Family History Notebook

Alfred John George Swinney

Son of  John Swinney and Betty Cottle, born 1858 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Married Clara Ann Swinney on the 3rd of June 1878 in the King Street Weslyan Methodist Chapel, Plymouth


Leslie Alfred Edward, born 1880 Berrima, New South Wales
Albert John George, born 1882 Berrima, New South Wales

Died on the 23rd of July 1918 in Bournemouth

Person ID 05127


0    Text in red represents information obtained from the internet (family trees etc) which I have not yet confirmed.

1    (Mining Engineers ?)Handbook: November 1877: Preface A.J.G.S. Shincliffe Colliery

2    Alfred appears to have established himself as a mining engineer, writing a preface in 1877 to a Handbook apparently for mining engineers and becoming General Superintendent of the Deloro Gold mine in Ontario. He describes himself as 'working abroad' in 1901. This is supported by his numerous foreign trips - but none found after 1905.

3    The [Berrima railway] line started life as a coal railway, built by the Berrima Coal Mining and Railway Company in 1881. That company opened a coal mine in the gorge of the Wingecarribee River, about 6 miles (9.65 km) west of Moss Vale and built a standard gauge line to a point above the gorge.  (Wikipedia)

4    FindMyPast transcription of the 1871 census lists the school as  being in Gainford Hall but it more likely to have been the Gainford Academy.


a)     1861 UK census    Living with his parents at Ouston Pit, Harraton. (Swiney)
        1871 UK census    At a boarding school4 in Gainford, Teesdale, County Durham
        1881 UK census    In Australia
        1891 UK census    Alfred, a mining and civil engineer, and Clara are living in Saltash, Cornwall
        1901 UK census    Alfred and Sarah have moved to Sidcup in Kent. Alfred is still a mining engineer 'working abroad'.
        1911 UK census    Still in Sidcup. Leslie has left home.

b)    The birth of Alfred John George Swinney was registered in the first quarter of 1858 in the Chester le Street district (FreeBMD 10a 317)

        The marriage of Alfred John G Swinney and Clara Ann Swinney was registered in the second quarter of 1878 in the plymouth district (5b 499)

        The death of  Alfred J G Swinney aged 60 was registered in the third quarter of 1918  in the Christchurch district (Hampshire) (2b 818)

c)    National Probate Calendar 1918:
SWINNEY Alfred John George of 117 Richmond Park-road Bournemouth died 23 July 1918 Probate London 28 August to Clara Ann Swinney widow.  Effects 508 15s

Passenger lists

Liverpool Jul 1893   Ship "Arizona"
Mr A J G Swinney   Age 30      Gentleman     Embarked  New York

Liverpool 11 Aug 1894
Alfred J.G. Swinney  Age 36   Profession 'Gent'  Embarked New York, landed Liverpool

Liverpool 1 Jun 1895 Ship "Etruria"
Alfd J G Swinney Age 35 Engr    Embarked New York

Liverpool 8 Oct 1895  Ship "Bothnia"
A. J. G. Swinney    Age 37   Embarked New York     Profession 'Engineer

Liverpool 11 Nov 1896   Ship "Lucania"
Mr A J Swinney Age 36  Embarked New York   Profession Min'g Engineer

Liverpool 24 May 1898 Ship "Labrador"
Embarked Montreal
Mr Leslie Swinney    Age 16      Gent
Mr Albert Swinney   Age 17      Gent
Mr A J G Swinney     Age 44       Gent
Mrs SWinney              Age 37       Lady
J Buckland                   Age 25       Maid

Southampton 2 Sep 1905 
Alfred John George SwinneyAge 46    Embarked Lisbon

Deloro Mine, County of Hastings, Ontario, Canada

In 1868 gold was discovered in Deloro, meaning "Valley of Gold". The Canadian Consolidated Gold Mining Company (a British company) began mining in 1873. This eventually failed since the recover of the gold was so poor. In 1896 Canadian Gold Fields Company bought Deloro and built the first mill where they used a new cyanide process to extract the gold. Roasting furnaces were used to remove the arsenic from the gold, but the quality of the gold was poor, forcing the closure of the mill in 1903. After the completion of the railroad in 1904 it opened up the possibility to ship silver to the Deloro mine for treatment. In 1906 the Deloro Mining and Reduction Company was formed. In 1915 the company changed its name to Deloro Smelting and Refining Company Limited after Dr. Haynes developed the first commercially produced stellite in the world, which was manufactured at the Deloro plant.

Deloro Mine Site Clean Up - article in Canadian Mining Journal

People associated with Deloro -

Alfred L. G. Swinney of London England and R. H. Harland who was the Public Analyst for the Greenwood Board of Works in London England examined the Canadian Consolidated Mining Company property. Swinney was described as the General Superintendent of the mine in 1896