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My great great grandmother arrived in Australia in 1849 aboard the New Liverpool at the age of 18.  Any assistance in finding her parents would be appreciated. Jill


Saturday 28th Jan 2023, 04:54AM

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    I have checked subscription site  and, but did not find any Catherine Hickey having been baptised in Clonmel  - 1830  to 1838.  In those years there were many entries for a Catherine/Catherina Hickey on Roots Ireland.  Catherine may not have been born in Clonmel, so you will need further information.

    Have you any information on her parents, either their first names or surnames?

    Do you have her marriage or death certificate?

    If you contact Tipperary Studies in Thurles, County Tipperary  they may have some information.



    Saturday 28th Jan 2023, 12:59PM
  • 21st July 1831   parents were Patrick Hickey and Catherine Prendergast. 
    02502/01, New Inn and Knockgraffon - Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI

    As McCoy says she could have been born anywhere. 

    Are you in Ancestry?  Just put in Hickey  1832  Tipperary, Ireland and Prendergast for the mothers mane.
    Then you will see her brother Patrick 1833, John 1837 David 1836 bridget 1839.
    I did this some years ago for someone in Australia.

    tithe records  number 63   looks like he worked for   Baron Pennefather 

    004625689/004625689_00124.pdf (

    David was still in Knockgraffon in 1850
    Griffith's Valuation (



    Saturday 28th Jan 2023, 02:44PM
  • Thank you Margot and McCoy. I've done all of the above in my search to find Catherine's parents. All official documents in Australia don't include their names. I found 2 Irish baptismal records- Margot's suggestion, and Thomas Hickey and Ellen Allan.

    Catherine married William Robert Kinniburgh in 1850. They had 9 children while living in very difficult circumstances mostly on the Victorian central goldfields. Shortly after the birth of her youngest child, police admitted Catherine to a "lunatic asylum" where she remained for over 40 years. In 1913 she was transferred to a benevolent home for frail elderly without money or family support where she died in 1918. A very sad life but mental illness was widespread in the colonies during the 19th century. Catherine's great legacy is her children and their many Australian descendants.


    Monday 20th Feb 2023, 03:23AM

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