So many generous people have contributed a lot of information about their ancestors, as well as their photos. Rather than include all the information alongside the photos, this is where the information will be, with a link back to the photos.



(courtesy of her 2nd great granddaughter, Robyn McNamara nee Swadling)

Image at
Frances Patterson, daughter of Robert (d 25 Sep 1842 Bangor, co Down) and Jane Patterson (nee Burnes (abt 1820-1842 Bangor, Co Down.
With both parents dead, Frances had been living in the Killeshandra Poorhouse, probably with Mary, her cousin whose parents had also died.
The Board of Guardians in every Union put forward the names of suitable girls, aged between 14 and 18 years of age.
Once the girls were chosen they were supplied with an outfit at the cost of the Union of £4 to £5. The girls and young women were to be provided with the following:

Six shifts
Two flannel petticoats
Six pairs of stockings
Two pair of shoes [Shoes or slippers were thought of as more convenient for use on board ship, than boots]
Two gowns, one of which must be made of some warm material
The girls did not necessarily have to be orphans, but for whatever reason were no longer living with their families. They were to be of good character, unmarried and with no children, so that there were no encumbrances to marrying Australian settlers.
So arrangements were made for the cousins to be sent to Australia and on 16 December 1848 with William Tabor as its master, the Digby a 756 tonne ship, sailed from Plymouth. On board were 22 married immigrants and 234 Irish Orphan girls. There were 8 cases of typhoid fever on board and two of the young girls died.
The food served on board ship included a "daily ration of a half-pound of beef, pork or preserved meat for each individual, as well as bread, sugar, tea, coffee and other items". [Irish Orphan Emigration…, Joseph A. Robins].
The Digby arrived in Sydney on 4 Apr 1849 and according to NSW Assisted Immigration Shipping Lists p314 lists Frances was aged 15, was CofE, could read and write and her parents were both deceased.
She was accompanied to Australia with Mary, 17, a cousin whose parents had also died. Both were listed as house servants.
Frances began work as a nanny for Major AC Innes of Port Macquarie. It was in the Port Macquarie region where she met James Wallis.
At the time of their marriage on 29 Nov 1852, he was aged 18 and she was 19.
The Wallis family appears in the 1841 Census for Cheadle, Staffordshire, England on page Faulk near Bracks?
John Wallis is 30, a tailor, wife Mary, also 30, sons Joseph 8, James 7, daughters Ann 5 and Elizabeth 3 and son William 1.
James was 7 years old when his family emigrated from Cheadle, Staffordshire to Australia in 1842 on board the Agnes.

Although father John had been listed in the 1841 Census as a tailor, for their emigration he was listed as a 31-year-old Protestant bricklayer. Maybe this was because their was more demand for people employed in a building trade at that time.
James' mother Mary was listed as a 36-year-old farm servant, who could both read and write brothers Joseph 9 and William 1 and sisters Anne 6, and Elizabeth 3 all arrived on 13 Feb 1942.
The Bounty amount was £19 for the parents, £10 each for William and James, while the remaining three were £5 each.
According to her Death Certificate, Frances had been in Australia for 71 years.
NSW, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896 about Frances Patterson
Name: Frances Patterson
Birth Year: abt 1834
Age: 15
Gender: Female
Arrival Date: 4 Apr 1849
Vessel Name: Digby
Origin Location: Ardagh, Co Longford, Ireland
Surname : Patterson
First Name : Frances
Age on arrival : 15
Native Place : Killeshandra, Cavan
Parents : Robert & Jane (both dead)
Religion : Church of England
Ship name : Digby (Sydney 4 Apr 1849)
Other : Assigned to Major Innes as a nanny, Port Macquarie. IM. Cor. 49/559 Port Macquarie. Married James Wallis, Port Macquarie 29 Nov 1852, husband a farmer, 11 children (2 boys, 9 girls), lived Ellenborough, in later years with youngest daughter, May Warrell at Lorne, died 5 Feb 1911, buried Beechwood, his estate valued at £1,550, mostly real estate, leaves wife 10s per week for life.
info Margaret Trotter, 18 Graham St., Wauchope 2446. 65851463
New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896 about James Wallis
Name: James Wallis
Birth Year: abt 1835
Age: 7
Arrival Date: 13 Feb 1842
Vessel Name: Agnes

WALLIS James farmer Stumpy Flat Ellenborough
Source: Postal Directory 1872

Mary Ann Patterson b abt 1832 in Killeshandra Co. Cavan died in 1892 in Bega.
She married Lewis John Willis on 8 Aug 1849
NSWBDM #V1849225 34C/1849
John L Willis married Mary A Patterson in the George Osbourne 

C of E Mem Church, Brownsville near Dapto.
NSWBDM #2825/1892

Mary A Shackles - father George, mother unknown, in Bega mother was Margaret ?

