born on 7 June 1887 in Gympie and died on 10 August 1937 in Brisbane,
Australia. Michael was the second eldest son of Daniel Daly and
Mary Agnes Burgess. According to his death record, the cause of
death is given as hypertension, cardiac dilation, and pulmonary
(see a 1 Mb pdf download) Justina Catherina Entenmann
(1886-1959) on 20 March 1910 at St Patrick's Church Gympie. It
is not known how they met which would be interesting to find out
as Gus, as his wife was known, was from Gayndah, Queensland which
is about 180 kms north west of Gympie. Travel between regional
towns in those days was not as convenient as it is nowadays. Perhaps
Michael met her in Gayndah if he travelled to that town as part
of his job in the Queensland Railways Department.
Gus was of German
heritage. Her dad's family name is Entenmann and her mother
was a Rau. There are spelling variations of these names. (eg Enterman
and Rou or Raw). Both families migrated separately to Australia
from Germany in 1855 and they settled in Gayndah.
and Gus lived on the western side of Crown Road in Gympie not
far from the centre of town and the rail station. This was their
first residence and there may be a reference to another address
according to electoral records; it may perhaps be in Mellor Street,
Gympie after the 1932 tornado? Michael Edmond Daly appears in
the (Commonwealth) Electoral Roll for 1913, 1922, and 1934. The
names "Daly, ME" and "Daly, Michael E" appear
routinely in the Queensland Railway Employees Index (1889-1940)
starting as a cleaner in 1906, then a fireman before becoming
a driver. But there are no addresses. Thankyou to contributors
to the Queensland Genealogy Facebook page for your information
and Gus had seven children - five girls and two boys between 1911
and 1921. They were a very generous family and took in members
of their extended families when social or economic need arose.
Patrick Daly (1902-1967) stayed with them for a while and in the
late 1920'a another cousin stayed with daughter Kathleen Daly
(1910-1993). Care for your own family and generosity was a familiar
principle in those days. Although not directly related to this
story, it is worth nothing that it was a successful "mixed"
marriage to use the parlance of the day - Michael was Irish Catholic
and Gus was German Protestant. She converted to Catholicism on
her death bed after being admitted to hospital when she fractured
her hip in a fall at home. The family was very close to each other.
At one stage in the 1950s after their seven children had moved
from the family home all but one of the children lived within
a few kilometres of their mother in Herston.
After the family's move to Brisbane, Michael's mother, Mary
Agnes Burgess (1863-1945), also lived nearby at 11
Morris Street, Paddington until her death on 13 March
1945. Her home was named Abbeyville
after her mother, Abigail Bride (1840-1910) who was born at Lower
Agahada, in County Cork, Ireland. The name "Abbeyville"
was engraved on the front latticework of the home and is still
there in the 21st century.
Edmond Daly's family would regularly take motoring holidays to
Gayndah to visit the German side of the family who had successful
market gardens in that town. The holidays were fondly recalled
by their younger son, Michael
Christian Daly (1917-1988) who is my father. This is also
supported by Bill Davis who was a long term resident of Gayndah.
When he was 81 years old, Bill a friend of the Entenmann family,
wrote a letter
to a cousin. This was in 1986. Bill recalls, "playing with
Micky and Kathleen when they came (to Gayndah) at Christmas.
What a feast we had from Grandfather Chris - melons, grapes etc
from his gardens." Micky is Michael Christian Daly and Kathleen
(1910-1993) is his eldest sister - two of Michael Edmond Daly's
children. Chris is Gus's father, Johann Christian Entenmann (1840-1918).
Bill continues, "Chris and (his) wife and family lived
on an allotment in Meson Street (Gayndah) near the other
allotment on which their last home still stands. Their house was
destroyed by fire and they lost everything including £10
notes - their meagre savings."
Christian Daly also was a keen photographer and recorded many
family outings including trips to:
Tewantin in 1926-28.
. Bowen in 1926.
