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(06/10/1800 - 01/05/1878)
Father: RALSTON *Gavin
Siblings: (Half:) Agnes Sarah Hannah Gavin Alexander Adam
Married: RALSTON *Janet (12/01/1828, St John's Church, Launceston)
Children: Gavin Robert Gavin Robert Eliza Mary *David John
By marrying Janet Ralston, the surname Ralston continued to my mother's generation.
David Ralston was born in Irvine, Ayrshire and died on 1 May 1878, at age 78. He arrived in Tasmania (then called Van Diemens Land) aboard the Andromeda in May 1823. He applied for a land grant in 1827-1828. In reply to his query, the Governor received the following reply about David Ralston dated 09/06/1828. "This gentleman is a half-brother of Mr Gavin Ralston, but totally unconnected with him in business. Mr David Ralston is 27 years of age and was married to his cousin last January."
David married 12 January 1828 St Johnís Church, Launceston, Tasmania, *Janet Ralston, daughter of *Robert Ralston. Robert Ralston was the oldest brother of Davidís father; this means David and Janet were first cousins. Janet was Robertís eldest daughter by his wife Elizabeth Bryce. Witnesses to the wedding were Agnes and John Ralston, sister and brother of the bride and Gavin Ralston of Launceston, the groom's half-brother.
David was granted Dalness, 500 acres of land next to Robert Ralston's original grant at Logan Falls. Later he had a farm at Westwood, at Cormiston on the West Tamar, Tasmania. He moved to Victoria following Janet's death.
Trouble With a Bull
In November 1829 David Ralston was in trouble for shooting at and wounding a bull, the property of a neighbour Peter Lette. It appears that Lette's cattle were in the habit of straying on Ralston's rented farm and he eventually became tired of it and took a shot at the bull which was in his stack-yard. The gun was loaded with small shot so as not to cause any serious damage to the animal. The Police Magistrate in Launceston did all he could to have the proceedings suspended, as this was the wish of Lette as well as Ralston, but the case came up before the Supreme Court at Launceston on 13 June, 1830 and Ralston was found guilty but the jury recommended mercy in view of the provocation. The Executive Council on 22 June considered the case and decided to pardon Ralston absolutely
Article by Anntoinette Ralston
David Ralston died 1 May 1878 in Casterton, Victoria (Vic death Index 1878 No 4881), and was buried in the Old Casterton Cemetery on 4 May that year. Janet died on 22 August 1861 in the Launceston District, and was buried in grounds of the St Andrews Presbyterian Church at Evandale. David and Janet Ralstonís children were all born Launceston: Gavin 1828; Robert Haywood 1830; Eliza 1832; Mary 1834; David 1836; and John 1837.