Ellen Houlihan, was baptised on 23rd June 1832 at Fedamore , daughter of Patrick
Houlihan and Margaret Cavan and sister of my ancestor William Houlihan. According to
oral tradition it was Ellen who encouraged William to bring his family to Australia for the
wonderful opportunities here. Research shows that Ellen was the person who paid the
deposit [no 1842 dated 15th April 1864; SRNSW 4/4586 Reel 2671] for William to come to
Australia. Oral tradition also suggests she owned a dairy farm at Kempsey.
Immigration: Ellen Houlighan [Elon Hulohan] aged 25 according to her immigration records
[real age 31] came to Australia in 1863, aboard the John Temperley . Ellen's deposit was
paid for by Patrick Merrick on 16th October 1862 [Dep No 2842 SRNSW 4/4583 Reel 2670.
Patrick also brought out Catherine Connell aged 23 on the same ship. Patrick may have
been a relative or a prospective employer of the girls.
Bernard Brady arrived in Australia in 1863 aboard the Peerless. He was aged 22. He gives
his native place at Bally Connell, County Cavan, father Patrick Brady, a farmer and mother
Mary Maguire, deceased. He had a friend, James O'Brien, in Sydney.
Marriage: Ellen Hoolahan* aged 28 [real age 37] married Bernard Brady aged 25, in St
Mary's Cathedral, Sydney on 7th July, 1869. Both Ellen and Bernard made their mark (x)
rather than sign their names suggesting they could not read or write. Bernard is described
as being a farmer at Macleay River. The witnesses were F Tauchert and Catherine Brady. The
minister was J J Garvey.
Patrick J Brady, born 1870, Macleay River [father Barnard Brady] Died 24th September
1966 aged 96
Mary Ann Brady, born 1871, Macleay River Married George Jenkins Died 23rd September
Thomas Brady, born 1872, Macleay River
Ellen Josephine Brady, born 1875, Macleay River, died 1st September 1891, Kempsey aged
Australian Town and Country Journal dated 5th September 1891 reported:
Kempsey, 31st August:
Burning Accident.-A young girl, 18 years of age, named Ellen Brady, daughter of Bernard
Brady, of Kinchela Creek, was nearly burnt to death last Friday morning. It appears she was
lifting the kettle off tho fire, and her dress ignited. She ran outside-and a strong wind was
blowing at the time and before her father could come to her assistance she was terribly burnt.
Dr. Casement was sent for, who ordered her removal to the hospital, where, from latest
account she is progressing favorably. NOTE: At the time this report was printed, Ellen had
In July 1864, Ellen paid the deposit for brother William Houlihan to come to Australia as an
assisted immigrant. She also paid the deposit for Mary Droney.
The Post Office directory of 1900 shows Bernard as a farmer at Kinchela Creek [just south of
South West Rocks and north of Kempsey]
Yewens Directory of land Holders of NSW 1900 shows Bernard Brady at Back Creek.
Ellen Brady, daughter of Patrick and Margaret, died Kempsey 28th March 1914.
Macleay Chronicle April 1 1914, page 6 the obituary for Mrs Ellen Brady as follows: On
Saturday last at her residence, Smithtown, Mrs Ellen Brady, wife of Mr Bernard Brady
passed away at the age of 78, the funeral, conducted by Mr Jos. T Walker, taking place on
Sunday to Frederickton Cementery, after a special service had been held in Smithtown
Church. Deceased, who with her husband had been among the early settlers on Kinchela
Creek, came to this country from her native county of Limerick 51 years ago, and leaves
a grown up family of two sons and one daughter -- Mr. P. Brady, of Kinchela, Mr. T
Brady, Sydney, and Mrs. Jenkins, Paddington. One daughter predeceased her. The
attendance at the funeral was very large, and many old residents were prominent in the
procession, the carriers being Messrs. P.J.Shelley, Thos. Meehan, E.Brogan, and J.
Connors; the pall-bearers, Messrs.J.Clancy, P.Carroll, and J.Cannane, and the officiating
clergyman the Rev. Father Fillodeau.
Bernard Brady, son of Patrick and Mary died Kempsey, 7th January 1926 aged 96.
Freemans Journal dated 25th February 1926.
MR. BERNARD BRADY.
At the very great age of 96 years there passed away on- 7th January at the residence of
his son, Mr. Patrick Brady, Kinchela, another of the sturdy old band of pioneers in the
person of Mr. Bernard Brady. A native of County Cavan (Ireland) this grand old man came
to this colony about 65 years ago. About five years afterwards he went to the Macleay
and settled at Belmore River, where he lived for about 21 years. He later removed to
Kinchela, where he farmed for fully 30 years. On his retirement from active life he went
to live in Sydney, but shortly afterwards returned to this river, and settled at Smithtown,
where he lived for 10 years, later going to live with his son at Kinchela. He was married
in Sydney to Miss Ellen Houlahan, a native of Limerick (Ireland), and after a very happy
life together, the link that binds was severed about 12 years ago, when his life partner
passed away. A family of two sons and one daughter survive him. The sons are Mr.
Patrick Brady_ (Kinchela) and Mr. Thomas Brady (Sydney),.. and the daughter, Mrs. Geo.
Jenkins, Sydney. - One daughter, Ellen, predeceased him. There are 14 grand children
and two great grandchildren. There was no man who was more universally respected, for
he was always of a most genial and happy disposition. The funeral moved from Kinchela,
calling at the Smithtown Catholic Church en route to the Frederickton Cemetery, where
the remains were laid to rest beside those of his late wife. Rev. Father Farrelly conducted
a short ceremony at the church and also solemnised the last sad rites at the graveside in
the presence of a very large and representative gathering.
|Ellen Houlihan and Bernard Brady
- from Ireland to NSW, Australia -
Right: Grave of Ellen Brady and
daughter Ellen at Frederickton
cemetery. Bernard is also buried