Anthony Fanning Lisdonowley Co Tipperary & Kempsey NSW Australia

Anthony Fanning was the son of Patrick Fanning and Margaret Cantwell of Lisdonowely, Co Tipperary, Ireland. He was born there in 1849. He and his brother Patrick emigrated to Australia in 1879 on the Highflyer. Anthony was a storekeeper in Kempsey and married Amelia Lovell. He died in 1891 and they are both buried in West Kempsey Cemetery, NSW, Australia.

Anthony Fanning’s  father was Patrick Fanning and his mother Margaret Cantwell from Lisdonowely, Co Tipperary Ireland. He was born in the Parish of Templetouhy, Co Tipperary, on 1 April 1849. He is related to the Bulla Fannings. His father, Patrick Fanning, was a first cousin of William Patrick Fanning, my great great grandfather, who emigrated to Victoria in 1841.

The ‘Highflyer” arrived at Moreton Bay in Queensland in 1878. Anthony was 29 and Patrick, his younger brother, was 18.

Passenger List of the Highflyer 1878

The complete passenger list for The Highflyer is on the Marlborough Family Heritage Facebook page.

Anthony became a shopkeeper in Kempsey and lived in Smith St Kempsey NSW. Patrick worked on the railways and died in Sydney in Dec 1910.

Anthony Fanning’s Shop in Kempsey which was on the corner of Forth St and Smith St opposite the Macleay Hotel.



Anthony’s death certificate states he had been in NSW for 12 years so he did not stay in Queensland for long before coming to NSW. He married Amelia Lovell in Kempsey in 1883. She died in 1890 and he died the following year. They both died of Tuberculosis, or as it was called then, consumption.

Death of Amelia Lovell 1890 Kempsey_NEW
Newspaper Report of the Death of Amelia Fanning 1890 Kempsey NSW Australia
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Death of Amelia Fanning, Macleay Argus 24 Dec 1890


Macleay Argus 8 Sept 1891


Anthony Fanning Death Certificate 1891 NSW_NEW
Anthony Fanning Death Certificate 1891 NSW
Anthony Fanning & Amelia Lovell
Gravestone of Anthony Fanning & Amelia Lovell

The inscription reads:

Sacred to the Memory of

Anthony Fanning

Native of Co Tipperary Ireland

Who died 7th Sept 1891

Aged 42 Years

Also of His Wife

Amelia Fanning

nee Lovell

Who Died 21st Dec 1890

Aged 28 Years

United in Life by the bond of love

United they sleep in Death

Sweet Jesus May their souls in Heaven Above

Now breathe an eternal Breath


Anthony Fanning and Amelia Lovell are buried in West Kempsey Cemetery NSW. Amelia’s parents were Frederick Lovell and Elizabeth James and she was born in 1862 in Port Macquarie NSW. Below is an obituary fro Amelia’s father which gives some background information on the Lovell family of Kempsey.

Anthony Fanning Ancestor Report 2015