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James Shirra

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: November 19, 1956 (91)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Place of Burial: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of James Shirra and Jane Bowie Rule
Husband of Jane Crawford; Helen Cowan and Agnes Wright Muter
Father of James Shirra; Alexander C Shirra; Katherine Nicholson Shirra; Mary Stewart Baines and Francis Cowan Shirra
Brother of William Shirra; Helen Shirra; Helen Shirra; William Shirra; Janet Shirra and 5 others

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About James Shirra

At the age of 17 James was in the Scottish Army in the 42nd Black Watch Regiment and went to Egypt under General Kitchener in the relief force to retake the Sudan after General Gordon had been murdered at Khartoum. He fought in the batgtle for Khartoum and at Tel'el'Kebir in 1882.

After his military service, was foreman at Grahamstown Iron Foundry, Falkirk.

Caretaker of the Oddfellows Hall on Grahams Road, Falkirk.

James and Agnes together with Edward Thorsell, Nellie, mary and Francis migrated to Australia on 29 July 1909 from Glasgow on the SS Karoola.

The trip took 7 weeks arriving Sydney. Then travelled on the ship Arawatta to Brisbane.

The family lived for a short time at Bowen Bridge, then moved to Milton. Then James bought a house at Jurgens St and Balaclave St Wooloongabba.

In 1918 they moved to Lincoln and Flora Streets, Stones Corner.

James in his later years was very active in the Masonic Lodge and attached to a high order.

Every year he marched in the ANZAC Day Parade in Brisbane.

James and Agnes attended the Royal Ball at the Brisbane city Hall during the Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1954 by special invitation and James was presented to the Queen at the ex-serviceman's rally at the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane.

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James Shirra's Timeline

January 16, 1865
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
November 21, 1885
Age 20
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
October 1, 1887
Age 22
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
December 24, 1889
Age 24
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
April 29, 1898
Age 33
Bainsford, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
May 7, 1899
Age 34
Bainsford, Falkirk, Scotland, Great Britain
November 19, 1956
Age 91
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia