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George Caldow

Birthplace: Commondyke, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: August 06, 1900 (59)
Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of George Caldow and Veronica Caldow
Husband of Janet Murdoch Caldow
Father of William Caldow; Thomas Hodge Caldow; George Caldow; Christina Caldow; David CALDOW and 3 others
Brother of Mary CALDOW; James Caldow; John Caldow; Alexander Caldow; William Caldow and 5 others

Occupation: Iron Worker
Managed by: Dennis Arthur Jones
Last Updated:

About George CALDOW

A few georges around all born within 2/3 years so complicated when researching


Note "Came from Australia" - Native Place "Scotland" in cemetery book.


One of 11 Siblings [10 boys 1 girl]

4 Sources: [I think I have george fairly well right]


George CALDOW (AFN: KJLB-74)

Sex: M


Event(s) Birth: Abt 1842

Commondyke, Ayr, Scotland



Father: George CALDAU (AFN: 914W-SM) Family

Mother: Veronica MURDOCH (AFN: 914R-JP)

Also IGI Individual record - not much detail - lists Birth Place and more accurate date [1841] and Mother as Veronica Murdoch, Father as George Caldow

[2] Auckland cemetery records as below:


Details M: died 06-08-1900: aged 60 [1840 +/2]

Place Waikaraka

Location Area 1 Block H Lot No 2

 Inscription reads ' In loving memory of George Caldow beloved husband of Janet Caldow died 6 Aug 1900 aged 61 yrs Also Janet beloved wife of the above died 5 Nov 1924 aged 81 yrs" (Bouskill & McNab)

(sep plaque) "In loving memory of David beloved son of the above died 25 Sept 1953 aged 80 yrs" Note different age at death

[3] Also Waikaraka Cemetery Record Book 1890-1906

Deceased Name CALDOW, George

Age 60 years

Occupation Ironworker

Residence Onehunga

Warrant Date 7 Aug 1900

Warrant Number 36

Last Came From Australia ***

Native Place Scotland

Date of Death 6 Aug 1900

Date of Burial 8 Aug 1900

To order this record, please note the following: Archives Reference: OHB 144 Item No: 1 Page No: 21, 39

Record Title: Waikaraka Cemetery Record Book

Janet Murdoch was his wifes name - same plot H2

[4] wc.rootsweb database;1030248

[5] - Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists 1829-1896 - a couple of entries

view all 17

George CALDOW's Timeline

June 17, 1841
Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland

Source: Daughter (Marian) birth certificate:

Daughter (Marian) birth certificate in 1879 gives Georges age as 39 (=1840) at that stage (march 1879) assuming 1841 is correct he would have been 38.75 - nearly 39 - his birh place on that certificate is Muirkirk

LDS ancestoral file AFN: KJLB-74 has this as "abt 1842" Commondyke, Ayr, Scotland.
IGI File has 4 births, 3 are as per the Ancestoral file, 1 is 1841 Muirkirk,Ayr, Scotland
According to the map there's only 3.7 miles between commondyke and muirkirk
The Muirkirk file has an actual date in it - the others are "about 1842"

George's death records [cemetery book - waikaraka park] gives his age as 60 when he died in 1900 = 1840 - but then - Waikaraka Park headstone gives 2 different ages given [60 & 61] Either way - this puts his dob at 1839-1840 +/-1
So say 1838-1841

Based on the above facts i believe 1841 is a fair assumption.

March 13, 1866
Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland

LDS record: IGI Individual Record:
[1] 13 March, Bothwell, Larnark, Scotland - Parents George Caldow & Janet Hodge
Batch No: C116251
[2] 13 March, Mossend, Larnockshire, Scotland, no parents listed.
NB: according to google maps - there is only 3 miles in between

Rootsweb - World Connect - AA Laurenson Database
13 Mar 1866 in Mossend, Larnockshire, Scotland

June 16, 1868
Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland

LDS records: IGI Individual Record
30.mar.1868 Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
Batch No: C116251

His NZBDM death record
1955/30798 Caldow Thomas William 87Y
puts his dob as at 1868

His marriage in Onehunga age given as 25 in 1895 = 1870+/- 1

June 16, 1870
Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland

LDS: IGI record
Birth: 16 JUN 1870 Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
Batch, Dates, Source Call No:
C116251 1855 - 1875 6035516

April 27, 1873
Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland

YOB established from death record
NZBDM 1953/22822 given age = 80y = 1873
Also Inscription on Headstone [along with parents George and Janet Murdoch Caldow in H2 Waikaraka, Onehunga ] confirms

*LDS IGI Record
Birth: 27 APR 1873 Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
Mother: JANE HODGE (assumption is Janet)
Batch No.: C116251


Not in LDS
Not in World Connect
On passenger list 1878 as christine (age 3)

March 19, 1879
Esk Bank, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia

Actual detail from Birth Certificate (copy filed local laptop - Heather has original) - this is a typed replication:

1879 Births registered in the district of Hartley, In the colony of New South Wales by William Patrick Macdermott, District registrar.
Number 15064
Born: 19 March 1879 Esk Bank - Sex Female
Father : George Caldow, Labourer, age 39years, born Muirkirk, Scotland, married 28th October 1864 Lanark Shire, Scotland
3 male and 1 female living and 1 male deceased siblings when she was born
Mother: Janet formerly Hodge, 34 years, Muirkirk Scotland.

Certified by George Caldow, Father, Esk Bank
Witnesses - Mrs Miller
Registrar - W.P. Macdermott, 29 April 1879, Glen Roy, Hartley

Aussie BDM (NSW) lookup:

EskBank is close to Lithgow and in the Blue Mountains,_New_South_Wales

Steelworks were there - these families in Ayrshire were all labourers at steel mills.