Second marriage to Robert Shackles in 1878 in Bega.
NSWBDM #2433/1878
Robert Shackles married Mary A Willis in Bega

Married 8 Aug 1849 a boy Lewis John Willis b abt June 1829 (youngest) mother 28 when died father d 1864 d age 43-45 from Bucks at George Osbourne Mem Church Brownsville (Dapto). Moved to Shellharbour then to Bega. He died of cancer. Remarried at Bega Robert Shackles. Both buried at Bega.
George & John
Mary Ann d Bega and husband looked after Leah.
Jane1 d 3 wks fever
Lewis d 2yrs



( see gravestone at )

Contributor Shelley - Ann Mitchell

  • Rose Ann ( McPhillips )Bell
  • Your 3rd great grandmother
  • Birth 1 Aug 1834 in Aghabog, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Death 4 Nov 1905 in Wangaratta
    Parents, Denis McPhillips and Mary Mcardle
    Married at Seymour to George William Bell.
  • It is on her wedding certificate where she came from.
    Oft described by the older relatives as a little irish spitfire.   She had a brood and had property and horses around the Wangaratta / Greta area. ...
  • Burial
  • 1905
  • 5 Nov
  • Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
  • applic # 2730 - R.Catholic No. 1 Plot 253S

      Hugh McPhillips
  • Birth 1817 in Lismagonway, Aghabog, Co Monaghan Ireland
  • Death 21July 1873 in Seymour, Victoria, Australia        
  • MARRIED Mary Ellis - Liscumisky, Monaghan, Ireland  around 1855.  He was in Seymour around 1860. The original headstones where removed and this memorial put in place....  It does not show he was from Ireland.



Contributed by JDK... if you have a connection to this family, please leave your contact details and I can put you in touch with


Five Mayo brothers, left Ireland and settled in Chicago, IL, USA. All buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Michael (1879-1940), Anthony (1882-1961), Thomas (1896-1941) and buried together, bachelor brothers, James (1888-1942) and John (1890-1947).

Parents stone in Elmhall, Mayo

Gravestones at

Tithe Roll: Cloonlynchaghaun Drum Carra Mayo
Household Duffy Mary (46) farner/widow Anthony (16),
John (12), Thomas (8), Bridget (70) Mother/widow

   Anthony and Delia Duffy...
       (c) photo JDK

Family Notices  

(supplied by JDK)

(C) photo  JDK     

James Duffy son


John McDermott died April 9, 1902
Age 62 years
Native of County Sligo, Ireland

Margaret Crow, his wife, died January 20, 1909
Age 73 years
Native of County Clare, Ireland

Margaret Crow was born in County Clare, Ireland and went to England as a young woman to presumably to find work.  She  was married first to a man named Job Thornton, who was from England.  On the marriage certificate she lists her father as “John Crow, laborer.”  No family member witnesses the marriage.  They all ‘make their mark’ instead of a signature.  Margaret and Job had a son William and two daughters, Ann and Sarah.  It appears that William died as a baby.  Job Thornton died in1863, leaving Margaret a young widow with two small children.

She then married John McDermott who was from County Sligo.  They married in Huddersfield in 1866.  Margaret lists her father as “Patrick Crow, farmer” who is deceased.  John’s father, Patrick McDermott, was a stone mason.  

The 1871 Census of Huddersfield shows John McDermott living with wife Margaret and her children Ann and Sarah.  John and Margaret have two children of their own, Bridget and James.

The 1881 Census of Huddersfield shows John and Margaret living with Margaret’s daughter Ann and her two children David and Alice, as well as her daughter Sarah.  In addition to Bridget and James the McDermotts now have two more children, Mary and Margaret.

Around 1883 the McDermott family came to the United States.  In 1900, the family was living in Oxford, Massachusetts.  In 1902 John McDermott died of exposure.  He literally froze to death on his way home from work.  Normally he took the trolley home, but it wasn’t running because of a big winter storm.  

In January, 1909 Margaret passed away.   Her death certificate lists her maiden name as “Margaret M. Crowell”, daughter of Patrick Crowell and Bridget Murphy.  

John and Margaret are buried in the same plot as their children, who were all born in Huddersfield, UK:   Bridget McDermott and her husband Patrick Doyle.  Margaret Frances and her husband James Kinniery, James McDermott and Mary McDermott.  

 Kindly contributed by Ann Trombly

Image of gravestone at...


O'DONNELL, John Thomas...

The following was contributed by his great nephew, Brian O'Donnell....

"Irish Eucmenical Service at St. Lawrence's Church, Upper Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan County, Dublin yesterday (June 29, 2014) -- organized by SABINA PURCELL --- to commemorate/honor those Irish who fought in World War I. My grandfather's brother - from County Clare --- JOHN THOMAS O'DONNELL, PVT Co M 347 INF 87th Division --- fought in World War I and lived & died in Elmira, New York USA -- these pictures were taken at 2:30 p.m. (June 29, 2014) Eastern Standard Time in USA at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY. The 2:30 p.m. time frame (USA Time) was specifically to match the 2:30 p.m. (Irish Time) for the service of remembrance in Dublin although I do know the times do not exactly match."

Image of gravestone at...


CUSACK/CUSICK  Mary Lally and William

Great grandparents of John Stanton, who kindly supplied the photos and details below. Though buried in different lands, their resting places are both now known to the families.

Image of gravestones at...



William J. Godfrey ...........(1860-1943)
& Rose C. (Finnin) Godfrey......... (1873-1963)
Both 1st generation Americans, born of Irish Immigrants
Both buried at Chase, Kansas
He is the son of the William Godfrey who came from Ireland

scroll down to 


Both Families (Godfrey & Finnin) came from Co Kerry....
These would be my grandparents........ ( as told by Dick Godfrey)

(C) James R. (Dick) Godfrey 

Salina KS


KANEY Patrick Henry and Rose (Croal)

 Great great grandparents of Jerald Kaney. " They immigrated from County Leitrim, Ireland in 1847, came to Wisconsin in 1850 and Homesteaded in Bear Valley,WI,1854. Their graves are located in St.Killians Cemetery,Bear Valley,Wisconsin."

