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1 'Thomas Larrissey: from stable boy to patriarch' by Margaret Henderson, published in the 'Northern Star' ?(Lismore)?, Saturday Feb 14, 2004, page 93:

'In the past many a rude comment has been made about our convict heritage. People tried to hide the fact that they had convict origins. However, in more recent times it has become quite fashionable to have a convict ancestor. In fact, the more the merrier!

It is amazing where some of these original immigrants to Australia went, and what they did. Many became pillars of society or at least leading members of their communities. Quite often it was only after they were dead that people heard about their past clash with the English law!

No doubt some people knew from the beginning but did not care. They judged a person by what they were. Industry, community spirit and loyalty would be the gauge of a person's worth. This is still the basis of the Australian ethos.

Thomas Larrissey was a convict who arrived in New South Wales in 1835. He had been born in County Galway, Ireland, and came from a poor Catholic village.

He obtained work as a stable boy but, at the age of 21, was arrested for stealing money. As a result he was transported to Australia for seven years.

He served his full term and was given his Certificate of Freedom in 1842. He almost immediately married Bridget Mullally, an Irish girl who had arrived as a free immigrant. She had come from a farming background and had decided to emigrate after her father died in 1841. She obtained employment as a house servant.

Thomas became a miner in the Bathurst area but was not highly successful. With little education and no trade he found employment difficult. Apparently there was no way he could obtain a land grant. The situation was desperate as the family grew and Thomas soon became tempted to join a friend in highway robbery. The attempt failed and he found himself back in prison.

After Thomas was released the family moved to the Glen Innes area where Thomas obtained work as a farm servant. While he had been in prison Bridget had had to support the family and she had done this partly by acting as midwife to the district. This was a role she was to continue.

Thomas died in 1867 at the age of 53. His had not been a highly successful life by some accounts but he had left a fine family as well as a very resourceful wife. By this time some of the children were married and Bridget moved to the Tenterfield area with her three youngest children to be close to two married daughters. By 1885 she had acquired nearly 500 acres of land, eight horses, 20 cattle and 525 sheep.

The only son of the family, Michael, established himself at Gundurimba. Two other daughters were also in that area. Beidget died there in 1902 and is buried in the Barham Street Cemetery.

All of Thomas and Bridget's children prospered. Most of them acquired substantial farmland and became well known and respected in their communities. Michael at first worked as a cedar getter but then leased and finally purchased land where he set about dairying. He built a house, dairy and piggeries and then purchased more land.

Michael was also an accomplished local musician. He was very popular at concerts and dances playing the concertina. He also sang and told jokes int rue Irish fashion. He must have had a likeable personality and it is no wonder he was popular in those days of homegrown entertainment.

Yes, we can be proud of our convict ancestors and the people they married. It must have been very difficult to survive in those days, especially with little education and no job training. The wonderful families they left behind are their legacy.

The Larrissey legacy was documented a few years ago by Carole Lohoar, and in true Irish fasion is entitled Larrissey or Larrikin.

Prepared for publication by Geoff & Margaret Henderson for the Richmond River Historical Society Inc., Lismore....'
Larressy, Thomas (I95)
2 A second baptism record at St Stephen's is dated 8 Aug 1880 Hamilton, Minnie (I1156)
3 Ashes collected by family Marsh, Hugh Edward (I80)
4 Ashes collected by family Warbrick, Dorothy Agnes (I81)
5 Ashes collected by the family Benson, Arthur Claude (I880)
6 Ashes retained by family Humphries, Christine Anne (I1138)
7 Ashes Scattered by Family  Lincoln, Lloyd Charles (I105)
8 Ashes Scattered by Family  Parker, Alma Mary (I106)
9 Ashes Scattered by Family  Humphries, Francis Lindsay Gordon (I159)
10 Ashes scattered in Rose Garden Humphries, Arnold William (I8)
11 Birth Cert has first name as Isobel Porteous, Isabella (I275)
12 Birth Cert shows middle name as Porter Smith, Clement Sidney (I62)
13 Born Enid Kane Lincoln, Enid (I2020)
14 Born Enid Kane her Birth Mother was Ethel's sister Elsie Kane. Enid considered herself a Lincoln and signed her wedding certificate Enid Lincoln. I have reflected her wishes on this site by remembering her by her preferred surname. Lincoln, Enid (I2020)
15 Buried as Jean Elizabeth Birch Marsh, Jean Elizabeth Latimore (I16)
16 Catherine Enright was born 8th February, 1871. Her place of birth appears to be Cunninghams Creek. Her birth was registered at Rylstone NSW on 21st February. According to the Mudgee Historical Society there was a Coach and Inn at Cunningham's Creek below Keen's Swamp (Ilford)on what is now the Mudgee to Sydney road.

