Farraher Family of the Northern Illawarra – Some Questions Answered

Questions … questions :

Who were the Farraher’s – where did they come from – where did they live – what did they do – how were they related to the Kirton’s, Cawleys and to the Callcott’s  – not to mention their connection with the Hicks, Webb’s & Jones – how could Clarice Callcott & Victor Farraher have been permitted to marry by their families across the religious divide  – and where are the Farraher’s  today ? And why was the Farraher patriarch Murty convicted of swearing a false oath back in 1822 & transported for life ?? and then nearly 20 years later to be given an unconditional pardon in 1841 – what was it like for his wife, born Bridget O’Malley (in 1832 she was registered to receive mail at the Wollongong Post Office), to travel from Ireland with their young family to be with her exiled husband Murty – it cries out of just more of that alleged injustice of the English against the Irish – to be sure …. to be sure ..

So a few, but certainly not all, the answers to some of these questions :

Information from Shellharbour Council site

Murty (Murtagh) Farraher, labourer and ploughman, (born 1788 in County Mayo – married 1813 Bridget O’Malley (1792 ? – 1867 )  – they lived in Hollymount in County Mayo- in 1822 transported for life on the “Mangles” for administering unlawful oaths with 10 other men. He received a ticket of leave  in the Illawarrra, and conditional pardon on 28.3.1834, later followed by absolute pardon on 15.3.1841. Living in Illawarra 20/5/1837 – in relation to M Farraher ie there is mention of return of 1 errand boy in the Illawarra in the return of convicts in the NSW Gazette and Sydney Advertiser (doesn’t say whether north or south Illawarra ) –  however 1841 mention is of convict on his property at Albion Park  –  around 1842 seemed to be in the Jamberoo/ Kiama area Road- court case   – donated money for Irish Catholic Relief Fund– 14.11.1846 was on electoral roll for 1847 in (County of ) Camden- land transfer in 1848 NSW Government Records –  lived in Bellambi at some time & died there