Patrick,born May 1811,died October 21,1901.Rose,born 1833,died 1909.
 Gravestone photograph at


© Kerin-Lea Hall

Cannon Family - Michael Cannon Birth 12 Jan 1846 
in Rossmore, Galway, Ireland - Death 28 June 1920 in
 Grandchester, Queensland, Australia

* see gravestones of the Cannan family at 



 OATES, Bridget Delia..
Information supplied by

Kalgoorlie Cemetery - Time Lapse Memorial Photograph.
The first photograph is of the headstone and grave of 
Bridget Delia Oates, who was the beloved wife of Richard K 
Oates (of Brooklyn) born County Clare Ireland. She died 
at Kalgoorlie on the 17th Sept. 1909 aged 34 years. 
This photograph was taken just after the headstone, ledger 
and grave fencing was erected on the 8th July 1910. 
It was commissioned by Delias husband, Mr Richard Oates.

From the Kalgoorlie Miner Saturday 18th Sept 1909
The Friends of Mr. RICHARD K. OATES, of Kookynie, 
are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late 
dearly beloved wife (Bridget Delia) to the Roman Catholic
 portion of the Kalgoorlie Cemetery. 
The funeral will leave St. John of God Hospital at 5 o'clock 
This Day 
(Saturday),September 18th. A. & J. Kyle, Undertakers, Cassidy-st. Tel. 23.

The photograph was taken perhaps to send to her family far away
 in Ireland. It was not uncommon in these days to take photographs
 of graves and sometimes that of the deceased as well. The St John
 of God Hospital where she died was only recently demolished, it 
stood behind the St Mary's Primary school in Kalgoorlie where the
 school carpark is now.
     This photograph was taken today, 2nd April 2015, just short of
115 years from when it was erected. As you will see the headstone
is undamaged and the railings are intact. Sadly though all the nine
'Immortelles' are now gone. The headstone is tilting slightly to the
right. We are fortunate in Kalgoorlie in that we have little 
vandalism compared to more urban areas and the ground here is
very solid. Another feature of the Kalgoorlie and Boulder
Cemeteries are the large number of immortelles still surviving.
Many have broken glass but some are still intact after more than

Grave of Bridget Delia Oates Kalgoorlie Cemetery 1910
Grave of Bridget Delia Oates Kalgoorlie Cemetery 2014

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 WINTERS, James and Bridget Delia... 

Courtesy of Leonie Guy, great granddaughter of James and Bridget, Grandaughter of Mary Ellen Guy, nee Winters.

" This is the headstone of my great grandparents, James and 

Bridget Winters. 
       James Winters was born in Killucan,  County Westmeath,
 Ireland,   to John Winters and Anne   Cunningham,  in 1844. 
 James died Ipswich, Qld, Australia - 1st January,1921 - aged 77.
Bridget was born Bridget Murphy, in Milltown,  County Galway to
 James Murphy and Mary Coomer in 1856-7.  
 Bridget died 11 January, 1949, Ipswich, Qld, Australia - aged 92.     
     After immigrating to Australia ( both families separately) they
 met and married in Roma,  Qld, not far from Brisbane in 1882 . 
Later they settled in Ipswich,  Qld and are buried together in the
 Roman Catholic 1A section - row 34,grave 9 of Ipswich General

See Ipswich Cemetery, Qld


 Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) 

Monday 11 March 1889

Hospital Items.
THIS morning there were 26 patients in the local hospital, 
the majority being sufferers from typhoid. Moat of these are, 
however, convalescent. Yesterday an old man named Henry Jones
 died of pneumonia. He had been an inmate about ten days, having 
been taken to the institution by the police, who had found him
 wandering about in a wretched condition. James Martin, an
 elderly man, 54 years of age, also died yesterday. He had only been
 in the hospital since Friday. The cause of his death was dysentery.
 Two sufferers were admitted yesterday. One is under treatment for
 phthisis and the other is a typhoid patient. The hospital secretary
 pro tem (Mr. T. Webb) acknowledges the receipt of the following 
subscriptions :-
      £5 5s. from the promoters of the Licensed Victuallers race
 meeting, per Mr. S. I. Solomon; £1 1s. from Mr. James Swanston ;
 £1 1s. from Mr. Thomas Symons, per Mr. J.Kerin

Contributed by Simone Nelson

see Broken Hill Cemetery, NSW


WIGHAM, William
Ann Wigham who departed this life October 12 1882, 
aged 48 years.
Born at Silvergrove, Co Clare Ireland
Digger BDM CD Victoria: Ann Wigham died Dunolly
aged 48 years #11478, father William FLANNAGAN, 
mother unknown             

 The following is by kind permission of Anne Therese Courtney...

Wigham's Junction Hotel:

Burnt Creek, Dunolly

The building was completed 1862-67 to serve the Gooseberry Hill gold mining operation. Ann Wigham was the licensee when it opened and the large sign sprawled across its facade read Ann Wigham’s Junction Hotel. The Junction Hotel was licensed in 1856 by her husband, former convict, William Wigham, who died just as the new building was completed. So it appears there was an earlier building or store before this hotel was erected. His young widow, Ann, managed the hotel and hosted musical evenings in the Ballroom - Ann was known as the Merry Widow of Merryburra Road - The Wighams also ran a nearby corn store. The hotel was a popular meeting place and a venue for indoor and outdoor sports. It was extensively damaged in 1910 and was de-licensed in 1912 - The building deteriorated over the years but has since been restored.

