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#13519 - Wotherspoon family

Resource ID
People - W
Wotherspoon family
Newspaper clipping
Clippings about the Wotherspoon family who lived at St John's and at the Goat Station, Weetangerra (Weetangera)
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Scottish born Andrew Wotherspoon arrived in New South Wales with his wife Elizabeth in 1838. After working in Sydney, Goulburn and Bungendore, Wotherspoon taught at St John's school in Canberra from 1847 to September 1851 when he took over the Goat Station at Coppins Crossing. Around 1859 he opened a school at Ginninderra until appointed again to St John's in July 1860 where his youngest child was born in 1861 and where he taught until May 1863. In January 1863 he took up duty as the first postmaster at the Canberra Post Office as well as teaching at St John's until May 1863 when a dispute with George Campbell, squire of Duntroon and owner of the schoolhouse building, resulted in Wotherspoon being transferred to a school in Sydney. In May 1864 the Wotherspoons moved to Lismore in northern New South Wales where he taught for over eleven years before becoming a shopkeeper. He remained in business in Lismore until shortly before his death at his home on 18 April 1887.