from Redhill to Gympie

A tribute to Michael Christian Daly & Eileen Gertrude Green,to their descendants and to their ancestors and to the many cousins
Proposal of Marriage

This acrostic poem was written by Daniel Daly whilst living at Curra Siding (near Gympie) around 1885 to Mary Agnes Burgess who was living at Kent Street in Maryborough. Mary accepted his proposal - she couldn't refuse such romantism. The letter begining on each line is the sequential first character from Daniel's name. They were married on 18 October 1885 at St Mary's in Maryborough on the central coast in Queensland, Australia. Both are buried at the Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane, together with three of their children Sophia (d:1961), Abinea (d: 1945) and Eileen (d:1962).


earest receive this fond, tho simple token,

A sk not from me, of love a greater test,

N ever will I change untiil life's thread is broken.

I  n death I'll guard thee gentlest and best,

E ven while I write this simple oft told tale,

L ove seems to whisper, Hail my darling Hail.

D  ovelike you seem all purity possessing,

A  lter not dear one. Treasure of my life.

L  ovely and fair to me, a heaven sent blessing,

Y outh, Grace and Beauty, say you'll be my wife.