Tulloh Family Reunion 2011


Tullohs arrived in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales

Our Tulloh ancestors left Forres Scotland in the early 1800s and they would not have been thinking about how many descendants they would have. It is likely they were looking forward to starting a new life, away from the difficulties of rural Scotland; difficulties such as poverty, famine and epidemics or were they simply looking for greater opportunities and adventure. So who were these brave people who risked it all to try their hand in the new colony and are the reason we are enjoying life as Australians?   

We can reliably trace our line of Tulloh back to the 1600's, where the family in Forres were prominent.

Forres is in Morayshire and is not far from Inverness, Scotland. In the 1600's a Tulloh can be found in the position of Provost, a similar role to mayor, heading up the Forres Burgh Council.  So lets focus on our Tulloh ancestors and their arrival into Australia. The first common ancestor the Australian Tulloh were Alexander Tulloh (b.1784) and his wife Helen (nee Eddie, b. 1791).  On 21st September 1811 a young 20 year old Helen Eddie married the 27 year old Alexander Tulloh. The Edinburgh Advertiser reported their marriage as follows "Alexander Tulloh, Esquire of Calcutta to Helen only daughter of Thomas Eddie Esq agent for the British Linen Company, Forres."  
Between 1813 and 1834 they had ten children. Two of these children died while very young, but the remaining eight children and their mother Helen, all settled in Australia. Some of the details are missing but we know that they all travelled to Portland between 1840 and 1854. Some came via Launceston, Tasmania or Sydney, New South Wales. The first recorded Tulloh in Australia was Thomas Eddie Tulloh who arrived on board the Louisa Campbell on the 1st January 1838.  Then William Tulloh arrived about 1839;  then Margaret Tulloh in 1842 on the barque Henry; then Alexander Tulloh and Colin Robertson Tulloh arrived together in 1847 aboard the barque Union.  The last of the family arrived on the ship Severn on 30 December 1854; they were Helen Tulloh (nee Eddie) with three of her daughters, Helen, Jamesina, Jane McLean (nee Tulloh) and Jane's son, Colin McLean.  The  Severn was recorded as having a fine passage of 84 days having left London on the 7th October.  
The Town of Portland has been significant in the history of the Tulloh family so we think it is an appropriate place to celebrate. The Portland council has erected an Immigration Wall to acknowledge families that arrived directly into the district and this is where we would like to add a plaque for the Tulloh family.  Even though Tullohs were in Portland in the 1840s establishing businesses it was the Tulloh women who can be acknowledged as arriving directly from Great Britain to Portland.   

Please support us in the erection of this plaque to celebrate the Tulloh family achievements. Please see the Calendar of Events page.