ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791

While having a quite coffee at the National Library of Australia cafe I came across an article in their June 2016 magazine on the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). My blog on Parramatta Cemetery contained information on first fleeters buried there, some have headstones but most don’t so it was exciting to discover that theContinue reading “ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791”

Parramatta, NSW. St John’s Cemetery

PECULIAR FAMILY TRIALS Have you ever been curious about why people visit cemeteries or headstones? I recently visited St John’s Cemetery for a tour by the Friends of St John’s Cemetery. These dedicated volunteers are passionate about St John’s and are doing their best to improve its appearance and maintenance. It is the oldest existingContinue reading “Parramatta, NSW. St John’s Cemetery”

Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’

Are they related? While researching John and Ellen O’Reilly’s family I kept coming across the family of Michael and Margaret O’Reilly, intertwined one with the another. O’Reilly is a common Irish name but I still wondered if they were related. I first encountered the ‘Other O’Reilly’s’ when I had trouble finding Mary Ellen O’Reilly’s birth inContinue reading “Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’”

Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly: Just a Little Trove Magic

Perseverance Rewarded.      Still struggling to find where John O’Reilly was buried. His marriage certificate showed his name as John Francis Benedict O’Reilly, an electrical engineer living in Petersham when he married Catherine Maude Wormersley, a dressmaker at St Thomas’ Church, Lewisham, New South Wales in May, 1913 at the age of 31 years.Continue reading “Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly: Just a Little Trove Magic”

Trove Detective: Ellen O’Reilly: Where is John?

In Search of John F. O’Reilly Now there are only the cemeteries for three of John & Ellen O’Reilly’s thirteen children left to find. Mary Ellen Walshe was buried at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park in 1969 & the youngest child, Lilian Kelly was cremated there in 1987. That leaves only John, the eldest surviving sonContinue reading “Trove Detective: Ellen O’Reilly: Where is John?”

Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.

Finding more ways around Rookwood Necropolis Babies Michael, Mary & Agnes O’Reilly have no headstone Cemetery Transcriptions are another way to trace family members you may be looking for, through inscriptions on headstones and memorials in cemeteries. It’s always rewarding to find where all the members of a family are located so they are rememberedContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.”

Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery

Finding & Remembering the Little Ones. At Rookwood Necropolis, I arrived armed with a spreadsheet listing all the O’Reilly’s I wanted to find and a map of the Catholic Section showing Section Mortuary 1, where the babies were buried. Nowadays, it’s so much easier. If you click on the online deceased search results it shouldContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery”

Ellen O’Reilly: Round & Round with the O’Reilly’s

What’s in a name? Rookwood Necropolis is a very large cemetery in Sydney which opened in 1868 and soon had it’s own mortuary station & hearse carriages. The staff of the various churches in Rookwood are very helpful but can be very busy so it helps to research as much as you can beforehand, especiallyContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly: Round & Round with the O’Reilly’s”

Ellen O’Reilly : An Irish Family in Australia.

Meet the O’Reillys Ellen O’Reilly is pictured here with her husband John and nine of their children about 1900. It seemed a simple task to identify the children in the photo as many were already known to the family. Not so, much confusion followed. Ellen died in 1933 and her death certificate revealed she and JohnContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly : An Irish Family in Australia.”

Yass, NSW. A Touch of Serendipity.

A Troop of Brennans in the NSW Police Force. Patrick James Brennan (1887-1935) A few years ago I was researching the family of Patrick James Brennan who was born at Tinonee, near Taree in 1887, where his father was a police constable. Patrick’s parents, John and Elizabeth Brennan were married at Cooma in 1881. PatrickContinue reading “Yass, NSW. A Touch of Serendipity.”