Shetlanders in Australia.

George Arthur FULLERTON

Male 1863 - 1914  (51 years)


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  • Name George Arthur FULLERTON 
    Born 13 Feb 1863  Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Nov 1914  At sea, off Langa Isle, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Papil Cemetery, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I55428  John Charles Christie
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2009 

    Father John FULLERTON,   b. 1818, Oxna Isle, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1889  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Ursula EWENSON,   b. 5 Nov 1833, Maywick, Sandwick, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1856  Scalloway, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grace GOODLAD,   b. 10 Apr 1865, Brough, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1944, Meal, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1885  Oxna Isle, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Harcus FULLERTON,   b. 10 Dec 1886, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN
    +2. John Arthur FULLERTON,   b. 1887, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1915, At sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     3. George FULLERTON,   b. 22 Jan 1888, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1888, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Grace FULLERTON,   b. 1 May 1889, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, Spokane, WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Georgina FULLERTON,   b. 30 May 1891, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1967, Roadside, Hamnavoe, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +6. Thomasina FULLERTON,   b. 29 Nov 1892, Oxna, Tingwall, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1981, Soldian Court, Lerwick, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +7. William FULLERTON,   b. 21 May 1896, Papa Isle, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1969  (Age 72 years)
     8. Archibald FULLERTON,   b. 12 Feb 1898, Papa Isle, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1920, Meal, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     9. Ursilla FULLERTON,   b. 7 Jan 1901, Papa Isle, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Mary Ann FULLERTON,   b. 21 Feb 1903, Papa Isle, Burra, SHI, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1980  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F17660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Scotsman, Saturday 14th November 1914

      SHETLAND FAMILY'S TRYING EXPERIENCE
      STRANDED ON AN ISLAND FOR 36 HOURS
      FATHER DIES FROM EXHAUSTION

      A pathetic and tragic story of the great gale which raged in Shetland on Wednesday is just to hand. Briefly, the facts are these. About 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening George Fullerton and his sons William and Archibald left their home on Papa, a small island lying to the west of Shetland, with the intention of proceeding to Langa, a little island to the north, on a search for wreckage or driftwood. They landed on the island and secured a barrel of oil, which was placed in the boat. A start for home was made about nine o'clock, and all went well until they were close to the island. Fullerton senior was then apparently seized with faintness and was unable to assist with the oars. It was blowing heavily at the time and the two ladads found they were unable to make headway against the wind and sea. The boat was therefore squared away before the wind and sea, and the run back to the lee of Langa was safely accomplished. In landing, however, disaster overtook the unfortunate little crew. Instead of making the beach they landed on a small skerry some distance from the shore. The lads immediately took their father, who was still alive, out of the boat, but the barren rocks afforded no protection and the sons were unable to impart warmth and energy to the rapidly sinking man. At this stage the boat drifted away from the skerry and the last hope of getting their father quickly to shelter was gone. The time spent on the skerry was for the lads, it may be imaggined, the most trying period of the many hours which elapsed before their rescue was effected. They tried to restore their father by artificial respiration and made every endeavour to bring him round. All their efforts, however, were in vain. He died on the rocks and they stayed beside the body till ebb tide. They were then able to wade the still deep channel which separated them from the island and reached the shore in safety. Langa is a small islet less than half a mile in length, aand narrow. It is uninhabited, houseless, and even the shelter of a hill is wanting. On th is wild desert isle the lads spent the remainder of Tuesday night, all Wednesday, and the following night until nine o'clock on Thursday morning. Saturated with salt water and exposed to the full fury of Wednesday's gale, they cowered behind a barricade of drift wood, which they erected to protect themselves from the raging wind and “spindrift” which swept the island. The lads were entirely without food, and it is a matter for wonder that they survived their terrible experience. They were on the isle thirty-six hours. The plight of the unfortunate youths were observed by William Slater, the only other householder on Papa, and he and a bboat's crew effected the rescue. When the lads returned to the skerry their father's body had disappeared. No trace had yet been found of the boat. The deceased was a middle-aged man, and is survived by a widow and a family of six. His eldest son is a member of the Royal Naval Reserve.

  • Sources 
    1. [S115] IGI Births & Baptisms.

    2. [S51] Papil Kirk Cemetary.