WIGHAM William

Born 1817 Lancashire, England – a Sausage-maker by trade - tried at Lancaster, Liverpool Boro' Quarter Sessions 17 May 1843, sentenced to 10 years for housebreaking and stealing a waistcoat - transported to Australia as a convict. Arrived on the 'Lord Petre' on the 15 October 1843 Tasmania – granted Conditional Pardon October 1850 – Licensee of the Juction Hotel, Burnt Creek, Dunolly 1856 - William died 11 March 1863 aged 40 and was buried at Dunolly.
William married 1854 Ann FLANNIGAN, born 3 October 1834 Co.Clare, Ireland - died in 1st October 1882 and is buried with her husband Dunolly Cemetery. They had four children.

• The Argus 6 October 1882 WIGHAM - On the 1st inst, at her residence, South Dunolly, after a long and painful illness, Mrs Ann Wigham, aged 48 deeply regretted. R. I. P. 
The Age 4 January 1866 Dunolly, 3rd January - A nugget, weighing sixty ounces, was found on a hill at the rear of Wigham's Junction Hotel, South Dunolly, today, and sold to the London Chartered Bank.

Avoca Mail 14 January 1865 


(From the Maryborough Advertiser) - We have hitherto purposely avoided saying much of this rush, and have only furnished those items of intelligence respecting it which we knew were strictly correct, the reports circulated in reference to the finds having been of such an extremely varied and at the same time exaggerated nature; however,we have now no hesitation in saying, that an extensive new field is being opened up.The locality is in the neighborhood of some of the oldest and richest workings in the district, and is comparatively undeveloped and unprospected. We visited the rush yesterday morning, and found it situated within a quarter of an hour's walk of the south end of Broadway, almost due west of Wigham's Junction Hotel, on the Maryborough-road. It extends from the Hard Hill over Gooseberry Hill, and thence on each side of the creek to Mr Boyd's farm. The hills are two of a chain of made hills extending from Inkerman to the Bet Bet. The population is increasing rapidly, and we should say that there are at least 700 or 800 people there at the present time.
September 12 1876 Wigham's Hay & Corn Store burnt - A hay and corn store belonging to Mrs Wigham of the Junction Hotel was destroyed by fire, the hotel had a narrow escape and would have caught alight but for the plentiful supply of water and many willing hands. The loss was estimated between £400 to £700.
Photos from Mr.Google:

Photo 1 - Wighams Junction Hotel, Burnt Creek, Dunolly  ( ) 
Photo 2 - Grave of William & Ann Wigham, Dunolly (Billion Graves)
Thank you to Mary Mooney for sourcing this for me and obtaining 
permission to post this.
See Dunolly Cemetery, Victoria




MOORE Walter Robert Fitzgerald

     The excerpt from his biography below was written by his  granddaughter, name unknown.

Some facts still need to be checked and confirmed, but it is worth
 preserving here as it is. 
      Any adjustments or additional facts that come to light, will be
 added here.

An Irish Romancer: the search for the real Walter Robert Fitzgerald-Moore.

Walter Moore, if that was his real name, was my grandfather,
but he died 25 years before I was born.  His origins are shrouded in
 mystery and even the circumstances of his death – “in the arms of 
his mistress” as my father so bitterly put it - were kept secret for
 many decades.  At the time of his marriage to my grandmother,
 Marion Sophia Greenway, his first wife Elizabeth may still have
 been alive.  Her existence was never admitted and her surviving 
children, Robert, Anita and Lizita, were introduced as his nephew
 and nieces (no attempt was ever made to identify the brother
whose offspring they were alleged to be). His descendants made
 every effort to hide the truth by denials, by burning all the papers
 that they could get their hands on, and by “romancing” about the
 remarkable man he was.  

For the full, long and interesting story, please go to 

As They Were...


CLEARY,  Thomas, 
Bridget (nee Heffernan) 
and grandson. Joseph...buried at Grenfall NSW. 

  These were the great great grandparents of Marilyn Mary
 Dimmock, who supplied the following information. My great great
 grandfather Thomas Cleary who married Bridget in Ennis, County
 Clare and in 1846, and 12 months later they set sail for Australia
 on the Lady Peel.They are buried at Grenfell NSW.   We know that
 Bridget was born in 1824 and was the daughter of Eneus Heffernan
 and her mother's surname was Griffey. 
See gravestone at

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Courtesy of Craig Smith

1. Catherine Considine (married name Everitt) is my 3 x great-grandmother, born about 1820 in Liscannor, County Clare, died 1900 in Albury, buried in the Corowa Pioneer Cemetery.

2. Bridget Maloney ("married" name Smith) is my 3 x great-grandmother, born about 1834 in Ennis, County Clare, died 1898 in Wilby, buried in the Yarrawonga Cemetery.

3. Margaret McGrory (1st marriage Wood, 2nd marriage Bookless) is my 2 x great-grandmother, born 1844 in County Monaghan, died 1903 in Moyhu, buried in the Upper Edi Cemetery.

