A james McDONALD died Tuesday, 14 October 1890 (wasn`t registered in Brisbane) and his parents were registered as William McDONALD and Jane ROSE. When his daughter, Eliza Ann married Alexander McLEOD, the marriage notice mentions the late James McDONALD and two of his other daughters have the name Rose in their christian names.
On her death certificate her father`s occupation was recorded as plasterer.
In 1871, Jane and six of her children, all girls, went to Jersey for a visit and returned to Brisbane in July 1871 on the Indus
. Her husband, James, did not travel with them.
McDONALD.-The Funeral of the late Mrs. JANE J. McDONALD, late of Manly, will leave the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. Ross, Crn. Paris and Vulture streets, West End, THIS (Tuesday) AFTERNOON, at 3 o'clock, for the Toowong Cemetery.
Family Notices. (1920, February 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 6. Link to TROVE
Looking at the notes for the father, James McDONALD, the reader should keep in mind that these are just coinsidences.
From other researchers, including Cheryl CHATTIN, it appears that a couple of Jane`s daughters were born in Victoria. Two daughters, Alice Penrose and Bertha were born in Queesnalnd, and yet, the 1871 census for St Helier in Jersey Island in the English Channel, all of her daughters are stated as being born in Jersey.
Given the dates of birth for Alice and Bertha and the 1871 census being taken on the 2nd of April and the ship Indus arriving in Brisbane 21st July 1871, it would appear that the family, without James, came to Australia and back to Jersey and back to Australia. It is unknown when James came to Australia and where he was when Jane and her daughters travelled.
Marianne ROSS -
email address - has written previously
and is researching this family and may have more information about Jane JOSLIN and her family.
ROSS.- Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Reg Ross and Family, Mrs Elsie Ross, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Pride, and Donald, are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Mother, Mother-ln-lnw. and Grand-mother, Bertha Letona Rose Ross, of 31 Vulture Street, West End, Widow of the late William Alexander Ross, of Scotland (R.N.. and R.A.N.), to leave the Funeral Chapcl, 17 Peel Street, South Brisbane, This (Friday) Afternoon, at 1.30 o'clock, for the Toowong Cemetery. Service at 1.15.
ROSS.- Relatives and Friend of Mrs. Alice Palmer and Family, Mrs. Kit Janson and Family, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Robertson and Family, are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Sister and Aunt, Bertha Letona Rose Ross, to leave the Funeral Chapel 17 Peel Street, South Brisbane, as per Family Notice.
ROSS.- New Farm Ladies' Bowling Club.- Members are requested to attend the Funeral of Mrs. B. L. R. Ross (Past President and Life Member), to leave the Funeral chapel, 17 Peel Street, South Brisbane, as per Family Notice.
Family Notices. (1954, July 9). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 16. Link to TROVE
15-Aug-1935 Mater Hospital, Mackay, Qld.
3 COD - Inflammation of the oesophagus, Myocarditis, Cardiac Failure interred -- Mackay Cemetery, Saturday, 17 August 1935
According to the marriage certificate Sarah was born in Townsville but to date no index for the birth has been found.  Joseph WHEATLEY and his wife Elizabeth (nee DRUMMOND) were the witnesses to the marriage.
from Daily Mercury (Mackay)
Mrs Ditton, who died in a private hospital in Mackay last week, was long enough in the district to see Mackay develop from a primitive township to the place it is today. With her late husband, Abraham Ditton, she was a resident on Sandy Creek (Marwood) for about 45 years. Mrs Ditton left a grown up family.
DITTON,— In fond and loving memory of our dear mother, Sarah Jane Ditton, who departed this life on August 15, 1935.
At eve, when shadows are falling,
Sweet memories, saddened with pain,
Steal into our hearts with longing,
Could we only see you again.
(Inserted by her loving daughters, Ivy and Gladys, sons-in-law, Bill and Val, grandchildren James Eastgate and Noel Jewell.)
DITTON.— In loving memory of my dear mother, Sarah Jane Ditton, who passed away August 15th, 1936.
'God called her home to rest.'
(Inserted by Kath. and Clarrie.)
Family Notices (1938, August 15). Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), , p. 6. Link to TROVE