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THOMAS PATRICK DURACK, HEADTEACHER AT DROMANA STATE SCHOOL, VIC., AUST., FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS PRIOR TO JANUARY 1911.

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THOMAS PATRICK DURACK, HEADTEACHER AT DROMANA STATE SCHOOL FOR ALMOST FOUR YEARS AND HEAVILY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.
I am often asked to recommend a history which will contain information about a certain pioneer and in many cases, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF TEACHERS, there isn't one. T.P.Durack is not mentioned in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA so he therefore is included under my 1988 bicentennial pledge to acknowledge pioneers who have escaped the attention of municipal or local historians.

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THE DURACK FAREWELL IN JANUARY 1911.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/70088392

I couldn't find the birth record of the child born during their time in Dromana because I'd searched from 1907 to 1910, not expecting the birth to have taken place so soon before their departure. Luckily the birth was mentioned by the child herself soon after her 10th birthday in 1921.

DOREEN'S LETTER.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/171057393

DOREEN'S BIRTH RECORD.
EventBirth Event registration number2787 Registration year1911
Personal information
Family nameDURACK Given namesDoreen Julia SexFemale Father's nameThos Patk Mother's nameAnnie Agnes (Bourke) Place of birthDROMANA

Surnames: BOURKE DURACK
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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by itellya on 2019-01-28 02:28:15

From the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page.

Ron Doig I did ask this --- but not sure if it went through. Was T.P.related to the pioneer cattle kings ?

REPLY. I wondered that myself when I first saw the surname and while Thomas and Patrick are common enough Irish given names there could be some connection. Fanny Durack was possibly connected to the cattle empire family and her Aust. Dict. of Biog. entry starts:
Sarah (Fanny) Durack (1889-1956), swimmer, was born on 27 October 1889 at Elizabeth Street, Sydney, third daughter and sixth child of Irish parents Thomas Durack, publican, a relation of Patrick Durack, and his wife Mary, née Mason.

This would seem to be the death record of the one-time teacher at Dromana, being the only one on Victorian BDM for a person of that name, and shown to be a former teacher by his obituary.

EventDeath Event registration number10236 Registration year1936
Personal information
Family nameDURACK Given namesThomas Patrick SexMale Father's nameDURACK Cornelius Mother's nameBridget (Hubbard) Place of birthCLUNES VICTORIA Place of deathMELBOURNE EAST Age75

THOMAS PATRICK DURACK'S OBITUARY.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/70775896
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It is almost certain that this is the death record of T.P.'s father, the only other records for a person of that name being in the 1970's. His father's name was Michael.

EventDeath Event registration number3981 Registration year1925
Personal information
Family nameDURACK Given namesCornelius SexMale Father's nameDURACK Michael Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthCOUNTY CLARE IRELAND Place of deathBALMORAL Age89

The death place of Cornelius, Balmoral, was near the Grampians, which was one of the reasons T.P.'s daughter, Doreen, liked Stawell so much (as stated in her 1921 letter.) There might also be significance in T.P.'s move from Stawell to Benalla as this extract from Patrick Durack's biography shows. Benalla probably attracted Ned Kelly's attention because it was fairly close to the Ovens Diggings where Patrick (possibly a TWO YEAR OLDER brother of Cornelius*) in just 18 months accumulated the 1000 pound nest-egg that made the cattle empire possible.

*BOTH BORN IN COUNTY CLARE (IN 1834 AND CIRCA 1836) WITH THE FATHER IN EACH CASE BEING MICHAEL DURACK. If only the mother of Cornelius had been named on his death record, we'd know whether Patrick and Cornelius were siblings or not.

Patrick Durack (1834-1898), pastoral pioneer, was born in March 1834 at Scarriff, County Clare, Ireland, the eldest son of eight children of Michael Durack and his wife Bridget, née Dillon. The Duracks were struggling tenant farmers who survived the famine of the 1840s and followed another branch of the family to New South Wales in 1853; they arrived in the Harriet in May. Within two months of reaching the Goulburn district Michael Durack was accidentally killed. Patrick settled his mother and family at Goulburn and went to the Ovens River diggings in Victoria. He returned in eighteen months with £1000 and bought a smallholding near Mummel. There he brought his family and soon increased his assets. On 31 July 1862 he married Mary, daughter of Michael and Mary Costello of Tea-tree station near Wheeo.

Good question Ron. I'll copy the above as a comment under the journal where a Durack historian might be able to confirm or dismiss a possible connection between the teacher and the cattle empire family.

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