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Wednesday's Will : Mary Donnelly

The will of Mary Donnelly (my great great Aunt) is the subject of today's post.  Mary Donnelly was born c.1870, one of twin daughters to James Donnelly and his wife Mary (nee Gallagher).  Mary's twin sister Bridget died in 1872.  Mary lived with her parents until their deaths, she never married or had any recorded children.  In her will Mary appointed Reverend Father Flanagan, Priest in Charge of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Mudgee (or his successor) and a Mr. John Downes to be her Executors and Trustees. No mention of her living siblings, nephews and nieces was made in her will. She desired that the proceeds of her Estate were to be converted into money and this money was to be used in connection with St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Mudgee.  Mary died on 3rd March 1937 and was buried at Mudgee General Cemetery (see here).  Reverend Father Edward Joseph Flanagan was granted Probate in April 1937, as John Downes renounced Probate, with Mary's Estate being valued at £122.13.3 net.  More about St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Mudgee can be found here and here.

New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952 Transcription

First name(s) Mary
Last name Donnelly
Death year 1937
Death date 03 Mar 1937
Occupation Spinster
Residence Mudgee NSW
Instrument Will
Will number 220056
Record set New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952
Category Life Events (BDMs)
Record collection Wills & probate
Collections from Australia & New Zealand

Source: FindMyPast.  New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952. Retrieved from

Source: dvertising. (1937, March 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.- Probate Jurisdiction.- In the Will of MARY DONNELLY late of Mudgee in the State of New South Wales.  Spinster deceased.- Application will be made after fourteen days from publication hereof that Probate of the Will of the abovenamed deceased dated the first day of June one thousand nine hundred and twenty-nine may be granted to EDWARD JOSEPH FLANAGAN (in the said Will called Reverend Father Flanagan) one of the Executors named in the Will the other Executor JOHN DOWNES named therein having renounced Probate and all persons having any claim against the Estate of the said deceased are required to forward particulars thereof to the undersigned within the said period and all notices may be served at the undermentioned address.  WALTER B DONNELLY Proctor for the Executor Market-Street, Mudgee.  By his agent : PAUL F. O'BRIEN, Solicitor, 133 Pitt-Street, Sydney.

NSW BDM Death certificate for Mary Donnelly

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NSW BDM Death Indexes


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