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Fitzgerald - Layden

John Fitzgerald & Honora Layden
Photo's with thanks from Maureen Gordon

Our first Fitzgerald's arrived into Australia in 1890

Family lore has it that John Fitzgerald and Honora Layden met on the ship coming out to Australia.
Originally bound for South Africa, Honora was able to continue her sea journey with John to Queensland.
The next sighting of the couple was in N.S.W. 29th November 1893 when they were married at St Thomas Church, Lewisham.
At that time John was already living in Bunyip and had traveled to Sydney for the wedding.
Honora is listed on her marriage certificate as living in Concord N.S.W.
Parents of John are listed as John Fitzgerald and Kate McCarthy
Parents of Honora are listed as Richard Layden and Mary Darcy
Lilaa Layden is listed as a witness so perhaps a sister? I have looked for her in BDM records to no avail.

John had at least one brother Pat who also lived in Bunyip

"Marriage in Australia FITZGERALD-LEYDEN – November 29, 1893, at St Thomas’, Lewisham, by the Rev. Father Long, John Fitzgerald, second son of John Fitzgerald, Esq., of county Clare, to Norah, fifth daughter of Richard Leyden, Esq., Drinanure, county Clare,Ireland"
Thanks to Guy Habermann for Sourcing this record. nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13922741

Departure from England
Honora Layden (Domestic Servant aged 24) departed from London, England for Cape Town, South Africa on the Steamship “SS Tara” – 7th February, 1890
John Fitzgerald (Farm Labourer aged 26) departed from London, England for Bowen, Queensland on the Steamship “SS Tara” – 7th February, 1890
Source: UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

Arrival into Australia
Honora Layden (Age 24 from County Clare, Ireland) arrived in Brisbane, Australia from London, England on the Steamship “SS Tara” – 1st April, 1890
John Fitzgerald (Age 26 from County Clare, Ireland) arrived in Brisbane, Australia from London, England on the Steamship “SS Tara” – 1st April, 1890
Source:Queensland, Australia, Passenger Lists, 1848-1912
My thanks to Guy Habermann for gathering the Arrival and Departure information

There is some discrepancy between researchers in the spelling of Layden or Leyden
I take my spelling from the passenger list and Honora's wedding certificate.

Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960
HONORA LAYDEN
Collections from Australasia, Great Britain, Ireland, United States
Country SOUTH AFRICA
Ship Name TARA
Birth Year 1866
Age 24
Ship Departure Port LONDON
Destination Port CAPE
Departure Year 1890

N.S.W. Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages
#6111. Year 1893
FITZGERALD JOHN
LAYDEN NORAH
District PETERSHAM

Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960
JNO FITZGERALD
Collections from Australasia, Great Britain, Ireland, United States
Country AUSTRALIA
State Queensland
Ship Name TARA
Birth Year 1864
Age 26
Ship Departure Port LONDON
Destination Port BOWEN
Departure Year 1890

John and Honara are buried together in the Melbourne General Cemetery
Roman Catholic compartment 9av grave 50.
Fitzgerald, John Gilpin, aged 87, buried 11.3 1949
Fitzgerald, Honaroh, aged 86 buried 31.1.1951


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