South Australian Family

The South Australia Story begins with the Migration of James Winchester Stott who migrated to Geelong from Aberdeen in 1851 and then sent for his father James to join him in the new colony. James (the father) then migrated to South Australia on the John Bunyan with all of his children from both marriages except for George who stayed back in Aberdeen. James Stott, the first child of James Stott and Elspet Rodger, who was born in 1830 married Elspeth Ross born 1805 and they had 5 children James Winchester Stott b 1830, George Stott b 1830, Christina A Stott b 1832, William Stott b 1834 and Elspeth Stott b 1837. After Elspeth died c 1839 he then married Isabella Dawson b c 1810 and they had 5 children William Stott b 1841, Ann Stott b 1843, John Stott b 1848, Mary Stott b 1850 who died at sea and Francis Stott b 1854 who was born at sea. James, Isabella and the families from both marriages migrated to South Australia on the ship John Bunyan, 981 tons, Captain McBurnie, from Liverpool 13th February 1854, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 22nd May 1854. James Winchester Stott migrated to Australia in approximately 1852 to Geelong where he prospected for gold before returning to his trade as a blacksmith. He met and married Agnes Baird and had a son James. He then sent for his father who migrated to South Australia on the John Bunyan with the rest of the family except for George who stayed in Scotland and the line continued on down there through him. James Winchester and his family then relocated to South Australia. The following Stott photos and stories are in direct line of descendants.

 James  Stott iJames Stott who migrated to South Australia on the John Bunyan with all of the children from both marriages except for one son George who stayed in Aberdeen.
  James was born in Aberdeen Scotland in 1803 and married Elspeth Ross in St. Nicholas Church Aberdeen in 1840. They had five children James Winchester Stott b 1830, George Stott b 1830, Christian A Stott b 1832, William Stott b 1834 and Elspeth Stott b 1837. Elspeth died c 1839. James married  (1840) Isabella Dawson b c 1810 and they had five children William Stott b 1841, Ann Stott b 1843, John Stott b 1848, Mary Stott b 1850  (she died at sea on the way to Australia) and Francis Stott b 1853 ( at sea on the way to Australia).James was baptised by Revd. Mr. Thomson in the presence of Wm. Forsyth and Alexr. Browster both carpenters. He migrated to Australia with his wife Isabella and children William (12yrs),Ann (10yrs), John (5yrs), Mary (3yrs) and infant Francis also Ann (21yrs) and Elspet (17yrs) on the “John Bunyan” arriving in Pt. Adelaide; Australia in 22nd May 1854. Mary died at sea.His son James Winchester had already migrated to Geelong in 1852.James and his son James Winchester began black- smithing on the Glen Osmond road. Shortly afterward, however, they decided to go upon the land. They secured property at Templars, but as it was insufficient for both of them. He then went back to what he new best Blacksmithing.


