Death of a Cavers emigrant to Australia

I’ve just started searching through the online collection of digitised Australian newspapers. Here’s one of the first interesting entries I found. At the moment I don’t know where he fits into Scottish family trees. There’s no obviously matching Scottish birth for him. But checking his marriage certificate (1899, Granville, New South Wales, wife Ada E. Vines) would reveal his parentage. There are quite a few references in the Australian papers to marriages of his children Albert G. and Ada.

The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 1946 October 16


Mr George Blair Cavers (69), who died recently at his residence, Eleanor Street, Granville, had lived in Granville ever since his arrival in Australia from Scotland at the age of six.

In his early days he was employed by the Clyde Engineering Co., and was a keen member of the Clyde Cricket Club. For many years he was manager and coach of the Granville Rechabite football teams, winners of several competitions.

He was one of the foundation members of the Granville Presbyterian Church. Always interested in any movement to help the young people of the district, for many years he was superintendent of the Granville Junior Rechabites.

Mr Cavers is survived by his widow, a son and a daughter.


7 thoughts on “Death of a Cavers emigrant to Australia

  1. Hi Vivienne, lovely to hear you’ve started searching Australia’s newspaper archive Trove as well as the British one. I just checked the NSW births deaths and marriages site and it says that George Blair Cavers’ parents were Walter and Jane – that appears to be all that you can see other than actually ordering the certificate.
    Thanks again for sharing all your work.
    Kind regards, Helen Cooke (g-g-grandaughter of Jane Cavers b.1824, emigrated to Melbourne).

    • Thanks for that. I checked the NSW BMD indexes too. It looks as though Walter and Jane had younger children born in Australia. But the good news is I think I’ve cracked the Scottish connection. It looks from the Australian deaths as though father Walter died at Sydney in 1899, and his parents were John and Janet. That fits with a couple in Scotland, John Cavers and Janet Graham, whose son Walter Cavers married in 1874 in Scotland to Jane Blair. It would make sense for them to have a son with Blair as a middle name. And I lose track of them. Emigration fits. Walter from Scotland had an older brother George who he could easily have named a son after. And/or perhaps George came from the Blair side too.

      I’m planning on blogging more of the Australian newspaper finds, and also New Zealand ones. There aren’t so many of them – Cavers is still a very rare name in these newspapers – but there are some interesting ones popping up.

      • Yes Walter did have a brother George, but Jane Blair ‘s father ‘s name was also George so George Blair Cavers Irvine had the name George on both sides of the family to be named after.

  2. Hi Vivian,

    Yes he certainly does fit into the Scottish Cavers family trees. He is my great grandfather born 14 feb 1877 and the son of Walter Cavers (Irvine) who arrived in Queensland Australia on the Scottish Wizard in 1884. We had corresponded with you some time ago about the Cavers family from Hawick / Galashiels that also used the name Irvine . In the 1881 census in Galashiels, George aged 4 is shown as George C Irvine with his parents Walter and Jane and siblings . Walter’s father John Cavers Irvine ( b 1823 approx) was the illegitimate son of Eliza Cavers , who we think also had another illegitimate son Walter ( who married Christina Anderson ) who later migrated to Ontario Canada and has been mentioned in several of your posts. We still have not been able to find out who the father of Walter and John actually was …This has been our brick wall for many years but hopefully one day we will find out .

    Regards, Barbara Collins Ps. Thanks for your continuing efforts in providing us all with info on your finds within the Cavers one name study .

    Sent from my iPad.

    • Thanks Barbara. That’s brilliant confirmation. Sorry I didn’t remember all the details earlier. I have quite significant memory problems from my neurological disease! But when I looked afterwards through my email archive I was starting to pull out our correspondence. Also digging out the hand drawn tree for this Cavers family – that I got from your distant cousin Judith in Hawick, who was on a few occasions my art teacher – showed Walter and where he slotted in.

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