, [Edmund] ]aged 25 came to Melbourne with Michael Magnor in 1878.
Michael went his own way to Sydney, and [Edmund] gold mined at
Gulgong with little success.
tutored the young Gleeson children at Goulburn for about a year
and Daniel was drowned crossing the Talbrogan River in flood,
Note: I have researched NSW State Death Records, Coroner and newspaper
reports from those days and can find no reference to this drowning
incident - MWJD).
[Edmund] tutored with the Lovegreave
(sic) family of "Hampton", Cassilis and later married
the eldest daughter, Sarah Margaret.
Sarah was born in 1872
and died in 1947. She is buried at Cassillis Cemetery.
eldest daughter died young and their son, Ambrose was 3 months
old when Edmond [Edmund] died aged
36. Ambrose's son, Gerry [correction:Terry]
Burgess is married with a number of children, living on the farm
I also received an email from a descendent of Ambrose and I have
been kindly provided with an update on the family. Here is an adaptation
of the text of the message.
"... my grandmother
talked a lot about the Dalys and Brisbane. The story of
Magnor is also legendary in our family
but the one I heard from my grandmother it is somewhat different
from the one printed in the Brisbane
paper. As I know it Edmond actually
came out to Australia with Michael on his return trip and they
both disembarked in or near Cairns to head inland from there to
the gold fields. They split up and Edmond ended up down here teaching
at Cassilis and receiving letters from Ireland asking after Michaels
..... We left Wybong
in mid 2008 having, in late 2007, sold up after having been pushed
out by coal mines. We went our own way from there and purchased
a property at Merriwa. As it happened, the very week we started
looking for a property to buy anywhere the property
Hebuterne that had been the Burgess family property
from 1928 to 2002 came back onto the market. Terry and Kay Burgess
had retired and sold it but it was only out of the family for
5 years as we bought it in 2007.
Sarah Burgess (nee Lovegrove)
and her son Ambrose with his wife Margaret (my grandparents) had
purchased Hebuterne in 1928. So now my children are the fifth
generation to live here.
It is a really amazing
coincidence to end up here. My cousins are all very happy with
it as they can come back to visit and bring their children here
too. They say it was meant to be which is really very
Our property is mixed
farming - a new adventure ahead! We breed Australian Stock Horses
and run beef cattle and prime lambs. We rather miss our Merinos
but this country is too good for fine wool so we havent
continued with that passion.