Photos of Belmore River NSW, Australia, Where the Gormley Family Lived

Photos of the Belmore River area NSW Australia where Cornelius Gormley and his family lived and farmed from at least 1860.

The Gormley family, Cornelius and Ann and their four children, arrived in Australia in Oct 1853, from Co Roscommon, Ireland. Cornelius selected lot 10 after it was proclaimed on 14th May 1860. He is listed as a farmer at Belmore River in 1867 and 1872. Connor as he was called died in 1896. Thomas, his eldest son,  had died in 1875. His lands were left to his remaining son Peter.

When Peter Gormley died in 1916 he left his property to his sister Ellen Fanning, his nephews, Terence Bernard McGuire and Thomas  Hanley, and his niece, Mary Hanley.

Ellen’s son, John Thomas Fanning, farmed the acres which was eventually left to his mother by her brother Peter. John Fanning farmed there for at least five years leading up to his enlistment in 1915. She sold this land in 1924 for 2,216 pounds to John and William Eakin.

These photos are of the area where the Gormleys and John Fanning lived.

I thought the Gormleys, Peter and Thomas, just had land in Beranghi Parish, so I just took photos around there. Later I discovered they had lands in Kempsey and Kinchela Parishes as well as Beranghi Parish, Macquarie County. These photos  of the Belmore River area were taken south of Loftus Rd near Loftus Bridge.

Darkwater Creek (Belmore River)
Belmore River (formerly Darkwater Creek) NSW
Ryan's Old Farm House Belmore River Right Bank Rd
Ryan’s Old Farm House Belmore River Right Bank Rd Gormley neighbours.
Belmore River
Farming Land at Belmore River NSW

Gormley Lands Darkwater Creek NSW Australia Parish Maps

Parish Maps showing land owned by Cornelius, Peter and Thomas Gormley at Belmore River, NSW.

Cornelius Gormley and his sons Peter and Thomas owned several lots of land around Darkwater Creek (Belmore River) which is on the mid-north coast of NSW Australia very close to the coast. It is a lush farming area and very beautiful. Today it is prime real estate.

Their lands are in three parishes: Kempsey, Beranghi and Kinchela and the maps are online at NSW Lands Dept , Parish Maps Preservation Project.

The Kinchela Parish Map shows the land owned by their father, Cornelius Gormley. The Land Titles Office in Sydney records Cornelius Gormley as selecting land in 1863. Image below is 1920 Map 10556201.

Gormley Cornelius Gormley's Lands along Belmore River Kinchela Parish Map 1920
Land Owned by Cornelius Gormley in Kinchela Parish NSW. Parish map of Kinchela 1920, lots 47,48 & 123.
Gormley Cornelius Gormley's lands on Kempsey Parish Map 1954
Land Owned by Cornelius Gormley Kempsey Parish Map 1954, lots 180 & 194

Below is from the Beranghi Parish Map which shows the lands of Peter and Thomas Gormley.

Gormley Parish Map Peter & Thos Gormley Land in Beranghi Parish Darkwater Creek NSW
Lands Owned by Peter and Thomas Gormley in Beranghi Parish Darkwater Creek NSW

Lots 55 & 56 where John Thomas Fanning farmed before WW1 .Lots 55 and 56 are the lots that Ellen Fanning inherited from her brother Peter after his death in 1916. This is where John Thomas Fanning, her son, farmed before he enlisted for WW1. They are shown in the next map of Kempsey Parish.

Gormley Parish Map John Thomas Fanning's land before WW1 Kempsey Parish Map
John Thomas Fanning’s land before WW1 Kempsey Parish Map


Greville’s Post Office Directory 1872 Gladstone Area, NSW Australia

In Greville’s Post Office Directory for Gladstone, NSW, Australia,1872, Cornelius, John and James Gormley are listed as farmers at Belmore River, NSW.

