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b. 1845 Johnston, Dumfries-shire; son of John HALLIDAY, sailor, & Margaret GILLESPIE; childhood in Dumfries; 1865 to Falklands [Malvinas], sailing from Sunderland, employed by F.I.C. as shepherd on 20-year contract; 1885 sailed with EBERHARD on "Rippling Wave", explored area of Gallegos estuary, rented government land at Hill Station, then moved with family (plus father-in-law William MACCALL); bought first sheep at Ea. San Gregorio; joined by Jack RUDD, constructed first buildings; 1888 sold first wool-clip to British merchants; 1903 parents travelled to Scotland with 4 children to finish their schooling - all bar son James returned within a year; 1909 handed over management of Hill Station to son John; d. 1917 British Hospital, Buenos Aires; bur. Hill Station

m. 1874 Darwin, Falkland Islands [Malvinas], witnesses James FELL and
Jane MCCALL (marriage registration)


b. 1854 Dalton, Dumfries-shire; dtr. of William MACCALL & Bridget Blanche RAE; d. 1917 British Hospital, Buenos Aires; bur. Hill Station



(born at High Hill, Darwin, Falklands / Malvinas)
1. Agnes Jane, b. 1874; m. 1898 George MCGEORGE; d. 1938; bur. Hill Station
2. Mary, b. 1876; m. 1897 Henry JAMIESON; d. 1953
3. William ["Willie"], b. 1877; d. 1890 (accident with horse); bur. Hill Station
4. John, b. 1879; m. 1908 Catherine JOHNSTON, of Dumfries; 1909 manager Ea. Hill Station; d. 1939 Ea. El Zorro; bur. Hill Station
5. Margaret, b. 1881; 1903-04 school in Dumfries; m. 1919 William BODDEN, Canadian; d. 1953 Vancouver
6. Anne, b. 1883; 1903-04 school in Dumfries; m. 1920 Robert JOHNSTON, of Dumfries; d. 1957 Maxwelltown
7. Archibald ["Archie"], b. 1884; manager of Ea. Cañadón del Rancho; m1. 1913 [1916?] Margaret Calander SINCLAIR; m2. 1938 (her sister) Helen SINCLAIR; d. 1943 British Hospital, Buenos Aires

(born at Hill Station, Patagonia)
8. Mabel, b. 1888; 1903-04 school in Dumfries; m. 1917 Buenos Aires, Ernest Alexander MILLER; d. 1974; bur. Hill Station
9. James ["Jimmy"/Santiago], b. 1893; 1903-08 school at Dumfries Academy, Scotland; 1909 St. George's College, Buenos Aires; m. 1923 Alice Maud COLLINS; d. 1966 Caleta Olivia


HALLIDAY Family Photo Album: selection

HALLIDAY Family Burial Ground: Hill Station, Río Gallegos, Prov. Santa Cruz

(1) "From the Falklands to Patagonia", Michael Mainwaring, 1983
(2) Grave markers, Hill Station burial ground
(3) Halliday family papers
Photographs and other records: courtesy of Edward Halliday (III-2012)
Last updated: 18-III-2013