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. 

Please note, they are in no particular order. You can do a search via the Search Bar on the left hand side.


New South Wales


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

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


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

CROW Margaret
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)

Patrick, born May 1811, died October 21, 1901. Rose, born 1833, died 1909.
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."
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) 

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


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 


 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."



See gravestone aSouthern 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
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



Northern Cemetery, Dunedin


(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



Sydney Morning Herald 4 Mar 1885
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BAKER Mary Agnes

Sydney Morning Herald 17 Feb 1948 


Sydney Morning Herald Dec 1, 1900
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Sydney Morning Herald Mon 17 Apr 1911
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Sydney Morning Herald 21 May 1896
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Freeman's Journal 30 May 1896
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BN12869 DEATHS. On the 1st instant, at Pyrmont, of consumption, after a long and painful illness, in the 29th year of her age, ARABELLA, the wife of GEORGE LOUIS ASHER DAVIES, and sister-in-law to Mrs. William Wright, of Wright's Wharf, Sussex-street, Sydney, leaving five infant children to deplore the loss of a good and loving mother. Arabella Mills, Age 16 years Arrived per "Tippoo Saib" 1850 at Sydney and/or Newcastle; Birthplace Ref Passenger list per "Tippoo Saib"; First image courtesy of Ms Noelene Harris
Associated URLs
 Born Gashol, Queens Co


The Sun 10 Oct 1921
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DOWNEY Patrick

The Daily Telegraph 11 April 1918
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DOWNEY William

Sydney Morning Herald Jan 18 1899
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DOYLE Patrick Joseph

Sydney Morning Herald 18 June 1886
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DOYLE Johanna

Sydney Morning Herald 3 Jan 1891
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DOYLE Anastasia


DOYLE Margaret nee Mc Donnell and family
Courtesy of Kerry Mahony
James Doyle (1796-1878) and Margaret McDonnell(1798-1866) left their home in Wicklow, arriving in Brisbane on 28 July 1852. On board with them were eight of their twelve children, plus two daughters-in-law, wives of their sons, James and William. Three others of their children had blazed the trail by leaving for the growing colony several months before, arriving in Sydney on 15 March 1851. After a stop-over in quarantine in Moreton Bay, the Doyles headed south to Sydney to join their family.
James and Margaret and some of their children lived in 8 Charlotte Place, Sydney, (now the corner of Harrington and Grosvenor Streets). They lived in one of the cottages owned by the growing parish of St Patrick's, Churchhill. Fr McEncroe was the PP. He built a cottage as a house for himself and others to raise money for the parish. The Doyles lived in the house on the corner. Julia Doyle ran a millinery enterprise for the entrepreneurial parish priest.
The main room of 8 Charlotte Place is still there and is visited during guided tours at St Patricks. That was the home of my 3xgreat-grandparents, James and Margaret Doyle, for several years.
James and Margaret were very involved in St Patrick's Parish and two of their sons-in-law were present at the first meeting of a St VIncent de Paul Conference in Sydney. Joseph Spruson, husband of Lucy Doyle, and John Casey, husband of Ellen Doyle, were both present at the inaugural meeting. A plaque on the Harrington Street wall is a memorial to the pioneer conference.
Margaret died the same year as Fr McEncroe, in 1866. The Marist Fathers had moved into the parish before James died in 1878. James and Margaret were buried at the Catholic Cemetery at Petersham. Their headstone was moved to Rookwood when Petersham Cemetery was closed.

With James and Margaret are buried two of their Spruson grandchildren ... which possibly explains the smaller stone at the foot of the grave. The location of the headstone at Rookwood is M2 13 LEW 349 B


SMH 4 Jan 1901
Courtesy Noelene Harris

Probate The Australian Star Sydney 6 Nov 1901
GALVIN John Hogan
SMH 11 April 1883

HANLY James Joseph

Courtesy of Wayne Hill
Blue Mountain Echo (NSW : 1909 - 1928), Friday 30 October 1914, page 5

Passing of a Paddingtonian. --<>--
James Joseph Hanly (58), a resident of Paddington, who was on a visit to Katoomba, was found in Katoomba Street at an early hour on Thursday morning, in a state of collapse, by a railway gate-keeper named Fox. The police were informed and Hanly was removed to the local police station for protection and
assistance. He was given some hot tea and covered with blankets to promote warmth. In the meantime, Dr. Allan had been summoned and on arrival he attended to Hanly but with out avail as the man gradually became worse and died while being attended to. Mr Arthur Judges (District Coroner) held an inquiry later in the day, when the evidence showed that the deceased, who suffered with his heart, had been drinking rather heavily since his advent in Katoomba. He booked a room at the California on Monday, but did not go there until Wednesday night. In the meantime he had been staying at Ryan's hotel, the manager of which stated that he had very little drink there. His movements could not be traced from time he left the hotel until he was discovered by Fox lying in a gutter in Katoomba Street. He was suffering greatly from exposure and was delirious. There was no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Dr. Allan gave his opinion that death was due to exposure probably hastened by alcholic poisoning. A verdict in accordance with that evidence was returned by the Coroner.

HIGGINS Bartholomew  Sergeant 
(AKA Barth Higgins)1837-1913
Courtesy of Kevin Banister and friend 
The death of ex-Senior-Sergeant Bartholomew Higgins took place at his home at Chatswood on Sunday after an operation. He was one of the most popular men in the police force, from which he retired on a pension in January, 1899, with Senior Sergeant Carson, his plain-clothes mate. They had worked together for years, being attached to No. 4. Station at the time of their retirement. The late Mr. Higgins, who was 75 years af age, had been in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and joined the New South Wales Police Force on August 19, 1864 He was promoted to the rank of senior-constable in 1873; six years later he was made sergeant, and senior-sergeant in 1883. His career was distinguished, for he was one of the foremost figures in the notable events in which the police were concerned during his service. For instance, he had a big part in the arrest of Captain Moonlight, when that noted bushranger came back to Sydney from the South Sea islands as 'Captain Scott,' skipper of a schooner which he bought. Mr. Higgins' remains were conveyed to St. Patrick's Church Hill, where a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul was celebrated on Monday by the Very Rev. Father P. Piquet, S.M., deceased being an old parishioner of his, prior to his removal to Chatswood. Father Piquet also officiated before the remains were taken from the church in the afternoon. He was assisted by Rev. Fathers W. Barry and R. Darby. The interment was made at Rookwood, many of the late Mr. Higgins' old comrades following the coffin to the graveside. — R.l.P.
Born c1837, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland.
? - 1864. Royal Irish Constabulary
1864. Joined the NSW Police Force
1869. Married Margaret MacManus/McManus at Concord, Sydney, NSW.
1870. November. Moonlight fraudulently bought the yacht, 'Why-Not', arranged for a skipper and a 'young lady' to accompany him, but was arrested by water police as he tried to leave for Fiji. On 20 December he was given twelve months in Maitland gaol.  This incident was mentioned in Higgins obit, but it would appear that the author got it a little wrong as Moonlite was arrested attempting to sail off and not arrested on his return. Moonlite gave his name as 'Captain Scott' when arrested. Higgins, being stationed at 'The Rocks' was most probably involved in the arrest along with members of the 'Water Police'. 
1873. Promoted to Senior Constable
1883. Promoted to Senior Sergeant
1890-91  The Royal Commission on Alleged Chinese Gambling and Immorality and Charges of Bribery Against Members of the Police Force largely focussed on The Rocks, where it was alleged the police of No 4 Station were accepting bribes from the Chinese. A total of 76 police were attached to The Rocks in 1891 including 18 men in Balmain and five in Manly, two at the Colonial Secretary’s Office, two at the Lands Department, one at the Library, five at the ‘Station’ (i.e. in the offices at 127 George Street), and four at the Police Court. There were never more than five men on duty during the day and eight at night in the city portion of No 4 station.
Sub-Inspector Atwill, Sergeant Bartholomew Higgins, and others were questioned on their dealings with the Chinese community. Higgins was asked to justify his property portfolio which included almost a dozen buildings in The Rocks and a block of land at Lane Cove.
The Commission found that all of the allegations against the police were baseless.
1899. Retired from the NSW Police Force, 35 years service.
21/9/1913. Died at his home 'Glen Manus' Fullers Road, Chatswood, NSW following an operation at Chatswood Hospital, leaving 6 daughters and 3 sons

Courtesy of Wayne Hill

On 28th November, 1897, at her residence, Fuller's-road, Chatswood, Margaret, dearly beloved wife of Bartholomew Higgins, senior sergeant Metropolitan Police Force, aged 50 years. R.I.P.
Her son in law, headmaster of Balgownie  (Illawarra district)
PS. Obituary.
It is our sad duty to record the death of Mr. James Sullivan, the popular headmaster of Balgownie Public School. A fortnight ago Mr. Sullivan was engaged in his usual school duties, when he was stricken down — he had been ailing for some time past—and his case was at once pronouned to be a serious one, an operation being performed by Dr. Harry Lee. He was removed to the A.M. Hospital, where he lingered until Saturday night last, when he succumbed, despite the unremitting attention of the hospital staff. Mr. Sullivan, who was only 36 years of age, arrived in Balgownie about 4½ years ago from Wentworth. He had previously made his mark as a teacher of more than ordinary ability, at Fort-street Public School, Sydney. He took his B. A. degree at the Sydney University, and had passed the highest classification in the State school service. The future gave every promise of a very brilliant career, and his untimely death must be deplored. He will be very greatly missed at Balgownie, where he leaves a host of friends. In the School of Arts, of which institution he was president ; in the football ground, and in every movement for the benefit of everybody he was ever to the front, In the school he was held in affectionate esteem by his pupils and teaching staff. The school grounds had, under his personal supervision, been much improved, and every encouragement given to the boys and girls in developing their agricultural and horticultural tastes. In the school he had introduced many innovations of a scientific character for assisting the pupils in their studies. The funeral cortege, which was a lengthy one, left Balgownie at 8 a.m. yesterday for Para Meadow station, whence the remains were forwarded to Sydney by the 9 train, en route for Rookwood Cemetery. A considerable number of Balgownoe residents accompanied the sorrowing widow on her sad errand. The school children, to the number of over 120, marched before the hearse, the girls first. Their grief atlosing their beloved teacher was pathetic to witness, and bore eloquent testimony to the kindly feeling which existed between them. The keenest sympathy is expressed on all sides for Mrs. Sullivan and her three little children in their sad bereavement. Mr. M'Grath, chief assistant, has been in charge of the school during the illness of Mr. Sullivan, but a relieving headmaster is expected to-day. . The school was closed all day yesterday as a mark of respect to deceased. At the Church of England service at the School of Arts, Balgownie, on Sunday night, Rev. G. D'Arey-Irvine said that, on behalf of the Church of England community at Balgownie, he desired to express their sympathy and their sense of the loss they had all sustained in the death of the headmaster of their school, Mr. James Sullivan. The parents appreciated the interest he had taken in their children, and the qualities, of good citizenship shown by their deceased friend.
Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Sgt Higgins gets a mention in the wikipedia entry for Boyle Abbey. "A small piece of stone from the Abbey was carried to the other side of the world. Being placed on the monumental headstone of an Irishman Bartholomew Higgins in the Rookwood Necropolis Sydney Australia".

HUGH Herbert
Herbert Hugh was accidentally killed.
On Sunday morning Herbert Hugh MacMahon, a well-known cricketer, was found lying dead under a bridge on the Milson's Point railway line. When found by the police he was quite dead, and had apparently been so for some hours. An examination showed that his skull was fractured, and his left leg broken below the knee. How the accident happened is not known ; but it appears that he missed the last tram to his home on Saturday night, and left for Chatswood by train. He must have been over carried, and it is supposed he was returning to Chatswood by way of the railway line, and when crossing the bridge over Albert-street, he fell to the roadway beneath. Deceased was a son of Mr Patrick MacMahon, of the Macquarie Bond, and at Filgrove, Penshurst - street, Willoughby. He was well known in cricketing circles, having played with the University and North Sydney club as wicketkeeper. 
Dora 1835? Limerick  Father Patrick, Mother Ellen
1831?   death 7 Mar 1910 age 79

KELLY Patrick William Sergeant
Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Son of John Kelly
Sergeant Patrick William KELLY. Born Sydney 1884. Died 11/6/1922 Coast Hospital from 'Enteric Fever' (Typhoid fever) aged 38. Joined 1904, 18 years Service. Obituary  of this man who died whilst still serving.
The Coast Hospital (established around 1882 to isolate and treat patients with infectious diseases) was particularly valuable during the bubonic plague in Sydney of 1900 and then again when soldiers returning from Europe brought the influenza virus back in 1919. The Coast Hospital became Prince Henry Hospital in 1934. In 2001 services were transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney and the hospital site became available for residential use. 

KIRWAN Elizabeth
wife of James
The Daily Telegraph 14 May 1895
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LITTLE Prince  Senior Constable Water Police
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LITTLE James William
 see gravestone at


Sydney Morning Herald 3rd Mar 1897
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Sydney Morning Herald 18th Jun 1890
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Daily Telegraph 18 Jun 1890
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Further notes of interest,  courtesy of Kevin Banister
 Thomas MALONE accidentally drowned Rosella Bay. Port Jackson. Just for us 'Rozelle' people, Rozella Bay, AKA Rozelle Bay. Johnsons (Johnstones Bay) was just around the corner. Nearly all bays around Sydney Harbour back in the day were refereed to as part of Port Jackson. The name Rozelle and Rozelle Bay (often shown as "Rosella Bay" on old maps), originated from the parrots found in abundance at Rose Hill (near Parramatta) the first suburb of Sydney, established as a prime farming area for the new colony. The parrots, also in abundance in the inner west Bay area of Sydney, were commonly called "Rose Hill parrots" or "Rose-hillers" then Rosella. The wharves in Rozelle Bay 1890 were also a major point for the timber merchants of Balmain.