Her father, William was 26 years of age and came from Bathurst & her mother, Catherine was 22 years and came from Greendale NSW which is halfway between Bringelly & Wallacia.

At the time of her birth she had a brother & sister.

Catherine married Francis William Delaney on 18th January, 1895 in the Roman Catholic Church at Beni NSW. They appeard to have had at least 4 children. Florence was born before her marriage to Francis, all the children were born in the Dubbo district.

According to another Ancestry site there was another child Eva Kathleen born in 1906. Just after her birth, Francis Delaney went droving and never returned to the family.The grandaughter of Eva remembers "Nanna Delaney" (Catherine) had a cornener shop she ran herself when she moved to Sydney to support the family, she used to make her own lollies to sell. This was before the depression then she stayed home with her children and took in borders.She used to also tell stories of when she lived in the country - they would leave sacks of food hanging in the trees for the bush rangers so they would not steal from them or take their animals.

Catherine died 1st June 1952, and was buried at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery 2nd June, 1952 in section M2, area 18, grave 1934.
Enright, Catherine Mary (I810)
17 Catherine Moloney was born 14th May, 1849 to John Moloney & Bridget Mackey.

Her father's occupation was a labourer and they lived at Vermount a suburb of Penrith.

She was baptised on 4th June, 1849 in the Roman Catholic Church in the Parish of Penrith in the County of Cumberland.

Catherine married William Enright on 8th August, 1868 at the home of Mr. P. Ryan at Keen's Swamp. The consent of her mother, Bridget Mackey (interestingly she is recorded under her maiden name and not Moloney) was given, as Catherine was under the age of 21. They were married according to "the rites of the Church of Rome".

Catherine's occupation is listed as "Farmer's daughter" and William's as a farmer. Both their usual place of residence is listed as Cunninghams Creek (now Ilford).

Catherine & William were to have 9 children.

Catherine Enright died 12th August, 1929 in the Hopetown Private Hospital, Dubbo, she was 80 years old. The cause of death was Acute Bronchitis and Cardiac Asthenia (heart exhaustion). She was survived by 8 of her 9 children.

Catherine was buried 13th August, 1929 in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dubbo. 
Maloney, Catherine (I201)
18 Childrens Graves. This is a grassed area with no headstones. The number of grass plots was estimated but row numbers are not available. Marsh, SBC (I75)
19 Date of birth taken from birth certificate Harley, Alice Maud (I537)
20 Death Certificate has first name as Myra Thurgood, Maria (I1604)
21 Edward was originally buried at Soputa where he fell Map Reference 199225 Bunworth, Edward Richard John (I734)
22 First name appears as Bella on birth certificate Cutting, Annabella Petherbridge (I1104)
23 First name recorded as Jeffrison on death certificate Hargreaves, Jefferson M (I2167)
24 George Francose or Anselme was convicted of bigamy 3 May 1909 Family F580
25 Headstone records her name as Lincoln, not her married name of Smith Lincoln, Rose Doris (I1295)
26 His NSW Birth Cert has his name as Herab. Harley, Herbert William (I391)
27 His real name is George Anselme Francose, George (I1694)
28 Inscription on the headstone reads. Erected by Jane Marsh in loving memory of my husband John Marsh. Died 14/10/1918, 72 years interred at Barwick. Also daughter Jeannie died 11/6/1906. age 14 yrs. Also sons Robert & John May died as infants. Also sister Elizabeth Marsh, John Henry (I12)
29 Ireland Marriages 1845-1958 Transcription Vol. 11 Page 370 Family F6
30 Marriage Cert has place of birth as Bendigo Victoria Lincoln, George (I225)
31 Marriage Cert Thomas wants his surname listed as Childs Bayley, Thomas Henry (I1775)
32 Marriage Cert. wrongly states Stewart instead of Stuart Family F425
33 Marsh, Ralph Benson (1909?1989)

