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|Mary Ellen Fairbairn (nee McNamara) 1881-1955 by Ann Rackstraw|
Laurence & Catherine Keane’s children:
2. Mary Ann Keane married John Joseph Leyden/Lydon; their children
Mary Ann Keane
Married 29 Oct 1878
John Joseph Leyden/Lydon
2. Mary Ann Keane. Mary Ann’s maiden name was also recorded as Cain/Kain/Keain/ Kean/Kein. Her married name was recorded as Leyden on the marriage certificate, but in Australia the surname is recorded as Lydon. She was born in 1856 in Clare, Ireland. She was baptised on 13 May 1856 at Ballyvaughan, Care, the sponsors were John Brown and Peggy Kerin. (Information on Sponsors provided by Judy Smith, email 19 Nov 2008 and List of Keane Baptisms for the Parish of Ballyvaughan, from Clare County Library, copy provided by Judy Smith, email dated 15 Jan 2009).
She married John Joseph Leyden/Lydon, son of Thomas Leyden/Lydon, on 29 Oct 1878 at the Roman Catholic Chapel at Ballyvaughan, Clare, Ireland. Their Marriage was conducted by Father Hanrahan; the witnesses were John Leyden and Bridget O'Loughlin. The following details were recorded on their Marriage Certificate:
Mary, age 22, Condition - Spinster, Rank
or Profession - Servant, Residence at time of Marriage - Ballinafad,
Father's name - Laurence Keane, alive, Rank or Profession
of Father - Cottier;
Mary and John left Plymouth on 28 Mar 1879 on board the Holmsdale, a three masted wooden ship of 1250 tons, and arrived in South Australia on 27 June 1879. They are recorded on the passenger list as Irish, John age 24, occupation Labourer, Mary age 22 (Surname recorded as Layden on passenger list). 400 emigrants embarked at Plymouth, the Surgeon was Tom Henry Sawtell, seven children under nine died during the voyage, two children were born at sea, and one baby was stillborn. (Information extracted from SA Archives Series GRG35/48, List No 79/11, provided by Judy Smith, email dated 19 Nov 2008, information on the ship from Picture Australia, website and information on the voyage from CD, Bound for South Australia: Births and Deaths on Government-Assisted Immigrant Ships 1848-1885).
Mary and John travelled widely before settling in
Western Australia, four of their children were born in South Australia,
one in Victoria and three in New South Wales.
Mary died of Pneumonia and Cardiac failure on 2 Aug 1942, aged 86, at Woodside Hospital, East Fremantle, Western Australia. She was buried on 3 Aug 1942 at Fremantle Roman Catholic Cemetery, Western Australia, Section MON CC, gravesite 1342, Roman Catholic Priest, Father P.C. Smith officiated at the funeral (WA Death Certificate No 222, supplied by Judy Smith, email dated 6 Aug 2008 and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, WA, Name Search, website).
John Joseph Leyden/Lydon
John Joseph Leyden/Lydon was born circa 1855 in Ireland (Age of birth calculated from age on marriage certificate). John died on 8 Sep 1926, aged 71, at South Fremantle, Western Australia. He was buried at Fremantle Roman Catholic Cemetery, Western Australia, Section MON CC, gravesite 1342 (WA Death Indexes, Reg No 224, online search, website, and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, WA, Name Search, website).
The children of Mary Ann and John Joseph Lydon
A. Mary Ann Lydon was born on 7 Aug 1879 at Paris Creek, South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 225, page 366). She was baptized on 24 Aug 1879 at Mt Barker, South Australia, the parents abode was recorded as Paris Creek, the sponsors were Patrick Flannigan and Margaret McMahon (Information provided by Judy Smith, email dated 19 Nov 2008).
Mary Ann emigrated to England or Scotland to work
as a Nanny or Governess, her brother, Alfred Joseph Lydon,
made an unsuccessful attempt to find her when he was in England during
WW1 (Information provided by John Lydon by phone 21 Feb 2009 to
Judy Smith, email dated 21 Feb 2009). A search of passenger lists
for ships from Australia to the United Kingdom was conducted for a
possible record of Mary Ann travelling overseas. Although it is not
possible to confirm the identity, there is a record of Miss Lydon,
age 16, accompanying Mrs Ling, and infant aged two
and a half, sailing from Sydney on the Orizaba which arrived in London
5 Jan 1894. (Ancestry.com
UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878-1960, website).
