The

Healy

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A genealogy of Daniel “Patrick” Healy, born Mount Hawke, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 13th May 1877, died Maitland, NSW, Australia, 7th June 1963, and of his descendants.

Compiled by:               David Healy

(Grandson of Daniel)

                                       22/38 Cope St,

                                       Lane Cove NSW 2066

                                    

 

from records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, shipping arrivals, Census information, and from correspondence with various Irish Government authorities, and with the unselfish and gratefully acknowledged assistance of my now deceased parents (Frank and Margaret) and various uncles, aunts, cousins, particularly Susan (Healy) Felsch, and friends in Ireland.

 

Much information has also been gleaned, and confirmation of other information, derived elsewhere, been obtained, from Jim Brokenshire’s excellent publication “The Brunswick  – Another River and Its People”, 1988, Brunswick Valley Historical Society.

 

 

This is by no means claimed nor intended to be an authoritative, or complete, document. Rather, it is intended as a possible “starting point” for family members, interested in compiling the histories of their particular branch of the family, and will be added to as further information is obtained, and facts clarified. Any elaborations, additions or corrections would therefore be gratefully received.

 

Daniel “Patrick” Healy

 

Contrary to the oral history accepted by some Healy family members, Daniel Healy was neither born in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, nor on March 17th, 1877. Nor, indeed, does his Birth Certificate show his second name as “Patrick”. In fact, records show that he was born in Mount Hawke, Tralee, Co. Kerry (in Irish, Tra Lí, “The Strand on the Lee” Co. Cairi), Ireland, on 13th May, 1877, his birth being registered in Tralee on June 1st of that year.

 

Daniel’s father was John Healy. Daniel’s Birth Certificate lists John’s Occupation as Labourer. Daniel’s mother was Margaret, née Falvey, who was the registered informant of Daniel’s birth, her mark (“X”) appearing on the original of Daniel’s Birth Certificate. There is no record of John having owned any land in Ireland.

 

The supposed link with Caherciveen and the Ivreagh Peninsula is at least tenuous, although the surnames Falvey (Margaret’s maiden name) and Brosnan (John’s mother, Mary’s, maiden name) are concentrated in that area, so it is possible that John was born, and might have grown up, in that region, but there is no evidence (from Caherciveen Church records) of the family ever having lived there. Given the large number of Margaret Falveys and Mary Brosnans born in that part of Ireland around the relevant times, attempts to locate information on John’s and Margaret’s parents and siblings have proved fruitless.

 

 

 

Daniel had six siblings, all born in Ireland:

Patrick                     born around 1864

Mary (Cotter)           born Tralee, 15/4/1866

Norah (Adams)         born around 1868;

m. Frank Adams, 15/7/1888

<>                   Alice (Carroll, then Kean) born Tralee, 15/5/1871

                   Edward                     born around 1873

John                         born June 1881, died Mullumbimby 10/10/1898

(Reg. Murwillumbah, 1898/14847).

 

(The uncertainties as to the birth dates of Daniel’s siblings Patrick, Norah and Edward, arise from conflicting information on John’s and Margaret’s Death Certificates. The dates stated above are the “averages” of the ages stated on the Death Certificates, subtracted from 1907 to yield an approximate year of birth).

 

The family migrated to Australia around 1882 – 1883 (from information on John’s and Margaret’s Death Certificates, and given that John Junior was born in Ireland in 1881) and is said to have settled in Brisbane, although information on John Junior’s Death Certificate suggests that the family had settled on the North Coast of New South Wales around that time. An extensive search of shipping records of around the 1880’s has proven inconclusive, there being no evidence of a John, Margaret, Patrick, Norah, Mary, Alice, Edward, Daniel and John Healy having arrived on any one vessel. (Edit - please see subsequent information provided by David Healy at end of page) Consequently, the dates of their departures from Ireland, and from England (since emigrants from Ireland to Australia typically travelled via England) are not known; neither are their reasons for emigration, although it has been recorded that crop harvests in the west of Ireland in the years 1877 - 1879 were extremely poor, particularly those of oats and potatoes. This resulted in mass evictions of tenant farmers and high unemployment among agricultural workers. It is likely that these factors might have been at least part of the family’s reason for emigrating.

 

Little is known of Daniel’s boyhood in Brisbane, although it is said that he attended St Anne’s Christian Brothers School, Fortitude Valley. As mentioned previously, the family is said to have lived in Brisbane for some years, although no record of them can be found in the 1900 Queensland Census. That Census, however, shows an Edward Healy, (“Uncle Ned”?), Telegraph Operator, then aged 30 (i.e. born 1869 or 1870), living at Roger St, (the 5th house on the right from Walker St), Spring Hill, Brisbane. Given that John (Daniel’s brother) died, as a young man, on the North Coast, and from information on John’s and Margaret’s Death Certificates, it seems likely that the family moved to the North Coast of NSW in the early 1890’s (although none of them appears on the 1899 – 1900 Electoral Roll for the Mullumbimby area). Both Daniel and John Junior, probably Patrick, and possibly John and Margaret, were living in the Mullumbimby area in 1898, at the time of John Junior’s death, Daniel appearing on John’s Death Certificate as the Informant. There are no entries for any members of the Healy family on Electoral Rolls for the Mullumbimby area before 1903, after which entries for John, Patrick and Daniel appear.

