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Annie Hayes from Tipperary who emigrated to Australia and married Denis Fitzpatrick from Queens County (Laois)

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Annie Hayes and Denis Fitzpatrick are my great grandparents. Denis was born about 1861 in Queens County (Laois) He left Plymouth on the 'Roma' on 28 Feb 1883 and arrived in Cooktown, in Queensland, Australia in April 1883.

Annie was born in Tipperary in about 1865 and left Ireland on the Duke of Buccleuch on 12 Sept 1883, arriving in Cooktown, Queensland on 6 November 1883. Family history says that Denis and Annie were sweethearts in Ireland and that Annie came to Australia to marry Denis but I can find no record of their marriage in any Australian BDM register. It is possible that they married in Ireland before Denis left, but as their first child Nancy was born on 16 June 1890, followed by 9 others at regular intervals, it seems more likely that they married some time after Annie arrived in Australia. Perhaps they only met there?

Can anyone help me find any information on Annie and Denis and their families in Ireland? I have no information at all about their lives in Ireland or their siblings, parents etc. Any help gratefully accepted.

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by janilye on 2013-11-07 06:29:40

Cairns Post (Qld) Wednesday 27 July 1927
OBITUARY.
MR. DENIS FITZPATRICK,
The death occurred in a private hospital early on Monday morning of Mr. Denis Fitzpatrick, a very well known and highly respected citizen of this town. Deceased was a native of Ireland and was 66 years of age. He leaves a wife and grown-up family, who are all well known. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, moving from the residence in Draper street, and was largely attended.
The Waterside Workers' Federation was well represented, Messrs.. J. J. O'Duffy and W. M. Murphy repre- sented the Hospital Board. The Rev. father McFadden conducted the last sad rites. The floral tributes were very numerous, and were from the following: Loving wife and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Tierney, George- town: Mr. and Mrs. W. Harte, Evelyn: employees of Armstrong, Ledlie & Stillman Ltd.; Waterside Workers' Federation- Armstrong, Ledlie & Stillman Ltd.; Mr. and Mrs. C. Baw den. Draper-street; Mr, and Mrs. D.. Fitzpatrick, junior; Mrs. E. M. Harte, Kahan; employees Smellie & Co. Ltd: Ivanhoe "D" Grade Football Club: Gordonvale Hospital nurses and Staff: Mrs. J. Tierney, senior, and family, Georgetown; nursing staff, Proserpine Hospital; John Candlish. Georgetown: late Sloan family, Georgetown; Mrs. Franklin, Georgetown; Miss M. Dolan, Port Douglas: Matron and Nurses District Hospital. Cairns. Mr. and Mrs. P. Foley and family; D. J. Fitzpatrick; Mrs. Austin and Ambrose and Mrs. Gaze and Dobbie; Mr. and Mrs. Toohey and family; Mr, and Mrs. Hind and Mrs. Burke; Mr. and Mrs. H. Earl and family; Mrs. and Mr, G. Jacobs and family; Mr. and Mrs, M. A. Sargent: J. Ives; Mr. and Mrs. P. Plunkett and family; Mr. and Mrs. D. Foley and family; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown; Mr, and Mrs. Martin and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Murphy and family; Mr. and Mrs. Myrtles; Mrs. G. Harvey and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomp- son; H. Goodall; Mr. and: Mrs. Case more and family; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Henderson; Mr. and Mrs, J. Noble and family; Mrs. Arthur Collins and family; Mr. and Mrs. Tippett and family.
Cairns Post (Qld.) Monday 1 November 1954
DEATH NOTICE
FITZPATRICK, Annie.On 29th October, 1954. 89 years of age. at her residence. 341 Draper Street. Cairns, relict of the late Denis Fitzpatrick. beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of Mrs. J. Tierney and family, Cairns; Miss E. Fitzpatrick, Cairns: Miss N. Fitzpat- rick. Cairns: Mrs. K. Bawchem and family, Cairns; Mr. and Mrs. Denis Fitzpatrick and family. Cairns; Mr. and Mrs. W. Harte and family, Evelyn, via Ravenshoe: Mr. and Mrs. P. O'Malley and family. Cairns; Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fitzpatrick. Cairns. Mr. and Mrs. G. Stack and family. Newcastle: and Mr. F. J. Fitzpatrick. Cairns. Privately interred after a service in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Draper Street. Cairns, in Martyn Street cemetery at 3 p.m.. 29th
October.
It would have been rare to find a woman of her age living in Cooktown unmarried, or without a partner. From 1883 to 1890 she was either married to Denis or someone else.
I had a look through the State records and I couldn't find any marriage either. It wasn't unusual for people not to marry in those isolated places.
But there were a lot of Irish in Cooktown back then and St.Mary's was the Catholic church in Furneaux St., Cooktown. It's still there and possibly where they married. Wouldn't hurt to write and ask if they have any records.

by dosborn on 2013-11-07 09:37:58

Thanks for your help. I didn't have the first notice. I think it unlikely that Denis and Annie didn't marry as they were strict Roman Catholics and brought their families up to have a strong catholic faith. However it is is also unlikely that they would not start producing children for almost 7 years if they were married. It really is a mystery where they were for the first 10 years. The children were born in Georgetown or Forsyth from 1890 until 1908 and the family didn't move to Cairns until about 1919 or thereabouts.

I did find an Eliza Anne Hayes born in Tipperary on 2 Dec1864 father Armstrong Hayes and mother Mary Christina Bunting which fits her age of 89 when she died on 29 Oct 1954 and her birthplace but have no means of confirming.

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