4. Bernard Devery was the father-in-law of my 2 x great-grandfather, but as my great-grandfather was born out of wedlock to an unknown woman the Deverys are not blood relatives.  Bernard was born about 1816 in Galway, died 1866 in Tarrawingee, buried in Tarrawingee Cemetery.  His brother Thomas was born about 1818 and died about 1872 same locations. 

5. Mary Connor, wife of Bernard Devery.  Born about 1828 in Tipperary, died 1874 in Tarrawingee, also buried in Tarrawingee Cemetery.  Details of Mary's mother also appear on the marker.
All the above  2-4



O'DWYER, Michael
formerly of Dunohill, Tipperary

Sourced by Mary Mooney



BIOGRAPHIES courtesy of Jenny Coates... they cover most of the photos kindly donated by Jenny.

Julia was born around 1801 in Dublin, Ireland and married Henry BROADRIBB in Liverpool, New South Wales in 1832. At that point her surname was recorded as CURTIS but it is not known if she was a widow or single. Julia accompanied her husband who took up a post as overseer to John William CHISHOLM’s Myrhee Station near Wangaratta in Victoria in 1838. By 1855 she had obtained a Crown Grant of land in her own name.  Henry died from alcoholic poisoning in 1862. By the mid 1870s Julia was the licensee of the Star Hotel in Wangaratta. When she died in 1878 Julia’s estate was valued at £960 and the Roman Catholic Church claimed probate, as they held a Will which bequeathed small amounts to friends and the majority to the church. Two unrelated townsfolk came forward with a later Will in which Julia had bequeathed her estate to them. Litigation eventuated with the second Will eventually being proved.
Bridget & John DONNELLY
A miner and farmer John DONNELLY spent most of the 1870s and 1880s in the gold mining town of Eldorado near Wangaratta. He married Bridget WALSH, the widow of Patrick CRUISE and raised seven children (two from Bridget’s first marriage). After the death of Bridget at Springhurst in Victoria, John and his three daughters – Mary, Eliza and Margaret – moved to Tumut in New South Wales and took over the management of the Commercial Hotel there. 
Nicholas LEAHY
Nicholas LEAHY was the son of Thomas Leahy and Mary O’MARA.  He married Johanna CULLA, daughter of William CULLA and Mary BUTTER in Victoria in 1856. At various times in the 1860s and 1870s Nicholas held the license for the Shamrock Hotel and the Harp of Erin Hotel in Wangaratta, although he was also a builder. Johanna died in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria in 1901.
David McCORMICK was publican of the Crown Hotel in North Wangaratta. After his death his wife Margaret (nee MELVILLE) took over the license, and after her death their son Edward held it. The couple’s youngest son Jacob died from “a severe internal complaint” whilst their granddaughter Margaret died when she fell into a creek while picking flowers.
Catherine & Patrick NAUGHTIN
Catherine NAUGHTIN (nee Minogue) arrived in Victoria with her sister Ann around 1864. They were daughters of William MINOGUE and Catherine TOUHEY and were born in Scariff, County Clare. In 1868 Catherine married Patrick NAUGHTIN, a son of Patrick NAUGHTIN and Johanna COLEMAN from Bruff in Limerick. Patrick had arrived in Victoria around 1865, also with a sister, and went to his brother who was already settled at Docker’s Plain near Wangaratta in Victoria. Catherine and Patrick settled themselves nearby at Boorhaman. Patrick was a councillor for the Wangaratta Shire for 39 years, and a member of the Wangaratta Agricultural Society.
Patrick & Margaret O’HOLLORAN 
Patrick O’HOLLORAN was born around 1824 in County Clare, and married Margaret McLAUGHLIN from Newport, Tipperary around 1851 in Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa.  Margaret was a widow when she married Patrick who was 18 years her junior. She had one known son Michael MURPHY who remained in South Africa when the O’HOLLORANs migrated to Victoria.
Daniel & Bridget O’SHEA
After decades of service on railways  around Victoria, Australia, Daniel and Bridget (nee TULLY) O’SHEA settled into retirement in Victoria in the early 1870s. Daniel died when a chimney stack he was demolishing fell on him, and Bridget died from influenza.
Thomas TREACY was a son of John TREACY and Mary RYAN. He died when he was thrown from a horse.


Courtesy of Hazel Holcombe...

BEATTIE... see gravestone at

 "My great grandfather James Beattie came out from Kings County, 
Ireland in 1862.  He and  4 of his 9 siblings sailed on the ship “The 
Accrington”, to Warrnambool, Victoria. They settled in and around 
Warrnambool, and are mostly buried in the Warrnambool
 Cemetery. I discovered his unmarked grave there in 1995, so
 myself, my mum and her 7 siblings, put together and had this 
headstone placed on their grave."


O'BRIEN, Sarah

See gravestone at Southern Cross Cemetery 
Information supplied by Bernie Boyland

(c) Bernie Boyland


Sarah was baptised on 13 Feb 1833 at St Munchins Church in
 Limerick, Ireland (Regn No. 3918). The sponsors at the baptism
 were James McMahon and Anne Holmes. St Munchin's Church is
 situated on the River Shannon in Limerick City, near the Thomond 
Bridge, and across from King John's Castle.

