A BRIEF OVERVIEW
Dalys of Tipperary and
The Burgess Connection
Michael Daly and Mary O'Brien were born in the
early part of the 19th century in Ireland. Information on this
couple is sketchy. Their children were born in Glen of Aherlow,
County Tipperary. Michael was perhaps from the same area.
To identity Michael we sometimes refer to him as Michael Daly
(farmer) as he is described as such on the death certificate of
his son Daniel. Michael and Mary may have married on 4 February
1832 at St. Michael's Church in Limerick, Ireland although this
is yet to be confirmed. Records show that the couple had 8 children.
There may have been more children but, as details were not always
recorded and the high infant mortality rate during those years,
there may be gaps in the records. These are the children we are
- Michael February 1838 - 4 October
- John 18 June 1839
- Edmond 26 September 1841 - 07 November
1919 (aka Edward)
- Mary March 1843 - 16 September 1926
- Catherine March 1845
- Margaret September 1846 - 28 October
- Daniel 1853 - 1 September 1925, married
- Peter 7 March 1855
Over the years family members have gone to Ireland researching
our roots. Church records are a good source of information. A
cousin has provided a copy extracted from the Galbally
Baptismal Register which lists the above children. Galbally
is close to the place of birth of the children.
Notes for Reader:
. See the adjacent menu item "2nd Generation - Daniel
& Siblings" for more information than that provided
. We have no substantive information on Catherine or Peter.
. Daniel Daly is a prime menu item as he is the author's great-grandfather.
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Brother to Daniel, Michael was born in February 1838 and died
on 4 October 1911 in Brisbane. He arrived in Brisbane in about
1858 and married Bridget Rafferty in April 1864 at St Stephen's
Cathedral Brisbane. Bridget was born in 1839 and died on 8 September
He later married in November 1878 Sarah Crewe who was
born in 1849 and died on 26 May 1918. They were also married at
St Stephen's Cathedral Brisbane.
Michael had the Spring Hill Hotel and later the Sovereign Hotel
in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. Michael was quite a businessman
and developed a reputation over the years.
He would have been astute to achieve business success starting
out as a labourer which was indicated on his marriage certificate.
His business and legal activities were regularly commented upon
in the local newspaper.
For example, The Brisbane Courier reported on Thursday 31 July
1879 in an article about the local Exhibition, "The catering this
year is in very competent hands, Mr. Daly, of the Sovereign, showing
himself thoroughly equal to the demands of the multitude."
Michael Daly apparently had a falling out with his second wife's
family. He successfully sued his father-in-law, Samuel Crewe,
in the Supreme Court which resulted in the bailiff selling off
Samuel's farms. There was another case also reported in the papers
of the day of Michael again suing Samuel for the unauthorised
removal of timber from land which he had sold to Michael.
Michael was buried in the same plot as his first wife in Toowong
Cemetery while second wife, Sara Crewe, was buried at Lutwyche
Cemetery with their daughter Ellen. Perhaps this is illustrative
of the falling out he had with his in-laws.
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John was born on 18 June 1839 in Ireland. He was the second son
of Michael Daly (farmer) and Mary O'Brien. He was christened in
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Edmond, the third son of Michael Daly (farmer) and Mary O'Brien,
was born in Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary. He was christened in the
same year. His godmother was Catherine Ryan according to his baptismal
Edmond arrived in Australia with his sister Mary Daly on the
ship "Rajasthan" in 1862. His brothers Michael and Daniel arrived
later. His sister Catherine and another brother Peter, did not
immigrate to Australia. Edmond was a hotel keeper in the early
days as well as a station master later in life.
Edmond married Mary Radford 13th July 1870 in Rockhampton.
Mary was the daughter of James Radford and Catherine Howden. The
marriage was announced in the local newspaper. She was born about
1849 in Ireland and died 31 May 1875 in Ipswich. A daughter was
born from this marriage (Mary Catherine Daly) on 24th April 1871.
Mary Radford died on 31st May 1875.
Edmond then married Elizabeth Smith on 16 August 1879
in Rockhampton. She was the daughter of William Henry Smith and
Elizabeth was born 29 October 1856 on the goldfields at "The
Ovens", Woolshed Creek in Victoria, Australia. She died on 5 January
1936 in Brisbane.
Edmond and Elizabeth lived in Walmsley Street at Kangaroo Point
on the southern banks of the Brisbane River. On the front of the
house in Kangaroo Point was a plaque "Glen of Aherlow" naming
his home after his birth place.
