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James KENNY of Auckland about 1870 had a child Austin Kenny born in Auckland. Austin came to Australia about 1890 and married my grandmother Mary Connolly. He was a butcher in Paddington Sydney. They had 4 children Austin, Bede. Berenece and Edward. Stories over here were that James Kenny married a Maori Lady whose name was Margaret E? Even though we have attempted to resolve this happily in the affirmative ( I married a Maori Lady Donna Paku-- perhaps her father was actually Kepa Naera -- another thing to find out ) we are now prepared to join your group of researchers .

Another reason for asking that question about James and Margaret is that the Bede mentioned above became Bede Kenny V.C. who is being further researched.

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on 2011-04-17 09:02:10

malmal has been a Family Tree Circles member since Apr 2011. is researching the following names: KENNYJAMESWHOMARRIEDMARGA, KENNYJAMESWHOMARRIEDMARGA, DICKSON.

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by ngairedith on 2011-04-17 18:08:21

by ngairedith on 2011-04-30 12:02:13

any chance it was a 'common-law' marriage between James & Margaret ?

by csnow on 2011-08-21 07:49:43

My grandfather, Thomas Bede Kenny, was also a Butcher in Bondi. He lived in "Burnleigh", Edward Street. I am told he was the brother of Austin Kenny. My mother always spoke proudly about Bede.Thomas came to Australia from Wellington with his wife, Harriet Connor. He died on 1 April 1918. Would anyone have any information on him?

by GWhiz on 2014-09-28 19:46:35

Hi Malmal,

Your James Kenny is my great grandfather on my mother's side. This James married Elizabeth Curtin.

However, I recall hearing somewhere (can't find where, at the moment)that one or two of the Kennys married Maori ladies.

With regard to marriage certificates, I am finding it hard to locate marriage certificates for James and Elizabeth, who were married in 1863. So maybe the records were lost somehow?

I'll keep looking, and let you know if I find anything.

by GWhiz on 2015-11-09 00:54:35

Hi Malmal,

In checking with NZ BDM I found out that Elizabeth Curtin, who was born in Ireland, was also known as Margaret. This might be your Margaret E?

Kind regards,


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