by Greg Patmore

Ralph Benson Marsh (1909-1989), trade unionist and politician, was born on 30 September 1909 at Newcastle, New South Wales, fourth of seven children of Irish-born Hugh Marsh, engineer, and his wife Jane Ann, née Benson, born in New South Wals. Ralph was educated at Nambucca Heads Public School and commenced a boilermaking apprenticeship with the New South Wales Government Railways in 1926. Apart from a period of unemployment during the Depression, he worked with the railways, mainlly at West Narrabri and in Sydney at Chullora, until his resignation in 1949. He married English-born Irene Mary Kermode (d.1976) on 11 February 1933 at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney; he had converted to her Catholic faith. He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1933 and was active in the local branches.

Prominent in the Boilermakers' Society of Australia, in 1949 Marsh became the full-time secretary-treasurer of the Redfern branch, with an office at the Sydney Trades Hall. He was a member of one of the industrial groups maintained by the AP to fight communism in the unions. Elected to the central executive of the State ALP as a 'grouper' in 1952, he was to serve until 1962, when he filled a vacancy in the New South Wales Legislative Council. He was also a State representative on the interstate liaison committee of the industrial groups. When the 1955 federal conference withdrew recognition of them, Marsh decided to stay in the ALP.

Marsh's anti-communist credentials and reputation for trustworthiness attracted the attention of the right-wing leadership of the Labor Council of New South Wales. He won an election in 1957 for the new position of organiser, rising to assissant secretary in 1958 and to secretary in 1967. A "cheerful, plump man" (according to the journalist Mungo McCallum), as secretary, he presided over the construction of a new building for the Labor Council in Sussex Street, Sydney. His colleague John Ducker found him "placid, peaceful [and] amenable" but in May 1971 he dealt firmly with the militant Australian Builders' Labourers' Federation by successfully moving for its suspension from the council pending an investigation, after some men, allegedly BLF members, disrupted a meeting. He criticised the BLF in February 1972 for its policy of green bans against the demolition of historic buildings.

Labor Council representative (1965-69, 1972-73) on the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Marsh served (1969-71, 1973-75) as junior vice-president. He attended conferences of the International Labour Organization and the Inrnational Confederation of Free Trade Unions. Travelling widely to labour conferences, including one in the Soviet Union (1973), he called for unions to organise more effectively on an international basis to curb the growing power of multinational corporations.

Late in 1975 Marsh resigned as secretary of the Labor Council to take up a part-time position (1975-79) on the Public Transport Commission of New South Wales. He was appointed OBE in 1975. Next year his term on the Legislative Council recreations included bowling, swimming, fishing and watching rugby league. Survived by his son and two daughters, he died on 9 May 1989 at Bankstown and was buried in Leppington cemetery.

This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012

Honours Received

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1975

Marsh, Ralph Benson O.B.E. (I18)
34 Memorial Plaque shows wrong birth date it should be 28th August 1903 Marsh, Irene Mabel (I9)
35 Name also recorded as Jerrold Anderson, Gerald John (I1736)
36 No Known Grave Westheider, Thomas George William (I1477)
37 No known grave. McGuirk, Allan Thomas (I1979)
38 NSW BDM has her surname as Larecy Family F486
39 NSW BDM has surname as Steward Stewart, Egbert Thomas (I1023)
40 NSW BDM have surname as Steward Stewart, Stephen Allan (I46)
41 NSW BDM records surname as Hargraves Hargreaves, Alice Vine (I1943)
42 NSW BDM records surname as Lincoin not Lincoln Lincoln, Gweneth Ethel (I2028)
43 NSW BDM records surname as Stewert. Stewart, William A (I54)
44 NSW BDM Spells surname WESTWESTHEIDER  McEwan, Gwendoline Thelma (I1989)
45 NSW BDM Surname recorded as Henden Family F244
46 Privately Cremated Barker, Mildred (I1203)
47 Records Israel's first name as Joseph Family F187
48 Registry incorrectly has her surname as Champion. This is her mothers maiden name.
Jones, Doris May (I316)
49 Richard's surname recorded on NSW BDM site as Hargraves Family F362
50 Richard's surname recorded on NSW BDM site as Hargraves Family F363

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