Tragically, before moving to Kangaroo Point, their son Edmond
James died young as reported in The Brisbane Courier on Monday
14 January 1889.
Another son was Edmond William Smith Daly. This Edmond served
in France during World War I. The Australian National Archives
have links to Edmond William Smith Daly's war record. After serving
in France, Edmond (the son) departed England on 12 December 1918
suffering from dysentery. His father died shortly after his discharge
and return to Australia.
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Mary was born in March 1843 in the Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary,
Ireland. She is the fourth child and eldest daughter of Michael
Daly (farmer) and Mary O'Brien.
She was only 19 when she migrated to Australia with her brother
Edmond and arrived on the ship "Rajasthan" in 1862.
Her brother Edmond is also on the same passenger list but his
name appears on another page. Their brothers Michael and Daniel
arrived in Australia later on.
Mary married James Doyle on 17 June 1875.
Mary died on 16 September 1926 in Brisbane. She is buried at
the South Brisbane Cemetery (Dutton Park) in grave number 138,
Her daughter Mary Catherine Doyle was born in 1882. Her son Thomas
Byrne married a Mary (May) Johannah Campbell in 1916. She died
in 1932 and it is most likely this is the other person in the
grave with Mary Doyle nee Daly.
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Margaret (1846 - 1914) married Thomas Parker Phillips on 23 April
1874 at St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane. A notice of the marriage
appeared in the Brisbane Courier, the local paper in the day.
Thomas, a saddler, was born in Stonehouse, Gloucester England
. He was 24 years old when he married Margaret. These details
were provided by his brother Charles William Phillips according
to Thomas's death certificate.
Tom and Margaret lived in Tribune Street in South Brisbane.
Margaret died 28 October 1914 at the Mater Public Hospital. She
was 68 years of age and died from peripheral neuritis and heart
failure. She was buried the following day at South Brisbane Cemetery
in the suburb of Dutton Park. Her death certificate records that
she was born in Tipperary and was in Australia for about 50 years.
It also says she had two deceased children, 1 Male & 1 Female.
The boy was Thomas Phillips born 4 September 1881. The boy died
shortly after birth. The girl was named Mary Catherine (Minnie)
Phillips and she was born on 26 November 1877 and died 26 October
1906) two days after giving birth to her fifth child.
Thomas Parker Phillips died 13 years after Margaret on 19 December
1927 just before the start of the Great Depression. They are buried
in the same plot according to the Brisbane City Council.
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Birth: 1853 Moneynaboola, Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 01/09/1925 Mater Hospital, Brisbane
Christening: 05/09/1853 Lisvarrinane, County Tipperary, Ireland
Marriage: 18/10/1885 Maryborough, Qld, Australia to Mary Agnes
Daniel arrived in Brisbane on 2 September 1873 - just 3 days
before his 20th birthday. He is on the passenger list for the
"GREAT QUEENSLAND". Daniel's name is listed approximately 97 from
the end of the list of 661 passengers as DALY Daniel 19 SM which
may refer to his being a 19 year old single male.
In 1913 Daniel Daly is listed on the Australian Electoral Roll
as living at Coventry Street in Maryborough and later in 1919
at "Abbeyville" 11 Morris Street, Paddington - a suburb of Brisbane
Daniel was an engine driver and he and Mary Agnes Burgess moved
to Paddington in the 1919 after many years in the Gympie / Wondai
/ Maryborough localities. As a railwayman after coming to Brisbane,
he was stationed at Ithica.
His home "Abbeyville" was so named after his wife's mother. Abby
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Michael Edmond Daly
Born on 7 June 1887 and died on 10 August 1937, he is a son of
Daniel Daly and Mary Agnes Burgess. Like many of the family he
was employed by the Queensland Rail Department as an engine driver.
In August 1917 he was called before a Royal Commission established
by the government to examine the administration of railways. The
Royal Commission was seeking a range of views from rail employees
at major rail centres including Brisbane, Ipswich, Roma, Maryborough
and Gympie where Michael lived at the time with his wife Justina
Catherina Entenmann (aka Augusta Catherine Entenmann) and their
5 children. Michael and Catherine were to later have another 2
In the list of railway employees in 1913, Michael Edmond Daly
is shown as earning 9 shillings 9 pence per day (that's about
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St John Joseph Daly
Another son of Daniel Daly and Mary Agnes Burgess. He was born
5 December 1888 in Maryborough and died following a rail accident
on 15 December 1944. The accident was reported in the papers at
the time. He died of a heart attack beside the rail line having
jumped clear before the coal carriage rammed into the driver's
compartment of the engine. No one would have survived if they
had not jumped clear. A cousin recalls that his "Aunty Molly and
my mum used to tell the story that at the time of the accident
they were staying with some relative down towards Brisbane and
they were sent word of the accident and of Molly's father's death
and were called home. They traveled together by rail home to Bundaberg.
