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Donald Junor


Donald Junor was the second son of Donald and Mary Junor (nee McIntosh).  He was born in 1830 on the Black Isle, Ross-shire, Scotland.  He emigrated to Australia in 1854.  He first went to farm work at Moonee Ponds, having learned general farming in his homeland of Ross-shire. In 1856 he commenced carrying to the diggings but giving that up, he removed to "Glen Junor" at Gisborne.
On 22nd August, 1865 marriage certificates show that Donald Junor married Bridget Sheedy at Gisborne both in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and at St. Brigids Roman Catholic Church, by Rev. John Meek and Father Eugene O'Connell respectively.
Bridget Sheedy was born in Bourke Street, Melbourne in 1842 and in later years recalled the early days when it was used as pasturage for sheep and goats.  She often spoke about her visits to a small general store, which was later the site of the Orient Hotel.  She attended the old model school, later the Melbourne High School, until 1856 when her father, Mr. Martin Sheedy, took up land at Gisborne.  Bridget became a model wife for a farmer; she was one of those who faced her work uncomplainingly, a smart active woman who looked upon farming as the most natural of lives. 
Donald and Bridget had eight (8) children, all borne at Gisborne, four (4) of whom died in infancy.
Donald was a champion class ploughman.  Both he and his elder brother David participated in the annual Agricultural Shows in various capacities and did extremely well.
The 1865 Rate books show D & D Junor of "Glen Junor" as having 150 acres under cultivation and 191 acres as grazing land.  In the 1866/67 assessment, the record showed David as having 162 acres and homestead at "Glen Junor" and that the owner was T.F. Hamilton.  Donald Junor also at "Glen Junor" had 182 acres and homstead and the owners were D & D Junor.
In 1882, Donald and his family moved out to Epping where he rented a farm of 265 acres.  He continued as a successful farmer and his well-known, massive figure was frequently seen in the Melbourne Markets.  He died in 1913 in Clifton Hill and was buried at the Melbourne General Cemetery.  His wife, Bridget, died twelve years later in 1925 at Heidelberg and was buried in the Heidelberg Cemetery.

Donald Junor

Bridget Junor (nee Sheedy)


"Glen Junor"??
Could this be the original farm house at Gisborne, Victoria where Donald and David and their families lived? OR possibly at Epping Victoria where Donald, Bridget and their family moved later.?


Large cup on right "First prize Victorian Agricultural Society, awarded to D & D Junor, Gisborne, April 21st, 1859."

Donald was the second son of Donald Junor and Bridget Junor (nee Sheedy) of 'Glen Junor', Gisborne, Victoria, Australia.   He was b. 12 September, 1867 in Gisborne, Victoria d. 30 September, 1947 in Turiwiri - just out of Dargaville, Auckland Province, New Zealand aged 80 years.  Donald married Sarah Frances in 1912 in Dunedin, New Zealand and she was b. Abt. 1876 and d. 2 December, 1949 in Tuiwiri, New Zealand aged 73 years.
The children of Donald Junor and Sarah Frances were:
1.  Alexander Frances Smith Junor b. 29 February, 1912 d. 21 October, 1980 Dargaville, New Zealand m. Doreen Buffet 1950 div.
2.  Douglas John Junor b. 6 July, 1913 New Zealand d. 2001 New Zealand m. Audrey Ellen Johnson 1948 b. Abt. 1925 New Zealand.
3.  Donald Kenneth MacKenzie Junor b. 22 August, 1915 d. 29 January, 2006 Dargaville, New Zealand m. Lelia Dickson, div. 1950 d. 20 January, 2006 aged 91 years.
In 1938 Donald gave up dairying and left the district.  His herd was well known throughout the Northern Wairoa district for type, quality and production.  He had bred from sires from proven stock for a large number of years and his herd had a remarkable record for cleanliness.
A clearing sale was held on the 16 June, 1938 at Parore, Dargaville, North Island, the whole of his live stock and dead stock comprising - 60 choice grade jersey cows due August to pedigree bulls.  28 - 2 yr. grade jersey heifers, 22 grade jersey calves, 2 pedigree jersey bulls, a 4 yr. mare, work anywhere, 1 - 3 yr. registered Clydesdale mare in foal to registered stallion, 1 aged mare, work anywhere, 1 sow due to farrow.
Chevrolet 4 door sedan, 6 cylinder 1929 model, in excellent order, under 20,000 mileage.
Implements etc. include - Massey Harris mower, 12 blade Massey Harris disc, McCormack Hay Rake heavy, S F Reid and Grey lever plough, Spring cart (as new) 30 cwt. Konaki, with brake, Potato Moulder and Grubber.
Sundries etc. include - A Laval Separator (110 gal.) 6 - 8 gal. cream cans, solid copper vat, Strainer, 4 buckets, endless Chain (30 wt.) Wood, Wheel Barrow, Grinding Stone, Cow drenching outfit, 5 horse collars, 4 Harnesses, Cart saddle and Breeching, set leather reins, etc. etc.  Implements and sundries are all good order.
On the 17 June, 1938 a presentation was made to Mr. and Mrs. Junor and three (3) sons at Parore.  About 40 settlers of Parore and the vicinity of Dargaville attended the presentation at the residence of Mr. D. Junor to wish him, Mrs. Junor and their three (3) sons farewell.  On behalf of those present Mr. F. Johansson presented Mr. Junor with a handsome set of pipes and Mrs. Junor with a travelling rug.


Thought to be Donald Junor on the left.


The three sons of Donald Junor and Sarah Junor (nee)Frances:
Douglas, Donald and Alexander.