Skip to main content

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




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 rosebuds with asparagus fern, which was made by Mrs George Hogden, who also supplied the roses.  
Mrs E. Hanalow, sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Mr. Frank Ryan carried out the duties of best man. 
The future home of the happy couple will be at Mendooran.

The couples engagement had been announced in 1937.

Source: Fat and Constipation (1937, January 21). The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955), p. 16. Retrieved from


THE engagement is announced of Miss Kathleen McInerney, daughter of Mrs McInerney, of Binnaway, to Sylvester Donnelly, of Mollyan, youngest son of Mrs. Ferguson , of Tamworth.

Source: MENDOORAN (1938, April 28). Gilgandra Weekly and Castlereagh (NSW : 1929 - 1942), p. 10. Retrieved from



A pretty, though quiet wedding was solemnised in St. Lawrence's Catholic Church, Coonabarabran, on 11th April, when Miss Kathleen McInerney, of New Mollyan, near Mendooran, was married to Mr Sylvester Donnelly, also of New Mollyan.  The bride, frocked in a beautiful gown of magnolia satin, with an embroidered veil held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms, was given away by her brother-in-law Mr J.L. Opferkuch.  She carried a gorgeous bouquet of pink and cream rosebuds, and was attended by her sister, Mrs E. Hanslow, as matron of honor.  The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Frank Ryan.  At the conclusion of the breakfast, which was held at the Imperial Hotel, the couple left for Sydney, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride travelling in a bottle green ensemble, with toque to match.  Their future home will be in Mendooran.


Popular posts from this blog

The Kendall Children.

I started this post a while ago and was going to finally finish and post it yesterday however our four grandchildren came over and I got sidetracked.  Our grandchildren range in age now from six down to one;  they are so full of life (each of them lights up a room when they enter it) and we feel extremely blessed to have them in our lives.  After spending the afternoon researching this post, their arrival made this tragedy even more poignant for me and so I appreciated their company even more than usual and hugged them a bit tighter too!  This morning I woke up to a cold, wet and windy Wagga day and the thought of three little girls out in August weather like this, in light weight dresses with no shoes or jumpers impacted on me even more. Those poor babies! One of the girls was found still clasping her doll that she had carried with her over the whole tragic journey. When my husband and I were looking around the Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery some time ago we came across a very sad he

Trove Tuesday - The Murder of Patrick McCooey

These articles involve my 5th Great Grandmother Ann Puckeridge (nee Maund) and her son William Puckeridge (my half 4th Great grand Uncle).  Ann was born in England and married her first husband Joseph Puckeridge around 1796.  There are records of two children being baptised in St Marylebone, Middlesex,   England for this couple Sarah (1799-?) and James (1800-?).  Their lives took a turn in 1800, when Joseph was sentenced to death for stealing scotch ticking, this sentence was later remitted to transportation for Life.  In 1801 Joseph, the convict and Ann his free wife arrived in Australia on board the ship Earl Cornwallis , their English born children's fate is unknown.  They went on to have the following children in Australia: William (1802-1877), John (1804-1885), Ann Sawyer nee Puckeridge (1806-1882), Mary Ann (1809-1818), Richard (1812-1881), Joseph (1814-1857) and Henry (1817-1819).   Joseph worked as a brickmaker in Australia and died in Sydney in 1818.  In 1820 Ann married J

Trove Tuesday - Death of a Centenarian

The year I turned twelve my Great Great Grandmother Flora Ann Worldon nee McDonnell passed away just two months short of her 105th birthday.  She was born at the Inn owned by her Father and Uncle at Five Mile Creek, Gundagai in 1875; the ruins of which can be still seen today near the 'Dog on the Tuckerbox' and lived a full and interesting life. Growing up she had always been part of the family folklore.  I have always known her to be my oldest ancestor at the time of their death but now it seems that my 5th Great Grandmother Ann Costello nee Hogan at 105 years of age has overtaken her for top ranking. There do seem to be some embellishments and discrepancies in the article however, she had been in Australia for only twenty nine years not over half a century and her immigration files have her birth year c.1798 rather than c.1782 that would be required for her to die in 1887 aged 105, so more research is required for verification of her exact age. Source: DEATH OF A CENT