Distance 307 miles North of Sydney

Mail closes at General Post Office Monday, Thursday 5.30 p.m. and by steamers as opportunity offers

Mail arrives at Post Town Saturday, Tuesday 10 a.m. and by steamers as opportunity offers

Mail leaves for Sydney Thursday, Saturday 7 p.m. and by steamers as opportunity offers

Mail arrives at Sydney Wednesday, Saturday mornings and by steamers as opportunity offers

Route – Steamer Macleay River, or Kempsey, 12m. Gladstone

SURNAME CHRISTIAN OCCUPATION ADDRESS POST TOWN
ANDERSON James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ANDERSON William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ARMSTRONG James Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
BALDWIN Samuel C. farmer Gladstone
BANNAN Patrick farmer Belmore River Gladstone
BANNAN William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
BARNETT William jun. farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
BARNETT William sen. farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
BARTLETT John farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
BEEST Michael farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
BENNET George farmer Belmore River Gladstone
BILEY John sen. farmer Belmore River Gladstone
BLACKLOCK George labourer Belmore River Gladstone
BLACKWOOD John bootmaker Lower Macleay Gladstone
BOWEN John labourer Lower Macleay Gladstone
BRACKHAM George farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
BROGAN Owen farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
BROOKER James labourer Lower Macleay Gladstone
BROWN Edward farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
CARNEY James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
CARNEY Michael farmer Belmore River Gladstone
CHRISTIAN Thomas farmer Summer Island Gladstone
COLBURN John labourer Gladstone
CONNELL James farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
CONROY Edward farmer Belmore River Gladstone
COOPER Frederick farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
COWAN John Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
CRAWFORD James farmer Long Reach Gladstone
CROAD Henry farmer Southsea Park Gladstone
CROAK Jeremiah farmer Belmore River Gladstone
CURTISS Thomas fisherman Lower Macleay Gladstone
DAWES William storekeeper Gladstone
DAWSON H. B. engineer Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
DENEHY James farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
DUGGAN John farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
DUNKLEY George farmer Belmore River Gladstone
DUNKLEY John W. farmer Belmore River Gladstone
DUNKLEY William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
EGAN William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ELLIOTT John farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
EVANS Alfred farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
FARRELL Martin Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
FLANAGAN Richard farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
GIBLIN Michael farmer Belmore River Gladstone
GLEESON James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
GORMLEY Cornelius farmer Belmore River Gladstone
GORMLEY John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
GORMLEY James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
GRALTON Cornelius farmer Belmore River Gladstone
HANDS John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
HARRIS James farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
HARRIS William farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
HARVIE W. Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
HAYES George farmer Belmore River Gladstone
HIBBERD John bootmaker & storekeeper Gladstone
HOWLEY William farmer Gladstone
HOY James farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
HOY John farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
JEFFERY John farmer Gladstone
JEFFERY William farmer Gladstone
JONES Joseph blacksmith Gladstone
KEATING William labourer Austral Eden Gladstone
KNIGHT Richard farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
LENORD Thomas farmer Belmore River Gladstone
LING William farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MACDONALD John Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
MACKAY Alexander farmer Gladstone
