The Mackey Family, from Limerick to Victoria Australia

Map of irish Counties use
Map of Irish Counties

Thomas Mackey, was from Co Limerick, Ireland. He was baptised on April 24, 1853 in Kilduff in the Parish of Pallasgrean & Templebredon in Co Limerick. His godparents were Patrick Mackey and Mary Treacy.  His mother was Bridget Treacy and his father Thomas Mackey, a farmer.

In Griffiths Valuation in the townland of Kilduff (1.5 kms from Pallasgrean) published in Nov 1850 there is a Thomas Mackey a farmer and also a John Mackey. Most likely this is the father of Thomas Mackey my ggrandfather.

Mackey GV Kilduff page one

Mackey GV KIlduff

Griffiths Valuation for Kilduff Townland Co Limerick c 1850

Mackey Family Griffiths Valuation Showing Kilduff Townland Co Limerick c1850

Mackey Family Griffiths Valuation Showing Kilduff Townland Co Limerick c1850

In the 1901 Census for Kiduff Co Limerick Patrick Mackey and his family are listed. He was born about 1851 and is most likely an older brother of Thomas.

Mackey 1901 Census Kilduff Co Limerick
1901 Census for Kilduff Co Limerick Mackey
Mackey Kilduff Co Limerick 1911 Census
1911 Census Kilduff Co Limerick Mackey Family

Thomas Mackey came out to Victoria about 1880 and was a draper. One of his descendants told me he was a floor walker in a major department store in Melbourne at some time in his working life.

In 1882 his address was Bourke St Melbourne and he was a draper. From 1903-1924 he lived in McPherson St Essendon.

Pallasgreen Co Limerick Ireland
Pallasgreen Co Limerick

Three of Thomas’s brothers and one sister and an uncle all came out to Australia, although not at the same time. There may also have been cousins as well who made the journey from Ireland.

His sister Catherine, born in 1835, and who married William Real in Co Limerick, came out in 1857. She died in 1900 in Northcote, Victoria.

Daniel Mackey who was born in 1842, died in Bendigo, at age 30, after being out here for only three years. He is buried in Sandhurst Cemetery, Bendigo, Victoria. There was a Daniel Mackey with a William and Nicholas Mackey (possibly cousins) who came out on the “Ocean Empress” in 1862. Catherine and Daniel Mackey are listed as being born in Pallasgrean Co Limerick. Edmond Mackey born 1856, also emigrated to Victoria. There he married Julia Ann Briscoe and they had a family of eight children. He died in Fitzroy in 1906.

Thomas Mackey aged 29, married Bridget Christina Burns, aged 23, on May 1, 1882 at St Mary’s Church, Echuca, Victoria. Bridget Christina Burns was born in Sunbury, Victoria in 1859. Her parents were Bryan Burns and Mary Canavan, both from Co Galway Ireland.

Bridget Mackey nee Burns wife of Thomas mackey

Below is their wedding record and a wedding notice from The Argus. Bridget’s father’s name is given as Berned Burns:

Burns Mackey Marriage 1882 Argus (1)
Wedding of Thomas Mackey and Bridget Burns The Argus 1882
Bridget Burns & Thomas Mackey 1882 Marriage_cropped
Bridget Burns & Thomas Mackey 1882 Marriage Certificate

Thomas and Bridget had nine children: Thomas Bernard 1883-1957, who married Anastasia Hearn; Eileen Alana 1884-1929 married, Joseph Glass and lived at Yackandandah; Victor Francis 1886-1944, married Adelaide Mathews; Mary Margaret 1888-1981, married Archibald Breen, Ida Theresa 1890-1974, married Francis Collins Fanning; Edmond John 1893-1951, married Ethel Belden; Christopher Patrick 1894-1958, married Barbara Pleasant Lohman; Alfred William 1896-1963, married Alice May Shanks; Doris Catherine 1899-1954, married Francis Cyril Antonie.

Mary Mackey Wedding notice Albury Banner and Wodonga Express 1923
Mary Mackey and Archie Breen Wedding notice Albury Banner and Wodonga Express 1923
Ida Mackey (back)& Agnes Iverson
Young Ida Mackey on the left with friend Ag Iverson date unknown
Ida Mackey and Frank Fanning Wedding
The Mackey daughters at Ida Mackey’s wedding Sept 15, 1915 Doris, Ida & Mary Mackey L-R
Eileen Mackey
Eileen Mackey, daughter of Thomas and Bridget Mackey, in her nurse’s uniform date unknown
Eileen Sis Mackey and Joe Glass Wedding
Eileen Sis Mackey and Joe Glass Wedding 20 Nov 1919
Bridget Mackey,Ida Fanning and Eileen Mackey Bridget's grandaughter
Bridget Mackey nee Burns, Ida Fanning nee Mackey & Eileen Mackey, Bridget’s granddaughter 29 May 1843
Ida Fanning and Aunty Mary Breen nee Mackey (2)
Ida Fanning nee Mackey and her sister Mary Breen nee Mackey
Ida Fanning and her sister Doris Antonie
Ida Fanning and her sister Doris Antonie
Alfred Mackey
Alfred Mackey on the left, son of Thomas and Bridget Mackey nee Burns 1909 Victoria Australia

Thomas Mackey died on the first of June, 1926, aged 73, from bronchitis and cardiac failure. He is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Mackey Grave Fawkner Cem.
Grave of Thomas Mackey 1853-1926 & Bridget Mackey nee Burns 1859-1944 Fawkner Cemetery Melbourne Australia

The following detailed genealogy report from Family Tree Maker traces the descendants of Thomas Mackey of Pallasgreen Co Limerick Ireland born about 1808 and Bridget Treacy his wife to present day Mackey family in Victoria Australia:

Thomas Mackey Descendant Report 2015
Mackey Descendants from Thomas Mackey Pallasgrean Co Limerick Ireland 2015

5 thoughts on “The Mackey Family, from Limerick to Victoria Australia”

  1. Hi Kathleen,
    I would be grateful if you could please remove persons still living in your – Descendents of Thomas Mackey – 12. Alfred David William Mackey, my Aunt Wilma Swayn is still alive and so is my mother – Nancy Mackey.

    Thanks

    1. Penny, I have taken off your aunt Wilma Swayn and your mother and apologize for including them.
      Let me know if there are any other living folk in my ancestry or rootsweb trees or on my site. Thanks Kathleen

  2. Hello,

    I believe my mother who is now in her late 70’s may have known a relative of yours…I barely remember him myself as he was friendly with my late grandfather and grandmother. His name was Paddy Mackey.

    You can e mail me back if you want to know any more or if you wish to speak with my mother sometime. I don’t know if you ever heard of Paddy Mackey or ever established contact with the area.

    Denis

  3. Denis is indeed correct. He was married to Josephine Hennesey from Knockainey and had one daughter Phillis now in her early sixties and works with Tipperary Coop.Paddy had a brother Connie who lived in England.Paddy sold the farm in the early seventies to Michael Kennedy who subsequently sold it to Bernie Breen and is now owned by Jim O Connor

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