Old & New Photos of “Sunnyside” Bulla Victoria

'Sunnyside' Bulla Victoria. William Patrick Fanning“,Big Bill” and Johanna,his daughter, c 1867
William Patrick Fanning and his daughter,Johanna and Tommy, a ward of the state, at Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Australia c 1867

“Sunnyside” was the original homestead of William Patrick Fanning and his wife Catherine Hayes who emigrated from Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland to Victoria on the Enmore in 1841. They spent some time at Werribee before settling at Bulla which is north of Melbourne.

Sunnyside Bulla Victoria date unknown
Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Fanning Home date unknown c1940
Winifred Fanning at Sunnyside fixed 2
Winifred Fanning at Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Australia c1943
Sunnyside Front Gate June 2011 Closer
Sunnyside Front Gate June 2011
Sunnyside House Jun 2011
Sunnyside House Jun 2011
Sunnyside Front of House June 2011
Sunnyside Front of House June 2011

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I have done an Ancestry DNA test and also have uploaded my test results to GedMatch. My GedMatch kit numbers are A029138 and T470174. Please contact me if we are a match. kathleenmfanningAThotmailDOTcom

6 thoughts on “Old & New Photos of “Sunnyside” Bulla Victoria”

  1. I have found your website by accident looking for old photos of Thurles as some of my ancestors came from there- Lawrence Fanning [1834 – 1907 buried in ESK Qld] and his wife Mary Stapleton. Before coming to Australia in 1858 to Queensland, they went to Guernsey where Johanna 1853 Marie 1855, and John [died on voyage to Australia on Mary Pleasants ship] were born. I think Lawrence’s parents were Laurence Fanning and Bridget Lubey. A m wondering if there is a connection to your Fannings. A Catherine Fanning sponsored Lawrence’s family to Australia.

    1. Hi Narelle,
      I have come across your Fanning family but have so far not been able to connect them with mine. It is interesting that a Catherine Fanning sponsored them as my gggrandfather’s wife was Catherine and there were meant to have been a group of relations who came out from Ireland in the 1850s or 1860s and who settled up north, either or both NSW or Qld. So far no one has been able to track these relations down. Do you have any more information on your Thurles ancestors? A townland name? I haven’t come across any Lawrence Fanning & Bridget Lubey or Mary Stapleton connected to our family in Ireland, as yet, that is. If I come across anything I’ll let you know. regards Kathleen

      1. Just wondering….Did you find my Fannings on ancestry? The info is under the ‘thomas joseph healy’ public family tree.

        Thanks again

        1. No I didn’t find them on ancestry but I will have a look at Joseph Healy tree.
          I came across them in familysearch.org records I think when I first started my research.

  2. Thankyou for your reply.

    I’m afraid the only info on the ship’s immigration records says Thurles as place of birth.
    They settled in Laidley Qld and had moved to Esk in Qld by at least 1903. [Electoral rolls] I guess there would have been many Fannings in Thurles and maybe your ancestors and mine were distantly related. I’ll keep searching anyway.
    Kind regards Narelle

    1. While there were quite a few Fannings in Thurles at that time a lot were related. If you find anything more let me know and I’ll do likewise.
      cheers Kathleen

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