  1. Patrick Francis Farraher (born Connaught Ireland 1814 – 1902 ) – came to Port Kembla Australia – & wife Anne Cawley (1824-1904), daughter of John Cawley – they came to Australia in 1841 – they lived at Hollymount, Rixon’s Pass, Woonona – 11 children – 1st child born at Stoney Creek in 1844 – Patrick Farragher and Murtagh Farragher, along with James Hicks and George McCawley, Henry Organ, Elias Organ, Alexander McKenzie,  all signed a petition with many others regarding the harshness of sentences meted out to the Thomas Collery, wife Elizabeth & son John Collery in 1852 – the signatories reads like a who’s who of the district. His death notice from the Catholic Press of 6.11.1902 is very complimentary – but like many such of years gone by, does not mention that his father Murty Farraher arrived as a convict, so caution must be taken with the facts and dates – although as his father was ultimately absolutely pardoned in 1841, perhaps this is understandable. 
    1. Margaret Farraher (1844 Stoney Creek, Jamberoo – )
    2. Maria Farraher (1845 – ) never married ??
    3. Charles J Farraher (1850 – 1933) married Anne
    4. Winifred Ann Farraghar (1848 – 1937) died in Bulli ??
    5. John Farraghar (1855 – 1935) ??
    6. Murtogh (Marty – Murty) James Farraghar/Farraher (1857 Wollongong or Woonona ?- 1950 Burwood ?)  married 1881 Mary Elizabeth Kirton (1856 – 1938 Hurstville ?) living in North Wollongong in 1929 & living in Bellambi in 1930 – described as farmer – Probate – Will in 1950 – Murty described as living in Woonona, but late of Bulli
      1. Frederick Joseph Farraher (1882 – 1954) – married 1921 Alice Cromack ( 1890 Wollongong- 1934 Wollongong)
        1. Murty Charles Kirton Farraher of North Wollongong (1926 – 1929)
        2. Gloria Farraher married Thomas William Varlow after 1949
        3. Frederick  James (1922- 1994) never married
      2. Ernest John Farraher (1884 – 1896)
      3. Millicent Mary  Farraher (1886 – 1965)
      4. Stella M Farraher (1888- 1981)
      5. Wilfred Victor Farraher (1892 – 1985 Mangerton) married 1918 Clarice Callcott ( – 1974) – living Ocean St Thirroul in 1930
        1. Marie Winifred Farraher (-)
        2. Dorothy Clare Farraher ( 1922- 2004 ) – buried at Bulli General Cemetery
      6. Alfred V Farraher (1898 – 1971)
    7. Bridget Farraher (1857 – 1888 ) married 7.1.1880 John S Kirton (1857-  1925) – marriage was at St Mary’s Cathedral by Special Licence
      1. Francis Kirton (1881 – 1881)
      2. John P Kirton (1882 – 1942)
      3. Cecilia M Kirton (1884 – 1885)
      4. Charles J Kirton (1886 -1889)
      5. Bernard William M Kirton (1888 – 1960) married Mary Keelan ( – 1921) in 1914 and married Alicia Borthwick in 1927
        1. Mary Patricia “Paddy” Anne Kirton – daughter of Mary – married Donald Neil Rankin in 1940 – Dr “Paddy” Kirton’s story is really worth a read – head of the Mental Health Hospital in Newcastle – a member of the University of Newcastle Council and pivotal in the setting up of its medical school
        2. Sheelah Kirton – daughter of Mary – studied Masseuse at University of  Sydney and married Robert Mackintosh of Leura in 1940
        3. Bernard (- 1921) infant son
    8. Francis Farraghar (1859 – 1934) married 1906 (?) Johanna Quinn
      1. Francis P B Farraher (1907 – )
    9. Hannah M Farraghar (1861 – ) ??
    10. Anne M (1861 – ) ??
    11. Amelia or Emilia Farraher (1864 – )
    12. Murty Farraher (1866 ?- 1866)
    13. Catherine Farraher (1869 -1869)
    14. Blanche Farraher (1872 -)
    15. Florence A Farraher (1871 – ) married 1900 John S Kirton
      1. Leo G Kirton (1902 – 1912)
      2. Austin A Kirton (1905 – ) married Marjorie  Keane  of Glebe and Austinmer in 1928
      3. Irene M Kirton (1909 – )
  2. Thomas Farraher ( – 1880 ) born Connaught Ireland came to Port Kembla Australia married Mary Carew  – granted 408 acres at Terragong in 1837 – 5 children all born at Jamberoo
    1. Bridget Farraher (1846 – ) married 1882 William Downey ??
    2. Mary Farraghar (1853 – )
    3. Anne Farraher (1855 – ) never married ??
    4. John Farrahar ( 1847 – 1914 Sydney)
    5. Margaret ( – 1917)
  3. Denis Farraher born Connaught Ireland (1827  – 1863)came to Port Kembla married 1858 Maria Cawley ( – 1882) (sister of Anne Cawley) – lived at Terragong Swamp – on his death his parents donated land for the Corrimal Catholic Cemetery for his interment

    1. Mary/Maria A Farraher ( – 1887) born in Shellharbour
    2. Margaret born in Shellharbour
  4. James Farraghar (b 1834 – )married 1866 wife Mary Ann Healey (Tongarra Historical Society)  – did he open the Clifton Inn – 1888 ?
    1. Helena Farraher (1867- ) born in Wollongong
    2. Edward James Farraher (1869 – 1912) married Alice Clare O’Byrne (1873?- 1941) daughter of Michael O’Byrne
      1. Victor married ? Flynn daughter of John Aloysius Flynn (-1925)
      2. James ?? Jim Farraher old salt fishermen from Bellambi around the early 1970’s ??
      3. Ethel M Farraher married 1939 John C Crowe
      4. Iris married A Plowman
      5. Catherine married KL Walters
    3. Emily Farraher (1870 -1876) – buried at West Dapto
    4. ? Rose M Farraher (1872
    5. Mary Agnes Farraher (1875 –
    6. Florence Laura I Farraher (1878 -1878) – buried at West Dapto
    7. Ethel Laura or Laura Ethel Farraher (1879 -1879) – buried at West Dapto
    8. Alfred Clifton Farraher (1880 –
    9. ? Herbert D A Farraher (1881 –
    10. ? Albert Victor J Farraher (1882 –
  5. John Farraher (??? 1826 Bulli died Greenmount Candelo 4/3/1914)  – married 1858  Winifred Cawley ( – 1902)
    1. Frances (1861 – 1944)
    2. Mary Agnes Farraher (1870 –
    3. Mary Farraher (1872 – 1945)

 

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