Patrick Francis J Higgins and Ellen Elizabeth Stevens
Patrick Francis J Higgins was born 1851 in NSW [ref No V18512203 68/1851] son of
Thomas Higgins and Mary O'Neill and brother of my great x 2 grandfather Thomas Higgins
Ellen Elizabeth Stevens was born 1860 in Tamworth, daughter of William Stevens and
Sarah Palliser. William was a carrier at Gunndeah according to Grevilles 1872 postal
Marriage: Patrick and Ellen were married at Gunnedah in 1879 [ref 4889/1879] It appears
that Ellen converted to the Roman Catholic faith prior to her wedding. She was baptised at
St Joseph's Gunnedah on 22nd March 1879 aged 19.
Their Children were:
HIGGINS John James, born 23 Feb 1879 Gunnedah [ref 23984] Baptised 23rd March 1879
St Joseph's Gunnedah. . Married Pethenia Lloyd, Murrundi 1903. Died 1943 North Sydney.
HIGGINS MARY born 1881 Gunnedah ref 16703/1881.Baptised 26th Jan 1881 St
Joseph's Gunnedah. Married James Costello, 1912 Marrickville [a]
HIGGINS THOMAS Joseph born 2nd June 1882 GUNNEDAH. Baptised 30th July 1882, St
Joseph's Gunnedah. [ref 17515] -died 1908, Cootamundra
Cootamundra herald dated 15th August 1908:
Death of a Railway Employee.
Today we have the unpleasant duty of reporting the death of Mr. Thomas J. Higgins, who
died at about 11.10 on Monday morning, at Mr. G. Prosser's Railway hotel, after an illness of
only three days! The poor fellow had only been stationed here a fortnight at the time of his
death, having been appointed here as booking clerk, vise Mr. Banning. It is thought that he
contracted a cold whilst travelling, to Cootamundra, which afterwards turned to bronchitis
and congestion of the lungs. The deceased was only 25 years of age, and was unmarried. His
mother, and father arrived here by express train on Monday morning, and had the
consolation of being at the death bed of their son. The remains were taken to Murrurundi
(the home of his parents) on Monday night for burial, the coffin being carried to the station
from the Railway hotel by some of his friends of the railway staff, Messrs. T. Kelly, P. W.
Ryan, F. Bolton, J.Kirley, O. Lewis, and J. Swanson. Though the deceased was only a
fortnight here he was greatly esteemed and respected by all who came in contact with him,
especially his fellow employees, and during his illness they showed an affection towards him
which amounted almost to brotherhood, a quality which seems to be inheritant in railway
men towards one another. The staff of the traffic department sent a beautiful wreath, in a
glass globe, to be placed on the grave of their departed comrade. The friends of the deceased
are lavish in their praise of Mr. and Mrs. Prosser and their employees for their attention and
kindness to the deceased during his illness.
HIGGINS SARAH born GUNNEDAH 1884 [ref20731] Baptised 8th July 1884, St Joseph's
Gundeah.. Married Frank Brady [or Gooley] Sarah Eugene G Brady died 1943 at Petersham.
HIGGINS BRIDGET born Gunnedah 1886 [ref22134/1886]: Became a Roman Catholic nun
(Mercy order) [a]
HIGGINS GERTRUDE A born GUNNEDAH 1888 [Ref 23339] married Rupert H Evans,
1927. North Sydney.
HIGGINS: William Patrick born 1890 Armidale [Ref 189002206/1890] Incorrectly indexed
inder Higgs. Married Mary Josephine Howard in 1912 at Scone [a]
HIGGINS CATHERINE Agnes born QUIRINDI 1891 [ref 29733] Married Victor S Kirkwood,
1917 St Leonards. Catherine died 1976
HIGGINS Leslie Vincent, born GUNNEDAH 1894 [ref 15514] . Served in WW1. Married
Mabel M Quigley, Sydney 1928.
HIGGINS BEATRICE E born MURRURUNDI 1896 [ref 23632] - died 1909 Murrrurundi.
Coroners report states she suffered an gunshot wound accidentally inflicted by Charles
Sydney Morning Herald dated 14th January 1909:
FATAL SHOOTING ACCIDENT.
UNLOADING A REPEATING PEA RIFLE.
A fatal shooting accident occurred here this morning, when Beatrice Ellen Higgins, aged
12, third youngest daughter of Mr. Patrick Higgins, was shot dead. It appeared a young man
named M'Hugh, who is a boarder, was out shooting early in the morning, returning in time
for breakfast. He had a No. 32 repeating pea rifle, capable of holding 17 cartridges. Seven of
these were used. Shortly before 8 o'clock M'Hugh commenced to unload the unused
cartridges at Mr. Higgins's residence, some of the children being around him.
Eight cartridges were successfully taken out, but the ninth became jammed, force having to
be used to extract it, when it suddenly exploded, and Beatrice being in the line of fire, the
bullet struck her on the right temple. She lingered about an hour, but never spoke. The
deceased was home for the school holidays.
Regarding the death of Beatrice Higgins, the coroner returned a verdict of death from a
gunshot wound accidentally inflicted by Charles M'Hugh while unloading a magazine pea
HIGGINS IMELDA MURRURUNDI 1899 [ref14010]. Died 1971 Parramatta. Imelda was a
telephonist. She never married. [a]
HIGGINS CLARE/Claire A V born Murrurundi 1902 [ref 33796] Married Francis Lawler
1928, North Sydney.
In 1915 Patrick was residing at "Tralee" Marrickville Road, Marrickville.
In 1930, Patrick, Ellen and daughter Imelda are residing at 415 Beamish Road Campsie.
Patrick is retired according to the Electoral Roll.
Ellen died in North Sydney in 1933. [ref 19102/1933]
Patrick died in Canterbury in 1935 [parents Thomas and Margaret]
Catholic Freemans Journal dated 11th July 1935:
MR. PATRICK FRANCIS HIGGINS, CAMPSIE.
The death took place at his residence, 415 Beamish street, Campsie, on June 8 of Patrick
Francis Higgins, aged 83 years. Born at Maitland in 1851, he was married at Gunnedah to
Ellen Stevens, who predeceased him 18 months ago. A former employee of the Railway
Department, he was of a very retiring disposition, but nevertheless loved and esteemed by all
who knew him. During his illness he was frequently visited by the Rev. Father R. Lonergan,
who ad ministered the last rites of the Church, also hy his daughter, Sister M. Cyprian
(Tempe) and grand-daughter, Sister M. Dolores (Rose Bay). His funeral, which took place at
Woronora Cemetery, was largely attended by his sorrowing family of sons, daughters,
grandchildren and friends. The prayers at the graveside were recited by the Rev. Father T.
Dunlea. W. N. Bull Ltd. carried out the funeral arrangements.
[a] Information kindly supplied by Peter K a descendant of William Patrick Higgins
Last Update 21st August 2015