New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 1924|
Charters Towers Region
Alexander Baker, believed to be the son of William A. and Margaret Baker who were married around 1838, was born in 1842 at Troy, New York and during the American Civil War served with the Union Naval Brigade; being taken prisoner from the "Hervey Duff" by the CSS "Alabama". Alexander Baker was the second of four siblings, the others being Elizabeth born in 1839 in New York; Almira born in 1845 at Jefferson, Wisconsin; and Franklin Baker born in 1848, also in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
After the war Baker took to the sea served aboard the "C.T. Sergeant" and the "Robert Dickison", later becoming the chief officer aboard one of the largest sailing vessels afloat, the "Three Brothers".
The year 1887 found Baker tired of the seafaring life, and he migrated to Australia with his wife, Elizabeth, aboard the "Jumna" on February 6, 1888. Making his way to Charter Towers, in Queensland, Baker joined the Queensland Railway Department and remained there until 1906; when he retired to go into business for himself.
In 1901 and in 1902 the Queensland Post Office Directory recorded Alexander Baker as living on Dundee Street in Charter Towers, Queensland and on the 1910 Voter's Roll, Division 1, "Alexander Snr Baker" was still living on Dundee Street and his trade was listed as that of a "Hawker"; a peddler or someone who travels about selling his wares or merchandise on public streets or highways. The 1910 Voter's Roll. Division 1, also records a John Baker, again on Dundee Street, but with a trade of a Miner. This may have been a son, since the first listing was listed as ‘Alexander Snr Baker'.
Alexander Baker died on April 20, 1924, of colon carcinoma at age eighty-two years of age. He was survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter; Mrs. A. E. McAllister. His sons at the time still worked for the Railway Department. Alexander Baker was buried in Lynd Cemetery in Charter Towers, in Section 42, plot 275, grave number 6856 in the Roman Catholic section; with the ceremony being conducted by Father Carew. There is also an Elizabeth Baker buried in the same area, grave number 6903, who died at the age of seventy-two, who may have been his older sister.
Charters Towers Pioneer Cemetery
Charters Towers Region
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 04, 2009
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