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Patrick O'Brien

Picture shown is of Patrick's son William who was wounded in action and subsequently died in France on 23/4/1917

Patrick O'Brien from Miltown Malby, ( but we are awaiting confirmation that it was likely he was born in the parish south of Miltown close to Annagh/Mullagh), County Clare arrived in Toowomba, Queensland around 1876;  He started first in a shop in Russell Street and progressed to Post Office Mailings and eventually to milling.  He established the Defiance Milling Company and later with his friend Mr. Horan a mill in Brisbane. Patrick O'Brien married Ellen Fitzgerald.

William D.P. O'Brien

William Daniel Patrick O'Brien or (W.D.P. O'Brien) was born in Killaloe, County Clare in 1847.

He went with his parents to Australia when he was about 3 years of age.  He developed a significant interest in the search for gold as a young man and travelled to Bendigo, Eldorado, Forbes and New Zealand, but still had not found his fortune.  Eventually he heard of the excitement caused by promising finds in Adelong and returned to New South Wales.  He worked on the Gibraltar reef with some friends but had to travel to Queensland to raise the funds to realise the value of the Gibraltar find.

Mary Casey

Mary Casey from Ennistymon, County Clare travelled to Australia as one of the famine orphans on the Thomas Arbuthnot in 1850.

She is sometimes listed as being from Ennis but her death notice says Annistymon which we assume is a spelling error.

She worked for F.W. Vyner in the Tumut area and married Thomas Healy in 1852.   After many years hard work, they bought their

own holding in Lacmalac and became industrious pioneers.  Tumut is the major centre of a rich grazing area that is located in the foothills of Kosciuszko 

National Park.

Mary Ann Roughan

Mary Ann Roughan went from Scarriff workhouse, County Clare to Australia on the Thomas Arbuthnot in 1850.

She was only 16 years.

She married John Collins that same year and lived at Fairy Hole Creek.

Their children were

Elizabeth Collins

Thomas Collins

John Collins

Margaret Collins

Roseanne Collins.

She died shortly after the birth of Roseanne

Catherine Noonan

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

Norah Cunneen/Cuneen

Norah Cunneen was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Farmer).

She travelled to Australia with her 4 sisters, Bridget Cuneen, Ann Cuneen, Mary Cunneen, and Kate Cunneen.

She married Timothy John McCarthy in 1889 and they developed the Exchange Hotel in Muttaburra in 1898.

Their five daughters helped them operate this business.

Mary Ellen (Nell) Bullen

Norah Agnes Hall  - 2 sons  John Robert Hall and Neil Robert Hall

Annie (Bub) Ussher

Edith (Mudge)

Katherine (Kitty) Johns

Her sisters married

Mrs Sam Clemesha, Hughenden, Mrs Clarke, Wondai, Mrs. Manning, Longreach, Mrs.

Margaret Nelson

Margaret Nelson was one of the Clare orphan girls who sailed to Sydney, Australia on the Thomas Arbuthnot in 1850.

Her parents John (William) and M were both dead and she left the Scarriff workhouse at age 16.

She could not read or write and had no relatives in the colony.

She was initially employed as a house servant in North Brisbane.

She married Jessie Wright in 1850.

Her son William Wright was born in 1851  d.1916 and daughter Margaret Ann Wright (Weir) was born in 1854 - d.1927

She married Charles Hagger in 1856.

She married Christopher Lopdell in 1856 and lived in Drayton,

Bridget Davies (Davis)

Bridget Davies (Davis) was one of the orphan girls who left the workhouse in Scarriff, County Clare on the Earl Grey Orphan Scheme.  She sailed on the Thomas Arbuthnot to Sydney in 1850.

Her parents were Patrick and Jane and both were dead when she travelled.

She had a relation in the colony Jane Ringrose.

She was first employed by W. Howell, Arkstone Forest, Burrowa.

She married a shepherd Amie Louis Huon in September 1851 and had 5 sons and one daughter.

There is a possibility that her home parish was Feakle but currently we have listed her as Scarriff as that is where the workhouse

Hannah McMahon

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

Julia Salmon

Julia Salmon was born approximately 1817 in Killaloe, County Clare.

Her father was Patrick Salmon and mother Anne (nee Hewitt).

She arrived in Sydney on 30th August 1841 on the Adam Lodge as a bounty immigrant. Immigration records disclose that she was a farm servant, a Catholic, illiterate and under the protection of William Crotty. Family rumour suggests that Julia had a brother Patrick Salmon who had emigrated to the USA

She married the convict John Champley on 17th September 1842.

There is a very interesting book written by their descendant Peter Hinds - The Campbelltown convicts.