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|Mary Ellen Fairbairn (nee McNamara) 1881-1955 by Ann Rackstraw|
John and Bridget McNamara’s
Married 6 Nov 1877
Mary Agnes Hoobin
3. Thomas McNamara was born circa 1850 in Ireland (Date of birth calculated from age on Marriage record).
He married Mary Agnes Hoobin, daughter of John Hoben/Hoobin and Mary Grady, on 6 Nov 1877 at Mt Barker, South Australia. Thomas was aged 27, Mary 23 and they were both single. (The age for Thomas at his marriage conflicts with the age recorded on the passenger list for the Standard) (CD, SA Marriages, Registrations 1842-1916, Book 113 page 390).
Thomas was recorded in the Council Minutes for the District in Feb 1878 as the Manager holding the licence of the Macclesfield Hotel; he then took up the licence of the Wellington Hotel and held this licence until 12 June 1883. The day after he gave up the licence of the Wellington Hotel he became the Licensee of the Australasian Hotel at Goolwa (Information provided by Jo Wellins, GEDCOM file dated 29 Jan 2006).
The following items were published in the Southern Argus Newspaper:
Thomas also placed advertisements for his hotel, The Australasian, in the Southern Argus Newspaper. (Information extracted from files held at the Goolwa Library, provided by Judy Smith, email dated 17 Dec 2008).
On 28 Feb 1891 Thomas wrote to J.B. Whiting Esq. SA State Children's Department, requesting assistance in the matter of the children of his brother James. Thomas had been supporting the children, Mary Ellen, John, Helena Lillian and Bridget, for four months and had four children of his own and could not continue to keep them. On 4 Mar 1891 he wrote again to J.B. Whiting in reply to a request to provide more information on the circumstances of the children coming into his care. Thomas advised that he had received a wire (telegram) from Grote Street Adelaide, advising that James was in hospital and their mother was in the Lunatic Asylum, he decided to take the children thinking the illness was temporary, but his brother had been in Broken Hill Hospital for some time and the mother was in Parkside Lunatic Asylum and he could not afford to keep the children. Thomas offered to call in and see Mr Whiting if necessary. Eight days later on 12 Mar 1891 all four children were declared destitute children and on the 13 Mar were admitted to the Magill Industrial School (Correspondence contained in SA Children's Department, Series GRG27/1, copies supplied by Judy Smith, email dated 25 Nov 2008).
Thomas died on 8 Sep 1893, aged 43, at Goolwa, South Australia. (CD, SA Deaths Registrations 1842-1915, Book 212, page 328). He was buried on 13 Sep 1893 at Mt Barker, South Australia (Church Burial Registers, SA Genealogy and Heraldry Soc. Inc).
The following obituary was published in the Southern Cross, a Catholic newspaper:
(Copy of obituary provided by Jo Wellins, GEDCOM file dated 29 Jan 2006).
Mary Agnes McNamara & Wright (nee Hoobin)
Mary Agnes Hoobin. Mary's maiden name was also recorded as Hoben and Hooben. Her first married name was McNamara, her second married name was Wright. She was born on 26 Jan 1854 on board the ship Hyderabad which arrived at Port Adelaide from London and Southampton on 14 Mar 1854 (Information provided by Jo Wellins, GEDCOM file dated 29 Jan 2006).
After the death of her husband, Thomas, the licence of the Australasian Hotel was transferred to Mary and was held by her until she remarried in 1897, the licence then passed to her new husband, James Wright. The licence passed back to Mary in 1904 and was held by her until 1910 (Information provided by Jo Wellins, GEDCOM file dated 29 Jan 2006, and additional information provided by Judy Smith, email dated 17 Dec 2008).
She married James Wright, son of James Wright, on 10 Jan 1897 at the home of the Bride at Goolwa, South Australia, Mary was a widow aged 37; James was single, occupation Tanner, aged 35. They were married by Cornelius O'Donnell, the witnesses were James McCambridge, Mariner of Goolwa and Mary Henderson, Dressmaker of Goolwa (CD, SA Marriages, Registrations 1842-1916, Book 190, page 392, additional information provided by Judy Smith, email dated 17 Dec 2008).
Mary Agnes died on 27 Apr 1934, aged 81, at Strathalbyn, South Australia (CD, SA Deaths, Registrations 1916-1972, Book 558, page 1660).
The children of Thomas and Mary Agnes McNamara
A. Mary Elizabeth McNamara. Her married name was O'Shea. She was born on 20 Aug 1878 at Macclesfield, South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 206, page 349). She married Patrick Joseph O'Shea, son of Daniel O'Shea, on 26 Aug 1903 at the Residence of J. Wright, Goolwa, South Australia, Mary was aged 24, Patrick was 27, and they were both single (CD, SA Marriages, Registrations 1842-1916, Book 216, page 746). Mary died on 16 Feb 1907, aged 28, at Parkside, South Australia (CD, SA Deaths Registrations 1842-1915, Book 323, page 331).
B. Patrick John McNamara was born on 9 Mar 1880 at Macclesfield, South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 238, page 53). Patrick died on 16 Sep 1956, aged 76, at Adelaide, South Australia, his residence was recorded as Goolwa (CD, SA Deaths, Registrations 1916-1972, Book 848, page 5750). He was buried at Catholic A Section, Path AU, Site 432A, Centennial Park, South Australia (Centennial Park Cemetery, website).
C. Catherine McNamara was born on 15 Feb 1882 at Wellington, South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 278, page 59). Catherine died on 3 Mar 1882, aged three weeks at Callington, South Australia (CD, SA Deaths Registrations, 1842-1915, Book 118, page 300). She was buried at Mt Barker, South Australia, with her grandmother (Photo of inscription on grave of Bridget McNamara (nee Hart) on page 12 provided by Judy Smith by email dated 22 Feb 2007).
D. Dennis Andrew McNamara was born on 12 Jul 1883 at Goolwa, South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 310, page 493). He died on 28 Jul 1960, aged 77, at Victor Harbor, South Australia, his residence was recorded as Goolwa (CD, SA Deaths, Registrations 1916-1972, Book 910, page 4619).
E. Gertrude Beatrice
McNamara. Known to her family as Beatrice, her married
name was Lewis. She was born on 20 Apr 1885 at Goolwa,
South Australia (CD, SA Births 1842-1906, Book 350, page 440).
She married Alfred Walter Lewis on 30 Jun 1910 at
the Australasian Hotel, Goolwa, South Australia, Beatrice was aged
25, Alfred was 28, and they were both single (CD, SA Marriages,
Registrations 1842-1916, Book 243, page 912).