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Hannah McMahon

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Hannah McMahon was born about 1830 in Kilrush, County Clare.  She arrived in Victoria under Earl Grey's Irish Famine Orphan Scheme in 1849. 

She was employed by James Delany, a widower who had a three year old daughter, Bridget.  The property was located in what is now known as Wantirna, a suburb of Melbourne and originally covered 1920 acres. She married James in 1850 in Melbourne and the female witness was Bridget Sexton, also a Kilrush County Clare, orphan girl who arrived on the Pemberton.

Hannah and James had 8 children.


Mary Delany 1852 - 1861

Charles Delany 1853

Ellen Delany 1854 - 1937  ( married John Dunn) 

Annie Delany 1855 - 1932

James Alfred Delany 1856 - 1936

William Delany 1858 - 1861

Margaret Delany 1860 - 1861

Michael Delany 1861 - 1873

Sadly, Hannah lost her husband James, (accident) daughters  Mary Ann, Margaret and son William (Scarlet Fever) in 1861.

She later married Benjamin Little and had five more children.

Benjamin Little 1865 - 1866

Mary Jane Little 1866

Walter Benjamin Little 1870 - 1882

William James Little 1873 1946

John Little 1878 - 1938

Hannah outlived both her partners, changed her name to Ann Little and died from diabetes in 1905.

Her father was James McMahon and mother Ann McMahon

This research was contributed by Great Great Granddaughter, Mary Thomas to


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