MACMANUS John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MADDOX John storekeeper Austral Eden Gladstone
MARSHALL Thomas farmer Gladstone
MIDGLEY Edward farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MIDGLEY James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MILES George farmer Gladstone
MILES Samuel farmer Gladstone
MILLIGAN John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MIMMS John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MOODY Mark farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MORRISEY Patrick farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MORRISON John farmer Gladstone
MCCAFFERTY Hugh farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MCCARTHY Daniel farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MCCARTHY John farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MCCARTHY Patrick farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MCGEARY Owen farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
MCGUIGAN Thomas farmer Summer Island Gladstone
MCGUIRE Hugh farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MCILWAINE Robert farmer Belmore River Gladstone
MCINERNY Denis farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
MCINERNY Morris labourer Belmore River Gladstone
MCKERNAN Patrick farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
NEILSON John storekeeper Gladstone
NOTLEY George farmer Belmore River Gladstone
NOTLEY John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
O’BRYAN J. E. Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
O’CONNELL E. O. farmer Belmore River Gladstone
O’MEARA John farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
PALMER Henry Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
PINKSTONE Thomas farmer Belmore River Gladstone
PITMAN Silas innkeeper Gladstone
PLUMMER Robert farmer Gladstone
PUGH Sarah farmer Belmore River Gladstone
QUINLAN Patrick farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
QUINN Patrick labourer Austral Eden Gladstone
REARDON Michael farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
REED Edward farmer Belmore River Gladstone
REED Thomas farmer Belmore River Gladstone
RICHARDSON Charles farmer Belmore River Gladstone
RIELY John jun. farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ROBINSON John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ROBINSON Thomas farmer Belmore River Gladstone
ROSS Joseph carpenter Gladstone
ROUSE Robert farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
ROWE William grazier Austral Eden Gladstone
RYAN John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
RYAN Joseph farmer Belmore River Gladstone
RYAN Michael farmer Belmore River Gladstone
RYAN Stephen farmer Belmore River Gladstone
SARGENT George farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
SARGENT Henry farmer Lower Macleay Gladstone
SAUNDERS Joseph farmer Gladstone
SAUNDERS William E. farmer Summer Island Gladstone
SHELLY Thomas farmer Belmore River Gladstone
SMITH William labourer Lower Macleay Gladstone
STEPHEN C. N. manager Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
THOMAS J. Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
THURGOOD Elijah farmer Belmore River Gladstone
THURGOOD John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
THURGOOD William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
TONKIN James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
TONKIN Thomas farmer Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
TOOHEY James farmer Belmore River Gladstone
TOOHEY Patrick farmer Belmore River Gladstone
TOWNSEND George Darkwater Sugar Mill Gladstone
TRACEY Patrick farmer Belmore River Gladstone
VERGE Austral landowner Austral Eden Gladstone
VERGE German landowner Austral Eden Gladstone
WALBRIDGE John farmer Belmore River Gladstone
WHALANDE Andrew farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
WHALANDE John farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
WICKHAM James farmer Kinchela Gladstone
WICKHAM Joseph farmer Kinchela Gladstone
WICKHAM Thos. jun. farmer Belmore River Gladstone
WICKHAM Thomas sen. farmer Kinchela Gladstone
WILLIAMS Josiah farmer Austral Eden Gladstone
WILLIAMS Thomas farmer Southsea Park Gladstone
WILLIAMS William farmer Belmore River Gladstone
YOUALL George engineer Gladstone
YOUALL Mary farmer Belmore River Gladstone

