Archibald McNicol & Lovenia Macklin (Gibb, Young)

Lavenia Macklin was nineteen when she arrived in Australia aboard the Phoebe Dunbar with her sisters Mary and Sarah.  They arrived Christmas day 1854 but I’m not sure if they disembarked that day.  They joined their married sister Mrs Holland who was residing at 110 Swanston Street, Melbourne.


Extract from Victoria Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists 1839-1923 ,  25 December 1854       -Phoebe Dunbar –

The girls all recorded their religion as Presbyterian and were able to read and write.

Lavenia was born in Newtownstewart, Ireland about 1834 to Andrew Macklin and his wife Ann Love.  A number of her siblings also made their way to Australia although I have not traced their journeys.


Her known siblings are:
Margaret b1828 – was already married to John Holland when Lavinia arrived in Australia although I cannot find records  to tell where/when the couple married.  Margaret died 1857;
Mary b 1831;
Sarah b1836 – married Thomas Adams and died 16 June 1918.  Their children: John b1861 d 1913; Ann b 1863; Isabella b 1865 d 1934; Thomas Alexander b1867 d1931; Rebecca Elizabeth b1869 d1869; Robert Andrew b1870 ?is this the birth record for James?; James Andrew b1870 d 1886; Fanny Maud b1872 d 1886 and Samuel Macklin b1874;
Oliver John b 1843 – was described as the second son of Andrew Macklin when he died in North Queensland in 1891;
Rebecca b1838 – first married Andrew McCormick in 1866.  After his death she married widower William Dawson.  The couple had three children that did not survive infancy: William Arnott b1873 d 1874; Annie Elizabeth b1875 d 1877; and Rebecca Marion b1877 d1877.  Rebecca also died in 1877.

Lavinia married David Forester Gibb in Victoria on 10 October 1855.  They had the following children:
Ann Love b1856- Ann married John Muldoon in Wagga in 1875.  Their children: Thomas David b1876 d 1959; Lavinia Alice b1878 d1947; Louisa b1878; John E b 1879 d1884; Oliver b1881 d 1994; Susannah b1883 d 1900; Isabella May b1885; Lydia A b 1887 d1887; Ernest Edward b1888 d 1974; Sarah L b1891; and Hessel Alexander b1895 d1963.
Elizabeth Calderwood b 1859; married Alfred Shardalow Simpson (aka Thomas Shardalow Sweet)
Lavinia Macklin b1860; married Cornelius Alfred Ward at Molong in 1882.
Isabella Sarah b 1862; married Reuben Rose Payten at Young in 1894.  She died in 1904 at Goulburn.
Henry b1865 d 1866.

David died in 1866.  After her husband’s death, Lavinia’s son Alfred Ernest Gibb was born in 1867.  Despite no father being recorded on his birth certificate, a news article from 1867 indicates Arch McNicol was in fact the father.


The Geelong Advertiser, Friday 8 November 1867, p3

According to his death certificate, Archibald was born in Inverness in Scotland to Jessie McGregor & Donald McNicol.  I’m not sure how he travelled to Australia but in 1868 he married Emily Adams in Warnambool, Victoria.  The couple had three children in Victoria, Violet Edith b1869; Constance Alice b1871 ; and Ida Emily b1873 before moving to Deniliquin where they saw the arrival of: Hector b1877-d1877; Bertha Caroline b1878; John Archibald b 1880; Maude Isabel b 1883; and Jessie Campbell b1886.  John was to die, within a fortnight of his father, due to “…effects of injuries accidentally received through a horse which was leading having thrown him down and dragged him about 150 yards.”

Lovinia married Thomas Young, in 1875 with the marriage registered in Young.  Lovinia’s death was recorded in Parkes, NSW on 25 June 1915.



TROVE Newspaper Articles
The Geelong Advertiser, Friday 8 November 1867, p3

NSW Register of Coroner’s Inquests 1887-1894



Catherine Sullivan & Patrick Cronin


Patrick Cronin was born in Dromcolliher, County Limerick about 1807 to Elizabeth Sweeny and James Cronan.  Both Patrick’s parents were deceased in 1842 when he emigrated to Australia.  He was able to read and write so possibly attended school in Ireland.

I assume Patrick married Catherine Sullivan in County Cork around 1827 as the eldest child who emigrated with them was born around that time.  Catherine was born in County Cork to Johanna Fitzgerald and James Sullivan around 1810; both her parents were still alive when the couple emigrated to Australia in 1842.  Their immigration documents indicate their children were born in County Cork and the family were Roman Catholic.

There were five children born in Ireland, James b1827, Elizabeth b1829 (you can read her story here), Mary Jane b1831 (Scott’s ancestor), John b1838 and Johanna b1839.  The family emigrated to Australia in 1842 with their next son, Daniel, born on the voyage.  The ship’s records show his name to be Sydney but the NSW BDM index shows they had changed their mind by the time his birth was registered in Australia.  Their youngest child Julia was born in 1844.

Where did they settle?

Did they have the Surry Hills Hotel, Crown & Campbell Streets? Yes, & it was on the south eastern corner of the intersection.


Death Notice for James Cronin
The Sydney Morning Herald p4 Saturday 22 January 1859

Jane (surname unknown) & Hugh Perry (g-g-g-g grandparents)

The only record I have found for Ann Perry’s parent’s appears on her immigration record, naming them as Hugh and Jane Perry.  They are both stated to be living at Bangor, County Down, Ireland.  This immigration document is dated December 1852 and Jane was born about 1826.

Ann Perry Parents

Irish Town & County Information

The link below will let you locate the information for any new towns or localities.

Florence Ann Fitzgerald b1861
Townland: Ballinacurra
County: Limerick
Barony: Pubblebrien
Civil Parish: St Michael’s
PLU: Limerick
Province: Munster

Alice Shane b1844
Townland: Carlow
County: Carlow
Barony: Carlow
Civil Parish: Carlow
PLU: Carlow
Province: Leinster

Civil Parish:

Thomas Rea (g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather)

This is all from memory, as I find the records to support this I will fix any mistakes and add in the references.

Thomas Rea was born about 1740 but the first record I have found indicates that in 1757 he was an apprentice Baker in Barnwood, Gloucestershire, England.  He was about seventeen years of age at that time and was apprenticed to a Baker by the name of Thomas Drew.

Records refer to four men as the son of Thomas Rea, Baker from which I have assumed they are all brothers.  No mention is made of their mother.

Thomas’ children were:

John Rea birthdate unknown
Joseph Rea birthdate unknown – this is our ancestor
Benjamin Mutlow Rea b1778 – d 1855
William Rea b1781