John McGuinness who died 27/9/1893 aged 37 years
As a tribute to a sterling patriot. He was in life renowned for his great love of Ireland and his fellow man
Mary, wife or the above, born Limerick Ireland and died Sydney 29/6/1929, aged 76 years

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.

McMAHON family
Freeman's Journal 20 Aug 1908
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Catholic News 10 Mar 1910 

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SMH Mar 8 1910

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McMAHON  Herbert Hugh

Courtesy of Wayne Hill
On Sunday morning Herbert Hugh MacMahon, a well-known cricketer, was found lying dead under a bridge on the Milson's Point railway line. When found by the police he was quite dead, and had apparently been so for some hours. An examination showed that his skull was fractured, and his left leg broken below the knee. How the accident happened is not known ; but it appears that he missed the last tram to his home on Saturday night, and left for Chatswood by train. He must have been over carried, and it is supposed he was returning to Chatswood by way of the railway line, and when crossing the bridge over Albert-street, he fell to the roadway beneath. Deceased was a son of Mr Patrick MacMahon, of the Macquarie Bond, and at Filgrove, Penshurst - street, Willoughby. He was well known in cricketing circles, having played with the University and North Sydney club as wicketkeeper.
MOORE Charles
Sydney Morning Herald 2 May 1905
Elizabeth Bennett Moore nee Edwards, died 10/10/1891 Wife
Charles Moore who was from 1848 until 1896 sole director of the Botanical Gardens and Government Domains, died 30/4/1905


Courtesy of Noelene Harris
SMH 13 Nov 1849  

MOORE Patrick

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SMH  3 Nov 1877 

Courtesy of Kevin Banister

When Patrick Moore Snr passed away in 1855 his Rocky Point
Road property, "Moorefields" passed to his nephew, Patrick
(1807-1877). Patrick, born in Meath County Ireland, was the son of
Peter Moore, a blacksmith and Catherine (nee Sullivan) He had
arrived in the colony in 1842 and it seems that it was always
intended that he take control of part of his Uncle's estate. In 1832
Patrick Moore Snr had bought George Trace's adjacent grant for
£ 15 and gifted it to his nephew in 1843.
In 1855 Patrick (nephew) at age 48 married Elizabeth Hickey
(1827-1905) at Sydney and they settled at Moorefields. They had 9
children, six of whom were girls. Their only surviving son Peter
Moore (1855-1925) later became a leading figure in the St George
area and built and operated the Moorefields racecourse on part of
the original estate.
With this great start in the colony Patrick (nephew) became a
farmer hailing from Rocky Point. He also became a member of the
Rocky Point Road Trust and, like his Uncle, was devoted to the
Catholic church in Australia. Patrick (nephew) was prominent at St
Patrick's Church, Kogarah which stood just a short distance from
his inherited estate. Patrick (nephew) became an important
intermediary between the area's first settler and his philanthropic
son, Peter, of racecourse fame.
In 1862 the Rocky Point Road Catholic School opened. This
school, which closed but was quickly reopened again in 1864. The
47 children attending this school on 5th October 1870 lined Rocky
Point Road to watch the Duke of Edinburgh pass by. He was on his
way to Sans Souci and:as the carriage approached each child threw a splendid bouquet into the road and as it passed three cheers were lustily given for H.R.H. who acknowledged the compliment, and seemed much pleased with the loyalty the little ones displayed.
The road had had it's first royal visitor.
This school was the precursor of St Patrick's Catholic Church,
built on one acre of ground purchased from Charles Bown for £ 20 .
Patrick Moore (nephew) was made a Trustee along with the Most
Reverend John Bede Polding, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney,
the Reverend Patrick Keynon of Redfern, Clerk in Holy Orders

Patrick MOORE (snr) uncle of Patrick MOORE was born c1769 Trim, County Meath, Ireland. Transported for life arriving Sydney 1797 aboard 'Brittannia'. Patrick (snr) was the first permanent settler in the area (Moorefields) when he was granted 60 acres. Patrick (snr) was a part of the founding committee for the building of St. Marys Catholic Church, Sydney, later rebuilt to become St. Marys Cathedral.



Sydney Morning Herald 18 Feb 1916
Courtesy of Noelene Harris


Courtesy of Noelene Harris
FREEMAN's JOURNAL 14 April 1900

PUNCH James Joseph

The Evening News 1 Apr 1886
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PUNCH Nicholas

Australian Star Sydney 20 Oct 1896
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REID Isaac

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SMH 25 Jan 1887

REID Elizabeth
19 Jun 1922

REID William
son of above
SMH 15 May 1880


Freeman's JournalSydney 24 Feb 1916
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Courtesy of Noelene Harris
SMH 12 May 1881

Evening News (Sydney) 12 May 1881

TOOHEY family

Freeman's Journal 12 Aug 1882

Sydney Morning Herald 28 Oct 1882

Sydney Morning Herald 27 Mar 1893

WENCK Augustus

The Evening News Sat 23 Sep 1882
Courtesy of Noelene Harris


See at end of Rookwood entries on NSW Metro

The Mercury 2 Nov 1894



Thanks to Chris Wright for sharing her research.
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©Chris Wright



BYRNE Andrew
SMH 23 Apr 1863  (Sydney Morning Herald)

The TRUTH SYDNEY   7 Apr 1901  

Geraldine Rae
Andrew Byrne was sentenced to transportation for life in Wicklow in August 1798 for a “political crime”. No details found. Arrived per “Nile” in 1800 - this shop carried 165 men and 26 women convicts, most of them rebels of the 1798 Irish uprising. See Barbara Hall’s book “The Rebel Ship Minerva”.
Noelene Harris

So that means Andrew was originally buried in Devonshire Street and when it closed his remains went to what was then Burrerong Cemetery....then called Botany Cemetery and now know as Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park...


 sister to Bridget O'Connell Wright above..

©Chris Wright

Edward Arthur Fordham
M, #5715, b. 1884, d. 2 January 1958
  • Birth: Edward Arthur Fordham was born in 1884 at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to Henry Fordham (Storekeeper) and Eliza Henry.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Rose O'Connell were married on 4 September 1908 at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • Occupation: Edward Arthur Fordham was an Australian Military Force before 2 January 1958.
  • Death: He died on 2 January 1958, at age ~74, at 47 Glenview Street, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, Disease of the heart.

Thanks to Chris Wright for sharing these details...

RYAN Patrick Charles

SMH 18 Jan 1915

RYAN Maria
Catholic Freeman's Journal. 21st Jun 1934




DETAILS and Photos of graves of those named below.. at 

NSW Regional




Courtesy of Margaret Lewis

© Margaret Lewis

MORAN Patrick
MORAN Anne/Ann nee MANNY

Patrick Moran was baptised on 12th March 1836 in Ballymore, County Westmeath, Ireland, the son of Nicholas Moran and Bridget nee Donlan. When around 17 years of age (circa 1853) he left Ireland and travelled to South Australia, probably with his sister Catherine who was 2 years his senior. Catherine remained in South Australia for the remainder of her life, marrying George William Wright in 1857 at Goulds Creek. She died in Adelaide in 1917. 
Patrick lived in South Australia for 6 years before moving to Victoria, where he worked as a labourer at Sunbury. On 19th December 1859, Patrick married Ann Many or Manny at the Catholic Church of St. Francis, Lonsdale Street, in central Melbourne. Ann was a 23 year old Irish spinster, the daughter of Patrick Manny, a miller and his wife Mary Casey. She was also a native of County Westmeath, and was working as a servant in Melbourne. 
Their first child John Moran was born in 1860 at Jackson’s Creek, near Sunbury, Victoria. Following this no two of their eight children were born in the same place, with the family no doubt moving on with the availability of work and the opening of new mining areas. In 1862 daughter Mary Ann was born at Riddles Creek, Victoria, but by the time her birth was registered the following year, the family was living at Tipperary Gully, Sandhurst (now called Bendigo). Patrick’s son Nicholas said he was born in Sandhurst in 1864, however his birth was not registered. Soon after his birth the family moved to New South Wales. 
They moved initially to The Gib, near Nattai, present day Mittagong. Daughter Bridget was born there in 1867 and when she died of fever aged 10 months, the family was living in the nearby Lithgow Valley. Bridget was buried at Hartley. The following year, 1869, the family was still in the Lithgow Valley when Patrick’s daughter Catherine was born.
By 1871 the family had moved further north to Wingen, NSW, where Marsella Moran was born. However they did not stay long there and were in Hill End by 1873 when their youngest daughter, Bridget Mary, was born. Patrick is listed in the 1875 Greville’s Official Post Office Directory as a miner living in Hill End. In 1878 Patrick’s youngest son Patrick Joseph Moran was born in Frogmore, Burrowa, NSW. Patrick Junior died of pneumonia in Cobar, NSW, shortly before his 4th birthday. 
Patrick is remembered in the family as a miner, however from his children’s birth certificates, and his obituary, he also often worked as a labourer building railways in Victoria and New South Wales. Later in life, he was to also try his hand at hotel keeping and shop keeping in North Queensland.
In Cobar the two eldest children were married. The extended family then moved to Sydney for a brief while before heading north to the mining town of Ravenswood, North Queensland in 1885.  After a few years there, Patrick and Ann moved to nearby Charters Towers. In 1895 Patrick became the licensee of the Albion Hotel, Mosman Street, Charters Towers for a year, taking over from his son John Moran.
The family remained in Charters Towers for a few more years and it is likely that Patrick was working at the Day Dawn Block and Wyndham mine in 1897, when he was injured when a portion of the lode rock fell and caught him, just after he and his mate had finished the stulling.
By 1903 Patrick and Ann had returned to Ravenswood where their son, John, was the licensee of the Railway Hotel, Barton Street. Patrick was a grocer, also in Barton Street. 
In 1908 Patrick lodged a claim for an Old Age Pension. He was listed as being 70 years old, born in Ireland and living in Queensland for 23 years. His residence was Ravenswood and he was granted a full pension of 10 shillings per week from 30th September 1908. His wife Ann also applied for a pension the same day and was given a full pension as well. In their retirement Patrick and Ann lived in Sunset Street, Ravenswood.
On Boxing Day 1911, Patrick Moran died in Ravenswood following a short illness. He was buried the following day in the Ravenswood cemetery.

His widow, Ann, died on 30th May 1916 at Mill Hill, Warwick, Queensland, while visiting one of her daughters. She was initially buried at Warwick Cemetery, but 18 months later she was reburied in Ravenswood cemetery.


Names are varied re spelling over time... they include McNally, Veitch, O'Brien, Murray, Patterson, Daniels...



With thanks to Estelle Daniels for sharing her family photos and information. 

Anne McNALLY nee DAMIANOVICH (VITCH) formerly BRYAN...She was baptised as "Anne O'BRIEN" at Four Roads, Killenaule, Tipperary, Ireland on 2 May, 1857, the child of "Patrick O'BRIEN & Mary NEIL".  My mother remembers her actual birthday as 21 April 1857.  Anne emigrated to Australia, and sailed directly to Rockhampton (oral history).  From there she went to Copperfield near Clermont, working as a Domestic Servant.  It was there at 22 years of age, on 28 July 1879, she married Paul (Paulo) DAMIANOVICH (aka VITCH) a Dalmatian gold digger, aged 40.  They had 13 children altogether - 5 survived to adulthood - 1 of whom, as a young mother, passed away from heatstroke while working on a property at Adavale.  My grandmother was the youngest female of Paul & Anne's children.  Anne's maiden name is variously listed as BRYAN, O'BRYAN, BRIEN & O'BRIEN.

Given their age difference, it was only natural that Paul VITCH passed away many years before Anne.  Anne, by then known as VEITCH, eventually remarried a widower, Hugh McNALLY.  Hence she is buried as Anne McNALLY.  During the 1920's remaining family members officially changed their surname to VEITCH.

Anne's mother, Mary, eventually emigrated from Ireland to join her daughter, who by then was living in Clermont.  She is also buried in the Clermont Cemetery, but to my knowledge the grave is not marked with a headstone, just an iron fence that is frequently maintained by family (see photograph - Anne's grave in distance).  I believe she may be buried to the east of Anne & her spinster daughter Alice May, with some of Paul & Anne's deceased children.

Ann McNALLY passed away on 6 January 1939, and was buried in the Clermont Cemetery the next day.  Her spinster daughter Alice May VEITCH was later buried with her.
Hugh was buried with his first wife, who is also buried in the Clermont Cemetery.
Research undertaken at Tipperary Family History Research
Qld Marriage Certificate: 1879 - C124 - Paul VITCH - Anne Bridget BRYAN
Qld Marriage Certificate:  1919 - C279 - Anne VEITCH - Hugh McNALLY
Qld Death Certificate: 1939 - C279 Ann Bridget McNally - Patrick BRYAN - Mary NAIL
Qld Death Certificate:  1897 - C909 Mary O'BRIEN - William NAIL - Bridget DUNNE

Thomas MURRAY (Irish origins noted on headstone) & his wife Johanna (nee RYAN) in the Capella Cemetery.  She was a step sister of my great grandmother.  My great grandmother Honoria GRANT (nee RYAN) is buried in the Jericho Cemetery.  The girls emigrated together from Tipperary.  The other is of Susannah DANIELS, a relative of my husband's family who is buried in Toowong Cemetery.  Her husband was Henry DANIELS, a politician in 1890s Qld.  Susannah is buried in a PATTERSON Family plot, and Susannah's & her mother's Irish origins are noted on the headstone.



