William MAIN [12261]
Margaret CRAIG [12262]
(Abt 1834-1866)
William BRUCE [12256]
(Abt 1814-Aft 1871)
Ann BUCHAN [12257]
(Abt 1818-Aft 1871)
John MAIN [4425]
Margaret BRUCE [4426]

William Bruce MAIN [4369]


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Louisa LEWIS [167]

William Bruce MAIN [4369]

  • Born: 8 Jul 1888, Peterhead, ABD 2
  • Marriage: Louisa LEWIS [167] on 14 Aug 1908 in 250, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 22 Feb 1959, Parramatta, NSW, Australia aged 70 3 4
  • Buried: 24 Feb 1959, Rookwood Necropolis, Rookwood, NSW, Australia 5

  General Notes:

In 1912, WILLIAM BRUCE MAIN sailed to Australia to find a new home for family. In 1914, three weeks before they were due to sail, Louisa died quite suddenly. We believe that after Louisa's death, her sister Mary (Lewis) Gardner, cared for the three children until 1915, when they joined their father in Australia. Family lore says William Main returned to Scotland for the children, but he is not listed as passenger or crew on board their ship, Miltiades.
Sadly, most of Louisa's family, who were scattered acros the globe, lost touch with William Main and the children in Australia. But now, thanks to the internet, their descendants have re-established contact.

  Noted events:

5 Apr 1891 census: age 2, son of John Main at Burnbank Village, Nigg, Kincardine. 6

31 Mar 1901 census: age 12, son of John Main at 132, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, LKS. 7

14 Aug 1908: William was married from 105, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, DNB (his parents' home). 1

9 Mar 1910: registered father's death, 105, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, DNB. 8

1912: William Bruce Main emigrated from Scotland via London to Sydney, NSW, AUS. His wife and children were to follow once he was established.

29 Sep 1926: A commitment warrant for 11s. 6d. was issued against William Main for non-payment of costs for his child. (I assume this was for his youngest child, perhaps the two older children were already of independent age.) 9

1937: William Bruce Main, labourer, resided at 71, Kent Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, AUS.

15 Sep 1939: William Bruce Main, a seaman, appeared in court, and was fined 5s for attempting to take a rifle from the hands of a sentry. He said he was attempting to show the man how to guard his weapon. 10

1943: William Bruce Main, sailmaker, resided at State Hospital, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia.

1954: William Bruce Main, ship's rigger, resided at Liverpool State Hospital and Home, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

William married Louisa LEWIS [167] [MRIN: 1286], daughter of John LEWIS, (2) [51] and Edith Letitia BANKS [53], on 14 Aug 1908 in 250, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.1 (Louisa LEWIS [167] was born Dec Q 1887 in Cockermouth, CUL, England, died on 20 Feb 1914 in 3, Green Road, Yoker, Glasgow 11 and was buried in Cemetery, Kilbowie, Clydebank, Lanarkshire, Scotland 12.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

9 Jun 1909: resided in 4, Wallace Street, Clydebank, DNB. 13

9 Mar 1910: resided in 4, Wallace Street, Clydebank, DNB. 8

16 Oct 1910: resided in 16, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, DNB. 14

8 Apr 1913: resided in 16, Glasgow Road, Clydebank, DNB. 15


1 Old Kilpatrick Marriages 1908 501/133 (William Bruce Main & Louisa Lewis).
14 August 1908 at 250 Glasgow Road, Clydebank, in the parish of Old Kilpatrick, after C.of S. banns
WILLIAM BRUCE MAIN 20 bachelor, ship rigger
105 Glasgow Road, Clydebank
father John Main fisherman
mother Margaret Main ms Bruce
LOUISA LEWIS 20 spinster, needlemaker
250 Glasgow Road, Clydebank
father John Lewis engineer (journeyman)
mother Edith Letitia Lewis ms Banks deceased
witnesses Alexander Bruce Main [groom's brother], Edith Lewis [bride's sister].

2 Aberdeen Peterhead Births 1888 232-1/304 (William Bruce Main).
born July 8th 1888 at Boathaven, Peterhead, Aberdeen
parents John Main, fisherman, Margaret Main ms Bruce
married 28th March 1881 at Nigg.