Source: Greville’s Post Office Directory, Gladstone, NSW, Page 193.

John and James Gormley listed above must have left the area as I have found no trace of them and it seems likely that they were related to Cornelius. I also wonder if Hugh McGuire is related to the Terence McGuire who married Mary Ann Gormley.

Terence Bernard McGuire, 1881-1957, NSW, Australia.

A summary of the life and work of Terence Bernard McGuire, son of Mary Ann Gormley and grandson of Cornelius Gormley. He became the first Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Australia.

Bishop McGuire 1930
Bishop Terence McGuire 1930

Terence McGuire was the only son of Terence McGuire and Mary Ann Gormley. He had a sister, Mary Ann who became a sister of the Good Samaritans. She became Rev Mother Mary Coleman. She died in Sydney in 1963.

He was born at Moree, New South Wales, on September, 1881. His father Dr Terence McGuire was a doctor. He died young at the age of 34.

Dr Terrence McGuire 1881death Morree
Death Notice for Dr Terrence McGuire Moree 1881

As a young man he studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Manly (Sydney), and at Propaganda Fide College in Rome. He was ordained in Rome on 19th March, 1904.

After many years of service within the diocese of Lismore he was consecrated as Bishop of Townsville in the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 25th May, 1930.

Among his many achievements as Bishop of Townsville was the establishment of St. Teresa’s Agricultural College, Abergowrie, in 1933, and St. Anne’s Mission on Palm Island in 1934.

He was transferred to Goulburn as Bishop in 1938, and became the first Archbishop of Canberra – Goulburn on 11th February, 1948. He was succeeded by Hugh Ryan as Bishop of Townsville. 

The Canberra Times, 14 June 1948, describes the ceremony conferring the title and role of Canberra’s first Archbishop on Bishop Terence Bernard McGuire.

Cardinal Gilroy described Archbishop McGuire as being “noted for his culture, administrative ability, oratory and wit, but these qualities of the mind were surpassed by the qualities of his heart which had won the affection of all his friends.”

Bishop McGuire died at Lewisham Private Hospital, Sydney on 4th July 1957.”

Source: McGuire House – Ryan Catholic College Townsville, Thuringowa : North Queensland Catholic School

The catholic career of Terence McGuire:

17 Sept 1881 Born Moree, NSW

19 Mar 1904 Ordained Priest of Lismore

12 Feb 1930 Appointed Bishop of Townsville

25 May 1930 Ordained Bishop of Townsville

14 June 1938 Appointed Bishop of Goulburn

5 Feb 1948 Appointed Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

16 Nov 1953 Resigned Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

16 Nov 1953 Appointed Titular Archbishop of Leontopolis in Augustamnica

4 July 1957 Died Archbishop Emeritus of Canberra and Goulburn

Archbishop Terrence McGuire ‘s body was moved from Goulburn in 1972. It is now buried in the crypt of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra.

St Christopher’s Cathedral Manuka, Canberra, ACT, Australia

The NSW Australia Post Office Directory 1867

In 1867 Cornelius Gormley is listed in the Official Post Office Directory of NSW Australia as a farmer living at Darkwater Creek.

In Google Books you can read and search The Official Post Office Directory Of New South Wales 1867.

Darkwater Creek, now called Belmore River, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, is the area where Cornelius Gormley lived. He is entered as Cormer instead of Connor Gormley.

In the 1872 Post Office Directory a James and a John Gormley, farmers of Darkwater Creek, are listed. They don’t appear in this directory.

Bulla Township Residents 1869 Victoria Australia

The 1869 Post Office Directory for Victoria Australia lists the residents of Bulla, including William and John Fanning, farmers.

These are the Bulla residents listed in the 1869 Post Office Directory for Victoria:

William Patrick Fanning and his son John Henry Fanning are listed as farmers and also Martin Dillon.

Gribben Family History Co Down Ireland, Victoria Australia and New Zealand

Descendants of Hugh Gribbin of Co Down Ireland are given. Hugh and John Gribbin are listed in the Victorian Post Office Directory Australia. John was the father-in-law of Patrick Collins of Northcote and Patrick was the father-in-law of Edward Fanning of Bulla.

Map of irish Counties use
Map of the Irish Counties

Patrick Collins, my ggggrandfather, was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was born in Co Limerick but as was the custom was stationed far from home and family in Co Down. After his seven years was up he married Mary Gribben.

Mary Gribben was born in Co Down  her parents were Mary Carlin and John Gribben. They all emigrated to Australia from Liverpool in 1857.

John Gribben was born in Dromara Co Down about 1793. One of his sons Hugh emigrated to New Zealand and died there in Greymouth. There is a branch of the Gribben family in New Zealand today.

There is more detailed information on the Collins family in Patrick Collins Co Limerick Ireland to Northcote Victoria Australia.

Descendants of Hugh Gribben Report 2015
Descendants of Hugh Gribben Report 2015

 

Edward Francis Fanning 1887- 1968 Victoria Australia

Edward Francis Fanning, 1887-1968, was the second son of Edward Francis Fanning and Bridget Anna Collins. He married Matilda O’Connor and had one child Catherine. He worked as a clerk and died at Melbourne Australia in 1968.