. Bellenden Kerr in Far North Queensland in 1927.
Richardson's Lookout in 1927.
. The Maze (a jungle like location, but not known exactly where)
. Gayndah, Maryborough & Razerback in 1929
. Noosa Beach in 1930.
.Tachchoi (near Gympie) in 1933.
are also snapshots by Michael Christian of visits by their relatives
to Gympie over a number of years and of the damage to the town
by a tornado on 22 September 1932.
Michael Christian Daly fastidiously wrote on the rear of each
photograph the details of the place and date it was taken. We
are fortunate to have the benefit of his record keeping. Michael
Christian Daly is second from the right in the adjacent photograph
which was taken when he was aged 11 years.
Edmond Daly has been a bit of an enigma. Michael Christian Daly
never directly referred to his father although he did talk about
his own happy, younger years. For example, the reason for the
family's move from Gympie in about 1934-35 was never clear although
it most probably was related to economic circumstances; the children
were growing up and needed work. In the middle of the Great Depression
the capital city of Brisbane likely offered the best work opportunities.
the Daly family moved to Brisbane in the 1930's it was into a
new home at 33 Scott Road Herston. Their house was named "Tumba".
The history of this name is not known. I recall visiting Gus at
her Herston home. Her grandchildren called her Nana and she was
a kind gentle person who loved children. When I was a little boy,
she would always leave a lot of cake mix in the bowl for me to
lick. And she never got angry when, as a little boy, I would flick
the lightning arrester off!
Michael (at left) was a railway man like his father and brothers.
He was called before a
Royal Commission on the Administration of Railways
in August 1917. The Royal Commission was seeking a range of views
from rail employees at major rail centres including Brisbane,
Ipswich, Roma, Maryborough and Gympie.
the years the Daly / Burgess family spent much time trying to
find what happened to Michael Magnor's fortune as reported in
in 1938 or the mystery
of his disappearance. Michael Magnor was a Royal Navy
deserter who took up gold mining and another identity when his
ship was berthed in Australia. He was reputedly wealthy from mining
but disappeared on a return trip to Australia. He was Michael
Edmond Daly's half grand uncle on his mother's side of the family.
Michael Edmond Daly's niece, Daphne, says that her uncle Michael
thought of going to Ireland to see if he could sort out the Magnor
money. He put a huge amount of work in to it. I would imagine
he was trying to do it for his mother Mary Agnes."
intention to travel to Ireland is also mentioned in a letter from
the Burgess family to Mary Agnes Burgess. I have sighted this
letter extending the invitation to Michael Edmond Daly to stay
with his Irish relatives. The extent of the family's interest
in the fortune, as well as Michael Magnor's welfare, can be understood
by the number of letters in which is mentioned over an long period
of time Copies of the letters
below are in my possession and all mention Michael Magnor:
Burgess to his mother in 1876
Abby Burgess to her son Edmund - 26 November 1880
Elizabeth Burgess to Mary Agnes Burgess - 29 May 1922
Tom Burgess to his sister Mary Agnes Burgess - 7 May 1926
Kate Burgess to Mary Agnes Burgess - 31 August 1928
Edmond died young on 10 August 1937 shortly after his 50th birthday.
His death certificate states the cause of death was hypertension,
cardiac dilation and pulmonary oedema which often follows a heart
attack. He is buried in the family plot at Toowong Cemetery on
the hillside overlooking the city of Brisbane (Portion 7A, Section
169, Grave 20/21). The exact location details are also available
from the Brisbane City Council through their webpage for grave
as at October 2016. Michael Edmond's father and mother are also
buried in the same cemetery as are many of his siblings, uncles
survived husband Michael by 22 years. After his death she continued
to live in the family home in Herston until shortly before her
on 27 November 1959. Shortly before she died, Gus suffered a fall
at home and fractured her hip; she was hospitalised and there
she died. Gus up until her death was cared for by her eldest daughter,
Kathleen who was generous in her time and love.