3 NSW Death Certificate 1959/4060 (William Bruce Main Sr.).
WILLIAM BRUCE MAIN died 22nd February 1959
Lidcombe State Hospital and Home, Lidcombe NSW
sailmaker, male age 70, widower
born Peterhead Scotland; 44 years in NSW
father John Main, fisherman; mother Margaret Bruce
married Clydebank Scotland at age 20 to Louisa Lewis
children: Edith B. 49, John 48, William B. 45
informant S.A. Bingham, Assistant Manager, Lidcombe State Hospital and Home, Lidcombe.
cause of death coronary occlusion, generalised atherosclerosis
buried 24 February 1959 Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood
minister: L.C. Naden, Seventh Day Adventist
undertaker R.W. Hilton witnesses F. Cranfield, A. Whittaker
Registered 6th March 1959 Parramatta
[transcript ordered from Marilyn Rowan's website]

4 Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald - William Bruce Main sr, Australia.
MAIN, William Bruce. February 22, 1959 late of Stanmore, beloved father of John (Queensland), William (England) and Edith (Mrs Banks-Brown, Wahroonga). aged 70 years, privately interred 24th Inst.

5 Rookwood Cemetery website, Main, William Bruce.
Item 255399 Rookwood Independent Cemetery
Surname: MAIN
Age: 70 years
Date of Death: not shown
Date of Interment: 24 Feb 1959
Denomination: Presbyterian
Section: 5G
Grave Number: 0001092
Note: William Bruce Main (his son), died in 1990 and and was laid to rest with him.

6 1891 census of Scotland, Aberdeen, Volume 232/1 Peterhead, enumeration district (ED) 10, page 2, schedule no. 8, household of John Main (5a Main Road);
John Main 32 M whitefisher, Burnbank Nigg, Kincardine
Margaret Main 38 wife, Buchanhaven East, Aberdeen
Margaret A Main 9 daughter, Torry Kincardine
Agnes W Main9 daughter, Torry Kincardine
William B Main2 son, Buchanhaven East
Adam Flucker 22 boarder

7 1901 census of Scotland, Dumbarton, Volume 501 Old Kilpatrick, enumeration district (ED) 17, page 7, schedule no. 28a, household of John Main (132 Glasgow Road, Clydebank);
John Main 42 M shipyard rigger, Nigg Kincardine
Margaret Main 46 M wife, Peterhead, Aberdeen
Agnes Main 19 daughter, French polisher, Peterhead
William Main 12 son, Peterhead
Alexander Main 9 son, Peterhead
.. and two lodgers

8 Old or West Kilpatrick Deaths 1910 501/97 (John Main).
JOHN MAIN fisherman, latterly storeman, age 51
married (1) Isabella Ritchie, (2) Margaret Bruce
died 105 Glasgow Road, Clydebank
father Thomas [sic, should be William] Main fisherman deceased
mother Margaret Main ms Craig deceased
informant William B. Main son present
4 Wallace Street, Clydebank.

9 Newspaper - NSW Police Gazette, 1926-09-29 p.535.

10 1939 Reports in four newspapers re William Bruce Main's encounter with a sentry.

11 Glasgow Hillhead Deaths 1914 644-12/193 image (Louisa Main).
LOUISA MAIN 25 married to William Bruce Main, ship rigger (journeyman)
died 20 February 1914 at Western Infirmary, Glasgow Rise
usual residence 16 Glasgow Rise, Clydebank
father John Lewis engine fitter (journeyman)
mother Edith Letitia Ruddle Lewis ms Banks
growth in brain, cerebral compression, certified
informant John Lewis, father, 3 Green Road, Yoker.

12 Kilbowie Cemetery, Clydebank, Scotland.
Lair No.D263
30/08/1906 Martha Bruce Lewis 17 years
08/02/1908 Edith Letitia Ruddle Lewis 54 years
15/01/1913 Mary Gardner 7 weeks
30/12/1924 Frederick Truscott 2 years, 9 months
13/09/1929 John Lewis 72 years
Lair No.D264
23/02/1914 Louisa Main 25 years
06/12/1954 John Lewis 77 years
24/10/1958 Amelia Lewis 80 years
(Information from Marie Wright at bereavementservices@west-dunbarton.gov.uk)

13 Old Kilpatrick Births 1909 501/0665 (Edith Banks Main).
born 9 June 1909 at 4 Wallace Street, Clydebank
parents William Bruce Main ship rigger; Louisa Lewis
married 14 Aug 1908, Clydebank
informant William Bruce Main, father, present.

14 Old Kilpatrick Births 1910 501/1158 (John Main).
born 16 Oct 1910 at 16 Glasgow Road, Clydebank
parents William Bruce Main ship rigger; Louisa Lewis
married 14 Aug 1908, Clydebank
informant William Bruce Main, father, present.

15 Old Kilpatrick Births 1913 501/??? (William Bruce Main).
born 8 April 1913 at Maternity Hospital, Glasgow.
usual residence 16 Glasgow Road, Clydebank
paremts William Bruce Main ship rigger; Louisa Lewis
married 14 Aug 1908, Clydebank
informant Louisa Main, mother.
Marginal Note in Register: District of Birth, Blythswood, Glasgow

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