Of course it was at the time of the war as well and all along
the journey home on the train and at stops at railway stations
the soldiers and others were all talking about the crash and how
the driver was killed. There was Molly hearing all this. It was
terribly upsetting for both Molly and mum who would have been
in the late twenties at the time".
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The Burgess Connection (from County Cork)
Mary Agnes Burgess married Daniel Daly, son of Michael
Daly (farmer) and Mary O'Brien. Mary Agnes Burgess was born on
12 July 1864 at Lower Aghada, County Cork, Ireland and died on
13 March 1945.
Mary Agnes was the daughter of John Joseph Burgess (1840-1893)
and Abigail Bride (1832-1910). John and Abigail were married
in Lower Aghada on 1 June 1858. They were to have 15 children.
Abigail's parents were Richard Bride (born about 1800)
and Hannah Fitzgerald (born about 1808). Both parents were
born in Aghada, County Cork
John Joseph Burgess was from the town of Templemore, in County
Tipperary and Abigail Bride came from Lower Aghada in County Cork.
This is a distance of about 150 kilometers so it is hard to imagine
how they would have met. It certainly wasn't a matter of getting
to know each other at the B&B dance as it was several days
travel on horseback!
As a wedding present, Abigail's parents (Richard and Hannah)
gave them The Imperial Hotel, on the waterfront at Cobh, County
Cork. The hotel still exists in the 21st century but has been
renamed the Atlantic
Hotel. (Update - the image from Google Maps "street view"
now shows the hotel is a St Vinnies and Jewellers on the ground
floor and a YWCA on the upper levels).
Mary Agnes Burgess arrived on the ship "Chyebassa" in Brisbane
on Good Friday, 12 April 1884. The ship left Plymouth about 8
weeks earlier on 14 February. Mary's arrival was nine years after
her older brother Edmond left Ireland. After living in the rural
districts of south east Queensland, she and Daniel Daly moved
to 11 Morris St, Paddington Queensland from about 1919. Her home
was named "Abbeyville" in honour of her mother.
Mary Agnes Burgess would sometimes refer to herself in her letters
to her family as "Agnes". Some of these letters describe the difficult
life she led managing a large family on a small budget. Later,
some of her younger children would stay with their older siblings
as they moved away from the family home. For example Patrick Daly,
stayed for a time with his brother Michael Edmond Daly in Gympie.
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Edmund Burgess 1853 - 1888 and Richard Daniel Burgess
were brothers of Mary Agnes Burgess who married Daniel Daly above.
Edmund aged 25 and Richard Daniel travelled to Melbourne with
their uncle Michael
Magnor in 1878. Michael Magnor went his own way onto Sydney,
and the Burgess brothers gold mined at Gulgong with little success.
Gulgong is a 19th century gold rush town in the Central-West
of the Australian state of New South Wales. The town is located
about 300 km (190 miles) north west of Sydney, and about 30 km
north of Mudgee. (source: Wikipedia)
According to notes made by Michael Christian Daly in the 1970's,
Edmund tutored the young Gleeson children at Goulburn for about
a year and Richard was drowned crossing the Albragar River in
flood, on horseback. A record of the Albragar River cannot be
found but there is a Talbragar River which is in New South Wales,
Australia. It starts on the western side of the Liverpool Range
near Cassilis and flows west to join the Macquarie River near
Dubbo. (Source: Wikipedia)
Edmund later tutored the Lovegrove family of "Hampton" near Cassillis
in central New South Wales and he later married their eldest daughter
Edmund and Sarah had a son Ambrose Edmund Burgess (1897-1960)
and a daughter Lillian M Burgess (born about 1896) who
died as a young baby. Edmund and Sarah were on their way to a
new teaching position for Edmund when he died suddenly in Stroud.
Sarah and Ambrose, who was about 3 months old at the time, returned
to live with Sarah's parents on their property 'Hampton". Sarah
stayed on there helping her mother raise her 15 younger siblings
and nursed her mother through illness and then cared for her father
in his old age. Sarah inherited a share in "Hampton" with some
of her brothers when Sarah's father, Ambrose Lovegrove, died.
Sarah sold her share to her brothers. Ambrose Edmund Burgess inherited
a small legacy, not property, from his grandfather. When "Hampton"
was sold it was sold by the Lovegrove brothers.
In the early 1920's Ambrose Edmund Burgess married Margaret
Cronin of Cassillis, New South Wales. Margaret's parents owned
"Oaklands" at Merriwa.
Sarah Burgess (nee Lovegrove) purchased the property "Hebuterne"
also near Merriwa in 1928. The family's descendants lived at "Hebuterne"
for nearly 75 years.
Follow these links to read about Abby
Burgess and her parents.