John Hugh Fanning at Kilmore

John Hugh Fanning 1893-1975 Victoria Australia

Jack Fanning Kilmore
A young John Hugh Fanning
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Hannah “Nance” Fanning nee Kelleher

John Hugh Fanning, called Jack, was the son of Edward Fanning of Bulla and Sarah Collins of Northcote. Sarah died young of consumption at the age 27 in 1897. Jack would have been four years old when his mother died.

Jack worked as a farmer and lived just outside of Kilmore at Willomavin in country Victoria. I can remember my father telling me that Uncle Jack, his uncle, never wanted to be a farmer and work on the land but that his father Edward made him.

He married  Hannah “Nance” Kelleher  on Oct 21 1925. His brother Frank was best man and Nance’s brother Pat was groomsman. Her cousin Alma Kelleher and her friend Aileen Hesford were bridesmaids. Aileen was later to marry Pat, Nance’s brother. Nance and Jack Fanning did not have any children.

Nance-Kelleher-wedding-table-talk_use
Wedding of Nance Kelleher and John Fanning in Table Talk, 17 Dec 1925
Nance and Jack Fanning
John Hugh Fanning and Nancy Fanning nee Kelleher 1945. His niece and my aunty Eileen Fanning is in the background.

Nance was an keen golfer and also very involved in the CWA and other community groups and activities.

Jack Fanning Kilmore with horse
Jack Fanning Kilmore
Jack Hugh Fanning Kilmore
John Hugh Fanning at Kilmore
Frank Fanning and Pat Kelleher
Frank Fanning, my grandfather on the left and in the middle is Pat Kelleher, Nance’s brother at Kilmore
Hanging Rock John Edward Fanning, the boy in the middle,Nance Kelleher on the right, Jack Fanning on the left, Frank Fanning on the right next to Nance
Hanging Rock John Edward Fanning, the boy in the middle,Nance Kelleher on the right, Jack Fanning on the left, Frank Fanning on the right next to Nance about 1928
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher at Sunnyside Bulla
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher at Sunnyside Bulla
Aunty Daisy Fanning nee Dillon, Ida Fanning and Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Daisy Fanning nee Dillon, Ida Fanning nee Mackey, my grandmother and Nance Fanning nee Kelleher.

Nance and Jack Fanning are buried in the Kilmore Cemetery Victoria.

Nance Kelleher was the daughter of Denis Kelleher and Catherine Connors and was born in 1902 at Avondale, Kilmore.  Her ancestors came out to Australia from Co Kerry in Ireland. Her grandmother Bridget Mannix came out in 1866 with five of her children. Her husband Patrick had arrived before her in 1864. In Co Kerry their name was written as Kelliher.

Patrick Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free press 9 Feb 1939
Obituary in the Kilmore Free Press for Patrick Kelleher, Nance Fanning’s uncle 9 Feb 1939.
Catherine Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 4 Dec 1947
Obit Kilmore Free Press 4 Dec 1947 for Catherine Kelleher wife of Denis and mother of Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Aileen Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 20 April 1950
Aileen Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 20 April 1950 Nance’s sister-in-law
Denis Joseph Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free press 13 June 1940
Denis Joseph Kelleher, Nance Fanning nee Kelleher’s father. Kilmore Free press 13 June 1940

 

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