At the age of 20 she migrated to Victoria and arrived in Port Phillip
 in Jan 1854, along with her 22 year old sister Bridget, on the
 "Wanata". Sarah  was engaged to work for "Mr Yorke, near 
Bishop's Palace". Her occupation was recorded as a Servant.

She married nine months later, on 12 Oct 1854 to James Henry at
 St Francis Catholic Church in Melbourne Vic.  Sarah was a 21 year
 old Servant of Melbourne. The witnesses to the marriage were
 John McNamara (maybe her brother), who signed with a cross, and 
Mary Moylan. Both James and Sarah signed the marriage

After they married, Sarah and James moved and settled in Alma
 Vic, near Maryborough. This area was considered to be in the
 goldfields of Victoria. Her first child, Michael Henry, was born at
 Alma, on 13 Sep 1855.

Sarah was widowed 15 years later and left with a large number of
 children, some of whom were still very young.

She took in a boarder named Beveridge, whom the family regard as
 the father of Sarah's last three children (they were born after James
 had died).

In about 1883, Sarah married John O'Brien at Mt Barker SA.

After she was widowed for the second time, Sarah spent some time
 at Mt Gambier in South Australia, possibly with her son Bill. She
 then moved to Western Australia and spent her later years in the
 mining town of Southern Cross, where her daughter Alice ran a
Her other children who made the move to the West were Bill in
 1898 and Michael in about 1908. Sarah may have moved to
 Western Australia with Bill.

1906 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Coolgardie, Southern Cross
485 Kennedy Alice Maud F Greenmount home duties
486 Kennedy John Joseph M Greenmount lime-burner
613 O'Brien Sarah F Greenmount home duties

1910 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Coolgardie, Yilgarn 
684 Henry, William, Antares street, Southern Cross, miner M
848 Kennedy Alice Maud Southern Cross married F
855 Kennedy John Joseph M Southern Cross limeburner M
1191 O'Brien, Sarah, Antares street, Southern Cross, domestic

1912 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Kalgoorlie, Yilgarn
1142 Henry, Eva, Yellowdine, married F
1143 Henry, James, Kurrawang, truck loader M
1144 Henry, Michael, Yellowdine, carrier M
1145 Henry, William Patrick, Antares street, Southern Cross, livery
 stable keeper M
1426 Kennedy, Alice Maud, Southern Cross, married F
1431 Kennedy, John Joseph, Southern Cross, farmer M
2058 O'Brien, Sarah, Antares street, Southern Cross, domestic
 duties F

1914 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Kalgoorlie, Yilgarn
1086 Henry, Eva, Yellowdine, married F
1088 Henry, Michael, Yellowdine, carrier M
1089 Henry, William Patrick, Antares street, Southern Cross, livery
 stable keeper M
1946 O'Brien, Sarah, Antares street, Southern Cross, domestic
 duties F

1916 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Kalgoorlie, Yilgarn
1141 Henry, Eva, Bullfinch, domestic duties F
1142 Henry, Michael, Bullfinch, carrier M
1144 Henry, William Patrick, Antares street, Southern Cross, livery
 stable keeper
1431 Kennedy, Alice Maud, Southern Cross widow F
2064 O'Brien, Sarah, Antares street, Southern Cross, domestic
1917 Electoral Roll from Ancestry
Western Australia, Kalgoorlie, Yilgarn
1147 Henry, Annie, Westonia, waitress, F
1148 Henry, Eva, Bullfinch, domestic duties F
1149 Henry, Michael, Bullfinch, carrier M
1150 Henry, William. Kurrawang, labourer, M
1151 Henry, William Patrick, Antares street, Southern Cross,
 livery stable keeper M
O'Brien, Sarah, Antares street, Southern Cross, domestic duties F
1423 Kennedy, Alice Maud, Southern Cross widow F
She lived in Antares St, Railway Town, Southern Cross, not far
 from the Convent. She had a cow and made her own butter, and
 supplied the Nuns with milk, cream and scones.
Sarah died on 1 Oct 1920 from a Cerebral Haemorrhage, at the age
 of 87, at her home in  Antares St, Southern Cross.
Death Certificate - "Died 1 Oct 1920, Antares St, Southern Cross
 WA, aged 89. Fathers name - Lorance McNamara, Millwright.
 Born Limerick, Ireland., and lived in Western Australia 22
First marriage to William HENRY in Melbourne Vic., aged 19
Second marriage to John O'BRIEN in Mt Barker SA, aged 50
 years. Issue living - Michael Henry 66, Alice Kennedy 58, Sister
 Mary Vincent 51, William Henry 44.  Issue deceased - 3 males, 4
The informant on the death certificate was William Maben of
Southern Cross.
Sarah was buried on 3 Oct 1920 in grave No 95 of the Roman
 Catholic section of the Southern Cross Cemetery.
There was no headstone on the grave, although the Southern Cross 
Historical Society placed iron plaques on the graves.
In June 2016 the Villa family (Boyland, Dodson, Larner, Percy
 family's) erected a headstone on the grave. Great Grandson,
 Michael Henry donated the stone.

Sarah's daughter is buried in the same cemetery in grave No RC 73.

The following Obituary appeared in The Southern Cross Times on
 2 Oct 1920:
One of the oldest residents of Southern Cross passed out of this life
 yesterday afternoon at her residence in Antares Street, when Mrs
O'Brien crossed the great divine. She had been in poor health for
 some time, and for some weeks had been confined to her room.
 Yesterday morning, the old lady took a marked turn for the worst,
 and succumbed at about mid-day. The deceased lady was about 89
 years of age, and leaves a grown up family, to each member of
 which we extend our heartfelt sympathy."



