Posts tagged under: genealogy

Mary Gorey v Patrick Donovan

A true story of sex, feuds and devotion

This is a true story from the 1860s of sex, feuds and devotion. It’s the story of my grandfather’s aunt, Mary Gorey, based on historical newspaper reports and documentary records.

Mary was a strong and feisty woman, passionate, practical, caring and loyal. Her elder brother Michael was a local firebrand

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James Daniel Gorey write The Boozer's Lament while serving in France

Boozer’s Lament: A poem by James Gorey

The Boozer’s Lament is a poem written by my great-uncle James Gorey during the First World War.

I found it while researching family history in a copy of the Wangaratta Chronicle. He had sent the poem in a letter home to his sister Mary.

It was written sometime in 1916, apparently in

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Michael Gorey in court

The original Michael Gorey in Australia

The original Michael Gorey in Australia was carried ashore by his parents at Port Phillip on 1 October 1841 when James and Elizabeth Gorey arrived as free settlers from Kilkenny, Ireland.

I’m the fourth-generation Michael Gorey from my family in Australia and my son Michael is the fifth.

The first Michael was

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Robert Winthrop

Bigamist and bounder

Bigamist and bounder Robert Winthrop was a gold digger – gold that’s in the ground and women.

Anyone familiar with the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser will see something of his character in the man who fathered at least 18 children across three states in Australia and the two islands

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