position of wharfinger at Port Adelaide in about 1881. He settled in South Australia and built a home on Military Road at Semaphore.

Alexander Bruce passed away at Semaphore SA on 3 September 1891 aged 43 after a short illness, leaving a widow and four children. He was buried at West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide, an account of the funeral was given in the local papers.[10] His wife Jane is buried with him and the headstone also memorialises their son, gunner Hubert Alexander Bruce who died in Belgium in 1917. Their son David William Bruce is buried in the adjoining grave.

Notes


References

  1. "Family Notices.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. "CONCERNING PEOPLE.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. "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. 
  4. "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. 
  5. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  6. Adelaide Register (Adelaide). 1 November 1911. 
  7. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  8. "An Old Mariner, Return of Capt John Bruce, The Days of the Wool Clippers". The Observer (Adelaide). 8 November 1913. 
  9. "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. 
  10. "HE SAVINGS OF THE PEOPLE.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 5 September 1891. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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Researcher

Researched by Ron Roberts, Adelaide, SA. 2008