James Winchester Stott James Winchester Stott migrated to Geelong in Victoria on possibly the Chance in 1852, however, this is yet to be verified. It was there he met and married Agnes Baird. before removing to South Australia to join his father who had migrated there from Aberdeen in Scotland at James request.
  James Winchester died at the age of 76yrs at Stepney Sth Aus. and was a well known identity in the area having a successful blacksmithing business. Mr. James W. Stott,  the inventor of ‘the first successfully tried stump jump plough in South Australia,” died at Stepney on Sunday afternoon, after an illness extending over five weeks. Born at Aberdeen, Scotland, on April 17, 1830, he arrived in Victoria in 1851. He spent a few months on the goldfields, and then went to Geelong, where he pursued his trade of a blacksmith until 1855, when he removed to South Australia. On the arrival of his father, for whom he had sent to Scotland, he and his father began black- smithing on the Glen Osmond road. Shortly afterward, however, they decided to go upon the land. They secured property at Templars, but as it was insufficient for both of them, Mr. Stott obtained employment at the late Mr. James Martin’s works at Gawler. A few years later he again tried farming, this time at Reeve’s Plain, but, owing to the red rust, disaster overtook him in 1869, and he resumed work with Mr. Martin. The following year, however, he opened business on his own account at Alma, where he remained until 1889 and a branch at block 45 Owen adjoining North-West Terrace where S. Eyre was in charge with W. Wright as his assistant.Alma was formed around the foundry of James Stott. This prosperous blacksmith, who also ran a carpentry business , often employed up to thirty men. The Stott home still stands at Alma but the blacksmith shop is long gone. A council valuation in 1895 was house £20, blacksmith shop £20 and chaff field £10. During that period he was eminently successful and served on the Alma council as a councillor.He invented his stump jump plough in 1877 and his strippers won renown in the field trials as did his very successful cultivator. In conjunction with the late Mr. G. Marshall he won the prize offered by the Government for the best stripper and cleaner combined. A bush cutter, invented by himself and Mr. Flintoff, proved a serviceable contrivance, and his grubbing machine won numerous medals and awards as did his double furrow plough. His stump jump plough implements gained a large number of prizes in South Australia and the other States, at Calcutta, and at the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in London.In 1889 Mr. Stott, with his son James, started a foundry at Booleroo, but he disposed of it in 1894 and came to the metropolis. Subsequently he joined the firm of J. Willcocks and T. H. Stott, Magill road. While at Alma he was a member of the district council, and an ardent supporter of the cricket club. On one occasion his Alma Cricket Team played and defeated quite considerably the Gawler Unions club.  He was a Freemason, and for many years belonged to the Gawler branch of the Manchester Unity Lodge of Oddfellows. He married twice, and is survived by his widow, a son and two daughters by the first wife â ‘ Mr. J. Stott (of Brinkworth), Mrs. S. Eyre (of Georgetown), and Mrs. A. Millar (of Hopetoun, Victoria) ; a son and two daughters by his second wife â Mr. T. H. Stott’ (of the present firm), Mrs. C. Fuller (of Willowie). and Mrs. F. W. Hanley (of Pingully, Western Australia): 29 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. The Register (Adelaide) 25th march 1907 p.5


 James W Stott and Margaret W McGregorJames Winchester Stott and his wife Margaret Watson McGregor.
 James was born in Geelong and moved to South Australia with his mother and father and grew up in the Alma and Owen area.He eventually moved to Brinkworth where he had a very successful blacksmithing business. Both he and Margaret are buried there. The first church service in Brinkworth was conducted in his Blacksmith shop. All of the children in the Brinkworth area referred to James and Margaret as Daddy Stott and Mummy Stott because they were so highly respected by all who knew them. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 12 September 1938: Obituary Mr. James Stott, 84, who died at Brinkworth on August 22, was born at Geelong (Vic). He came to Alma with his father. Mr. James Winchester Stott. and there they conducted farming for a while, and then opened a blacksmith’s shop. Mr. Stott was associatedwith his father in the inventing and manufacturing of many farm implements, for which they gained many awards in Sydney, Adelaide, and Calcutta (India) It was claimed that the plans of the first stump-jump plough made in South Australia were drawn in the sand at Alma Plains, and manufactured by Mr. J. W. Stott, his son James assisting him. In his day Mr Stott was considered the best black smith mechanic in the State, and his large stock of tools was made by himself. In 1875 he married Margaret McGregor, eldest daughter of James McGregor, also of Alma. In August, 1894, Mr. Stott went to Brinkworth and opened a blacksmith’s shop, of which he had charge till a few years before his death. He was a keen gardener and a great advocate of tree-planting. He took a keen interest in all local movements, and was secretary of the first committee formed to build the Brinkworth District Hall in 1895. He was an enthusiastic cricketer, and played with the Alma team against W. G. Grace’s team on the Adelaide Oval. He left three sons and three daughters – G. W. Stott (Brighton). J. Stott (Brompton Park). W. M. Stott (Clarence Park). Mrs. A. Bastian (Booleroo Centre), Mrs. R, E. Bowering (Millicent). and Mrs. P. W. Tornquist (Brinkworth). There are 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


