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Sullivan/O'Sullivan Waihi NZ - Annie,Mary. Stephen, Martin, Leo, William, Patrick.

Query by whanau8

My father's family lived in Waihi and as far as I know worked in the mines. His father William James Sullivan or O'sullivan died in 1913 when my father was ten months old. I have not met any of the family but believe my grandfather had siblings named- Annie (lived in Hamilton??), Mary, Stephen (who had one eye), Martin, Leo and Patrick. There may have been others. My great grandfather was John Sullivan/ O'Sullivan and my great grandmother was Mary (nee Regan). There is some uncertainty as to whether the name is Sullivan or O'Sullivan - different documents give differing names. I also heard that the great grandparents possibly came to NZ from America. It would be great to know something about my dad's family.
Just found out that Annie married a Jenkins and Mary married a Churton.

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on 2012-05-30 22:06:12

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by AncestrySisters on 2012-06-03 10:06:12

I can help you with US searches if you would like.

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by whanau8 on 2012-06-03 17:07:43

Thanks but at this stage it is the New zealand search I am interested in.

by mustang61 on 2012-11-07 16:12:28

In the course of researching my husband's extended family I have found the records of a William James Sullivan who died in Ponsonby 1913.
From Papers Past ..an excerpt..
Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10, 11 January 1913, Page 5

"The sewerage works in connection with the Auckland, drainage scheme, which are in course of progress in many parts of the city and suburbs, had up to last evening, taken no toll of human life; twit at seven o'clock last night an accident occurred whereby a miner named, William Sullivan lost his life, while two of his mates had a narrow escape from death. Between Summer and Franklin Streets, Ponsonby a big drain is in course of construction, and it was at the Summer Street end that Sullivan was killed....We three were trimming the tunnel, preparatory to the work of concreting." said Mr Nealey when suddenly five tons of earth slipped from above, and fell on poor Sullivan.....Our Waihi correspondent telegraphs this morning:"Profound regret "is expressed here at the early demise of W. Sullivan, whose parents are old Waihi identities, and resided here with their family. Deceased was president of the local Catholic Cub, treasurer of the Hibernian Society, and at the annual meeting in 1911 for executive officers of the Miners' Union was retumed at the head of the poll. He left here in September last taking up residence in Auckland. He leaves a widow and one child."

I have records showing that he was buried at Waikareka Cemetery in Onehunga, Auckland in Area 3 Block 4 lot No 96 with his parents-in-law; John and Catherine Patterson.

Would your father have been the son of Hilda and William? Hilda remarried many years later to my husband's great uncle.

Hope this information helps?

by whanau8 on 2012-11-08 03:30:58

Hi Thanks for that. Yes Hilda and William were my father's parents. Hilda married Pop Walsh. He had 2 children of his own - Zoe and Alma. Pop and my grangmother went on to have Kay. i have very fond memeories of Aunty Zoe. Aunty Kay who will be related to your husband lost her husband this passed week.

by mustang61 on 2012-11-08 21:57:14

Actually it is "Pop Walsh" who is our connection.
His sister was my husband's great grandmother. Both sister and brother named a child "Zoe". I wonder if this was a family name?

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