Contributed by Dianne Nolin

PORTER William   
b. abt 1800, died 23 May 1883
MANLEY Margaret
b. abt 1816, died 9 April 1895 

My maternal 3x ggf was William Porter of Belfast. His ladylove
 was Margaret Manley of Belfast.  He was a lowly working
 protestant boy and she was from a well-to-do catholic family - they
 were forbidden to see each other.  They eloped and sailed to
 Canada (I have no idea who their parents were). They managed
 finally to own a farm of 50 acres in the South Durham area of rural
 Quebec, near the village of Ulverton, Qc. 
There they raised 10 children. I don't know who their parents were 
so I did not find them in Ireland.They are buried together in the old
 graveyard of Holy Trinity Church Cemetery, Kirkdale. The
 gravestone seems to have broken off and only the upper half
from Maryborough, Laois
First Wife                                                            
HONOR Sarah (Sally)                               
Second Wife          
HUNTER  Elizabeth
Trumra, Laois

"My Paternal 3x ggf was John Seale from Maryborough, Laois, son of Theophilus Seale and Elizabeth Hodges.  He married Sarah (Sally) Honor of Trumra, Laois. They had 2 children in Ireland and moved to Barriefield, Ontario, Canada near Kingston, where they had 2 more children. Sarah died 6 Nov 1834 shortly after the birth of her youngest child. John remarried and had 1 daughter and 7 sons with his second wife.

Sarah was originally buried in the Milton burial ground then moved to Cataraqui.
John died 3 April 1892 and was buried at Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston. He is buried with his second wife Elizabeth. This headstone has also fallen over
Sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth Hunter, Beloved wife of John Seale (also buried in this grave) ."



Eliza Ryan nee Davis 1930s shared on Ancestry.

RYAN  Eliza

from Wayne Bermingham..
"This is my Great Great Grandmother Eliza RYAN nee DAVIS.
 Born in Meelick Co. Limerick, Ireland on 24th June 1828, she
 married Matthew Michael RYAN at Bathurst NSW on 27th March
 1856 and together they had 10 children.   I would be keen to talk to
 anyone who has a connection with her family. With over 140
 grandchildren .. " There must be some cousins out there who
 would like to connect with Wayne. You can contact him via me, or
 leave a comment below..

Image of gravestone at

From the Western Advocate Bathurst NSW 9 Nov 1931

National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 -            1954), Monday 9 November 1931, page 2

 Grand Old Pioneer Gone

         Mrs Elizabeth Ryan, aged 103 1/2 years, the oldest person in the Bathurst district, and who is believed to be the oldest person in the west, died at the residence of her son, 'Ryanlee,' O'Connell, yesterday. Up to about six days ago the deceased enjoyed remarkable health for one so aged.
         About a week ago she sustained a fall while walking near her residence, and shortly afterwards was taken ill, and died as stated. Deceased was born in County Limerick (Ireland), and came to Australia on the sailing boat Lady Elegant, when she was 24 years of age. She had resided in the Bathurst district for nearly 80 years, and had reared a large family, some of whom are amongst the best known and highly respected in the district. Her husband died 39 years ago, at the age of 53. Mrs Ryan lived in the dark days of the Bathurst district, She lived in the days of the bushrangers when bullock waggons were the vogue, and when Cobb and Co's coaches were the pride of the roads. She saw Bathurst grow from a small village to what it is today, and she was one of the real pioneers who braved all the disadvantages of the early days. Deceased is survived by the following sons and daughters: Messrs Thomas and Patrick (Bathurst), Michael (Perthville) , Mesdames Roughan (Bridget, Lithgow), Chilvers (Mary, Sydney), Dawes (Elizabeth, Oberon), Bourke (Catherine, Esrom) . There are also 142 grandchildren. The funeral will leave deceased's son's residence, 'Ryanlee,' O'Connell, at 2.30 p.m. to-day for the Catholic portion of the O'Connell cemetery. Sincere sympathy will be extended to the bereaved relatives.


Courtesy of Moya Sharp  for photos of grave.


The inscription reads ‘Beloved husband of Margaret Burke, 
Born Kilkenny Ireland’. William was reported to be the richest 
man in Kalgoorlie. As this article says he was the proprietor of 
the Tower Hotel. His wealth is apparent in his memorial which 
is the largest and most impressive memorial in the whole cemetery.
 It is also positioned quite near to the main gate and occupies a 
double burial plot. William’s second wife, Margaret, remarried in
 Kalgoorlie in 1913 to Philip Keogh (AKA Philip ‘Paddy’ Marsh, a 
bookmaker). In that same year she transferred the licence of the
 Tower Hotel to him. Oddly she died in Perth but is also shares the
 grave and is buried with William. She died in March of 1918 at her
 home in Fitzgerald Street, Perth. She was to leave her estate to her
 Daughter also Margaret. Margaret then went on to marry John 
O’Dea in 1920 in West Perth.
'The Truth' newspaper Perth 6 Nov 1909
‘The Truth’ newspaper Perth 6 Nov 1909