 George Winchester Stott age 80yrsGeorge Winchester Stott at 80yrs of age working in the blacksmith shop in Stephenson St. South Brighton , South Australia.
 George left school at the end of grade 6 to work in his father’s blacksmith shop. He was the complete artisan when it came to Blacksmithing not only able to shoe horses which he did right up until his death at the age of 84yrs but he could also manufacture complete horse-drawn vehicles and do all the fancy sign writing on them, build the wheels from the hub up and re-tyre them etc. He educated himself by reading the “readers digest” and enjoyed the word power section to increase his vocabulary. A remarkable man who was loved by all the women and respected by the men. He had a blacksmith shop on Sturt Road Brighton and lived in Waratah St South Brighton. Lillie George’s wife died of breast cancer when I was very young so I never really got to know her. In his later life he worked in his son’s blacksmith shop in Stephenson St South Brighton. He would ride his pushbike from Hyde Park into Adelaide to catch the first train to Brighton work all day then do the return trip in the afternoon. He was also a very competent lawn bowler playing for the Unley Club with the “boys” who were all in their 70’s.


 3generationsofblacksmithTrevorJim&GeorgeStottsThree generations of blacksmiths Trevor George Stott, James Winchester Stott and George Winchester Stott.
  James Winchester Stott (centre of photo) was born at Glenelg in South Australia. When he left school he worked in his father’s blacksmith shop on Sturt Road Brighton and continued his education at night school. He was a very competent Australian Rules footballer and played in the Brighton team that went through the year undefeated and won the grand final.His first wife Edna died at child birth and his son Albert died five days later. As a result of this he took to drinking excessively which he continued to do up until his death.He met and married my mother Dorothea May Springay nee Maggs whose first husband Frank had died of pneumonia. They moved into a returned soldier settlers home in South Brighton were James set up a blacksmith shop. When the second world war broke out he joined the army and was stationed at the remount farm at O’Halloran Hill where he became a sergeant  and was involved in farriery keeping the army’s horses well shod. During this time he also taught fitting and turning to members of the armed forces in both the army and air force at the old trade school in Adelaide. He was not allowed to serve overseas as he was considered to be part of the essential services in Australia. This went against him as he was not entitled to join the RSL but that never stopped him from playing the bugle at the dawn service at the Brighton jetty for over 20yrs.During his time in the army he was called upon to play a Royal Command performance for King Edward on his visit to Australia. For this he was given a gold trumpet (not real gold) but his Colonel at the time Colonel Cawley confiscated it and kept it for himself.He was a member of two bands and his nick name was iron lips because he could play all night without getting sore lips.  He taught himself to play the trumpet, bugle and cornet with a soft lip touch by suspending them on a piece of string and putting his lips to them to play.


 Murray and Judith Judith Ann Stott eldest child of James Winchester Stott and Dorothea May Stott nee Maggs with her husband Murray Degenhardt
 Judith attended Brighton Primary School and Thebarton Girls Tech. After leaving school she did an apprenticeship as a hairdresser following in the footsteps of her mother. As a hairdresser she owned her own shop at Parkholme called Margeaux. When she sold it she started doing hair at a number of retirement villages and was very popular amongst the residents. She also had a fantastic soprano voice and her singing teacher Anunciata Garrotto (Nuncy Power) wanted to take her back to America when she returned so that Judith could continue her singing but Judith would not leave her parents or brothers and so sacrificed a very promising singing career. She met and married Murray Benjamin Degenhardt.