B. Thomas James Lydon
was born on 13 Jan 1881 at Upper Sturt, South Australia, and was baptised
at Mt Barker (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 254, page 243 and
information provided by Judy Smith, email dated 19 Nov 2008).
C. Michael Lydon
was born on 17 Sep 1882 at Mt Barker, South Australia (CD, SA
Births, 1842-1906, Book 290, page 432).
Michael died on 31 Dec 1946, aged 64, at South Fremantle, Western Australia. He was buried at Fremantle Roman Catholic Cemetery, Western Australia, Section MON C4, gravesite 127 (WA Death Indexes, Reg No 16, online search, website and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, WA, Name Search, website).
D. John William Lydon
was born on 29 May 1884 at Scott Creek, South Australia (CD, SA
Births 1842-1906, Book 329, page 205). He was baptized on 6 Jul
1884 at Mt Barker, South Australia, the parents abode was recorded
as Kanmantoo, the sponsors were James Brennan and
Joanna Tyler (Information provided by Judy Smith,
email dated 19 Nov 2008).
John was listed on the Electoral Rolls for Western
John died on 2 Aug 1960, aged 76, at Fremantle, Western Australia. He was buried at Fremantle Methodist Cemetery, Western Australia, in Section BB, gravesite 0428 (Fiche, WA Deaths 1954-1965, Reg No 328 and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, WA, Name Search, website).
E. Laurence/Lawrence Lydon
was born on 9 Jan 1889 at High St, Preston, Victoria; the midwife
was Mrs Copeland (Vic Birth Certificate, Reg
Laurence and Florence were listed on the 1919 Electoral Rolls for Queensland at Station St Wynnum, Queensland; both their occupations were listed as Storekeeper.
On the 1925 Electoral Rolls, Laurence was listed
alone at Musgrave Rd, Brisbane, occupation - Agent; he was also listed
on the 1925 Roll for WA at 31 King William St, South Fremantle, occupation
- Labourer. Florence was listed alone on the 1925 Queensland Roll
at Cochrane St, Brisbane, occupation - Home Duties and on the 1936
Queensland Roll Florence was listed alone at Windsor Rd and Jones
St, Red Hill, occupation - Home Duties.
Laurence married 2. Agnes Bane Hislop
in 1936 at Fremantle, Western Australia (WA Register General Index
to General Register of Marriages 1906-1965, Registration No 251, information
provided by GSV, 11 Nov 2008).
F. Alfred Joseph Lydon was born in 1893 at Kiama, New South Wales (Reg No 18588/1893, NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Historical Index Search, website).
During his service in France Alfred suffered an accidental
wound to his head in Apr 1917 and was admitted to hospital, he was
gassed in May 1918 and was subsequently admitted to Alexandra Military
Hospital, Cosham, England. Alfred suffered a gunshot wound to his
left hand in Oct 1918 which resulted in his hand being fractured;
he was admitted to hospital in France and then invalided to the UK
on Carisbrooke Castle.
Alfred married Hilda Myra Feirclough,
daughter of Edith Feirclough, in 1922 in Perth, Western
Australia (Registration No 784, WA
Online indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, website).
Alfred died on 1 Apr 1986, aged 93, at Wilson, Western Australia. His ashes were taken by the administrator from Fremantle Cemetery (Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, WA, Name Search, website).
G. Royal/Roy Patrick Joseph Lydon was born in 1897 at Wyalong, New South Wales, (1897 was the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee) (Reg No 8823/1897, NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Historical Index Search, website).
Roy was listed on the 1925 Electoral Roll for Western
Australia at 31 King William St, South Fremantle, occupation - Grocer
Roy died on 30 May 1944, aged 47, at South Fremantle,
Western Australia, (date of death on Cemetery record is 30 May and
date on headstone inscribed as 29 May). He was buried at Fremantle
Roman Catholic Cemetery, Western Australia, Section MON CC, gravesite
1342 (WA Death Indexes, Reg No 179, online search, website and
Board, WA, Name Search, website).