Edward Francis Fanning at his brother Frank’s Wedding in 1915

Edward, known as Ned, was the second son of Edward Francis Fanning and Bridget Anna Collins. he was born at his grandparents’ home in Northcote, Melbourne, on June 1 1887.

His mother died in childbirth when he was one year old. His father married her sister Sarah in 1890 and had five children with her, only three survived to adulthood.

He was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne and his education and that of his older brother William was paid for by his grandparents Patrick and Mary Collins of Northcote.

Edward was the informant on his grandfather, Patrick Collin’s death certificate in 1905.

He worked as a clerk and lived in Northcote, Essendon and Caulfield. He married Mathilda (Hillda) O’Connor and they had one child, Catherine Mary (Maisie).

He died on the 15th of October, 1968 in Caulfield. He is said to have kept a diary up until 1967.

The following genealogy report details the ancestry of Edward Francis Fanning.

Ancestors of Edward Francis Fanning 1887-1968, 2015

John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Bulla Victoria Australia

John Henry Fanning was born in Victoria Australia in 1842, son of William Patrick Fanning and Catherine Hayes, and died in Melbourne in 1894. He married Ellen Gormley and had sixteen children with her. He was a farmer and lived at Emu Flat in Bulla Victoria. he is buried in Bulla Cemetery.

John Henry Fanning

 

John Henry Fanning was the eldest son of “Big Bill” Fanning and Catherine Hayes. He was born in 1842 in Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

One story about him is that he took off and went up north to Queensland and was breaking in horses there. He was supposed to have been cut off by his father for doing this. He is also supposed to have eloped with the station manager or owner’s daughter.

He married Ellen Gormley in Sydney, in Nov 1870, at St Patrick’s Church. Ellen was the third third daughter and youngest child of Cornelius and Anne Gormley.

 

John Fanning & Ellen Gormley Marriage 1870 Sydney cr
Marriage certificate of John Henry Fanning and Ellen Gormley 1870 Sydney

 

He married the daughter of Connor Gormley, a farmer in NSW. This may well have been where he was breaking horses. It looks that they may have eloped as they were married in Sydney which is a long way from either of their family homes. Although Ellen did get the permission of her father to marry as she was under the age of 18, although the above record has her age as 21? It also has her place of residence as Sydney.

Ellen’s parents were Cornelias (Connor) Gormley and Ann McDermid  and Ellen was born in Ogulary (Townland or Parish of Ogulla) Co Roscommon, Ireland about 1851. Cornelius was the son of Thomas Gormley. She and her family came out to Australia on the “Ellenborough” arriving on 12th October, 1853. On board were her father, listed as Connor Gormley, a shepherd, aged 43, her mother, Ann aged 35, her sister Sarah, aged 11, her sister, Eliza aged 6 and Ellen aged 2. Her brothers, Thomas aged 13 and Peter aged 9, were also on board.

Her family lived near Kempsey in New South Wales at Belmore River, where they farmed. Her parents and brother and sister are buried in Frederickton Cemetery, just north of Kempsey.

John Henry Fanning was also not left the Family property which is customary as he was the eldest son. Was this because of his wild ways? or did he get the best deal anyway? “Emu Flat”, 342 acres purchased by his father on July 7 1855, was larger and  supposedly a better property. John Henry’s branch of the family became known as the “Flat Fannings” as opposed to the “Hill Fannings” up on a hill at Bulla.

John Henry Fanning from Bulla is listed as signing the Petition for Clemency for Ned Kelly in 1880.

In 1888  he put up for sale land at Emu Creek:

Sale of Emu Creek Land 1888
Sale of Land at Emu Creek by John Fanning 1888

 

John Henry Fanning The Argus Dec 14 1887
John Henry Fanning and failure to control rabbits
John Henry Fanning died aged 52, in 1894 in St Kilda, Melbourne of a liver ulcer which he was sick with for six months. He was supposed to have died after being trodden on by a cow.

