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Catherine Noonan

Date of Birth: 
1834 approx
Date of Death: 

Catherine Noonan, daughter of Edward Noonan and Betty Noonan from Bodyke, County Clare, left the Scarriff Workhouse in 1850 on board the Thomas Arbuthnot which arrived in Sydney as part of the Earl Grey scheme.

At 16 years of age, she could neither read nor write and had no relatives in the colony.  She was employed as a servant with the Shelley family and moved with them to South Australia.

She married Henry Higgins, a shoemaker from Kent in 1851 and moved to Victorian Goldfields at Newstead.

They had 11 children and at least 65 grandchildren

William Henry Higgins born 1852 had 13 children and lived in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Maria Ann Higgins born 1854 married James Hedges

George Higgins born 1856

Sarah Higgins born 1857

Joseph Higgins born 1859

Charles Higgins born 1861

James Higgins born 1863

John Higgins born 1865

Samuel Higgins born 1866

Edward Higgins born 1868

Mary Higgins born 1871

Ellen Catherine Higgins

Grandaughters names include Florence who married Neil Valance, Martha married Charles Scott, and Doris Nellie Armstrong.

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