Great Great Grandparents
John Gavin [Gavan, Gaven] was born in Wexford, Ireland about 1819, son of John Gavin [as
per marriage details]. He was of the Church of England faith. John could read and write. He
was a farm labourer and ploughman.
Mary [Maria] Murphy [Murphey] was born about 1832 in Wexford Ireland, daughter of Moses
Murphy. She was Roman Catholic, although an interesting remark in her shipping records
appears to read 'may change'. Mary was a milk churner. She could read.
Marriage: According to the IGI there is a marriage for John Gavin to Mary Murphy on 7th
March 1854 at Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. The grooms father was John Gavin and
the brides father was Moses Murphy. [Civil Registration ref Volume 5 page 672] Note: This
marriage does not appear to have been in a catholic church as it does not appear in the Co
Wexford RC marriages for enniscorthy on the Rootsireland website as of Feb 2015
Immigration: John and Mary left Plymouth on 10th August 1854 on the Duchess of
Northumberland which carried 256 Assisted Immigrants from Ireland. The ship arrived in
Hobart on 6th December 1854. John was indentured to Mr Whittle of Launceston. His wages
were 45 pounds with rations for 12 months.
John and Mary originally settled in the Morven district where daughter Catherine and son
William were born. John's occupation at the time was recorded as labourer.
By the time son James was born, John was farming about 18 kms south of Deloraine, in
Golden Valley, a rugged area on the north eastern side of Quamby Bluff.
Their Children were:
Catherine Gaven [sic] born 5th August, 1855, Tasmania. Father a labourer of
Curramore/Curraghmore, in the district of Morven. Curraghmore was owned by the Lette
family and it is possible John was working for them at the time. Married Henry Poynton My
William Gavin, born 6th June, 1856, Morven, father a labourer of Curramore. Died 12th
September 1856. Cause of death - convulsion.
John Gavin/John Joseph Gavin; born about 1858. No birth or baptism found but his obituary
states he was 76 in 1934 and his brothers were James and Thomas, also nephews John and
Henry Pointon. He was from Jackey's Marsh. John Joseph Gavin married Margaret Linger on
18th December 1901 at St Patrick's Latrobe. According to her obituary she was the daughter
of Mr H Webb of Meander indicating that she may have been a widow and Linger was married
Jane Gavin, born about 1860 although I have found no birth record for her. Married James
Dalton the same day as sister Catherine married Henry Pointon [8th May, 1878]
Thomas Gavin, born 19th July, 1862, Golden Valley, Deloraine, Tasmania, father a farmer of
Golden Valley. Not much is know about him, but he was still living when sister Catherine died
in 1935. The Clipper [Hobart Tas] date 23rd June 1894 reported: A party of the name of
Thomas Gavin, of Deloraine, has issued an unostentatious ad to the pugs [pugilists?] of
Tasmania that he will box anyone of them, Marquess of Queensberry rules for £100. Both
Clifford and Charlie Murphy have called at the Clipper office and express a desire to meet this
William Henry Gavin, born 25th March, 1866, Quamby Bluff ,Deloraine. Married 1) Louisa
Henrietta Smith in Victoria in 1889. One child: Elsie Ivy Gavin born 1889, Brunswick Vic.
'Hettie' and baby Elsie both died 1889 2) Elvina Melinda Smith [sister of his first wife] in
1891. One Child, William Charles Robert born 1895 Collingwood, Vic. 3) Alice Prosser in
1899. William Died 1942 Cheltenham Victoria [father Jno Gavin mother Maria Murphy].
James Patrick Gavin, born 8th February, 1869, Quamby Bluff, Deloraine. Married Ethel
Bel(l)chambers 9th September 1911 at Deloraine. She may have been also known as Henrietta.
She died of influenza in 1919 aged 31.
Mary Josephine Gavin, born 19th March, 1871, Bluff, Deloraine and registered as just Mary.
Mother 'Maria' of Bluff was the informant. Father a labourer. Christened 23rd April, 1871.
Married Augustus Railway BROOKS [son of Benjamin Brooks and Caroline Hayes] on 26th
July, 1891 at the Manse of the Baptist Church, Launceston. [Parish Records -Deloraine]
Augustus was the son of Benjamin Brooks and Caroline Hayes, born 29th January 1866.
Margaret Caroline BROOKS, born Launceston Tasmania, 10th June, 1892. Died 1931
Augustus B G Brooks born Leichhardt NSW 1893. Also known as Augustine. Enlisted AIF but
discharged due to ill
health. Died 1919 Newtown.
Gordon G Brooks, born Newtown NSW 1896. Died Newtown 1896
Eric Roy Brooks born Newtown 1897 Died 1977
William Harold Brooks born Newtwon 1900
Augustus died in 1901. Mary Josephine died in 1942. Parents recorded as 'Gavan' and Mary.
John died 16th November 1887 at Deloraine, Tasmania. His age is stated as 64. Cause of death
was bronchitus. It appears he was buried in the cemetery next to the Catholic Church in
Deloraine. The cemetery has now been reclaimed as part of the school yard. The fate of the
headstones is unclear.
Mary died 9th November 1897. Launceston Examiner dated 9th November reported:
The funeral of the late Mrs. Gavin will leave the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. James Dalton,
near Exton, on Wednesday, 10th, at 1 p.m., for the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Deloraine.
Friends are invited to attend.-W. C. CAMERON, Undertaker.
John Gavin and Mary Murphy
- Free Settlers from Wexford Ireland -