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Sunday's Obituary: Michael Quirk

Today's obituary is for Michael Quirk, who is my 4th Great Grandparent.  From Tipperary in Ireland he and his wife Honorah (nee Costello) came to Australia in 1841 on board the ship 'Gilbert Henderson', leaving behind their daughter Mary in Ireland with family. They went on to have a large family and in 1858 their daughter Mary (along with her maternal Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle) migrated to Australia and was finally reunited with her parents. Michael Quirk died on the 26th October 1886 at Wagra of old age.  He was buried at Wagragobilly Cemetery on the 28th October 1886.

Source: MEIDFIELD JOCKEY CLUB. (1886, November 2). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from

ANOTHER very old resident of the district has gone over to the great majority.  Mr. Michael Quirk of Adjenbilly, who had exceeded man's allotted term of life by ten years, died at his son Thomas's residence on Tuesday last, and was interred in the Wagra cemetery on Thursday, his remains being followed to their last resting place by a large number of friends by whom the deceased was deservedly respected.  Mr. Quirk came to Darbalara in 1843, consequently had been 43 years in the district, where he reared a large and respectable family.

Michael Quirk and Honorah Costello had the following known children:
  • Mary Pierse nee Quirk (c.1840 - 1924)
  • James Joseph Quirk (c.1842 - 1928)
  • Thomas Quirk (c.1844 - 1925)
  • Ann Holt nee Quirk (c.1846 - 1909)
  • Jane Quirk
  • Michael Quirk (c.1850 - 1933)
  • Bridget Byrnes nee Quirk (c.1852 - 1935)
  • Ellen Luff nee Quirk  (c.1854 - 1896)

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4618/1909  HOLT  ANN  63 YRS BENBOKA     BEMBOKA

Source: NSW BDM Indexes. Retrieved from

Memorial for Michael Quirk at Wagragobilly Cemetery

ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1886, December 10). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 8471. Retrieved June 28, 2020, from

In the will of Michael Quirke, late of Adginbilly, near Gundagai, in the Colony of New South Wales, farmer, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof in the New South Wales Government Gazette, application will be made to this Honorable Court, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the abovenamed deceased, who died on the 26th day of October last, May be granted to James Quirke and Thomas Quirke, the executors in the said will named. - Dated this 8th day of December, A.D. 1886.
Proctor for the Executors,
44,Castlereagh-street, Sydney.
8574          6s. 6d. 


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