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Trove Tuesday - The Travels of Rosa and Mary Dargan in 1932

My Trove Tuesday article for this week concerns my first cousin five times removed Rosa Dargan (nee Last) and my second cousin four times removed Mary Dargan (Rosa's daughter) and their overseas travels in 1932.  Laurence Joseph Dargan had left them well provided for when he died in 1922, as he left an estate valued for probate at £93,217 with £10,000 held in trust until his daughter Mary was 21 (which she would have been in 1927) and the residue of his estate after bequests, being left to his wife Rosa.

Source: THE SOCIAL. (1932, January 21). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


Mrs. R. Dargan, of "The Elms," Binalong, and Miss Mary Dargan motored to Bondi last week to get a breath of sea air.  They expect to be at the seaside for about a month, and then hope to turn their faces toward the Old World, and the Congress at Dublin.  Miss Kathleen Clout, of "Rosemount," Bringle, is their guest at present.

Source: THE SOCIAL ROUND. (1932, April 21). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


Quite the largest of the many large "sendoff" parties gathered to see the "Orama" off on Wednesday week was the one assembled to bid "bon voyage to Mrs. R. Dargan, of "The Elms," Binalong, and Miss Mary Dargan.  Lovely floral gifts, baskets of flowers and a magnificent basket of fruit and flowers, books, sweets, dozens of telegrams also testified to the good wishes of absent and present friends.  Mrs. Dargan sailed in a navy flat crepe ensemble and a navy hat, and Miss Dargan looked charming in azure blue and a small blue hat, and amongst the gathering on the boat to say good-bye were Mesdames Meyers, Percy Berne, Mr. amd Mrs. W. Armstrong, Misses J., L. and Q. Winward, Dr. R. McEwan, Miss Bobbie Roche and Master John Roche, Misses M., A., and N., Ryan, Mr. M. Ryan, Misses Murphy (2) Mr. E. O'Dwyer, Misses N. and l. kILEY, h. Cunneen, M. Roche, Mr. Bob Hill and Mr. Norman Berne.

Source: THE SOCIAL ROUND. (1932, August 18). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


Mrs. R. Dargan, "The Elms," Binalong, and her daughter, Miss Mary Dargan, write the experiences of the Congress.  Most impressive and truly grand, they both say about the great functions.  Dublin city they love, and wrote from Cork, though they were to go back to Dublin.  They had met his Lordship Bishop Dwyer, of Wagga, and reported that he was looking much the better for his trip.

Source: THE SOCIAL ROUND. (1932, September 1). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


One by one we hear of our trippers to the Congress turning their thoughts homeward, and looking to necessary berth bookings.  Mrs R. Dargan, of Binalong, cabled last week that she and her daughter Mary may be expected home in early December.  Back in London after the Congress they attended the Royal Garden Party on July 21st.  It was a brilliant affair, as the day was perfect, the frocking of the ladies very gay, and the Palace Gardens were a delight to walk in.

Source: THE SOCIAL ROUND. (1932, October 20). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


Long, interesting letters from Mrs. R. Dargan and daughter Mary, tell of wonderful jaunts abroad.  They fairly revelled in the scenic beauties of Norway, which to them could scarcely be equalled anywhere.  Also they like Scotland for its solidity and its history, but at the time of writing they were enjoying Stratford-on-Avon and Shakespeare's home surroundings.  They attended one of his plays, " A Winter's Tale," and the scenery and production were magnificent.  They had just spent a very happy couple of weeks in the country home of Mr. and Mrs. McHale, in Worcestershire, their only taste of real country homelife in England, and it appealed very much to them.  Their letter were from "The Red Horse Inn," an old coaching days' souvenir, and they sat on the chair occupied by Washington Irving.  Also they visited Kenilworth.  They were pleased to renew acquaintance with Miss Mary McHale, who, as you may remember, made many friends amongst us during the time she spent in Bondi, the guest of her uncle, Very Rev. Father M. Fitzpatrick, P.P., Mrs. and Miss Dargan expect to arrive by the Chitral the first week in December.

Source: TRAVELLING ABROAD. (1932, November 4). The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), p. 2. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from



Miss Rosa Dargan, accompanied by Miss Mary Dargan, who have been touring abroad since last April, joined the P. and O. liner Chitral at Marseilles (France), on October 28, en route to Australia.  The boat is due in Sydney on December 1.  The Binalong tourists visited Dublin for the Congress, and have travelled extensively, not only in the British Isles, but also on the Continent.

 Source: WAISTLINES LOWER STILL. (1932, November 26). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from

Source: BINALONG. (1932, December 2). The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), p. 7. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from


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