Bruce Charles & Heather Anne Stott nee Bayly  Bruce Charles Stott eldest son of James Winchester and Dorothea May Stott with his wife Heather Ann nee Bayly.
  I was born at Brighton Sth. Australia and educated at Brighton Primary and Adelaide Technical High School. Fortunately I have been blessed with a fairly high IQ which has stood me in good stead during my school and work life. I am lucky because I have a particular liking for maths which I enjoy teaching. In first year of high school I won the diving competition on the school’s sports day. An achievement I am very proud of. I started an apprenticeship as a fitter and machinist in the South Australian Railways in 1957 and worked at my trade there for several years before leaving and working at WH Wyllie’s on South Rd as a maintenance fitter. I met my wife Heather at a dance at the Norwood Town Hall where she picked me out for a ladies choice and we have been inseparable since. I returned to high school at the age of 28yrs at Brighton Technical High School fulltime to complete my secondary education. I then became a trade school teacher, gained a “Dip. T. ; B.Ed. ; Assoc. Dip. Mech. Eng. and worked for 24 years in TAFE as a technical studies teacher/lecturer/senior lecturer and educational manager then retired from TAFE at age of 53yrs as an Educational Manager. I got bored sitting home and returned to teaching full time at Reynella East High School now called Reynella East College teaching Maths, Science and Technical Studies and finally gave up teaching at the age of 73 yrs. I got given 12 month contract after 12 month contract until I reached the age of 67 then was given a 10yr contract. I must be doing something right. One of my greatest delights was to get students that were underachievers in maths and make them into very capable maths students which I did with most of my classes. I also insisted and encouraged my metalwork and woodwork students achieved very high standards. As a young man I was a very accomplished athlete winning gymnastic competitions and swimming for the Seacliff Surf Lifesaving club where I became the club champion and winner of the mile swim from Seacliff to Brighton. I was also a very competent Aussie rules football player. I have lived a very charmed and interestingly varied life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I have two of the best men possible as sons and at the moment three fantastic grand children, Harry, Tyson and Macie. After suffering a complete cardiac arrest whilst on holidays in London during August 2014 I decided that it was time to retire permanently. If it had not been for Heather administering CPR immediately I would not be now writing this. I owe her my life. Also during 2014 I became Lord Bruce of Fochaber and Lord Bruce of Glencoe. I am very proud of my Scottish ancestry and a very proud Australian.


 James WinchesterStott 4th aJames Winchester Stott eldest son of Bruce Charles and Heather Ann Stott


 Ryan David Stott our son Ryan David Stott second son of Bruce Charles and Heather Ann Stott.
 Ryan was born at the Glenelg Community Hospital and lived in Happy Valley South Australia before moving to Whyalla and then Mount Gambier with his parents. As a child he was a very competent gymnasts and became a state junior champion. He was also a very good hockey player and represented the South East at SAPSSASA. It was at Mount Gambier that he began school and  learnt to play the trumpet. His music teacher made him  a member of one of the jazz bands and played in a back up for a young James Morrison at one of the big jazz festivals. When his parents moved back to Adelaide he attended Westminster college for one year, where as a primary school student he played second  trumpet in the senior school band, before being accepted into Brighton High to do the special music course. At a young age he became the lead trumpeter of the schools Senior Concert band. He was also a member of the schools inaugural choir/music group that toured England, Scotland and Germany.After graduating from high school he went to the Conservatory of music in Adelaide then joined the Royal Australian Navy band at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, where in his first year was chosen to do the last post and reveille in the heart of Melbourne. He was also sent by the RAN to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day services for the Federation year. After leaving full time RAN service, he started up a lawn mowing round and continued his studies to finish off his degree in Music and Education. He eventually became a very valuable member of the teaching staff at Woodcroft College  in the schools  music program and continues to have great success with his students .Ryan still serves the RAN by being a very active Navy reservist, playing in the Navy Reserve band. He is often the first point of call to play at dawn services on ANZAC Day at the war memorial in Adelaide. As a part of his RAN duties participates in the street march. He currently holds the rank of Leading Seaman.


 Trevor and Adrienne wedding Trevor George Stott second son of James Winchester and Dorothea May Stott at his wedding to Adrienne Marjory Chesterfield.
 Trevor attended Brighton Primary School. He then went on to Goodwood Tech before starting an apprenticeship with the E&WS as a Boiler-Maker Blacksmith.After working in the trade for a number of years he then went on to become a trade school teacher then a lecturer in Blacksmithing and Boiler Making and gained his formal teaching qualifications of a Dip T and B. Ed.  He taught primarily at Panorama College with a short stint of country service at Port Augusta.Trevor was also a very competent sportsman and gained his Bronze Medallion for Surf Life Saving through the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club as well as his instructors certificate.Like his father he was a competent brass instrument player and played the trumpet in the Christies Beach and Marion City Band for a number of years. During this time he competed in many band competitions.


 David Andrew Stott the eldest son of Trevor George Stott and Adrienne


 Gregory Trevor Stott the second son of Trevor and Adrienne


 Sharon Lee Stott the youngest child of Trevor and Adrienne


The Stott Family: Adelaide, South Australia