CALLACHOR, Phillip snr

Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), Thursday 22 May 1913, page 25 


Mt. KEITH  Cemetery
Western Australia

IRWIN William James

Read the full details here
Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 – 1950), Monday 17 September 1917, page 4
IN MEMORIAM:-   IRWIN. — In loving memory of William James Irwin, accidentally killed on the Aurora Gold Mine, Mt. Keith, 11th August, 1916. Deeply regretted. — Inserted by his brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Annie, nephew and nieces Scott, Jean and Ira, Ontario, Canada.



New South Wales

McCUSKER Thomas  Rev. Father

 Further information.. thanks to Mary Kennedy  
On the free to view site, the following was located, if it's of help in your follow up. Thomas McCusker, Born: August 15th 1879 at Derrin, Co. Fermanagh (Registration District of Tempo, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh). His father was: Joseph McCusker and his Mother was:Mary Woods. This is the information from the Civil Birth Register, which you can view free on the Site.
Thanks to Lynette Burke for the following.

Articles from TROVE   just two of a number which mention him.

rThe late Father McCusker
The Late Mr. Thos. McCusker

ROOKWOOD.. Priest's Graves  

CREGAN Patrick Charles Rev.

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There are numerous articles in TROVE referring to both Denis Cooney and his family, well known in Gulgong and nearby areas. This is just a small selection...
Death of his mother.. from Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW: 1895-1942), Thursday 22 May 1924, page 45..

Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), Thursday 24 July 1902, page 18 

National Library of Australia

An accident to Denis..


Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), Thursday 6 September 1906, 
National Library of Australia





Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), Friday 25 July 1890, page 2 (2) 

National Library of Australia 

Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), Saturday 2 August 1890, page 19 
National Library of Australia 

New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Friday 22 October 1869 (No.224)  National Library of Australia


Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), Thursday 30 June 1938, page 39 (2) 

National Library of Australia 
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Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), Thursday 23 June 1904, page 11 

National Library of Australia 


Murrumburrah Signal and County of Harden Advocate (NSW : 1881 - 1947), Thursday 17 September 1936, 

National Library of Australia

HEYDON Mrs. Pat (Hannah)

MAHER James  (brother of Hannah)

Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), Thursday 24 July 1913, page 18 

National Library of Australia 
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Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), Thursday 8 December 1910, page 26 
National Library of Australia 


Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 - 1867; 1899 - 1950), Tuesday 19 Feb 1935, page 1 National Library of Australia 





Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW / 1850 - 1932)  Thu 12 Nov 1925 


http/// Cootamundra Herald Wed 18 April 1888

BILLINGSLEY Samuel Joseph Samuel Joseph Billingsley 1931 

COONEY Mary (Mrs. Owen)

GAVIN Patrick




Both articles based on TROVE excerpts...

Courtesy of Wayne Hill
John Goodwin coronial inquiry
Found Drowned,
Last Saturday at the Doncaster Hotel, Harden, an inquest was held touching the death of John Goodwin, whose body was found in the railway reservoir at Harden. 
The inquest was held by Coroner T A Barnes and the following jury — G J Shea (foreman), N ltaiylin W Dobinson J James M Murphy R-O'Keefe, J Coulter, J Beako G ITiiivford B Clayton W Thorogood and G Sheers. Constable Dixon conducted the proceedings on behalf of the police.
Constable Nolan of Harden deposed— From information received at about 2 45 the previous afternoon I went to the railway dam and saw deceased in it in an upright position, the head being. 2 or 3 inches under the water ; the body was secured by W Taylor and others assisted me to lift it out of the water ; the body was dressed in flannel and cotton shirts, tweed trousers, vest and coat and lace up boots, and on searching body found 7s 6d in silver and pipe, tobacco and knife, I found a swag containing wearing apparel and also a hat some 5 yards from water's edge, the body being absut 40 feet from where swag was I removed body to the Doncaster Hotel, where Mrs Goodwin identified it as that of her husband. I saw deceased on the Harden railway platform the previous night, when he was carrying a swag and appeared to be a little shaky; the dam is 200 yards from station and is fenced I knew the deceased for about 3 months.
To Jurymen — Direct way to the deceased's home would be across the dam, and to any persons go that' way as a short cut towards Blind Creek
Dr. Parry, the Government Medical Officer, deposed — At about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon by instructions from police I proceeded to the Doncaster Hotel and there saw the body of a man which I recognised as that of John Goodwin; he had evidently been submerged for several hours, there were no marks of external violence and circumstances point to it as being a ease of drowning
To Jurymen— -A body would stand upright in water if person was drowned without a struggle; a drunken man would not struggle; had attended the deceased for a bad leg some time ago and the bad leg made him shakey in his walk
George Lupin deposed that he saw deceased in Murrumburrah the previous Wednesday, when he said he was very downhearted at not getting constant employment and he was then going to look for work
William Taylor, carriage examiner at Harden, deposed to going to the dam the previous afternoon and could just see deceased's head under water and he wanted to go in and take the body out, but was advised not to do so until the police came; having obtained the permission of Constable Nolan witness went in/and recovered the body.
To Jurymen— The body was upright and leaning a little forward and the feet had no weights on them
To Coroner — A person would have great difficulty in getting out of dam on account of steep brick walls and slippery bank '
Parker, a shunter at Harden, deposed that he saw deceased at about 9 15 the previous evening, when he was crossing the line and said he was going to Blind Creek. Witness stopped him as he thought he might fail down one of the holes, and advised him to lie down in a carriage; he refused but lay in a corner of the shed; he was quite capable of taking care of himself
To Juryman— He had a swag and said he arrived by the mail train
To Coroner — The, dam is about 800 yards from where I last saw deceased and in a direct line would be a short cut for him to cross the brickwork on dam to go where I have since learnt the deceased lived
Leslie Martin and Ernest Liddon deposed to having gone cray fishing to the dam the previous afternoon when they, saw a man's head near the top of the water ; they went to the pump house and informed Mr Moss, who told them to tell the police, which they did E Fallon, woodcarter, said deceased had been boarding with him for 6 or 7 weeks -and left to look for work last Wednesday morning, when he was in his usual health; never heard him express any intention to commit suicide ; it was common for people to make a short cut on the brickwork of dam 
Ellen Goodwin deposed — Deceased was my husband, was 61 years old and a native of the county Cavan, Ireland; I saw him last Wednesday but was not speaking to him, he had not appeared satisfied since he left the railway and would come home and go away at intervals; never heard him express any intention to commit suicide '
To Jurymen— I last spoke -to the deceased on Saturday last and we were on friendly terms The jury returned a verdict of found drowned but there was no evidence to show how or by what means deceased got into the water. Deceased was buried in the local cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy of Kevin Banister
John GOODWIN born 1839 County Caven, Ireland. Died (drowned) 13/12/1901, Harden, NSW.
A long post but some may find it of interest.
Before I get into the inquest report posted by Wayne Hill, I thought I should mention John, who was part of a large extended family and he had some major grief during his married life. 
He and Ellen were married in Feb 1868. 
On 1/10/1868 twin boys were born. One boy died 17/10/1868 aged 16 days. On 26/10/1868 the other boy died aged 25 days. 
In 1872 a brother Roderick died.
In c1890 a sister died aged 30.
In 1893 his father died aged 90.
On 20/3/1898 a brother died aged 56.
On 31/3/1898 another brother died aged 37. Note that these 2 brothers died 11 days apart.
At the time of John's death his occupation was given as 'farmer'. Prior to his death he was a railway labourer working on the Goulburn Line earning 7 shillings and 6 pence per week but had apparently lost his job. Could not find out when he lost his job but I think I may know why.
To the coroners report. May not be in the order of how it was reported but I hope you get my drift.
A doctor said that he 'treated' John for a 'shakey' leg. It could be that John injured his leg whilst working on the rail line. Probably/maybe given a couple of shillings after an accident and sent on his way back home. The railway dam at Harden was constructed with steep brick walls and a slippery bank. This dam could have been part of what is known now as Cunningham Plains Creek, a short distance from Harden Railway Station. 'Blind Creek' still has that name today further north of Cunningham Creek.
The wife. John was not living with his wife, he was 'boarding' with a Mr Fallon for the past 6 - 7 weeks possibly at Blind Creek and left to look for work in "his usual health" (not drunk?). 
Ellen said they were not speaking but were on 'friendly terms'. In the report she referred to John as "the deceased", not my husband John and the last she spoke to him was the Saturday before his death. When last spoken too by another, John appeared very downhearted and was going to look for work. I can't work out if he was walking to Harden to get a train or walking away from Harden towards Blind Creek.
In another abbreviated Coroners report that details very brief causes of death by coroners time, date, place, name of deceased, where performed, by whom and a brief cause. All details are correct, but, being very hard to read regarding cause, it does mention asphyxiation by drowning but I think it also has the word 'head'. May be he slipped and struck his head not showing obvious injuries.
So may I speculate that due to the deaths in the family John and his wife grew apart and he being sacked from his railway job was the last straw. No one has mentioned in the report if it may have been raining when John crossed the upper wall of the dam. "Steep brick walls and a slippery slope" and a 'dicky' leg. Regarding his clothing. What he was wearing would have kept him warm at night and reasonably dry if it was raining. However, when completely immersed in water it would have weighed him down like a rock and would not float. (Can go into further detail, but I wont regarding drownings). John was walking to Blind Creek from Harden Railway station taking a short cut to Blind Creek. This short cut, known to others, passed by/around the Harden railway dam. For some reason John slipped, maybe be due to his wobbly leg, slipped down the slopped brick wall striking his head, knocked him unconscious and his clothing kept him submerged till he was seen by a number of others. Just sayin.



Cootamundra Herald 3rd July 1923 

McMAHON Bridget 

Young Witness Sat 23 Oct 1920

McMAHON Bridget 

National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 - 1954), Wednesday 22 July 1925, page 1 

National Library of Australia 
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Further information about the towns and the residents can be found on TROVE at 
Murrumburrah Signal and County of Harden Advocate (NSW : 1881 - 1947), Thursday 4 March 1926, page 2 
National Library of Australia  or just search TROVE for more.


 Every now and then, we strike genealogical gold..such as this great article re the families of Galong. This just an excerpt, but do follow the link to read a very rich history of the early settlers of Galong. Gravestone photos of many mentioned can be found on the NSW  Regional page.
From Shamrock in the Bush...    
Galong, as we know it, would never have been but for the events of the night of Thursday, 7 September 1815 in far off Ballagh, Co Tipperary. Farmer Edward 'Ned' Ryan was convicted and transported for his part in the destruction of an infirmary, which had been requisitioned by the militia for use as a temporary barracks. Fourteen men were brought to trial. One, Patrick Keogh, was hanged, and the other thirteen, including Ned Ryan and his cousin Roger Corcoran, were transported on the Surrey 2, arriving in the colony in December 1816. 
Ned's employers after his arrival were the surveyor James Meehan of Liverpool and William Crowe at Appin. From 1816 to September 1825, until he received his ticket of leave, he faithfully served his masters, who described him as being 'honest, sober and of industrious character'. Ryan family tradition has it that he squatted at Illalong, near present day Binalong, in 1826 but within a short time moved on to present day Galong, even further removed from civilisation. Three years later Governor Ralph Darling redefined the boundaries, setting up nineteen counties as the limits of lawful occupancy of land. Supported by a veritable Who's Who of respected settlers, Ned petitioned for a grant of land in 1830, but was refused due to a change in official policy. Unperturbed, he illegally squatted on huge acreages 'beyond the limits of location', taking up GalongGungewalla near Burrowa, Berthong and Nubba west of present day Murrumburrah and Geraldra near Wallendbeen. 
The presence of the Catholic Church was evident from the early days of Galong. On one of his several visits, Bishop Bede Polding climbed Bushranger's Hill to erect a cross and bless the surrounding countryside. To mark the occasion he left his rosary beads on a she-oak atop the hill, which then became known as Rosary Hill. 
Just over thirty years after his arrival, Ned's wife Ellen and their children Anastasia and John joined him at Galong in 1847.The present day homestead was erected during the 1850s and a two-storey extension, complete with crenellation, at the eastern end about 1860. These stone embellishments no doubt caused Galong to become known locally as the 'castle'. The Ryans themselves always referred to it as Galong House. By then Ned had secured from the Crown the 640 acres on which his homestead stood, and successfully alienated most of his land to his son John, and others. By 1866 Ned's holdings stretched across nearly 41,000 acres.  
Continue via this link ...


Courtesy of Wayne Hill

On Monday, Mr. W. J. E. Wotton, district coroner, held an inquest touching the death of James Gooley, who was accidentally killed at Galong some time during the previous week, while felling trees. The following evidence was taken:— James Farrell deposed : I am a labourer living at Galong ; I saw the dead body of James Gooley on Saturday last; deceased's son, Denis Gooley and myself were together ; the deceased was missing on Friday night, and we made search for him ; Matthew Maher was with us also ; we searched till midnight, and renewed the search next morning; we found the deceased about 7 o'clock in the morning ; we found where he had felled a tree, and it had fallen into another tree ; he appeared to have commenced to fall the second, and tried to run away, but the tree had caught him ; he was found lying on his face with the axe in his hand ; there was a large mark on his head where the skull was broken in ; we left him there and went to Binalong to report it. Matthew Maher deposed : I am a labourer at Galong ; I have known James Gooley about 14 yeara ; I saw his dead body on Saturday last ; he was employed at Galong felling trees for sheep ; he lived about a mile from Galong station ; his wife was living with him, but was absent about nine days on business in Burrowa ; Denis Gooley, his son, reported to us, that his father was away from the hut, from its appearances; James Farrell, Denis Gooley, and myself went to the hut and found it locked ; we broke the door open, and went in ; we noticed there had not been a fire recently in the hut ; we found his Sunday clothes hanging up; we then went in search of him, but found no trace all Friday night ; on Saturday morning we renewed the search, and James Farrell found him ; the bell at Galong was then rung to inform people that were searching that he had been found ; there were no marks of a struggle ; the head was broken, and the head and chest seemed to have been crushed in ; from the appearances it would seem that a limb of the tree he was chopping killed him ; the police at Binalong and Burrowa were informed of it ; the jury were at Galong, but no inquest was held ; the body was buried on Sunday evening. Denis Gooley deposed : I am the son of James Gooloy, whose dead body I saw on Saturday last ; I had last seen him alive the previous Sunday ; he had been felling trees for the sheep, and went away for the same purpose when I last saw him ; I went to his hut on Friday evening, and found it locked ; I went to James Farrell and Mat. Maher for the purpose of searching for him ; we searched until after midnight, but could not find him ; we again started at daylight next morning, and found his dead body at a tree he had felled ; he was lying 0n his face and hands, aud had his axe in his right hand ; he had a severe cut in the back of the head, and a slight bruise on the shoulder ; there was no limbs on the body, but some of the pieces must have hit him ; he was working by himself; I reported the matter to the police ; he had been felling trees off and on for the last 4 years ; he was 60 years of age, and a native of county Tipperary ; he has no property of any kind ; senior-constable Madden saw the body on Saturday, the day it was found ; he examined the spot where the deceased was lying ; deceased was good friends with everybody ; the body was buried in Burrowa. The verdict was that death resulted from injuries received from the falling of a tree upon deceased.


