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JAMES LEE (organist in Armagh in 1800s) & DAVID LEE, his son (Town Hall organist in Melbourne Aust for many years)

Query by nonme

Im trying to find information about James Lee who was an Organist in Armagh in the 1800s and also his son who migrated to Australia and was also organist but in the Town Hall in Melbourne for many years. There is a connection between them (and maybe other children from that family) to a Mary Lee (born Mary Walsh - father John Walsh, on 14 Feb 1821 in Monaghan) who married a Lee and then as a widow she came to Australia in 1879 with one of her children Yvonne (19yrs old). There were 2 other children that are known of (its said she had 7 children in total???) - Ben (John Benjamin Stedham LEE - came to Australia before them) and a Charles who was last listed living in Liverpool.

Anyone who can help, I thank you.


As the records for Ireland were mostly lost in a huge fire, nothing can really be found about these people.

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by janilye on 2011-12-30 07:34:53

I have previously read a bit about David Lee 1837-1897 but all to do with him being the city organist and nothing much about his heritage. I have previously seen James Lee's wife being Mary Scarlet, never Walsh. I'll have a look for you.

by janilye on 2011-12-30 07:38:21

maybe something of value here LEE-ROOTS in rootsweb 2004

by janilye on 2011-12-30 08:00:45

Sorry I think I misunderstood what you wrote about Mary Walsh!
anyway here is David's death the actual date was the 12 May 1897 and his address was 4 William St., South Yarra;

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
about David Lee Name: David Lee
Death Place: South Yarra, Victoria
Age: 60
Father's Name: Lee Jas
Mother's name: Mary Scarlett
Registration Year: 1897
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 6932
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837
There were several obituaries in TROVE and his brother Harcourt Lee seems to have inherited a heap of trouble and debts. Some woman stole David's furniture.

by janilye on 2011-12-30 09:04:45

Harcourt LEE was also a professor of Music he was a conductor for a couple of opera companies he died at Prahran, Melbourne on the 18 May 1908.
Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
about Harcourt Lee
Name: Harcourt Lee
Death Place: Prahran, Victoria
Age: 65
Father's Name: Jas Lee
Mother's name: Mary Scarlett
Registration Year: 1908
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 7397
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843

by janilye on 2011-12-30 09:19:32

Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 18391923
about Harcourt Lee Name: Harcourt Lee
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
Age: 18
Arrival Date: Jan 1862
Arrival Port: Melbourne, Australia
Departure Port: Liverpool
Ship: Morning Light
Nationality: Irish

by nonme on 2013-03-28 10:38:08

I have been sick since I posted this message so Im sorry I havent replied earlier.
Thank you for your info. I appreciate it.
I did find ages ago something about David Lee I think wheqge he married and either his wife or himself or maybe a sister was burif in NSW.
I will have to try and work out who it was.
Thanks again for your info.

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