Winifred Callaghan entered a Dublin orphanage at the age of 10 and in 1850 she emigrated to Australia on the ship "Maria",  as part of the Earl Gray assisted emigration scheme for young girls.

She married a mariner by the name of Captain Richard Plummer Burgess and settled down in New  Zealand in 1855 in Auckland.  The subsequently moved to the Sount Island of New Zealand and were landlords of a pub and post office in Christchurch in 1860.

In 1863 Captain drowned at sea leaving.

 Winifred died on 3 April 1890 at Redfern, Sydney and is buried at Rookwood cemetery.



Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1833
Date of Death 3rd Apr 1890
Father (First Name/s and Surname) William Callaghan
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Mary Byrne
Place & Date of Baptism St James, Dublin. 11th October 1833
Place & Date of Marriage 4th September 1852, St Andrews, Kent St, Sydney.
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  • Greetings! Is this a photo of Winifred Callaghan? It's the first I've seen, or indeed heard of. Please tell me more. I'm at Winifred is my grandfather's grandmother. I do have a lot of detail on her life after the workhouse. - Migs (Margaret) Eder


    Tuesday 5th July 2022 06:39AM
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    But sadly I've just found the photo posted at the top of this page. It's of Winifred Callaghan's granddaughter, Winifred Burgess, clipped from a family group taken about 1900. There could be a resemblance, but I would really like to find an actual photo of Winifred. It's not impossible that there was a family group taken when her youngest daughter married in 1886. - migs


    Tuesday 5th July 2022 07:04AM

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