GOOLEY Margaret (wife of the above)




Courtesy of Wayne Hill




Information thanks to Tracie Nanna Reagan
Julius Erickson died 1908 aged 51, and his funeral was reported to be 'the largest attended funeral ever held in Bundaberg'.
He met 'an extraordinary death' by accident  (full story here)
Gravestone photos in Bundaberg at


Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), Tuesday 23 February 1875,  
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SMITH Willoughby Lloyd
Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1892 - 1917), Wednesday 28 September 1910, page 3 

Landed Estates
Father-  Charles Wilmot Smith Mother - Charlotte Ann Burrell



Farming family near Rosedale


North Island

WHEELER William Arthur

courtesy of Stuart Park..a very interesting article on his blog... I will only quote part of it here, but do follow the link to see some amazing photos as well as learn a lot more about this very busy and impressive man...

William Arthur Wheeler
Born 19 April 1860, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died 16 Dec 1918, Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
Buried 17 Dec 1918, Te Aroha Cemetery Block 1 Plot 2 

"William Arthur Wheeler was born in Belfast in 1860 into a well-off medical family. In 1882 he graduated B.A. Honours in pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin, and in 1889 he graduated in medicine and surgery from Queens College Belfast. From 1889 until 1893 he practised medicine in and around Belfast, before going to Jalpaiguri in Bengal, India between 1894 and 1901. In March 1901 he was recorded in the census as being back in Belfast living with his brother George and his wife and their unmarried sister Kate.

Soon after that, he went to South Africa to serve as a "Civil Surgeon". The British Army Medical Corps found itself severely understaffed when war broke out in South Africa, and recruited several hundred of these civil surgeons who were not themselves in the Army but were attached to elements of it to work in the military hospitals. William Wheeler served twenty months at No. 11 General Hospital, Kimberley and with the 3rd Scottish Rifles at Boshof. In recognition of his service Dr Wheeler received the Queen's South Africa medal, with clasps for 1901, 1902,  Orange Free State and Cape Colony. 
At the end of 1903, Dr Wheeler sailed for New Zealand as a passenger on S.S. Turakina. I don't know why Dr Wheeler chose to come to New Zealand; it may be that he had met some New Zealanders in South Africa. A cousin had gone to New Zealand in 1901 and was a GP in Auckland, but they don't seem to have had much contact, so that may be coincidence. Whatever his reason, it was not the bright lights and big cities of New Zealand that attracted him. He set up practice in Owaka in South Otago, where he was first registered as a doctor on the NZ medical register in 1904. Over the years his registration followed his movements around the country: Owaka and the tiny settlement of Rainbow, Nelson in 1906; Kaikoura between 1907 and 1908; Wakefield, Nelson between 1911 and 1914. After he gave up his practice in Kaikoura he took passage to the UK in July 1908, returning to New Zealand as ship's doctor in October 1908. In 1915 he was registered as a medical doctor and pharmaceutical chemist in Ohakune. From there he twice wrote to the NZ military authorities offering his services to the Army, as a volunteer in any medical capacity; his offer was declined. He was told 'there are no vacancies for appointment with the Expeditionary Force', which might seem surprising, though he was now 55 years old. Maybe his age counted against him?

However, on 24 September 1915 in Palmerston North, Dr Wheeler enlisted as a Private in the Ambulance Corps.  A pretty lowly position for a qualified surgeon, GP and pharmacist, you might well think. But the fact that he did serve in the NZ Army means that his service record is available, and it turned out to be a goldmine. At 152 pages long, it is one of the largest I have seen, and full of information.

The file provides a possible explanation for Dr Wheeler's preference for small towns and his shunning of the bright lights.  It seems that while he was in India in the 1890s he contracted malaria, whose symptoms he began to treat with morphine. This opium derived drug was commonly prescribed in nineteenth and early twentieth century medicine, and indeed is still in use today, but it is of course highly addictive. As a Private in the Field Ambulance in 1915, Wheeler was sent to Cairo in support of the New Zealand forces then at Gallipoli. It would seem the authorities were delighted to find they had a qualified pharmacist amongst their number and so in March 1916 he was promoted Acting Sergeant in the Dispensary. However they were probably less delighted when only six weeks later he was admitted to the Aotea Convalescent Home in Cairo, suffering from "nervous debility". 

After a fortnight there he was returned to his unit and sent, as so many of the New Zealand forces in Egypt were, to England. He was sent to the Hornchurch Convalescent Depot, though it's not clear whether he was on the staff or a patient. In August 1916 he was discharged from hospital and posted back to the New Zealand Army Medical Corps, at Sling Camp on Salisbury Plain and then at NZMC HQ in London.

However, all was clearly not well, since at the end of December 1916 Sgt Dr Wheeler was admitted to the New Zealand General Hospital at Walton on Thames. A medical report prepared at the end of January 1917 noted that Wheeler was suffering from "Debility – Morphia Habit. He had Malaria in India 19 years ago, and has had occasional attacks since. He has been in fair health for a time and was able to carry on satisfactorily until the end of December, when he got a severe bronchial attack; feeling ill he gave way to an old habit of taking Morphia; he went to pieces and was sent to Walton on December 30th." The cause of that debility is described as "the habit of taking Morphia which he contracted in India where he had been in the habit of using it as a preventative to Malaria". The report's recommendation was that he be discharged as permanently unfit for war service.

Doctor Wheeler sailed for New Zealand on the troopship Maunganui in March 1917. One might think he would disappear into obscurity again, but New Zealand was apparently short of qualified doctors. He was the subject of a Medical Board held in Wellington in May 1917 which reported that Wheeler had debility from a morphia habit in response to malaria and was over age. "The man vehemently states that the accusation of morphia taking is untrue and that he never made any such statement. His pupils are very small and react badly to light [which are classic morphine addiction symptoms]. He is fit to do medical duty. He is qualified'.

Wheeler's denial that he had a morphine addiction seems quite remarkable in the circumstances, but even more remarkable was the decision of the New Zealand Army's Director General Medical Services to take Wheeler on and commission him as a Captain in the New Zealand Medical Corps, stationed at Featherston Camp in the Wairarapa. He served there from June 1917 until December 1918, interrupted only by a fortnight in the Camp Hospital in March 1918 suffering from "nervous debility". A later report notes that during this period the Camp suffered from the effects of the 'flu pandemic and Captain Wheeler was considerably overworked as a consequence. At the end of November 1918, Captain Wheeler wrote to his superiors inquiring about his future prospects in the light of the current demobilisation. A reply was sent advising that his employment in his current position would continue for a further twelve months. 
But before he received the reply, on 10 December 1918 William Wheeler took leave and went to Te Aroha, a spa town in the Waikato. He often took leave there, staying with a friend, the local chemist. On this occasion he stayed at the hotel, as a precaution against infecting the chemist's child with 'flu from the Camp.
On Sunday, 15 December 1918, Surgeon-Captain William Arthur Wheeler NZMC was found dead in his room in the Palace Hotel, Te Aroha. He was 58 years old. The Coroner found ...."

Stuart Park 
Kerikeri, New Zealand

Childers, Qld

STRINGER Montague Baldwin
June 16, at Tassagh House, County Armagh, the wife of Charles A Stringer, of a son.

1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1884 Queensland Electoral Rolls:
Electoral Roll Queensland Australia Division of wide Bay 1919 subdivision of Childers - #1948 - Montague Baldwin Stringer Wooroobala, North Isis, Childers. Farmer 

Montague Baldwin STRINGER, qualified by residence, Tahiti Cottage, Mt Bauple, Tiaro, Wide Bay
1913 Queensland Electoral Roll:
Montague Baldwin STRINGER, farmer, Bootharh, Childers
Elizabeth Mary STRINGER, home duties, Bootharh, Childers

Occupation : Sugar Planter
Arrival date: 28 Dec 1866 Brisbane on Ocean Empress.
son of Charles Augustus Kelly STRINGER (~ 1827 -1888) and Julia Shelden MULLIGAN (1822 -1892)
He married Elizabeth Mary COWEN (1872 -1931) daughter of Alexander COWEN (1840 -1916) and Maria Theresa KINEALY (1843 -1911) on 30 December 1896 in St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Warwick Queensland 
Montague and Elizabeth have 3 children: 
Kenneth Kelly STRINGER born on 6 June 1897 in Queensland 
Alexander Montague STRINGER, born on 3 June 1899 in Queensland died on 23 February 1966 in 7 Albion Street Woollahra aged 66. 
John Mason STRINGER born on 9 June 1909 in Bootharh, South Isis, Qld died on 11 November 1961 in Daw Park Repat Hospital South Australia , aged 52 .

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay & Burnett Advertiser 1961



CASH Martin
Martin Cash was a bushranger of some repute. There are numerous articles available on Trove about him. Here are some of the links..

Below is a partial transcript of above.. a bit too long to include here...
Thrilling Adventures of
(By Our Travelling Correspondent.)
On the 59th anniversary of the death 
of Martin Cash, the bushranger of Van
Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in
1843, and on the eve of the centenary
of his arrival in the colony, it may not
be considered out of place to refer to
the chequered career of this remarkable
man. He was born in Enniscorthy,
Wexford, Ireland, in 1808. His father
ruined himself and others by extrava-
gant and spendthrift habits, and
through negligence and indifference as
to the welfare of Martin and a younger
son, their training devolved upon an
indulgent mother. Neglected education,
irregular attendance at school, expul-
sion by three different masters through
mischievous tendencies, and liberally
supplied with pocket money, Martin
contracted habits of dissipation, and
spent the greater part of his time at,
horse races and other places of amuse-
ment, until 18 years of age, when he
unfortunately, became acquainted with
a young woman, who resided with her
mother and older sister in an obscure
part of Enniscorthy, and earned a liv-
ing by making straw hats and bonnets.
They borrowed money from him, until
his mother upbraided him for extrava-
gance, as it was rapidly draining her
resources: He followed this course of
dissipation for 12 months, when an in-
cident occurred which changed the
whole course of his life.
Let Martin Cash tell the story. In his
own words:
"It happened that, while drinking
with a few of my companions, one of
them informed me that a young man
named Jessop, who lived in the neigh-
bourhood, and whose parents were
highly respectable, was then in com-
pany with my friend, and having pre-
viously heard that he frequently visited
at her mother's, I was stung to mad-
ness with jealousy; and, resolving to
have my revenge, I returned home
caught up my gun, and at once proceed
ed to the house, and on looking through
the window of the sitting-room I saw
young Jessop in company with my
Mary, having his arm around her waist
Not waiting for any further proof' of
her treachery, I stepped back a pace or
two from the window, and fired at my
rival, who instantly fell on the floor.
"The report of my piece attracted a
number of people, and I was shortly
after arrested, and placed in gaol. My
relatives offered any amount of bail
which was at once refused, and a fev
days after I was fully committed to
take my trial at the ensuing assizes,
was visited daily by my mother, who
appeared to be in bad health owing,
have no doubt, to my past folly and mis-
conduct. Jessop remained under the
care of the doctors. The ball, it ap-
pears, entered his breast and came out
under the shoulder blade. They enter-
tained but slight hopes of his recovery.
My friends secured the services of the
ablest counsel, but the case was too
clear, and on being tried I was found
guilty, the jury strongly recommending
me to mercy, but that being an attri-
bute that never entered into the com-
position of Judge Pennefather, I was
sentenced to seven years' transporta-
Notwithstanding that young Jessop
presented a petition to the Lord Lieut-
enant of Ireland on his behalf, signed
by the leading men of the county, pray-
ing for a mitigation of the sentence,
the die was cast for Martin's forced
exile from his native land. While lying
in Cork gaol awaiting transportation
word reached him of the death of his
mother, causing him to lament bitterly
that he was the cause of it. A few days
later 170 convicts, with Cash among
them, embarked in the Marquis of Hunt-
ley tor Botany Bay, and reached Sydney
on February 10, 1828, when they were
drafted to Hyde Park barracks, the
general depot from which they were
selected as assigned servants. With
some 18 others, Cash was sent to Rich-
mond, his master being Mr. G. Bowman,
who leased another farm on the Hunter
River, where Martin was transferred
three weeks later, and became a stock-
rider for nine years.
John Boodle, who owned two valuable
farms and 500 head of cattle, and had a
station on Liverpool Plains, asked Cash
to assist him and his brother to brand
some cattle, which, unknown to Cash,
had boen stolen. While the branding
was in progress two strangers came
long, remained a few minutes, and de-
parted. Upon Boodle informing him
that the strangers knew the cattle did
not belong to him, and that transporta-
tion to Norfolk Island was the penalty
for this crime, Cash decided to leave
the colony for Van Diemon's Land.
Arriving at Sydney, he stayed at the
Albion Inn, and sailed in the barque
Francis Freeling for Hobart Town, pay-
ing £20 for a cabin passage for him-
self and companion, and £5 for his
horse, and arriving there on February
10. 1837.
Carr Villa Cemetery
Courtesy of Janine Wilson
Died June 21st 1898 aged 68 years  buried old Catholic Cemetery 
only headstone relocated to Carr Villa. 
Obituary notices record the death of another old and respected resident of
Launceston, Mr John Ellis, who died at his residence, Charles-street, yesterday, in his
67th year. Mr Ellis has been confined to his bed for some time past, and has been
gradually failing. He arrived in Tasmania from Ireland when but a young man, and
for many years he carried on business as a builder and joiner, and was able to retire
upon an independence. In 1880 he was elected as an alderman, and held a seat at
the Municipal Council table until his retirement through failing health in December, 1889. 
He was most attentive to his duties as a member of the Council, and his
shrewd common sense rendered him a useful and valued representative of the
burgesses. Mr Ellis took a warm interest in local affairs, and among other positions
occupied by him was that of President of the City Football Club, which he has
occupied since the club was formed. He was greatly respected for his kindly dis-
position, and his upright dealings in both public and private life. He leaves a widow
and three daughters, two of whom are married. The funeral will take place at 3
p.m. to-morrow.   Examiner 22 June 1891

