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This Stevenson Family is related to the famous poet and author Robert Louis Stevenson.  Most of the Stevenson descendents in this line now live in Australia and New Zealand. 

  

1. JOSEPH STEVENSON --- 4TH COUSIN OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

 

Joseph was born in 1802, in Fordyce, Banff, a northern county of Scotland, facing the Shetland Islands. He was the sixth son in a family of 10 children.  The nearby cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh had been ancestral homes of the Stevenson clan, from the 17th century.

Joseph could readily trace his family back 3 generations to Robert Stevenson, who was born in Glasgow in 1720.  His own son Robert, born at Christmas Hills, in 1845, would be the 4th generation in 125 years descending directly from this great, great grandfather just as the famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson would also be, when born in 1850, the 4th generation in descent from the same ancestor. 

       

The following links take you in chronological order through the life and times of Joseph Stevenson:

2. JOSEPH STEVENSON --- AGED 30 --- DEPARTS SCOTLAND FOREVER

3. THE IRISH CONNECTION  -  RUTH BOYD

4. JOSEPH AND RUTH IN VAN DIEMENS LAND

5. THE STEVENSON'S INVEST IN THE NEW COLONY

6. JOSEPH’S DIAMOND

7. THE CHRISTMAS HILLS SELECTION

8. THE WELSH CONNECTION - DAVID CHRISTMAS

9. STEVENSON  LANE

10. THE STEVENSON'S AT KANGAROO GROUND

11. THE FIRST VINEYARD IN THE DISTRICT

12. TRAGEDY ON THE YARRA

13. THE BLACK SOIL CLAIMS ITS TRIBUTE

14. THE OLD WARHORSE MAKES HIS LAST STAND

15. STEVENSON'S CREEK

16. A GREAT PIONEER IN THE GROVE BY THE CREEK

17. A FAMILY EPITAPH

18. JOSEPH AND RUTH’S CHILDREN

19. ROBERT AND ELLEN’S CHILDREN AT BANK HEAD

20. THE OLD HOMESTEAD IN FULL SWING

21. THE THIRD GENERATION OF STEVENSON'S

22. AN UNPROVOKED CONVULSION OF FIRE

       (Information researched by Doug Love)

         (Web site and photos by Nicola Diamond)