Archibald Albert Fraser

Brief Life History of Archibald Albert

When Archibald Albert Fraser was born on 15 May 1886, in Ash Island, New South Wales, Australia, his father, James MacKenzie Fraser, was 34 and his mother, Mary Anne Shearman, was 30. He married Emma May Fairhall on 12 February 1908, in Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died in 1966, in Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Archibald Albert Fraser
1886–1966
Emma May Fairhall
1886–1955
Marriage: 12 February 1908
Myrgle Aline Fraser
1908–1992
Melva Jean Fraser
1910–
Archibald J Fraser
1915–

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Archibald Albert Fraser - Government record: Death record or certificate: death: 1966; Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia

World Events (8)

1892

Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.

1901

First Federal election.

1911

Canberra is founded and designated as the capital. The Federal Capital Territory is established as an area of two 360 square kilometers in the Yass-Canberra district.

Name Meaning

Scottish: apparently a nickname from Anglo-Norman French fraser(e), fresere ‘strawberry plant’. Fresel and Frisel, from Anglo-Norman French fresel ‘strawberry’, are early variants of the Fraser surname, the modern Gaelicized form of which is Friseal. See Frizzell . The crest on the Scottish family's coat of arms takes the form of a strawberry plant, but its antiquity is unknown. Claims of a habitational derivation, in particular from a place called la Frézelière in Anjou (France), are attractive but they lack verifiable evidence.

Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

History: There are two clans Fraser in Scotland, with common ancestry going back to Simon Fraser of Keith in East Lothian, who lived in the 12th century. One of these clans has its seat at Philorth Castle (subsequently re-named Cairnbulg) on the northeast coast of Scotland. Sir Alexander Fraser, 8th laird of Philorth (c. 1536–1623) converted the fishing village of Faithlie into the burgh of Fraserburgh in the 1590s. The other clan is Fraser of Lovat, associated mainly with the city of Inverness are. They are descended from Simon Fraser, a younger son, who lived in the early 14th century. In Gaelic, the head of Clan Fraser of Lovat is known as Mac Shimi ‘son of Simon’.

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