GEE Richard
Courtesy of Janine Wilson
Area Mon
Location C3
Number 200.00
Mr. Richard Gee, who died at Launceston
yesterday after a life of out standing service to the community,
came to Tasmania from Ireland nearly 79 years ago. Mr. Gee. who was in his 93rd year, was an alderman of the city for six years, and was Mayor of Launceston in 1914.
He was born in the village of Rathmolyon, County Mead, Ireland.
After having been in the employ of Mr. J. J.Hudson, a leading bookseller and stationer in Launceston, for some years, Mr. Gee commenced business on his own account in Launceston in 1873 in premises in Charles-street. With the expansion
of his business he later bought the shop next door, which was later remodelled, and is now the property of Messrs. Moran and Cato. Mr. Gee retired from a successful business career
in 1907. He built the commodious premises in Charles-street, Launceston, now known as the T. and G Building, and formerly known as Gee's Block.
Mr. Gee had been connected with the Margaret-street Methodist Church since his arrival in the state, and at the
time of his death was the oldest living member of that church. He was the last surviving member of the
foundation board of trustees of the Methodist Ladies' College. He was a trustee of the Paterson-street Methodist Church, and also of the Margaret-street Methodist Church, of which
he had held the position of treasurer for more than 40 years.
Mr. Gee was a foundation member of the Y.M.C.A., and other institutions with which he was actively associated during his life included the Launceston General Hospital Board, the Free
Kindergarten, the City Mission, the Launceston Savings Investment and Building Society, the Launceston Savings Bank, and the Tasmania Insurance Company.
Mr. Gee was twice married. His first wife was Miss Emily Stewart, of Launceston, who died in 1913, and his
second Miss Ruby Berresford, daughter of the late Superintendent Berresford, Launceston and Latrobe. The five children of the first marriage are all living in Launceston. They are: Mr. A. R. Gee, organist of St. John's Church, and Lieut.-Col. R. S. Gee and Mr. F. J. Gee, both of the Launceston
Savings Bank; Mrs. J. L. Tyson and Mrs. H. C. Pickering, who recently returned from Melbourne to live In Launceston.
The funeral this afternoon will be preceded by a short service at the Margaret-street Methodist Church at 3 o'clock.
re Carr Villa
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Sydney Morning HeraldThus 9 Nov 1871
sourced by Noelene Harris

Courtesy of Wayne Hill
FOWLER'S POTTERY and BRICK WORKS, Camperdown. This business was established by Mr. Enoch Fowler in 1837. He was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, arrived in the colony shortly before establishing the work, and died in 1879, since which time his son (Mr. Robert Fowler), who was born in Sydney in 1840, has carried on the business. It is the largest of the kind in the colony. The buildings cover about three acre of land, but the property amounts in all to about fourteen acres. The number of hands employed exceeds 100, and three steam engines are kept steadily at work, besides a great quantity of expensive machinery. Mr. Robert Fowler, besides being actively occupied in the control of such an extensive business, has devoted much time to public duties during the past seventeen years, giving a deal of thought and valuable attention to municipal matters. He was mayor of Camperdown in 1870, '71, and '72. In 1872 he was elected an alderman of Denison Ward, in the city of Sydney, and continued to hold that office till December of 1884, when, on the point of being returned unopposed, he retired. In 1880 he was elected mayor of the city, and filled that position with so much credit to himself and satisfaction to the public that he was sure to be re-elected had he not refused again to accept the honour. Since 1884 Mr. Fowler has devoted himself closely to business, and now reaps the reward that invariably follows industry, energy, and ability.
Source. Book: Aldine Centennial History of NSW 1888

BN17102 FOWLER. --April 20, at his residence, Australia-street, Camperdown, Enoch Fowler, aged 72 years. THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. ENOCH FOWLER are respectfully informed that his Funeral will move from his late residence, Australia Street, Camperdown THIS (Tuesday) AFTERNOON, at 3 o clock. J. and G. SHYING and CO., 719, George Street. Enoch Fowler, arrived per Adam Lodge 13 Jul 1837 Sydney as Passenger, Potter, Protestant, Education: Both, Age: 26; [Native place] Tyrone

c 1807 born  Buried Camperdown   Spouse Jane
associated URLS  

LONGFORD  John W. Brother
Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Bro. John. W. LONGFORD. Member of the Leinster Marine Lodge No2 of the Irish Constitution formed 1824. Later named the United Grand Lodge of NSW 1877. Also known as Leinster Marine Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland. I am assuming that this gent was born in Ireland. Just as an aside - (an ancestor) James Squire Farnell (1825-1888), MLA, MLC 8th Premier NSW, politician, drover, bushman. Provincial Grand Master of the Irish Constitution, First Grand Master GL of NSW, Member Leinster Marine Lodge.

Death Registration Transcription
supplied by Noelene Harris

USSHER   Samuel James BN16894

son of the late Revd Dr. C.H. Ussher S.T.C.D. Ireland died at Sydney 2 April 1861 aged 51 years, erected by his sister, also Revd Henry Ussher M.A. (T.C.D.) [B]/[D] or Merey (Ballinderry) of the diocese of Armagh in Ireland, and eldest son of the late Revd. Dr. C.H. Ussher. F.T.C.D. died 8 March 1876 aged 77. On the 2nd instant, at 293, Elizabeth-street, suddenly, of apoplexy, Samuel James Ussher, fourth son of the late Rev. Dr. Henry Ussher, county Donegal, Ireland, and nephew of the late Admiral Sir Thomas Ussher, K.C.B., in the 51st year of his age. Courtesy of Wayne Hill

St. Stephen's  Newtown
Camperdown Cemetery
Courtesy of Wayne Hill
ASHMORE Samuel, Captain
On the 31st ultimo, at the residence of R. J. Hopkins, Esq., Vile Buildings, Kent-street, in his 71st year, Captain Samuel Ashmore. Ship Master, Arrived per Hibernia 25 05 1814

Empire Sydney 1st April 1858 
SMH 10 April 1858



CASSIN, David, of North Shore, is a native of Ireland, and came to Australia in the year 1868. For a short time he worked as a farmer, and then married. His wife, previous to her marriage, had been carrying on a small dairy, and Mr. Cassin has since bought the property, and has greatly increased the business. He milks forty cows, and sells over 200 quarts of milk per day, and keeps five men employed. Ref Biographical Database of Australia. Courtesy of Wayne Hill

Sydney Morning Herald  18/2/1888 
Courtesy of Noelene Harris 

Courtesy of Kevin Banister
COBCROFT Family vault, Gore Hill Cemetery.
Patrick O'BRIEN, born Kilbenny Ireland. 
Darcy Patrick COBCROFT
Arthur John COBCROFT
Catherine Ann COBCROFT (nee O'BRIEN)
Darcy Edward COBCROFT - 1 year old
Muriel COBCROFT - 5 days old
Arthur Edward COBCROFT
Had to look up 'Kilbenny Ireland' as I thought it may have been a mistake and should have been Kilkenny.
Kilbehenny or Kilbenny, Limerick
Historical Description
KILBEHENNY, or KILBENNY, a parish, in the barony of COSTLEA, county of LIMERICK, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (E. N. E.) from Mitchelstown, on the road from that place to Limerick; containing 3507 inhabitants. It comprises much light land and a wellplanted glen extending among the hills to the Galtee mountains, on the highest of which, called Galtee More, which separates this parish from Galbally, is a lake. The Earl of Kingston's beautiful seat, the Mountain Lodge, with its extensive demesne, is in this parish; as is also Lord Massey's lodge, with its fine woods and grounds. The parish is in the diocese of Emly; the rectory forms part of the union of Duntrileague, and corps of the prebend of Killenellick in the cathedral of Emly: the tithes amount to £400. In the R. C. divisions, with the exception of a small part included in the district of Mitchelstown, it forms a separate union or district, in which are two chapels. About 150 children are educated in two private schools. Some remains of the ancient church still exist on the northern bank of the river Funcheon.

CROKE Patrick
Freeman's Journal 2 Dec 1915

DURACK Margaret
Courtesy of Noelene Harris
Western District Advertiser Sat 18 Feb 1905

ENGLISH Thomas James
Clipping supplied by Noelene Harris
Sydney Morning Herald 7th Sept 1946

O’SULLIVAN Timothy Eugene Captain
family ..courtesy of Noelene Harris 
Sydney Morning Herald Mon 3 Nov 1902

From Catholic Weekly 1944 courtesy of Noelene Harris
Click to enlarge

RYAN Daniel

Sydney Morning Herald  Friday May 6, 1921     RYAN   courtesy of Noelene Harris

Courtesy of Noelene Harris
Sydney Morning Herald 4 Jul 1942

SEAVER Charles Captain, Royal Navy
Courtesy of Kevin Banister
The SEAVER Family. Ireland, New Zealand, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia
Captain Charles SEAVER
Born Heath Hall, County of Armagh.
Died 3/2/1863 at his residence, Maison Anglaise, St.Seaver, Rouen, France, Captain Charles Seaver, Royal Navy, in the sixty-third year of his age, late of Newcastle, New South Wales.
June 1849. New Zealand. Correspondence re the unjust treatment of Lieut. Seaver, officer in the Maori Wars and of H.M.S. Racehorse. Lieut. Seaver served his country for 36 years. He was at Algiers with Lord Exmouth. In April 1847 was invalided and became a half pay lieutenant and resident in NZ. The Colonial Office stopped his half pay for 2 years and he would have starved but for the generosity of fellow officers. He was compelled to sell his land grant. Departing for Sydney. 'An accomplished seaman and a kind hearted man.
1849. Arrived in Newcastle, New South Wales.
22/11/1855. Shipping Master, Newcastle.
1855. Dwelling house, Watt St. Newcastle
16/7/1857. Appointed Assistant Harbour Master for the port of Newcastle
Youngest son of the late Jonathon Seaver, Esq., of Heath Hall, Co. Armagh, Ireland. Entered the Royal Navy as midshipman and made lieutenant in 1830. From 1838 to 1842 worked in the coast guard until he joined the 'Jaeuer' brig. Afterwards attached to the 'Shearwater' survey ship, He was 1st lieutenant on the 'Racehorse' in which he came to Sydney and NZ. Suffered severely in health from rheumatism and accepted a position in NSW. Arrived in Newcastle 1849. Generous and hospitable to a fault, his home became the rendevouz of all the 'Jolly Good Fellows' and the habitat of the Captains of foreign vessels of all nations.
21/5/1863. SMH. SEAVER—February 3rd, at his residence, Maison Anglaise, St.Seaver, Rouen, France, Captain Charles Seaver, Royal Navy, in the sixty-third year of his age, late of Newcastle, New South Wales.
Jonathan Charles Billing Pockerage SEAVER
Born 7/6/1855 Kingstown, Dublin.
Grandson of Captain Charles SEAVER Royal Navy.
Johnathon's father, mother and 2 siblings arrived in Victoria in 1857. 
1871. Aged 16 he began to study Church Theology in Victoria but could not keep his mind 'focused' and took to engineering.
He later helped survey the City of Adelaide and was a Government mining surveyor in New South Wales.
1887. Re-elected by a large majority as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Gloucester, New South Wales.

The Methodist Sydney Sat 12 Jun 1913
sourced by Noelene Harris

Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Gore Hill Methodist
TUBMAN Henry     Sergeant (retired)
Born c1823, Arnay, County Fermanagh, Ireland. 
Died 17/3/1900 Arthur Street, North Sydney aged 77.
1841-1845 Irish Constabulary (18 old when joined)
1846-1854 London Police
1855-1857 NSW Colonial Police - resigned 1857
1857-1862 unknown.
1869-1882 Rejoined in 1869 NSW Colonial Police. Retired 1882. 
In NSW he served at Penrith, City Police (Sydney) and the Water Police Court.
Buried Gore Hill Methodist 1, A, 148

x Wayne Hill Henry Tubman, Age 32 years Arrived per Bangalore 1855 at Sydney and/or Newcastle; Original Remarks: and family.)

