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Kenna Family Australia & NZ

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I am currently doing research for the local Historical Society and am trying to find out more about Timothy KENNA who enlisted WWI in NZ. Father: John Kenna Mother: Margaret.
Timothy had a brother John or Patrick who was a school-teacher at Cawdor near Camden NSW. A letter from Timothy appeared in the Camden News in 1916. It would appear that Timothy may have had a falling out with family members prior to WWI. I am trying to find out more on Timothy; Which brother was the schoolteacher at Cawdor? Mother's maiden name ? Date of death and location for Timothy ? Did he marry? I believe the family arrived 26 August 1880 "Peterborough" and that Timothy was born c.1879 Tipperary, Ireland.
Any assistance much appreciated

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on 2013-01-05 20:41:46

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by ngairedith on 2013-01-05 21:23:19

hi janice,

on the NZ end of the family, Timothy's brother John Kenna was a Plumber. He also werved in WWI with the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, 3rd Reinforcements as Sapper 37520, embarking from Wellington 15 November 1916. His next of kin was his brother Patrick of Clifton, New South Wales, Australia

Timothy served as Private 12/2001 with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements, embarking from Wellington 17 April 1919. HIs enlistment address was c/o Mrs Payne, Hobson Street, Auckland. His next of kin was his mother Mrs Margaret Kenna, of Clifton, New South Wales, Australia

so maybe it was John Kenna who was the school teacher

our NSW researchers may be able to be of further help

by ngairedith on 2013-01-05 21:25:23

as you were ...

it was John who was the plumber & served with NZ so it was probably Patrick who was the school teacher :)

by ngairedith on 2013-01-05 23:12:31

a timeline for Timothy Kenna in New Zealand
I would like to add the letter from Timothy which appeared in the Camden news 1916 but Trove is down at the moment. More content will be added when found

Would also be interested in reading your finished article for the Historical Society

kind regards

by janicej0362 on 2013-01-05 23:26:48

by ChristopherCKenna on 2015-03-20 23:39:50

Dear Janice

It was so interesting to read the letter in the Camden News (which I will look for also in Trove) - I am sure that Timothy Kenna's brother, the school teacher in Cawdor, was my grandfather, William Kenna who had three children, the youngest of whom was my father Charles (was born in Camden NSW in 1922). I had heard from my aunt, Edna Kenna, about her uncle Tim (my great-uncle) who served in WW1 (I think at Gallipoli) with NZ forces. I have visited the little school in Cawdor where my grandfather William was the only teacher. Sorry I've only just read your and related posts.

Regards, Chris Kenna
Mummumbateman NSW (near Canberra)

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