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Donnelly-McInerney Marriage

Today's marriage involves Sylvester Gervase Donnelly who is my first cousin twice removed.  Sylvester was born in 1897 the son of Edward Donnelly and his wife Margaret Annie nee Buckley. On the 11th April 1938 Sylvester Gervase Donnelly married Kathleen Mary McInerney at St Lawrence's Catholic Church in Coonabarabran, New South Wales. Source: WEDDING (1938, April 28). Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from Transcript: WEDDING McInerney-Donnelly MISS Kathleen McInerney, of New Mollyan, and Mr. Sylvester Gervase Donnelly, also New Mollyan, were married at St. Lawrence's Catholic Church, Coonabarabran.  The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law Mr. J.L. Opferkuch, was frocked in a beautiful gown of magnolia satin, wearing an embroidered veil which was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms.  She carried a gorgeous bouquet of pink and cream ros

Edward Donnelly

My great great uncle Edward Donnelly was born in 1868 the son of James Donnelly and his wife Mary nee Gallagher.  He was destined to follow his father into farming until he suffered a life altering bout of rheumatic fever when he was sixteen.  With hard manual labour ruled out for him, a change in career direction was needed so he returned to school and eventually passed the examinations to become a teacher. In 1885 he was appointed as a House To House teacher at Bourbah and Merri Merri. Source: Government Gazette Appointments and Employment (1885, September 4). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 5774. Retrieved from In 1886 he was instructed to act as teacher at Bundemar Provisional.  According to his teachers records in 1887 he was severally reprimanded for ill-treatment of a female pupil and was to be removed to another school without delay.  Then on the 23rd February 1887 he was appointed to Bone Bon

Old Family Photograph: Darrell James Michael Patrick Joseph (Mick) Donnelly

It would have been my father's 75th birthday this month, so I thought that this old photograph of him would be fitting to post.  Dad was and is dearly loved and greatly missed.

Death Notice: Sarah Smith nee Glitherow

Sarah Jane Smith nee Glitherow died on the 13th April 1898 at the Ovens Benevolent Asylum, Beechworth. Source: Family Notices (1898, April 16). Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918), p. 5. Retrieved from Transcript: SMITH.- At the Ovens Benevolent Asylum, on the 13th April, 1898, Sarah Jane Smith, formerly of Beechworth, aged 55 years.  Two years in the Asylum. Further research into Sarah's time at the Ovens Benevolent Asylum led me to these articles on Trove. Source: OVENS BENEVOLENT ASYLUM. (1892, October 8). Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved from Transcript: OVENS BENEVOLENT ASYLUM The ordinary meeting of the committee of the above institution was held on Wednesday evening.  Present  - The President (Mr. C.J. Flower) in the chair, Messrs Ingram, Warren, O'Connor, Northeast, Cahn, Mo

Trove leads to research breakthrough again!

For many years I have been trying to track down a legal case involving a Worldon relative and child abuse from 1871. The information I had involved a reference from the Police Gazettes from 1871 in which it stated: MISSING FRIENDS Information is requested respecting Arthur W. Roscoe, a Londoner, a teacher or clerk, aged 24 years, 5 feet 10 inches high, slender build, between 11 and 12 stone weight, short fair straight hair, no whiskers or moustache, fair ruddy complexion, full eyes, high cheek bones, long features, large Roman nose, stooping gait, lame from bunions or corns ; wore dark coat, light brown trousers, stitched hat with straw under rim, and blucher boots.  He was clerk in the Central Police Office, Sydney, N.S. Wales, about three years ago ; and is an important witness in the case of Queen v. Worldon, for assault with intent on a child.  He will probably go to Sydney. 13th March 1871. Source: New South Wales Police Gazette dated 22nd March 1871, page 83. Looking

A record breakthrough?

As a result of receiving one of my favourite Christmas presents last year (my daughter and son in law gave me money for a birth, death or marriage certificate) I believe that I have made another family record search breakthrough.  My 4th Great Grandmother Catherine Rhall had a relationship with a convict named John Glithero/Glitherow and together they had at least three known children Sarah Glitherow who also was known as Sarah Baxter and Sarah Casey, William Glitherow and Richard Glitherow who was known as Richard Worldon.  Searching the Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes I came across this entry in the birth indexes and allowing for illiteracy and accents I believe that it is highly likely to be Sarah's baptism record. CLITTHEROW Given names Sarah Event Birth Father's name / Spouse's family name John Mother's maiden name / Spouse's given name Catherine (Rehill) Reg. year 1840 Reg. no 35931 Source: Victorian Baptism record for Sarah