WADE Emily
Photo by Noelene Harris 
Biography of husband, Abdul Wade,found by Wayne Hill
 First  paragraph.. see Biography link above for full version.
"Emily was the wife of Abdul, an Afghani camel merchant. (Long story follows) Abdul Wade (1866–1928+), Afghan camel merchant and businessman, was born on 18 January 1866 at Coonah (Kunar), Afghanistan, to parents from the Ghilzai tribe. His name may have been Wahid or Wadi. Although he claimed to have reached Western Australia in 1879, he probably arrived in the mid-1880s when gold was discovered in the Kimberley region. He and his cousin Gunny Khan were working for the camel merchants Faiz and Tagh Mahomet in northern South Australia by 1892."


St. Gregory's Churchyard, NSW

John and Mary
 "John McMahon was born about 1792 in Rathkeale, Co Limerick - this info comes from his migration records and from the Hawkesbury Pioneer Register.  He arrived in NSW in Jan 1839 as an assisted migrant with his wife and children.  He was a blacksmith and a Catholic, as per migration papers.  He died in Kurrajong 5.7.1873, aged 81.  His wife, Mary Higgins, was born in Croagh, Co Limerick - again, info from the immigration register of the"Charles Kerr".  She was a dairy servant and Catholic.  Mary died 16.1.1875 of "injuries accidentally rec'd" - per inquest papers.  They are part of my extended Norris line." Courtesy of Geraldine Rae

McMAHON Essie ( Elizabeth Hanlon)

Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Saturday 8 October 1898, page 11 
National Library of Australia   

First paragraph

The following Obituaries are all from the Windsor and Richmond Gazette sourced by Noelene Harris.

McMAHON Michael Stephen
Sat 10 Oct 1896

McMAHON Michael snr
Sat 22 Feb 1908
Native of Co Limerick

Sat 10 Dec 1898 part 1 & 2

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
Kurrajong, NSW


Further information on the Hill family.. thanks to Kevin Banister..

Evelyn Hill - Our First University Graduate? 
By Steve Rawling AM 
James Hill was an Irishman from Sligo, and his wife, Elizabeth Pearson, had been born in NSW in 1805, the daughter of parents who had arrived in 1797. The Hill family settled in Kurrajong in 1828. 
One of their six children, Rebecca, married a cousin from Ireland, Francis Hill in 1867. Francis and Rebecca settled at Goologong, and their daughter, Evelyn, was born in 1870, just after the death of Francis in a drowning tragedy. Rebecca returned with her three children to Kurrajong, where she took over the management of the farm and the orange orchard when her father died in 1871 (he is buried in St Stephens churchyard). Evelyn went to school in Richmond and then in Windsor up to the age of 14, when she passed the examination for junior teachers. The first women had just been admitted to the University of Sydney, and Evelyn was determined to follow in their footsteps, but she needed to pass the matriculation examination, which included Latin. She tried unsuccessfully to get tuition when she took up a pupil teacher position in Bathurst. She returned to Kurrajong, and her mother arranged tuition from the Reverend Henry Plume, the Rector of Kurrajong, former Warden of St Paul’s College at the University, and founder of Barker College, at Stokesleigh, Kurrajong Heights. 
Evelyn eventually passed matriculation, entered the university, and later became one of the earliest residents of the Women’s College. It was her recollection that she and a girl from Queensland were the first two country girls to attend the University – was there any earlier male from Kurrajong there? It is quite likely that Evelyn was the first from this area to enter university. Her brother had to mortgage the family property, Hillsborough, at Kurrajong, to meet college fees. She graduated in 1895, and her grandmother, born in the colony in 1805, was able to attend the ceremony. After some teaching experience in Sydney, Evelyn went to Perth to join her brother, taught there for some years, and eventually married. At that time, this meant the end of her working life, but she retained a life-long interest and various activities in education, and was involved in the establishment of the University of Western Australia. Evelyn Hill died in 1962, in her ninety-second year. Her daughter, Alexandra Darker, was an early woman graduate of the University of Western Australia, and married Paul Hasluck, diplomat and politician, and who later was knighted and served as Australia’s Governor General from 1969 to 1974. From Kurrajong to Yarralumla! 
Information gleaned from two publications by Alexandra Hasluck: ‘Portrait in a Mirror – an Autobiography’, and ‘Evelyn Hill – A Memoir’, kindly supplied by her son, the Perth novelist and poet, Nicholas Hasluck AM. The photo of Evelyn Hill was obtained from the latter publication. 


near Clermont, Qld

SALMOND family
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954), Monday 24 November 1930, page 5  direct link 

We cannot claim either Mr. or Mrs. Michael Salmon as North Queensland-ers. They belonged to the Peak Downs, Central Queensland, arriving from County Clare, Ireland, in the early sixties of last century. For many years they followed up the different gold rushes out from Rockhampton, but meeting with little success they even-tually drifted on to the land in rather a modest way on the Peak Downs, and there Mr. Salmon passed away in 1882, leaving his wife and family of three boys and three girls to continue life's battle alone. Mrs. Salmon, whose maiden name was Elizabeth O'Neill, went through all the hardships and phases of pio-neering, but why we of the C.W.A. especially honour her is because she imbued her family with the will to work, and the ambition to make their way ever upward, and she gave to North Queensland two sons, Patrick and Thomas J., whose lives should be an inspiration to every boy now struggling with adverse conditions in the far out and isolated country places. They began life when the wonderful school systems of to-day were in their infancy in the towns, and did not exist in the outer districts. Ret these lads realised that knowledge meant power, and acquired it as best they could, while engaged working hard for a wage that would be scorned by some youths of to-day, whose only ambition is to do as little real work as possible, but to attend as many race and sports meetings by day and amusement shows by night. They began to work for wages when mere children, yet were ready to do their share of the longest day's work among stock in the days when paddocks, fences and yards were not as numerous or handy as now. Patrick took on horse breaking and became an expert at that very strenu-ous calling. As always, merit was re-cognised, and soon we find them in position of trust as drovers, and then as managers', and then as owners and is leading men of their district. They are breeders of good stock and win-ners of the best prizers at many North-ern shows and race meetings, and members of all associations working for the betterment of the stock of the State and for the social life of the community. For many years Mr. Patrick Salmon has made his home at Natal Downs, one of the historic stations of early days, formed by Messrs. Kellet and Spry in the early sixties, and first stocked with sheep. Later Messrs. Miles and Chatfield held it tor a time, then it passed to Bundock Brothers, and early in this country the firm be-came Bundock and Salmon. Mr. T. J. Salmon, now of Burdekin Downs, with his charming wife (first President of the Burdekin C.W.A. Branch) give happiness to many at their up to date home at the old site of the first cattle station on the Upper Burdekin, where Mr. E. Cunningham and his wife (who was Miss Harm, daughter of a pioneer family) dis-pensed hospitality in the very early days.
* for further dates re family, please visit 
Interment Net Transcribed by Leighann Mansfield


NSW Regional

James Christian was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1817. He came to Australia in 1840 with his wife Ellen whose maternal line was of German descent (German Palatines fleeing religious persecution). He was a saddler in Mudgee and later, the first post master of Gilgandra. The family probably came out to Australia as his father-in-law, a convict, had been given land out near Liverpool, NSW. James Christian is my great, great grandfather. He is buried on a property called Ellendale at Gilgandra. Courtesy of J.C. 


NSW Metro
St. Mary's

plus..courtesy of Wayne Hill
St Marys, Denham Court, NSW
John LONGFIELD (jnr)
John Longfield was born in 1821, in Bowden, Cork, Ireland, to John Longfield and Patience Mary Longfield (born Cotter).

John married Elizabeth Mary Longfield (nee Drane) in 1858 at St.Matthew's Church of England Windsor, N.S.W. Australia.
Elizabeth was born on January 24 1830, in Pulham Norfolk England.
They had 2 children: May Grace Longfield and Mountiford Rees Longfield.
John passed away on March 10 1886, at age 65 in Ingleburn, Liverpool, N.S.W. Australia.
Rev. John LONGFIELD (father of the above)
Born c1801 Ireland, died 25/12/1866 at Balmain, NSW
LONGFIELD—December 25th, at his residence, Union-street,
Balmain, in the 69th year of his age, after a long and painful
illness, John Longfield, B.A., Trinity College, Dublin, eldest
son of the late Rev. Mountiford Longfield, vicar of Dessert-
Surgis, in the county of Cork, Ireland, for over fifty years.
The deceased was brother to the Hon. Mountiford Longfield,
one of the Judges of the Landed Estates Court, Ireland, and
cousin of Major-General John Longfield, C.B.

FROM Cork, yesterday, having left the 17th
July, the barque Fairlie, Captain Garratt, with
308 emigrants under the superintendence of Dr.
W. Pratt. Passengers-Mr. and Mrs. H. J
Miss Isabella Gore, Mrs. Baldock. Miss Baldock,
Miss Agnes Baldock, Miss Eliza Baldock, Rev.
Mr. and Mrs. John Longfield, Miss Mary Long
field, Miss Longfield, Mr. M. Longfield Mr. J.
Longfield and four children.

The Empire, Sydney, 1871.
On the 16th June, at Strathalbyn, near Bowen, Queens-
land, cruelly murdered by the blacks, George Augustus,
youngest son of the late John Longfield, B.A., of Balmain,
aged 28 years.


Metro NSW
Courtesy of Kevin Banister

KEYES Richard
Richard KEYES born c1797 Ireland, died 15 Jan 1862 aged 65 years. Wife Sarah KEYES (nee) SAUNDERS born c1808 Ireland, died 15 ? 1870, aged 62 years. They were married in Ireland and found 2 daughters born in Ireland. Mary ROSS (nee) KEYES born c1840 Ireland, died 1872, Roma, Qld. Jane WEBB (nee) KEYES born c1846 Ireland, died 1897, Orange, NSW. The family migrated to NSW, and settled at 'Waddon' and 'Pemberton' estates, Parramatta. Both Richard and Sarah died at 'Pemberton'



CUTLER Isabella nee Castley
Born Cavan, Ireland
Courtesy of Tess Robson


regional Qld

Great grandfather to J.C.
Born: Kilmeague, Kildare, Ireland 
Died: Cairns, Queensland Passenger Lists, 1848-1912 Name John Cross Age 10 Birth Year abt 1876 Place of Origin Dublin, Ireland Ship Name Duke of Westminster Port of Departure London, England Port of Arrival Brisbane Arrival Date 11 Jan 1886

 Courtesy of J.C. 
Patrick Tierney and his wife Ellen Tierney (Lee) are buried in Cairns Cemetery. Patrick was born in Cloone, Leitrim, Ireland in 1852. Ellen Lee was born in Labbamolaga, Cork, Ireland in around 1847-55. They are listed in the Far North Queensland, Australia, Pioneers & Settlers Registers, 1825 -1920. Interestingly, the Irish on my mother's side are Protestants, whilst on my father's side they are Catholics. 
The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942) Thu 11 Aug 1932
Mr. Patrick Tierney, who for nearly- 40 years was on the staff of the Queensland Railways Department, died in Cairns on 21st. ult., after a long and painful illness, He had reached 80 years of age, after a strenuous and eventful life. Born in County Leitrim, Ireland, he arrived in Brisbane in June, 1874, on the sailing vessel Royal Dane. After working for some time on railway constructions in New South Wales and Queensland, Mr. Tierney engaged in hotel and storekeeping at Camp Oven Creek, on the Clohesy River, and in 1894 joined the Queensland Railway Department, in which he worked until he reached the retiring age. A grown-up family of three sons and one daughter survive him: Messrs. J. Tierney (Cairns), W. F. Tierney (Cairns), J. Tierney (Bowen), and Mrs. J. Cross (Jaggan). The funeral moved from the residence of his son (Mr. W. F. Tierney, No. 3 Pembroke-street, Cairns) on Friday, 22nd ult. for St. Monica's Church, where the prayers were read by Rev. Father E. Kenrick, O.S.A., who also officiated at the graveside in Martyn-street cemetery. The funeral was a very large one, deceased being widely known and highly esteemed.

Sydney, NSW

DOYLE family
Courtesy of Kerry Mahony

"If you walk around the Catholic section of the cemetery at Waverley, you see, inscribed on many of the headstones, the stonemasons' names ... Doyle and Dukes.
These men were:
James Arthur Clarence Doyle, son of Denis Doyle (1827-1872) and Mary Doyle (1829-1908). Denis and Mary and all this branch of the Doyles were from Co.Wicklow and arrived in NSW in the 1850s ... and ... the 'Jukes' was Thomas James Jukes.
James Doyle was my first cousin x3 removed, his mother, Mary, was a sister of my 2 x great grandfather, Matthew Doyle (1822-1904).
The headstone of Mary Doyle and three of her sons, Michael, Matthew and Edmund are in Rookwood.. Denis and their son, Thomas, had been buried in Petersham Catholic Cemetery in 1872 and 1875. Many of the graves from Petersham (at least the headstones) were taken to Rookwood Cemetery when the land at Petersham Cemetery was used to widen the rail line and make room for the Church.
I have many relatives buried at Waverley. I just thought it was interesting to start with this one because of the role played by the son and brother of those named on this headstone. 
Mary and Denis arrived from Wicklow on Golden Era, 16 June 1855. Their first three sons started the voyage with them but the third died during the voyage."

