Donald Alexander Grant (1858-1944) and Alice Matilda Grant nee Carroll (1870-1941) came to Laverton in 1904. Prior to this Donald served in the Victorian navy where we fought in the third China War or Boxer Rebellion. Donald began work at the Truganina Explosives Reserve as a caretaker and commenced the dynasty of the Grant family working and living at the explosive reserve.
When Donald commenced work there were only nine employees which was two less than the number of children born to the Grant’s. They spent most of their life at the reserve.
Alice passed away in 1941 and Donald in 1944. They are buried within the Melbourne cemetery (MGC-PRE-Comp-D-No-558). Their gravestone reads ‘In loving memory of Alice Matilda Grant died 24th March 1941’. The addition of Donald Alexander Grant in June 1944 has not been recorded on the headstone.