OBITUARY. in ‘The Advocate’ Melbourne 4th December 1909

The remains of the late Mr. Wm. Burke, whose death was recorded in “The Advocate,” were laid to rest in the Kalgoorlie General Cemetery, West Australia. The body was conveyed to St. Mary’s Church, where a solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Very Rev. Canon Robinson, in the presence of the members of the bereaved family and a large number of intimate friends. The body lay in the church till 2 o’clock in the afternoon, when the first portion of the burial service was said by the Rev. Canon, the church being occupied by a large congregation. The funeral procession was then formed, with the officiating clergyman at the head, followed by the members of the H.A.C.B. Society, after whom came the hearse with coffin, three mourning coaches, the deceased’s own horse and buggy, and a cab containing wreaths and other floral offerings, whilst a few score vehicles made up the balance of the cortege. Representatives Of the legal, banking, mining, and mercantile interests of the town and district were noticeable among those who paid this last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. The service at the graveside was of an impressive character, and was conducted by the Rev. Canon Robinson, who also delivered a short address, in which he spoke of the generosity of the deceased towards the Church, and of the many gifts he had made for the adornment of St. Mary’s. The late Mr. Burke was characterised as a man. of steadfast principles, of upright conduct and honesty of purpose; who had rendered their due to all men. The pall-bearers were the officers of the. H.A.C.B.S., of which the deceased was a very old member. The remains were enclosed in a polished, hand carved oaken casket, with massive solid silver furnishings, the interior trimmings being of pure white silk. Wreaths were sent by the following :—Mrs.- W. Burke, sons and daughters of first family, sons and daughters of second family, Mr. and Mrs. T. Burke and family, Messrs. Brennan Bros.,- Mr. and Mrs. J. Coughlan, Mrs. Kirby and family, Mrs. Guille, Mr. and Mrs.  A. Thomas, Mrs. Jones and family, Mrs. Lilly Harold, Mrs. Jarrett, Mr, and Mrs. Lucharness, Mr. and Mrs. S. Eastwood, Misses D’Arcy, Miss Clark, Mr, and Mrs. T. McAulifie, Mr. and Mrs. J R. Boylen, Mr, V. Whelan, Miss G. Scope, Mr. and Mrs. J.V.O’Reillv, Miss White, Mr. and Mrs. W. R Boxall, directors of Hannans Brewery Co., Union Brewery, Kalgoorlie Brewery, Messrs. and Co., Boulder City Brewery, and Mrs. A. W. Page, Mr. J. W. Sheehan, Mr. J. Bailie, Mr. and Mrs. P. Dunne and family, Mr. P. Lynch, Mrs. Jowett and family, Mr. N. Keenan, Mr. D. O’Donnell, Eastern Goldfields Licensed Victuallers’ Association, Mr E. T. Randall) Messrs. Allen and Brimage, and Mr and Mrs. M. Mannion.


RYAN, Richard
 and read full details at

Mourners gather around the grave of Richard Ryan.

Courtesy of Moya Sharp 
Outback Family History

Courtesy of Moya Sharp
Outback Family History for photos of grave.

CUSHION Patrick (Paddy)  d. 6 Oct 1896 age 36 - North Coolg death cert 18/1897 (see large headstone above) from Brough, Ireland. It is an amazing feat of logistics to imagine getting this very large headstone and surrounds all the way from Perth. Goongarrie is an isolated spot even today, and it must have been very difficult to get it here in one piece. Died at the Goongarrie Hotel, Goongarrie

From the Coolgardie Miner 7th October 1896   -     MENZIES.

A sad accident occurred at Goongarrie yesterday. A man named Patrick Cushion was crushed between a wagon and a post and severely injured internally. Dr. Duncan, of Menzies, was wired for, and reached, the 90-Mile with all possible speed, but without avail, as Cushion sank rapidly and died last night. He was buried in the local cemetery this afternoon



Western Australia Virtual Miners Memorial

Read about the Western Australia Virtual Miners memorial here in a Guest Blogger post by Moya.



Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial
Post:    PO Box 8247, Hannans, 6433 Western Australia





(c) John Strange

Outside of the Cemetery gates is a monument to Thomas Bracken..
Thomas Bracken – Elected member of the House of Representative for Dunedin Central (1881) and the author of New Zealand’s National Anthem “ God Defend New Zealand”


Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Bracken
Poet, Journalist, Legislator
Born in Ireland  1843
Died in Dunedin 1898

Not understood, how many breasts are aching
For lack of sympathy, Ah ! Day by day
How many cheerless, lonely hearts are breaking
How many noble spirits pass away
Not Understood.

Oh God ! That men would see a little clearer
Or judge less harshly where they cannot see
Oh God ! That men would draw a little nearer
To one another, they’d be nearer Thee
And Understood.
Thomas Bracken


Block 92 Plot 17



MEEHAN, Winifred

Winifred's husband was John Raymond, which was the Australian spelling. In Limerick, it was either Raymond or Reymond.

Marriage Certificate..

Registration of death..

Entry of grave location ROOKWOOD..

Thanks to Michelle Schaller, great great granddaughter of Winifred and John.



  1. Nice blog. Soon as I gather the info into one piece, I can provide pictures & info on the Nash and O'Connor families who emigrated from County Sligo and Clare. Nashes are buried in Pittsfield, Illinois, and Lakin, Kansas. O'Connors are buried in Nebraska.

    1. That would be great, Marsha... no rush... I appreciate you dropping by and very much appreciate your offer.


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