PLUNKETT William Edward
son of Captain Plunkett


Sydney, NSW

CARTON  John Senior Constable
Courtesy of Kevin Banister

Senior Constable John CARTON born c1836 County of Wexford, Ireland. Died 23/5/1882 at Manly aged 47. A brave man with a history as a Trooper/Senior Constable at Manly stretching up to Palm Beach



Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Mr Lott BRUGGY of the North Lismore Hotel died expectantly leaving a wife and a large family of daughters.
Mrs Lott BRUGGY advertised the Hotel for sale in February 1882.
Northern Star Lismore, 25/2/1882.
JAS. STOCKS has received instructions from
the proprietor, to offer for absolute sale at
Auction, at the Mart, Moleswnrth-street, Lis-
more, on SATURDAY, the 4th day of March, -
All that piece or parcel of land, situated at
North Lismore, portion 13, containing by
admeasurement 2 acres 2 roods and 13
perches, more or less, together with all
the premises erected thereon, consisting
of the Licensed Hotel known as the
containing rooms, with outhouses,
stables, yard, paddock, &c., &c, all in
in good and substantial order, and at
present occupied by Mrs Lott Bruggy. 
The above magnificent property situated
on the Point, fronting the Main River at Lismore,
at the Junction of Wilson and Leycester
Creeks, is without doubt in the best position in
the district for the establishment of a profitable
and first class Hotel. The Iron Bridge now in
course of construction over Wilson Creek, to
be followed by another Bridge over Leycester
Creek, connecting the Casino road with North
Lismore, will meet directly in front of the
Hotel : from which proceeds the main road to
the Tweed River, and Queensland, all the
country en route, comprising some of the richest
agricultural lands in the colony, and capable of
producing without limit, and without fear of
frost, sugar cane, and other semi-tropical
produce, to the greatest perfection.
Terms-Liberal-at Sale. Title-Torrens' Act.
x  Kevin Banister
Lott and Eliza BRUGGY (nee MacNAMMARA) were married 1866 at Richmond River. 
1867. Hannah born
1869. Ellen born
1873. Eliza born
1876. Stephen born
1879. Un named born
1880. Bridgett born.
All children were born around the Lismore Richmond area


NSW Regional
Courtesy of Gail Christopher
"Ann Dillon was my gr x 3 aunt, the daughter of Bryan and Mary McNamara, she was their youngest daughter and the first of my McNamara's born in Australia. She was fine horsewoman -"The late Hon. James Gormly, MLC knew the McNamara family well and remembers Miss Anne McNamara winning the Ladies Race on the Wagga Racecourse in 1855. The prize was thirty sovereigns. The other ladies competing were Miss Mary Maguire and Mrs Bratton. The Hon. James said "Miss McNamara - later Mrs John Dillon - was then known as the best horsewoman in the district. I am doubtful if her equal could be found in Australia". " Gail Christopher


MULQUINY  and CURTIN homesteads
Ballarat Star 24 Feb 1872 


Metro NSW

Courtesy of Kerry Mahony

Frank's great-grandparents were James Mahony and Bridget Rush. James was probably born in Bandon, Co Cork in 1833. It is possible that his parents were James Mahony and Mary Byrne. Bridget was born in Five Dock, NSW, in 1842. Her parents were John Loughry (Rush) (1806-1882) and Margaret Kean (1811-1895) ... both from Ballyvaughan. John and Margaret migrated to NSW in 1841. They had four more children ... all born in NSW.
After marrying James in 1860 in Campbelltown, NSW, Bridget had 13 children in 24 years. She died at 42 years of age in 1884, with the youngest of her four children being under five years of age. 
Bridget's parents had arrived in NSW in 1841. On board with them were their three eldest children: Mary (1832-1899), Thomas (1834-1918) and John (1839-1937). These three were born in Barneyburn, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. 
Bridget's father was John Loughry. John had changed his name to Rush. John was the son of John Loughry and Sarah Ryan from Barneyburn, Ballyvaughan. 
Bridget's mother was Margaret Kean, the daughter of Patrick Kean and Sybilla McCain. Both Patrick and Sybilla were deceased before 1841... again from Ballyvaughan.
I'm hoping that some of you know the stories of the Mahonys, the Loughrys, the Keans and the McCains ... maybe even the Byrnes!!!


QLD-outside of Brisbane

Courtesy of Kevin Banister
Born 22/3/1846 Morpeth NSW
Died 11/1/1929 Harrow Street, Mitchell, Qld. Senility and heart failure. He was cremated, buried in Mitchell Cemetery.
Wife Mary Jane T Adaway (nee Hume) born 11/12/1855, Liverpool Plains, NSW.
Died 1894 Gunnedah, NSW
Thomas ADAWAY born c1808 Buckinghamshire, England
Died 4/8/1898 Singleton, NSW.
Catherine ADAWAY (nee McCool) born c1820 County Donegal, Ireland.
Died 14/7/1877 Singleton, New South Wales. Died as a result of burns when her clothes caught on fire. Buried Queens Street Cemetery, Singleton, NSW. Buried with husband Thomas.
Daughter of John and Mary
Eveline Jane Cooke (nee Adaway) born 23/3/1883 Gunnedah, NSW.
Died 5/5/1951 Bollon, Queensland, myocarditis; pneumonia. Buried Bollon, Queensland.
Inquest into the death of Catherine ADAWAY
DEATH BY BURNING—An inquest was held 
before the Coroner, Dr. Glennie, at the Cale-
donia Hotel, George-street, Singleton, on
Monday, the 2nd instant, on the body of Cathe-
rine Adaway, then and there lying dead, when
the following evidence was adduced.—Thomas
Adaway deposed : I am a free selector, and re-
side at Big Flat ; the deceased, Catherine Ada-
way, was my wife; about four o'olock on Friday
last I left deceased sitting on a stool by the fire
inside the house ; went about sixty yards,
when I heard her scream; I looked back and
saw her outside the house all in flames; I went
back and took her clothes off as quickly as I
could, and I then found she was very severely
burnt over the greater part of the body ; I sent
to Singleton for medical assistance, and Dr.
Read came out and saw her; she died about
three o'clock yesterday morning; she was fifty
seven years of age.—Mary Knight, a mar-
ried woman, and daughter of the de-
ceased, deposed that she was sent for
on Friday afternoon last, when she found
her mother lying in bed very much burnt about
the body and arms.—Richard Read deposed : I
am a duly qualified medical practitioner, resid-
ing at Singleton; on Friday evening last at ten
o'clock I saw the deceased at Big Flat ; she was
then in a state of collapse, resulting from exten-
sive burns; I found the back from the nape of
the neck to the buttocks a mass of scarred
flesh ; the right arm and right leg were also
extensively burnt, also the left leg ; I applied
the usual remedies, but from the extent of the
burns I expected a fatal result ; I heard yester-
day morning that she was dead; I consider
death was caaused from the extensive burns.—The
jury returned a verdict that Catherine Adaway
died from injuries received in consequence of
her clothes accidentally taking fire.
It may be that after the death of Johns wife Mary he moved to Queensland to be with other members of the family that had moved up that way and could have been living near or with his daughter Eveline.

FURY Thomas died 15/4/1891 {also FUREY}
FURY Margaret died 7/2/1913 {also FUREY}
McKENNA James died 31/1/1909
McKENNA Francis died 26/12/1905
McKENNA Mary Ellen died 12/3/1911
All buried Mitchell Cemetery Queensland
To the Worshipful the Justices of the Peace, acting in and for the district of Roma, and Sub-District of Mitchell, in the Colony of Queensland. I THOMAS FURY, now residing at Mitchell, in the sub-district of Mitchell, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply at the next Special Licensing Meeting to be holden for this District, on the 14th day of August next ensuing, for a COUNTRY PUBLICANS LICENSE for the Sale of Fermented and Spirituous Liquors in the house and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in Cambridge-street, Mitchell The house contains two sitting-rooms, bar, and five bedrooms, exclusive of those required for my own family. I rent this house from Messrs. D. &. J. Benjamin and Co. It is not now licensed, and which I intend to keep as an Inn or Public House under the sign of the "SHAMROCK HOTEL."
I am married, having a wife and two children, and I have not held a license before.
Given under my hand, this 9th July, 1877. THOMAS FURY.
A large party of horsemen were scouring the bush yesterday and to-day for Mr. Furey, of the Shamrock Hotel, who is lost. No tidings as yet and great fears are entertained as to his being recovered alive.
Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 27 March 1880, page 3
I am glad to report that after two days' successful scouring the bush Mr. Fury was found, but in a very exhausted condition, in a scrub, seven miles from Mr. Crouch's station, on the Mackandilla. He had been lost four days and had only one drink of water during the time. Every one turned out here that could command a horse to join in the search. Great praise is due to the Messrs. Crouch for their exertions, and to their aged mother, who is now 63, for her kindness and hospitality in supplying and preparing refreshments for the searchers.
January 3rd, 1889.
To the Licensing Authority of the Licensing
District of Mitchell, acting under the "Licensing Act of 1835."
I, MATHEW JOYCE, being the holder of a Licensed Victualler's Licence under the said Act for the premises known as the SHAMROCK HOTEL, situated in Cambridge street Mitchell, in the said district, hereby give notice that I intend to apply at the next Monthly Meeting of the said Licensing Authority to TRANSFER the said License to THOMAS FURY, of Mitchell, late licensed victualler of the Shamrock Hotel, Mitchell.
And I, the said Thomas Fury, of Mitchell, late licensed victualler of the Shamrock Hotel, Mitchell, hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply that such Transfer may be granted to me. I am married, having a wife but no family and have held a licence before for the
Shamrock Hotel, Mitchell for the past ten years.
Dated this 7th day of January 1889
M. Joyce.
Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 12 January 1889, page 3
Margaret FUREY put the Well-known SHAMROCK HOTEL up for sale in 1901
In August 1904 Margaret had taken over the bakery business in Mitchell of James McKENNA and made sure that everyone one knew she was not responsible for any debts incurred by him via an advert in the Western Star.
She was still the owner of the Shamrock and in 1906 she transferred the lease to Mary Ellen McKENNA (she was a spinster and had never held a license before)
Another old Mitchell identity passed away on the 27th in the person of Mr. F. McKenna, who had been ill for some time past. The deceased was one of the first to take up land at the first land court, in 1884, when he took up 320 acres near the town, which is now known as Mount. McKenna. The funeral took place in the afternoon and was largely attended. The Rev. Father Lee officiated at the grave.
James McKENNA, of Mitchell, died suddenly on Sunday afternoon, the 31st January. The news of his death was a shock, as he had only returned from a trip to Sydney looking very well. He took ill on Saturday night, and although he was walking about on Sunday morning he grew suddenly worse about 2 o'clock and died at 4 p.m. The funeral, which was a very large one, took place on Monday. The members of the local branch of the H.A.C.B. Society, of which deceased was a foundation member, marched to the cemetery in front of the hearse. The Rev. Father Masterson officiated at the grave, which was covered with the wreaths sent by kind friends. The deepest sympathy is felt for his sister, Miss M. E. McKenna, and his aunt, Mrs. Furey, who is one of the oldest and most respected residents of Mitchell.
Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948), Saturday 6 February 1909, page 2
Ellen and James were children of Francis McKENNA who was the brother of Margaret FUREY (nee McKENNA)


TURNBULL Alfred William 
buried in Mitchell Cemetery QLD
Darling Downs Gazette (Qld: 1881 - 1922), Friday 3 February 1882, page 3
It is with feelings of poignant sorrow (says the Mitchell correspondent of the, Western Star, under date January 28) we announce to our readers the sad intelligence of the death of Mr A. W. Turnbull, of Mitchell, which occurred, it is supposed, early on Friday morning last, under the most distressing circumstances. On Thursday, the 19th instant, he left Mitchell for Forest Vale to examine the works carried out by the Wallumbilla Divisional Board, he being superintendent of works and clerk to that board. It was known to be his intention to be back at Mitchell on Monday evening, having sent a message to town to that purport. Not arriving, however, on Tuesday evening, suspicion of something wrong was at once aroused by his immediate friends. Mr M'llwaine set out for the workmen's camp on Wednesday to institute inquiries about Mr Turnbull, but learned there that nothing was heard or seen of the missing gentleman. On Thursday a search party was organised, and early on Friday morning over twenty horsemen left Mitchell to scour the country in search of Mr. Turnbull. Mr. Lethbridge, of Forest Vale, to whom is due great praise, had whatever station hands he held available also on the search, and for further information he came on to Mitchell, but finding that nothing was known in Mitchell of the unfortunate gentleman, he went back to assist in the search. When about nine miles from this town, at a place called 'Peg-leg Gully,' and not over two hundred yards from the road, Mr Lethbridge, by the merest accident, observed a legging suspended from the branch of a tree, and upon examining the locality found to his horror the dead body of the unfortunate gentleman lying under the shade of a large log with his shirt under his head serving for a pillow, about fifty yards from where the legging was hanging. The other legging was lying on the ground with a stone laid on it; no doubt to attract the attention of those whom he expected would be looking for him. Mr Lethbridge returned to Mitchell at once and made arrangements to have the body brought in for interment which were carried out without delay by Sergeant Byrne. The sufferings the deceased underwent—considering the temperature of Tuesday and Wednesday — must have been terrible in the extreme. In addition it is understood he was not very strong for some time previous to his leaving Mitchell. It appears that Mr Turnbull was within 300 yards of water, on either side of him, without knowing that the valuable beverage was within his reach. The deceased gentleman was educated at Sandhurst and held a commission as captain in one of Her Majesty's infantry regiments; and though not having seen active service be figured all through the stormy scenes of 1805-66 in the South of Ireland, and subsequently in Canada at the Buffalo fiasco between General John O'Neill and General Booker. He arrived in Queensland in 1875 and shortly afterwards applied for and passed a successful examination as licensed surveyor. In all the relations of private life he was courteous, kind, and accessible, displaying the characteristic of a cultured intellect and a well-bred English gentleman; always exhibiting a horror of that morgue arixtocratique which is generally associated with the vain, the vulgar, the weakminded, and the parvenu. Whilst his loss is deplored by all sections of the community, the deepest sympathy is entertained for his bereft widow and children. On Saturday morning his remains were conveyed, followed by a numerous funeral cortege, to the Mitchell cemetery, and after the usual Church of England burial service was read by Mr M’llwaine the earth closed over all that was mortal of him for ever.
TURNBULL —On the 27th January, found dead in the bush, nine miles from Mitchell, A. W. Turnbull, licensed surveyor, late lieutenant H.M. 25th Regiment, aged 35. (18 Feb 1882 The Queenslander)
Courtesy of Dianne Woodstock

CORBETT Bridget (nee CLEARY) 
died 17 Feb 1892 – buried Mitchell Cemetery Queensland
Bridget was born in Ireland and married to John CORBETT in NSW in 1869. 
They had at least 2 children in NSW (George Alfred in 1870 and Henry James in 1872 – there was also an Annie born in 1874 which may be their child as well)
They had at least 8 children in Qld. Sadly as happened, they lost little ones.
1875 Born and died Alice May
1877 Born Jessie Mary died 1883
1882 Born and died John Edward
1880 Born Ada Agnes died 1882
John was a hotelier. In 1877, his hotel was Garryowen Hotel in Donnybrook, then in about 1882 he took over the Bird-In-The-Hand in Muckadilla and then finally to the The Green Gate Hotel in Mitchell.
Bridget was only 46 when she died in 1892
Sources QLD BDM, NSW BDM and Trove 
Courtesy of Dianne Woodstock
CORBETT  x Kevin Banister

Brisbane Courier 27/11/1899
MITCHELL, November 26.
A disastrous fire occurred at 1 o'clock this morning, resulting in the complete destruction of the Green Gate Hotel, with the exception of the stables. Some of the furniture was saved. Nothing is known as to the origin of the fire. Mr. John Corbett was the owner of the premises, and the lessee, Mr. John Barnes, had only been in possession for three months. 