 

The dates of John’s and Margaret’s births, and of their marriage, are not known, and such records in Ireland are difficult to trace, official records being kept for Protestant marriages only since 1845, and births only since 1847, and Roman Catholic births and marriages only since 1864. Many records were also lost during the Irish Civil War, when the Records Office in Dublin was bombed. From John’s Death Certificate, he would have been born in 1840 or 1841, father’s name James, by occupation a Farmer, and mother’s name Mary, née Brosnan, while Margaret would have been born in 1837 or 1838, father’s name Daniel, also by occupation a Farmer, and mother’s name Margaret, maiden name unknown. The search for more information on John’s and Margaret’s births and marriage continues, as more such records are preserved, copied and compiled in Ireland.

 

Both John and Margaret died in 1907, and are buried in adjacent plots in the Roman Catholic Section of Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW. The story is told that Margaret was in hospital in Sydney, and that John, having been advised that she was near death, travelled to Sydney, by ship, the “S.S. Newrybar” (the “S.S. Noorebar” in Jim Brokenshire’s book), to be with her at her death, only to die himself on the journey. John’s Death Certificate shows his date of death as 30th September 1907 (Registered No. 1907/12134), cause of death renal and cardiac failure, while Margaret’s Death Certificate shows her date of death as 17th October, 1907, at Rydalmere Hospital (Registered No. 1907/15529), cause of death peritonitis. It was necessary for Daniel, at the time only recently married (some seven weeks previously), to travel to Sydney to handle the formalities, and Cemetery records show that both burial plots were purchased by him. The graves are unmarked (i.e., no headstones), but are readily identifiable from reasonably clearly marked adjacent graves. Both graves are in Section “D” of the Roman Catholic section of Rookwood; John’s grave is No. 2199, while Margaret’s is No. 2198. While both graves are unmarked, they are nonetheless well maintained by Cemetery authorities.

 

As mentioned earlier, the precise date of Daniel’s arrival in the Mullumbimby area is not known, although he was certainly in the area by 1898, and appears on the 1903 Electoral Roll. He is said to have been the first customer of the Bank of New South Wales (now the Westpac Banking Corporation) in Mullumbimby, which branch opened in 1902.

 

Daniel married Bertha Teresa Reilly, the first white female born in Mullumbimby (father William John Reilly, Farmer, mother Bertha Augusta, née Schlichart) on 7th August 1907 (Registered No. 1907/8186), the first wedding at the newly-built (indeed, at the time, still incomplete) St Johns Catholic Church, Mullumbimby.


                             Daniel and Bertha Healy family




Back: Ted, Bill, Bertha Teresa (Reilly) Healy, Daniel P Healy, Pat, Cec

Front: Kathleen, Stan, Dick, Frank, Hilda

Sitting: Harold


Bertha’s father, William John (“Billy”) Reilly was a pioneer of the Mullumbimby area, and he, and his family, are frequently mentioned in histories of the town. References to him appear in records in the Mullumbimby Historical Museum, and a photograph of him, along with his fellow  Aldermen of the first Mullumbimby Municipal Council, hangs in that Museum. Much of the background of the Reilly family, including photographs, appears in the book “The Brunswick – Another River and Its People“, referred to previously. (It is interesting to note the strong family resemblances between members of that family and some of Daniel and Bertha’s children and grandchildren!). Other information on the Reilly family is included herein.

 

After their marriage, Daniel and Bertha lived in a house adjacent to Daniel’s brother, Patrick’s house in Main Arm Road, Mullumbimby, Daniel working as a Roadbuilding Contractor, building still-used (at the time of writing) parts of the Pacific Highway (including at McLeods Shoot), before purchasing No. 7, RSM, Brunswick Rd, Mullumbimby, in around 1918, and taking up Dairy Farming (both Daniel and Bertha are listed at that address on the 1923 Electoral Roll; the 1919 Electoral Roll cannot be located).

 

Daniel and Bertha lived in Mullumbimby for the remainder of their lives, where they raised 10 children (2 daughters and 8 sons). Bertha died in 1953 and Daniel in 1963; both are buried in the Roman Catholic Section of Mullumbimby Cemetery.

 

The last Healy in Mullumbimby, Hilda (Akers) died in 1996, thus severing the last living link with the town of this pioneering family, which had had family members living in the town for some 100 years. Hilda is also buried in the Roman Catholic Section of Mullumbimby Cemetery, along with her maternal grandparents (William and Bertha Reilly), her brother, Bill, and his first wife, Blanche (née O’Keefe) and various uncles, aunts and cousins (both Healy and Reilly).


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Subsequently information provided by David Healy shows John and Margaret Healy and all seven of their children arrived in Brisbane on the Indus 22 Aug 1884. The family name was shown as Haily. See image below.



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