William Swanston and Sarah Young
William Swanston and Sarah Young...

William Swanston Young and Sarah Oliver

William Swanston Young

John Young was born in 1788 in Scotland.  John married Margaret Thomson, possibly on 19 Feb 1817 at Inverness-shire, Scotland. They had a son: William Swanston.
William Swanston Young was born on 22 Apr 1822 and baptised on 13 May 1822 in Borthwick, Midlothian, Scotland.  His father was, at the time, a ploughman.

Sarah Oliver

Thomas Fair married Elspeth. They had five children. The third was a daughter, Sarah who born in Oxnam, Roxborough Scotland on 30 Mar 1786.  She was christened on 28 Apr 1786.  She married Andrew Oliver who was born in England on 11 May 1784 at Ellingham, Northumberland, England and died in Berwickshire, Scotland.

Andrew and Sarah had ten children. The ninth child was a daughter, Sarah who was born on 10 Apr 1826 in Oldhamstocks, East Lothian, Scotland. She was christened there on 10 May 1826.

William Swanston Young married Sarah Oliver on 11 Nov 1852 in Lamberton Toll, Berwickshire Scotland. This is instructive because Lamberton Toll was a small village near the English/Scottish border on a railway line and was a popular location for ‘irregular’ marriages, including those by itinerant farm workers. In 1855 when the birth of their first child was registered he was working as a hind. A hind is a farm labourer or ploughman, often itinerant, and generally fell at the low end of the socio-economic scale.

Sarah and William arrived in Tasmania in 1860, as free immigrants with three children on The Indiana.  Sarah's older brother, William, had previously arrived in Tasmania with his wife Isabella and four children in 1855.

William Swanston Young    Sarah Young    Sarah Young Descendant Chart

William and Sarah had eight children:

Sarah died on 27 Apr 1890 at Rhodes, Longford, aged 62. William died on 14 Mar 1904 in Ulverstone at age 78

Launceston Daily Telegraph Thursday 17 March 1904


A very sudden death took place on Monday morning on the Bank of Australasia premises, an old man named William Swanston Young passing peacefully away whilst at work. He had been for years past employed by the bank manager (Mr Ede) to attend to his horse, and was engaged in the stable work as usual about 8.30 am being then cheerful and as well as usual. Shortly after 9 o'clock Mr Ede -was called out to see deceased, who was apparently dead, in the stable. When seized the old man, who was close on 80 years old, had a shovel in his hand and had evidently died without a struggle.  Dr. Gollan was at once sent for, but deceased was beyond all earthly troubles, the cause of death being ascribed to senility and heart failure. He was an old resident of the district, and leaves one son and two daughters.


North West Advocate and Emu Bay Tines Tuesday 15 March 1904


An old resident of Ulverstone named William Swanston Young, residing in Victoria street, died suddenly yesterday morning. He was engaged as usual at the stables attached to the Bank of Australasia, and appeared to be in his ordinary state of health when spoken to at 8.30, but about 20 minutes later one of the clerks, on taking his bicycle into the stable, found the old man quite dead, still grasping the shovel which he had been using when death laid its band upon him. Deceased was a native of Scotland, and had reached the ripe old age of 79. He was a colonist of 30 years' standing, 12 of which he had spent in Ulverstone. He was much respected for his honesty and integrity. It is not considered necessary that an inquiry should be held, as deceased has been under medical treatment for some time for a heart affection. He leaves one son and three daughters.