When he died in 1894 at age 52,  his youngest was one year old. Ellen Fanning leased Emu Flat and moved to Essendon. The property was sold about thirty years later and had become very run down.

John Fanning died without a will and his probate papers are online at PROV. His land of 346 acres was mortgaged and the remaining balance of his estate was 793 pounds.

On his land was a four roomed stone house. It is hard to imagine 18 people living in a four roomed house. Ellen came to live at 35 Keilor Rd Essendon with her children.

John Henry Fanning is buried in Bulla Cemetery with his wife Ellen Gormley and many of his seventeen children.

John Thomas Fanning, son of Ellen and John Henry Fanning and grandson of Cornelius and Ann Gormley, also lived at Belmore River before he enlisted in 1916. He is listed in the Sands Directory 1858-1933 at Gladstone in the years 1910-1914. In 1914 he had 14 horses and 65 cattle on 149 acres. Gladstone is a village in the Belmore River area. He farmed land owned by his uncle Peter Gormley. After Peter Gormley’s death  in 1916 Ellen Fanning was left this land . She sold it in 1924.

Ellen Fanning nee Gormley Bulla
Ellen Fanning nee Gormley Bulla Cemetery

Ellen Fanning died 21 May 1928, aged 76 years. In this grave is buried a John Fanning who was buried on 26 Nov 1925.There is no death record for him or details on the cemetery records other than his name and burial date.

John Henry Fanning 1894 Bulla
Grave of John Henry Fanning died 1894

John Henry Fanning died on the 28th October 1894, aged 52 years.

These graves are in the Bulla Cemetry, Victoria, Australia. A number of their children are also buried in the cemetery at Bulla:

Teresa and Frances Fanning Bulla
Grave of Teresa and Francis Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Laura Fanning 1960 & Thomas Fanning 1961
Grave of Laura and Thomas Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Georgina & Johanna Fanning Bulla
Graves of Georgina and Johanna Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Edward Fanning 1948 & Margaret Fanning 1951 Bulla Cem.
Edward Fanning 1948 & Margaret Fanning nee Mallon 1951 Bulla Cemetery
Eileen Mary Fanning & Frederick Joseph Fanning Bulla Cem.
Eileen Mary Fanning & Frederick Joseph Fanning Bulla Cemetery
John Thomas Fanning 1957 Bulla Cem.
John Thomas Fanning 1957 Bulla Cemetery

The following reports trace the ancestry of John Henry Fanning back to Co Tipperary Ireland and also describe his descendants in Victoria Australia.

John Henry Fanning Ancestor Report 2015
Ancestry of John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Victoria Australia 2015
John Henry Fanning Descendant Report 2015
Descendants of John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Victoria Australia updated 2015

Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Victoria Australia

Edward Francis Fanning was born in 1850 to William Patrick Fanning and Catherine Hayes from Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland. He inherited “Sunnyside” and was a farmer. He married Bridget Anna Collins in 1884 and had children by her before she died in childbirth. His second wife was her sister, Sarah Collins, who also died young. She had five children. Edward’s surviving children were William Patrick, Edward Francis, John Hugh, Francis Collins and Thomas Fanning. Edward, called Ned, died in 1927 at Bulla and is buried in Melbourne Cemetery.

Edward ( known as Ned) was the youngest son of William and Catherine Fanning who emigrated to Victoria in 1841. He was born  on the 15th of Feb, 1850, at Bulla.

Ned attended the denominational school at Bulla and took over the farm after his father’s death and remained there until his death in 1927 at the age of 79.

He was a member of the Royal Agricultural Society, a founding member of the Victorian National Party, and accompanied the Burke and Wills expedition when they passed through Bulla. He is my great grandfather. My great grandmother was his second wife, Sarah Collins.

He married his first wife Bridget Anna Collins on Jan 2, 1884, at Bridget’s parents’ home in Northcote.

