THOMAS KELLY & BRIDGETT BOURKE, Kilmore Victoria
Thomas Kelly was born circa 1822 in Tyrone Ireland. His Parents were Robert Kelly and Ann Greer
Thomas arrived in Victoria on the 30th August 1841 aboard the Ship “Strathfieldsay”, aged 18 years. He was the first of his Family to arrive in Australia. I think he may have come out with his Aunty Maria McMahon
Thomas married Bridgett Bourke at St Francis Catholic Church, Melbourne, Victoria in 1844. Thomas Kelly died in Northcote, Victoria in 1908.
Bridgett's Parents were John Bourke & Margaret Meaney
Kilmore Free Press 5th May 1887
A fire occurred on Sunday evening at half past eight o'clock, upon the premises of Mr Thomas Kelly, New Township, and were it not for the prompt assistance rendered, the tenement, a brick one, would have been completely destroyed and we would most likely have to record the tragic end of one or more persons as it was two little girls were badly burned about the legs, and nearly everything in their room they slept in was destroyed. It appears that three girls, slept in the front of the house and in the room at the north end, and the fire originated through the candle they were using in going to bed being left lighting and communicating with some in flammable material. About the first persons outside to notice the flames were Constable Bernussi and Mr. P. Skehan. They ran to the scene of the conflagration, where the Con stable displayed pluck and activity by diving straight through the window, but by this time Mrs Kelly had, in a most plucky manner, and in the midst of the suffocating flames and smoke, rescued the children from the room, and if it were not for her promptness some of I the occupants would doubtless have fallen 1 victims to the flames, which were raging furiously. By this time a number appeared on the scene, foremost amongst whom was Mr. Ryan and his men, the gentleman named on his arrival entered the passage and burst the bed room door open, and rescued Mrs Douglas, who was in a semi-unconscious state from the smoke, from her perilous position. As all the souls were now out of the building attention was turned to the subduing of the flames, which were speedily got under. We understand that the damage caused by the fire is estimated at about £35.
Kilmore Free Press 9th July 1908
Mr. Thomas Kelly, who died in Melbourne during the week, was an old colonist and a kindly man. He was one of the earliest settlers in the Whittlesea district, about 60 years ago, and was then in a good position, but subsequently met with reverses. He had been long resident in this district and prior to leaving for Melbourne was located in the New Township. Many old friends will bear him in kindly recollection.
Kilmore Free Press 3rd September 1908
Mrs B. Kelly, relict of the late Mr Thomas Kelly, whose death at Melbourne we an- nounced a few months ago, died last week. Deceased, who was a kindly, estimable lady, was a very old colonist, and most of her time was spent in the Kilmore district, being resident in the New Township prior to her moving to Melbourne some little time back. She was of a very genial, kindly nature, and made many friends. She was sister to the late Mr Lawrence Bourke, who represented Kilmore for six years anterior to 1874. The remains were brought to Kilmore for interment, which took place in the Catholic Cemetery, Father O'Dwyer reading the burial service. Mr James Beegan had charge of the funeral arrangements.
Children of Thomas Kelly and Bridget Bourke:
1.Catherine Kelly died 1849
2.Mary Ann Kelly
3.Margaret Kelly born 1847 at plenty River, Victoria
4.Thomas Kelly died in Victoria in 1853
5.John Kelly died Moranding Victoria 1862
FATAL ACCIDENT. A boy named Kelly was killed on Saturday last, in consequence of being thrown from his horse, and dragged on the ground while one of his feet was entangled in the stirrup. His parents reside at Moranding, and he was on his way home at the time of the accident. Kilmore Examiner, Aug. 21
6.Catherine Kelly born 1852, Victoria
7.Thomas Kelly born 1853 died 1853
8.Patrick Kelly born 1855, Cambellfield, Victoria
9.Lawrence Kelly born 1856
10.Agnes Kelly born 1857, Kilmore, Victoria. Died 1864 in Victoria (Drowned)
12.John Edmund Cornelius Kelly born 1866 Kilmore, Victoria. Died 1951, Camberwell, Victoria.