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Hello from Australia,


I am seeking any formation on my GG Grandfather John Collins and his wife Mary Jane Crane(Irish orphan).I would love to find any information or current family members.I have another two generations of family to post and more information and pictures as well.


Here is the first  generation of John & Mary Jane Collins family Descendants of John Collins & Mary Jane Crane "aka Armstrong"


 Generation One


 1. John COLLINS, b. 13 Aug 1828 in Arboe, Tyrone, Ireland (son of Thomas COLLINS [1800 - ] and Jane KEARNS [1805 - ]), d. 12 July 1889 in Little Bills, near Bendoc, Victoria, Australia.


 He married Mary Jane CRANE "Married under Armstrong", 15 Sep 1852 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, b. 1834 in County Fermanagh, Ireland (daughter of William CRANE "Possible Father" [ - 1847] and Mary Jane JOHNSON [ - 1847]), d. 9 Jan 1883 in Bombala, New South Wales, Australia.


NOTE - Crane Mary 16 Enniskillen, Fermanagh NA CofE PRONI BG/14/G/4 (71) 13 year old, orphan, entered 4 July 1847, left workhouse 2 Oct 1849. Empl. William Armstrong, Melbourne, £6, 12 mths. apprentice.


 Compiled initially from article by Trevor McClaughlin, 'Barefoot and Pregnant?Female Orphans who emigrated from Irish Workhouses to Australia, 1848-1850', in Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review, incorporating Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild 'Newsletter', Vol.2, No.3, 1987, pp.31-36 and updated from shipping lists in New South Wales and South Australia.

 Shipping List - edmondsallan on familyTreeCircles.



 Famine Orphan Girls - Ships to Australia from Ireland - To Melbourne, Victoria



 23 September


 Children of John COLLINS & Mary Jane CRANE -


2. i. John COLLINS b. 1853.



Peter Collins

Glen Innes

New South Wales



Glen Innes

Wednesday 13th May 2015, 11:03AM

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  • Hi Peter

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    You have quite a bit of family info there - very interesting. I hope someone connected to the family will be in touch with you.

    Best wishes
    Clare Doyle
    Genealogy Support

    Clare Doyle

    Monday 18th May 2015, 10:37AM
  • Hello Peter,

    I also am from Australia and am looking for information on John & Mary Jane COLLINS.   They were my great great grandparents on my mothers side of the family.  My grandfather being the youngest son of Rebecca COLLINS and John MATTHEWS.    


    Les HODGE

    Clifton Springs via Geelong


    Tuesday 23rd Aug 2022, 03:17AM

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