Mary Houlihan and William Stirling
Mary J [Mary May?] Houlihan was born 1865 and baptised on 12th May 1865 at Fedamore
Roman Catholic Church, Limerick, in Ireland, [as Maram Holohan, father Guilehum, mother
Alice Dooly] daughter of William Houlihan and Alice Maragret Dooley Witnesses to the
Baptism were Mary Houlihan [her aunt] and Michael [ML] Ryan. Mary aged 7 travelled to
Australia with her mother aboard the City of Agra in 1872.
William Stirling/Andrew William Stirling was born in 1857, son of Andrew W Stirling and
Janet/Jenet/Jeanette Horn at Chippendale.
Marriage: Mary Woolighan* married William Sterling* in Sydney in 1882 [ref 1075/1882].
William Stirling was a deep sea diver working with the department of Harbours and Rivers in
Sydney Harbour. Their address in 1917 was 'Talotta' 10 Cammeray Ave, North Sydney.
Their children included: some unconfirmed
Andrew William STIRLING, born Sydney 1883 ref 1053/1883 . Known as William. Died
1927 North Sydney.
Mary M STIRLING born St Leonards 1884 [ref 11620/1884] parents William and May.
Married Duncan F Downie, 1914 Annandale, ref 13976/1914.
Alexander STIRLING, born St Leonards 1886 ref 12554/1886. Died North Sydney
Janet STIRLING, born St Leonards 1888 ref 13371/1888 - may have been known as Jessie.
Married George D Thew at St Leonards in 1914 [ref 6803/1914]
Margaret Alice STIRLING born Sydney 1894 864/1894 . Married Bruce F Charet, St
Leonards 1920 [ref 3239/1920] Died November 1929
Robert A STIRLING born Sydney 1896 ref 158/1896 . Died 1932, Newtown.
SMH Saturday 19 March 1932
STIRLING. —March 17, 1932, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Robert Stirling, late of
Solomon Islands, dearly loved son of Mary Stirling, of 13 Woonona-road, Northbridge, aged
Sydney/Sidney James STIRLING born Sydney 1897 ref 28668/1897 . Died North Sydney
John Arthur [Jack] STIRLING born Sydney 1899 ref 18302/1899 . Died 17th July 1918 at
Villers Bretonneaux, France in WW1 Sydney Morning Herald dated 29th July 1918 reported:
STIRLING.-Died of wounds in France, July 17, 1918, Sapper John Arthur, dearly-loved
youngest son of Mary Stirling. Talotta, Cammoray Aveuue, North Sydney aged l8 years and
11 months. - see Lest We Forget
Grace E [Helen]? STIRLING born Sydney 1902 ref 18998/1902
Flora Isobel STIRLING born Sydney 1905 ref 572/1905 . Married Keith W Carnegie, North
Sydney 1929 [ref 16157/1929]
William Stirling died in 1905 [according to son John's enlistment papers]. There are two
records for William Stirlings who died in 1905 1) William son of Andrew W and Janet
3748/1905 which appears to be our William, and 2) William aged 46 7478/1905. Both died
in Sydney. The following notice appeared in the SMH dated 25th April 1905 and looks a
STIRLING -The Relatives and Friends of the deceased WILLIAM STIRLING, late Diver, Harbour
and Rivers Department, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral to leave his late
residence, 10 Mount street. Pyrmont, THIS AFTERNOON, at 1.30, for the Necropolis [Rookwood
Cemetery]. [NOTE: There is an autopsy for the second William Stirling which states he was a
seaman who died in Darlinghurst gaol.]
Mary Stirling died at North Sydney late in 1937 [ref 2735/1938] SMH notice reads as
STIRLING-January 1 1938 at a private hospital North Sydney Mary widow of the late Andrew
William Stirling and loving mother of William, Mary, Alexander, Janet, Margaret, Robert,
Sidney, John, Helen and Flora aged 71 years. Interred Northern Suburbs Cemetery January 1
Note: The SMH of 1884 has several reports of a Mr William Stirling and wife suing the
government for damages. This is another couple, William and Penelope Stirling.