Smith, Selina, born 2nd March, 1855 Woodlands, Westbury District [reg 1539 RGD33]
daughter of William Smith and Ellen Donovan and sister of my ancestor Mary Ann Smith.
On her birth registration, father William's occupation is shown as 'farmer'. NOTE:
'Woodlands is a property at Lemana Junction.
On 8th September 1875, Selina gave birth to a daughter Cecelia Quinn Smith in the Royal
Womens Lying in Hospital, Melbourne. The patient records book reveals the following:
patient number 6369, Selina Smith aged 21, Tasmania, unmarried, it was her first child.
She was admitted on the 8th, the same day she gave birth. Her labour lasted 8 hours. Her
daughter, born alive, head presentation, weighed 6 pound and she was 18 inches in length.
Selina was discharged on 22nd September. It is possible that baby Cecelia's father's
surname was Quinn. There was a Quinn family residing in the area in Tasmania at the time.
Was Selina sent to Victoria to have her baby to avoid disgrace to the families involved? -
The Argus [Vic] dated 25th October 1875 carries the following classified advertisement:
AT Mrs HOBSONS, WANTED, immediately, Selina Smith; also, Wet-Nurse wanted, 11o'clock
sharp. Could this mean that Selina had left her baby?
Patrick McVeigh: born about 1855, son of Henry McVeigh. Possible arrival in Victoria in
1855 as an infant with parents Henry aged 28 and Elizabeth [Campbell] aged 27 aboard the
Balnaguith arriving October 1855. The surname is indexed under McVEAGH on the Public
Record office Victoria website showing assisted immigrants. They were from County Armagh
in Ireland, Roman Catholic, could read and write. They were engaged by w Holmes at sand
Marriage: Selina married Patrick McVeigh on 12th September 1882 at the Register
Generals office in Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW. Patrick was aged 27, a coachman born in
Ireland, parents Henry McVeigh, a farmer and Elizabeth. At the time of her marriage Selina
states her age as 26, born Tasmania. Her father William is described as a farmer. Her
mothers name is given as Ellen Ro(y)croft [writing unclear]
3303/1884 MCVEIGH ELIZABETH M , Sydney. Married William H B Frost in Sydney
1902 ref 3310/1902
2484/1886 MCVEIGH FLORENCE M , Sydney. Married Thomas R Carter, Sydney 1915
ref 684/1915 SMH dated 17th July 1886 reported: M'VEIGH.-July 3, at her residence, 47
Upper William-street North, the wife of Patrick M'Veigh, of a daughter.
2697/1888 MCVEIGH ALICE M Sydney. Married James H L Hatton, Sydney 1917 ref
2212/1892 MACVEIGH HENRY V Sydney. Died 445/1893
SMH dated 8th May 1890 reported:
McVEIGH.- In loving memory of my dear father-in-law, Henry M'Veigh, who died at his
residence, Koroit, Victoria, May 8,1889. Inserted by his loving daughter-in-law, S. F.H.
M'Veigh, and his loving little grandchildren May, Florence and Alice. R I.P.
McVEIGH.- In loving memory of my dearly beloved father, Henry M'Veigh who died May 8,
I889 at his residence in Koroit, Victoria. Hononred father, how we miss you None but loving
hearts can tell; Earth has lost thee, Heaven has found thee. Jesus hath done all things well.
Inserted by hie eldest son, Patrick.
M'VElGH-In loving memory of my dear father, Henry M'Veigh, who died at his residence,
Koroit, Victoria, May Gone, dear father, but not forgotten, Or ever will you be. For while life
and memory last I will remember thee.
Inserted by his only daughter, Lizzie.
NOTE: The Argus 10th May 1889 Overland Passengers to and from Sydney: For Melbourne
Ordinary Thursday Miss M'Veigh, P. M'Veigh, Sydney,
Bankrupt: Patrick McVeigh, bus driver city [Sydney bankruptcy 1892.] - unconfirmed.
Selina McVeigh died 25th March 1897 at Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown. She was 40
years old, married, born Tasmania. Further details were unknown. Cause of death was
diarrhoea and exhaustion. She was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Waverley.
Patrick McVeigh: Possible death ref 1912 - 8876/1912 Patrick McVeigh aged 57, farm
labourer, died 25th August 1912 at the Victoria Home for the Aged and Infirm at Brunswich
Victoria. He is recorded as being unmarried, from Antrim in Ireland and having spent 56
years in Victoria. Cause of death is pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was buried in the
New Melbourne General cemetery. This entry seems to agree with many of Patrick's details..
NOTE: Probably not death ref 1910 - 13807/1910 MCVEIGH PATRICK 52 YRS
JERILDERIE from Dungiven? Co Derry
Selina Smith and Patrick McVeigh