Bridget Anna Collins and Edward Fanning Marriage 1884_0001
Bridget Anna Collins and Edward Fanning Marriage 1884

 

Bridget Anna Collins (pictured left) was the eldest daughter of Patrick Collins and Mary Gribben. She was born in Footscray, Melbourne in 1860. Her family home was in Waterloo St Northcote, Melbourne.

Her father, born in Co Limerick Ireland, was a Police Constable. His wife Mary came from Co Down in Northern Ireland. Pat Collins came out to the colonies sometime between 1853 and 1856 and worked on the gold fields before becoming a police constable in Melbourne. His wife, Mary, arrived from Ireland in 1857. Bridget Collins was born at Footscray in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1860. She had four older brothers and seven sisters.

Bridget married Edward Francis Fanning, the youngest child of William Patrick Fanning, “Big Bill” and Catherine Hayes, in 1884, at her parents’ home in Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria. She was twenty four and Edward was thirty four years old when they married.

Bridget had three children: William Patrick born in 1885 at Bulla, Edward Francis born in 1887 at Northcote and Thomas Augustus who died, at Deep Creek, after three days, in 1888. Bridget died in childbirth on July 2 1888, after giving birth to Thomas. She was twenty seven old and had been married less than four years. Edward was left with two young sons, one three years old and the other two years old, to look after. Bridget and her infant son, Thomas, are buried in the Melbourne Cemetery.

Gravestone of Bridget Fanning nee Collins Melbourne Cemetery
Gravestone of Bridget Fanning nee Collins Melbourne Cemetery

Two years later, on the 18th of February, 1890, Edward married Bridget’s younger sister, Sarah Ann Collins, at St John’s Church, Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Sarah was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne in 1870.

Family stories have it that after Bridget died Edward needed help with his young children and Sarah Collins came to live there and help out. Apparently she fell pregnant to Edward and a huge rift came between the two families over this out of wedlock pregnancy. This explains the Collins family looking after the eldest two boys but not the children of Sarah and Edward. One of the boys complained that Edward kept the half brothers separated from each other.

Sarah Collins signature 1890

Ned and Sarah Fanning had five children but only three survived to adulthood: My grandfather, Francis Collins Fanning born 1892, John Hugh Fanning born 1893 and Thomas Augustus Fanning born 1894. John Augustus Fanning died aged 2 mths, and Joseph Leo Fanning also died as a baby.

Sarah was only 27 when she died of  tuberculosis (called phthisis in those days), in 1897. She had been sick for two years. Below is the memorial card for Sarah Fanning.

Sarah Fanning Memorial Card (1)
Sarah Fanning nee Collins Memorial Card

Their son, Thomas, also died of the same disease in 1915, at age 20. He died in a sanitarium in Surrey Hills, Melbourne, after being ill for four years with tuberculosis (sometimes referred to as consumption).

Apparently there was talk of Edward marrying another Collins sister, Tottie (Mary Josephine Collins) but this did not eventuate.

Edward was a farmer and lived his whole life at “Sunnyside” in Bulla.Edward was elected to the Board of Advice for the Bulla District in 1878 and re-elected in July 1881.This was reported in the Argus on June 18, 1878:

Edward Fanning 1878 Elected School Member
Edward Fanning Elected School Member, 1878, The Argus

 

Edward Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Residents 1921 (2)The above photo of Bulla residents was taken in 1921. Edward Fanning is the sixth person from the right standing, directly behind the seated woman in black.

Ned Fanning died in 1927 and is buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton with his parents, William and Catherine and  Sarah and Bridget, his two wives and his infant son Thomas Augustus. His death was mentioned in The Argus:

Edward Fanning Obit Kilmore Free Press 13 Jan 1927
Edward Fanning Obituary Kilmore Free Press 13 Jan 1927
Sarah & Edward Fanning Melbourne Cemetery
Sarah Fanning nee Collins and Edward Francis Fanning Melbourne Cemetery

The following genealogy reports trace the ancestors and descendants of Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Victoria Australia.

Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Ancestor Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Ancestor Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Descendant Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Descendant Report 2015