Ballina & Richmond River GenWeb
KEARNEY (revised 24 Dec 2001)
Sometime between the years 1830 and 1860, Thomas and Bridget Kearney arrived in Sydney possibily with their family. Their son John was born in 1840. It's unclear if there were other children although NSW B,D & M List a Thomas Kearney
253/1857 KEARNEY THOMAS THOMAS BRIDGET SYDNEY
the year 1855, Honora Cusack, arrived from Ireland aboard
the ship "Kate"
KEARNEY ELLEN JOHN HONORA BATHURST
family of our John and Honora next surface in the Richmond
River area where they had Three more children Catherine
Born 1872, Ann born 1875 and John Paul in 1877.Sadly
Ann died in1875.
Reports in the Northern Star (n.s) newspapers 1876-1889 refers to Mrs.Kearney arriving in the area 17.12.1880 onboard the "Lismore" (p2.25,12,1880 n.s.) Other reports - p.2 25.06.1881 n.s: Mrs.& Miss Kearney arrived Lismore onboard the "Coraki" 21.06.1881 - E.Kearney arrived Lismore from Sydney on the "Lismore" 29.12.1881 (p22.214.171.1241 n.s.) - Miss Kearney on "Lismore" 27.02.1882 - Mr.Kearney arrived Lismore from Sydney 3.02.1888 (p.126.96.36.1998) -
Northern Star newspaper report p.2.23.05.1881 - Thomas Kearney 400 acres Newrybar Free Selection. p2.20.05.1882 n.s. - Thomas Kearney 50 Acres Newrybar conditional purchase and p188.8.131.523 n.s. - Thomas Kearney 50 acres Newrybar conditional purchase. Thomas Kearney was listed elector 2564 on 1890-1891 Richmond River Electorate as having freehold land in Newrybar.
Point to note; for this grant to be made to Thomas Kearney, the son of John and Honora, he would have only been 16 or 17 at the time and under the laws of the time still a minor. Added to that is the fact that a Thomas Kearney is listed as being an elector in 1890-91. Thomas died in 1890.
second son, Patrick, made a purchase of 50 acres at
Newrybar in 1882 and in 1885 he had the Ballina-Upper
North Creek mail boat run. Northern Star report 11.11.1885
n.s - Patrick Kearney - Mail run Ballina Upper North
Creek. Once per week - 1 year boat run £13. Patrick
would have been 19 at the time.
A John Kearney listed elector no. 2563 1890-1891 Richmond River Electorate as owning North Creek freehold. Whether this is John snr or John Paul is unclear.
the Girls, Mary married a William Cole At Lismore in
1886. It appears that they had two children John P born
in Lismore in 1887 and William born at Lismore in 1889.
Mary died in1891.Any more information would be appreciated.