Mary Higgins and Patrick Burke/Bourke
Mary Higgins was born about 1827 in Tuam Galway, daughter of Thomas Higgins and Mary
O'Neill. She was baptised 7th September 1828 [e]  Mary aged 15 arrived in Australia aboard
Albatross in 1841 with her parents.

Patrick Burke was born about 1834 and baptised as Patrick 'Bourke' in 1834 [ref V1834466
126/1834]  son of ex-convicts
Partick Burke and Johanna Keating

Marriage: Mary and Patrick were married at Maitland Catholic Church in 1855 [ref V18557

Their Children were: - all registered Maitland

Thomas Joseph Burke 1855 [V18552539 72/1855 ] married Catherine Hume ref
5145/1885 Gunnedah

John Burke 1857 [7866/1857 ] Married Norah Jane McDonnell ref 7002/1883
21196/1885  BURKE  JOHN T D  baptised John Thomas Tobias Burke [FS]
29462/1887  BURKE  ELIZABETH B M baptised Elizabeth Bridget Burke [FS]
May have married a second time to Mary Ann OConnor ref 6697/1887 Bundarra

Patrick Francis Burke 1858 [8679/1858] Married Mary S Crutcher 4864/1889 Gunnedah -
unconfirmed. Mary appears to have given birth to two children before her marriage -
Gertrude Crutcher born 1883, Murrurundi ref 20905/1883 and Roy H Crutcher born 1889
Gunnedah ref 22135/1889
Harold John Burke born 14th September 1889 baptised 15th September, St Joseph
Gunnedah - no registration
Joseph Francis Bourke [sic] born 23rd December 1891 baptised 16th January 1892, St
Francis Xavier Narrabri - no registration
Lily Burke born 1895, Narrabri ref 5624/1895

Frederick Burke 1860 [8351/1860 ] Married Mary Launt 5148/1888 Gunndeah -

Mary Burke 1862 - Married Thomas Agnew 5933/1886 West Maitland

James Burke 1864 [ref 10523/1864 ]

Johanna/Hannah Burke 1868 [11585/1868] Appears to have never married and was still
single at the time of her mothers death in 1912. May have given birth to a child George
Burke/Park at Gunnedah in 1889 ref 22099/1889. There are two registrations with the
same number but under different surnames  -

Bridget Burke 1869 [13370/1869 ] gave birth to a daughter Maria/Minnie Burke 2nd June
1891, baptised 3rd November 1891 St Joseph Gunnedah. Married
William H Kilpatrick
3399/1898 Gunnedah

Patrick Burke [snr or jnr?] was residing at Brookes Flat in 1858.

Mary Burke paid the deposit for sister
Honora Higgins and cousin Honora O'Neill to come to
Australia aboard the
Tudor in 1860.


Patrick Burke
died 1899 ref 7426/1899  BURKE  PATRICK F  PATRICK  JOHANNA  

Singleton Argus 30th March 1899:
A carrier named Patrick Burke met with an accident on the Gunnedah Coonabarabran road,
which resulted in his death. He was driving a heavily loaded waggon, when he tripped and
fell, and before the bullocks could be pulled up, the waggon passed over the unfortunate
man, who received terrible injuries to his arms and legs. He was taken to the hospital, and
later on forwarded to the Tamworth Hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning. The
deceased was an old resident of the district and highly esteemed.

Maitland Weekly Mercury dated 1st April 1899:
Patrick Burke, carrier, met with a serious accident on Monday evening on the
Coonabarabran road. Whilst journeying towards Mullaley he fell in a rut, and the wheel of
the waggon passed over him, crushing his ribs and arm and breaking a leg. He was conveyed
to tho Hospital, and the doctor thought an amputation was necessary, but owing to there
being only one medical man in Gunnedah, ho could not perform tho operation, and the
unfortunate man had to wait till tho midnight train, to be conveyed to Tamworth for
treatment. He died there on Tuesday. This is not the first time such delays have occurred at
Gunnedah from the same cause.

Mary Burke died 1912 ref 15962/1912   GUNNEDAH registration under Bourke.

The Tamworth Daily Observer dated 21st December 1912 reported:
The death is recorded of another old resident of Gunnedah, in tho person of Mrs Burke,
relict of the late Mr. Patrick Burke, which took place at the residence of her daughter (Mrs.
W. Kilpatrick) on Monday night Inst. The deceased lady was 82 years of age, and a native of
Torem[sic], county Galway, Ireland. She came to Australia when a girl of 12, and had
therefore been in the land of her adoption 70 years. With her husband and family she
arrived in Gunnedah 32 years ago, and had resided there continuously ever since. About
eighteen months ago Mrs. Burke had the misfortune to break her thigh, and from the result
of that accident she had been confined to her room till the time of her demise. Mrs. Burke
was the mother of eight children, all of whom survive her—Mr. T. J. Burke, Gunnedah; Mr. F.
Burke, Gunnedah; Mr. P. Burke, Cessnock; Mr. John Burke, Narrabri West; Mr. James
Burke, Warialda; Mrs. W. Kilpatrick, Gunndah; Mrs. Agnew, Sydney; and Miss Hannah
Burke, Newcastle.
Last Update 27th May 2014