In an earlier posting of these headstones the question was about the 'triangles' in front of the headstones and if they were bell holders. As mentioned above Mr Corbett was a hotelier, his last pub being the Green Gate. I believe that they may have been from his pubs and when in his pubs did hold a bell that was normally mounted behind the bar of the pub. When the bell was rung by the publican it meant 'last drinks' closing time. Ringing the bell these days on behalf of someone else meant that that person was shouting the bar. Mr Corbett may have placed the 'bell holders' himself indicating his hotel links and possibly indicating 'last drinks' for his family members.

The photo is an ad by a Mr Boyle advertising the Green Gate Hotel 1899, obviously just before it burnt down.

CORBETT George A J died 5th Feb 1895 – buried Mitchell Cemetery Queensland
Since my last letter another well known and highly respected resident of the town. Mr. G. A. Corbett, has passed away. Though his health for sometime had been cause of considerable anxiety to his family and friends, the end came so suddenly we could hardly realise the fact. The deceased, a native of Sydney, came to the Colony when quite a child, returning to Sydney after some years, to complete his education at St. Joseph's College, in the city where he remained for three years returning to Mitchell in 1887. He soon afterwards commenced business as a merchant in partnership with his brother Mr. H. J. Corbett, and established the firm known as G. and H Corbett. He was quiet and unassuming, but at the same time had a jovial temperament, he was a universal favorite, and in the many positions he held showed himself anxious all times to promote the welfare of the town. As a member of the rifle corps, he took on the position of President for one term and until the last took a great interest in the corp, also a member of cricket club and ??? club, and of the Native Association.
A staunch chairman, for the last four years he had filled the office of secretary to St Patrick's R. C. church committee and with the late Mr M J O'Sullivan took active steps during his term of office to have the church added to and renovated. He was also, before his health failed an energetic member of the church choir, and for some time acting as organist. The funeral which took place on Thursday morning, was essentially representative, all joining in the procession desirous of paying the last tribute of respect. The Rev. Father Capra, of Roma, officiated at the grave, and after the service a volley of twenty-one guns were shot by members of "the Rifle Club", who is present under command of Mr J Holland president of the club. The deceased was only 24 years of age, leaves a wife and one child, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt.
What a huge record for such a young man.
George married Christina Mary Graham in 1893 and the following year they had a daughter, Mary Bridget Josephine CORBETT. Christina never married again and passed away in Brisbane in 1961.
George is the son of Bridget CORBETT above.


NSW Regional

Courtesy of Gail Christopher
"My gr x 3 grandparents Alexander McMillan b1797 Londonderry, Ireland died 1886 Oxley Island, Taree, NSW and Martha nee Boyle b 1807 Londonderry, Ireland died 1884 Taree, NSW - they are buried in the Taree Estate Cemetery - Alexander and Martha arrived on the Minerva in 1838 (known as the typhoid ship) with 4 of their children, the family were one of the few to remain untouched by the typhoid outbreak on the ship - sadly 4 of their Australian born children died between November 1849 and September 1850"
More details re the cemetery at


NSW Regional
Courtesy of Kevin Banister

AULL William Robert. 
Born 1824 in the Colony, Died 1850. He was the son of Robert and Jane AULL (nee THOMPSON). Both parents were native of Ireland. Both convicts, and tried in Ireland, he sentenced to life and she to seven years. They arrived in the Colony aboard 'Francis and Eliza' on 8 Aug 1815. They were married at Richmond NSW in 1817. Robert was granted 2 acres and 1.36 acres on Ham Common around 1822 and a further 2 acres in 1834. He was also granted 50 acres at Kurrajong in 1823. Between 1821 and 1823 he was a district constable for the Evan district and the district pound keeper. He was charged in 1826 at Windsor for breaking an agreement with his convict employee. Robert was born c1791, Ballykelly, Ireland. Died 10/3/1876, Conobolas,Orange, NSW. Jane was born c1787, Dublin, Ireland. Died December 21 1828, at age 42 in Richmond NSW Australia.She was buried in St Peters Richmond NSW Australia. William AULL was the only son amongst 4 daughters.



Colac Herald May 2, 1902


Metro NSW 
Saint Charles' Catholic Cemetery 

Lucy Teresa Doyle (1840-1904) was born in Wicklow. She was the daughter of James and Margaret Doyle (nee McDonnell). Lucy married Joseph John Spruson (1840-1896). Joseph had been born on the voyage to NSW. His parents, Joseph Spruson (1814-1887) and Mary Riley (1814-1860) were natives of Dublin and Fearnes, Co Wexford respectively.
Lucy and Joseph made a significant contribution to the emerging nation. Joseph was present at the first St Vincent de Paul Society meeting in the Colony. The meeting took place at St Patrick’s School Room on 24 July 1881
Joseph was a reader for the government and he contributed to the issue of copyright. Their son, Wilfred Joseph, was a member of Parliament for Gipps ward. He contributed to the emerging Nation by addressing the issue of patents.
In 1870, Joseph Spruson was the First General Secretary of the St VdeP Society in the Colony.
In 1880, Joseph was the New South Wales Registrar of Copyrights
Joseph’s obit
Lucy’s obit

Contributed by Kerry Mahony, 3x great niece of Lucy Spruson

Catholic Press Sat 31 Oct 1896 Joseph SPRUSON  thanks to Noelene Harris

The Freeman's Journal 27 Feb 1904 p19 Mrs SPRUSON


Victoria, Australia
Photo - Victoria Falkland       
Information - Kevin Banister, Marion Jones
NOTE: Patrick and Ellen were married County Clare 26th Nov 1856.
Michael was born c1859, Melbourne, Victoria.
Died 21st Jun1935, Riddells Creek, Victoria aged 75
Johanna was born 1865, Riddells Creek.
Died 1867, Riddells Creek aged 2.
Hororah (Norah) was born 1870, Riddells Creek
Died 1870, Riddells Creek.
It would appear that Patrick and Ellen arrived in Victoria between 1857 and the birth of Michael in 1859.
Death Certificate
Record information
Event registration number 7528
Registration year 1908
Personal information
Family name KILMARTIN
Given names Patk (Patrick)
Sex Unknown (Male)
Father's name Kilmartin Jno (John)
Mother's name Johannah (Daly)
Place of birth
Place of death Riddells Ck
Age 92

Victoria, Australia

 All courtesy of Noelene Harris
The Age, Melbourne 11 Sep 1900
BELL Moore
The Argus, Melbourne 10 Apr 1899 
Mary Eliza Matilda
The Argus, Melbourne 16 Nov 1943 

The Barrier Miner Broken Hill 6 Jul 1909 

Regional NSW
Information courtesy of Paddy Corr...
"I have been fascinated by the headstone on the grave of Mary Rennie, b 1832, Co Clare Ireland, d 2 Aug 1908 located in the Forster Cemetery, NSW.

Her Death Notice in The Sydney Morning Herald a month later advises:
RENNIE.-August 2, 1908, at her residence, Darawank,
Lower Wallamba, Mary, beloved wife of James Rennie (nee Kelehere, nee De Lore), in her 77th year.
Native County Clare, Ireland. Leaving eight children, 50 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss.
Mother to Mrs. M. E. Smith and Mrs. Archer, of St. John's Road, Glebe. May her soul through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Coronors records indicate she died from "The effects of burns accidentially received". Her maiden name was Keleher/Kelleher. Her first husband was Joseph Francis De Lore/Delleur (with whom she had all her children) passed away in 1879 after which she married James Rennie in 1881. James died the year after Mary.

I have now discovered why I have been drawn to researching her story. Not only is she buried a few metres from my Father-in-law, but she also arrived in Australia on 1 May 1856 on the same steamer, the Commodore Perry as my Great Grandfather, Simon O'Neill and his Brothers, Mathew and Edmund. How serendipitous!"

Regional NSW
Courtesy of Paddy Corr..
"Simon was from Powerstown and Fetherd, Co Tipperary, Ireland and arrived in Sydney on 1 May 1856 on the steamer Commodore Perry with his older brothers, Matthew and Edmund (recorded with the name Neal) to join their elder brother Patrick. They set off for the Monaro and the gold diggings at Kiandra."
Monaro Mercury, and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser (NSW : 1862 - 1931), Monday 27 September 1926, page 2

Death of Adaminaby Octogenarian.
The death of Mrs. Frances Mary O'Neill widow of the late Mr. Simon O'Neill, of Dry Plain occurred on Thurs-
day last, at the advanced age of 83 years. The deceased lady was born in Oxfordshire, England, and when an infant of three years came to Sydney in the sailing ship James Gibbs. The family made: the journey to Monaro in a 'bul-lock dray, the only means of transit available at -that time. The late Mrs. O'Neill lived the greatest portion of her life at Dry Plains, and latterly at Adaminaby.
Like many early colonists Mrs. O'Neill could relate some thrilling goldfield tales, and also a great many connected with the aborigines of the district who were then fairly numerous. She remembered Adaminaby when only a stockman's but was there, and no other building for miles around, and she was soon after arrival lost lor three days in the bush. Of a hospitable nature, she was respected by all and lived a quiet life. Her husband predeceased her eight years ago, but a brother, Mr. Joseph Stopp of Dry Plain, survives her. Her sons are Messrs. John, Joseph, Edward and Thomas, of Dry Plain and Simon of Cooma; her daughters being Mrs. Casey, Adaminaby, Mrs. S. L. Smith and Mrs. W. Burke of Fairfield, Mrs. J. Talbot of Kogarah, and Mrs. P. J. Maguire of Moree. Other survivors are 27 grand children, and 13 great grand children. The funeral took place at the Adaminaby cemetery on Friday last, the very Rev. Dean Norris officiating. The pall bearers were Messrs Arthur Shanley, William and Michael Casey and Laurie Adams. Wreaths were from A. Mould, Mr. and Mrs. H. Shanley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Delany and Alice, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Russell, Sons and daughters, Nellie and husband and children, The Stopp family, Mrs. G, Kershaw, Mrs. I. Burgess, Mrs. T. Burgess, Mrs. Arthur Eccleston and family.




Courtesy of Helen Smith
"We have recently discovered, via Ancestry, that there is a headstone for our great great uncle, Martin Kinnane, in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The online entry contained the follow transcription "Erected by Michael Kinnane in memory of his loving brother Martin Kinnane native of Ballyvorda Co Clare, Ireland, who died 7 March 1887 aged 46 years. Requiescant in Pace. Also of Mary Nestor beloved wife of the above Michael Kinnane died 20 January 1904 aged 42 years R.I.P."
Michael and Martin along with two other brothers, James and Thomas all migrated to Victoria Australia in the 1850/60's. Thomas is our great grandfather and we were very excited to finally have a birthplace for our Kinnanes.
Today we visited the cemetery and found the headstone. In addition to the known inscriptions we found one written it what we think is Gaelic. We have tried to translate it without success and were wondering if anyone could assist us with this task."

“creideamh agus mo thír dúchais”, which means “faith and my native country” Linda Keohane



Courtesy of Michelle Wheeler
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Friday 10 April 1908, page 4
After a service of forty-one years with the firm of Messrs. Archer Brothers, Mr James Armstrong has resigned his position of manager of the Matcham farm and dairy of the firm. Mr Armstrong entered the employment of the Messrs. Archer on the 7th April, 1867, and he will retire on the 11th of April, 1908, his full service being thus forty-one years and four days. Mr Armstrong has been a notable farmer and dairyman in this district. In 1882 he built the first silo in Queensland and since then he has made many thousand tons ensilage. He has had charge of Matcham farm for twenty-eight years, and for the last eighteen years he has worked with great success the Matcham dairy factory and dairy herd. Messrs. Archer Brothers presented Mr. Armstrong on his resignation with a gold watch carrying an inscription expressing their esteem for his long and faithful services. Mr. Armstrong will in future reside on the dairy farm of his son James at Midgee Creek. Several of Mr Armstrong's sons are in the service of Messrs. Archer Brothers.

James and his wife (Mary Cochrane) were married in Cavan Ireland 4 days before sailing to Kepell Bay Queensland in 1864. His two sisters Anne and Jane also came to Qld. And his brother, wife and their 8 children who came over the year before



  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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