her two husbands
Mary Maher was born in Thurles Tipperary about 1847 daughter of Martin Maher and Mary
Maher. She arrived in NSW in 1855 aboard the Eliza with her parents.[a] Mary was also
known as Mary Magdalene [possibly her confirmation name]. Owing to her husband being
Scottish, it appears that this was misinterpreted as 'McDillion' from time to time.
First Marriage: To Michael Kelly at St Johns Catholic Church West Maitland on 26th
January 1866. Mary was a domestic servant of Dunmore, Michael was labourer of West
Mailtalnd. Witnesses were Phillip Maher [NOTE: Who is Philip Maher? This person needs more
research] and Ann Higgins, who made her mark [probably sister Ann Maher who married
Thomas Higgins]. Mary Maher, mother of Mary, gave her consent to the marriage as Mary
was under 21 years of age. Michael Kelly, labourer aged 28 of Buttai Creek died on 20th
November 1868. Cause of death was phthisis pulmonasis tuberculata. He is buried in the
East Maitland Catholic cemetery. Michael Kelly was born in Tipperary Ireland and had been
in NSW for 6 years. His parents were John Kelly and Mary
Their children were:
John Kelly born 1866 in Maitland. Married Mary Johnson.
Michael Kelly born 1869 in Maitland. Died 1869.
Second Marriage: To Alexander Peter MacGregor 1872. Alexander was the son of Alexander
McGregor and Jacobina Campbell Urquhart
Their Children were
Lucy Jacobina McGregor b: 1873 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia . Died 1941
Mayfield. Never married
Alexander McGregor b: 1874 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Married Margaret M
Burke 1906 Newcastle
William McGregor b: 1876 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Died 1943, Gulgong.
Henry Francis McGregor b: 1878 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Married Laura
Grearly 1922, Stockton. Died 1943, Mayfield
Mary Jane McGregor b: 1880 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Married Ainsworth
James [Jimmy] Pickup. Died 1938 Randwick
Annie Cecily McGregor born 1881 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Married
Frederick Percival Burke.
Margaret Mary McGregor b: 1884 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Never married.
Margaret was a Dominican Nun.
Martin J McGregor b: 1887 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia . Died 1887 Newcastle
Urquhart Millicent [Millie] McGregor b: 1889 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Mary was the witness on her mother Mary Maher's death certificate in 1896.[c]
Mary McGregor died at 30 Corlette Street, Newcastle on 20th February 1933. Cause of death
was generalised senility and hypostatic pneumonia. Mary is buried in the Roman Catholic
section of the Sandgate Cemetery.
Alexander McGregor died 1st June 1933; The Catholic Press dated 8th June carried the
The funeral of Mr. Alexander McGregor, sen., took place on Friday afternoon, 2nd inst., from
his late residence in Corlcttc street, Cookc's Hill. The interment was made at Sandgate, and
Rev. Father Walsh officiated. The chief mourners were the sons, Messrs. A. McGregor
(Mayfield), William McGregor (Merewether), and Henry McGregor (Mayfield), and Messrs. Ross
and Douglas McGregor and H. Pickup grandsons. The pall-bearers were the Deputy-Mayor of
Newcastle (Aid. R. G. Killgour) and Aid. R. Gibson, representing the City Council, and members
of the A.H.C. Guild, of which the late Mr. McGregor had been warden of St. Mary's Star of the
Sea branch in the early days. He had a great love for the society, and although of an
advanced age never missed the quarterly Holy Communion of the branch. He was proud to
wear his past warden's collar, and set a fine example to all members of the society. The
Newcastle District Abattoir Board was represented by the chairman (Aid. C. G. Melville), Cr. W.
Beath, the secretary and manager (Mr. J. L. Law son) and the accountant (Mr. C. C. Watters).
Others who attended included the chairman of the Newcastle Hospital Board (Mr. A. A. Rankin)
and members: Mr. John Hogan, Mr. S. Wansey, the secretary, Meat Industry Workers (Mr. D. A.
Walker), Mr. W. J. Ralston (Newcastle and Hunter River S.S. Co.), Aid. W. H. Tripet (Wara tah
Council), Mr. J. D. Reid, Mr. R. Merrin; officers and members of the A.H.C. Guild (Star of the
Sea branch), Messrs. W. A. Murray, H. Williams, H. T. Lucerne, A. P. Cherry, J. J. Keating, S.
J. Coleman and P. Hewitt. Mr. McGregor was born in Crieff (Scot land) 90 years ago, and lived
practically the whole of his life in Newcastle. For a number of years he carried on the
business of a butcher in Cook's Hill. He lived on the same block of land in Cook's Hill for 50
years. He was the son of Dr. H. A. Mc Gregor, who had preceded his family to Australia,
settling first in Victoria. Two of the boys came to New South Wales, and Alexander made his
homo in Newcastle. A Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's by Rev. Father Fitzgerald
(Adm.) for tho repose of deceased's soul. — R.LP.
The Maitland daily Mercury dated 2nd June 1933 reported:
MR. A. McGregor
Death at Newcastle NEWCASTLE, Friday, Mr Alex McGregor, a well-known local Butcher, died
at his residence at Cook's Hill late yesterday afternoon aged 90. He lived in Newcastle
practically all his life and was one of the oldest members of the Newcastle branches of the
Australian Hibernian Catholic Guild and the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Below Left: The grave of Mary and Alexander together with Mary's mother, Mary Maher.
Below Right: On the reverse of the headstone are memorials to Lucy and Urquhart [Millie]
McGregor. The headstone stands in the centre of a double or triple plot spanning two
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