Sweet Family West of Scotland

Robert Sweet MCDONALD

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Alexander MCDONALD ABT 1823 Jean (Jane) Hogarth SWEET 22 MAY 1836

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 26 Jun 1866 Newton, Red Creek, Woodchester, South Australia
Marriage 1 Dec 1892 Brougham Place Congregational Church, Adelaide, South Australia
Death 28 Sep 1941 Monarto, Pinnaroo, South Australia


Robert Sweet McDonald (1866-1941) and his wife Marion, bought a vast area of virgin bush at Monarto South to Chauncey's Line and named the property "Preamimma". His mother, Jane Hogarth Macdonald (Sweet) died there in 1911.

He donated land in 1936 for the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park. According to a note from Carolyn Tucker, he was a great love of the natural bush which his five daughters had visited on horseback for many years for picnics. He always hoped that the government would acquire the rest after his death which occurred in 1941.

Source: Marion Harvey and Carolyn Tucker.
Russell Sweet sent me a copy of a letter from Robin Grant to Russell dated 1982. He refers to his time on Robert Sweet McDonald's farm at Preaminna. He was there from 1928 possibly until 1929 or so. He did not appear to enjoy himself much.

Robin refers to his Aunt Mary corresponding with Robert and then after his death with his widow and daughters. Russell also sent me a copy of a letter from Mary to Flora McDonald in 1942 which confirms this.