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Joseph Maurice KUSHKELLY (1913-1985)

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Joe Cuskelly (nee Kushkelly)

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Joe Cuskelly (nee Kushkelly)

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Maggie Cuskelly (nee McNamara)

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Maggie Cuskelly (nee McNamara)

Joseph Maurice KUSHKELLY1 was born on 7 August 1913 in Marrickville, NSW.2,3,4

between 1939 and 1945 when aged 25-32 he served in World War II in the Second Australian Imperial Forces. He enlisted at Port Kembla, NSW. His service number was NX005547 and he served in New Guinea.5 On 30 January 1943 he was a soldier . This was his occupation at the time of his marriage.6

Joseph married Margaret Ena Mary MCNAMARA on 30 January 1943 in Punchbowl, NSW.6

he served in the military between 1945 and 1948 . After the end of the Second World War, Joe continued serving in the Australian Military Forces.7

in 1948 (estimated) he and Margaret Ena Mary MCNAMARA lived in Punchbowl. They owned the house. In about 1954 they moved to Frenchs Forest, NSW, a home which they also owned. Maggie continued living there after Joe's death.8

he died (aged 71) on 2 July 1985 in Frenchs Forest, NSW.9,10 He was buried in July 1985 in Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery in Davidson, NSW.9,11

 

He decided to anglicise his name and changed it to Cuskelly. It's not known whether he made the change by Deed Poll or whether he just started calling himself Cuskelly but the latter is suspected.12

 

Margaret Ena Mary MCNAMARA13 (known as 'Maggie') was the daughter of Thomas Patrick MCNAMARA (1872-1945) and Ellen Agnes GRADY (1883-1958). She and Joseph Maurice KUSHKELLY had the following children:

 

Margaret Theresa CUSKELLY

Anne Mary CUSKELLY

Ellen Claire CUSKELLY

Patricia Rose CUSKELLY

Citations

1{S0048}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : PETERS (nee CUSKELLY), Margaret (0801). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Margaret advises that Joe anglicised his name from KUSHKELLY to CUSKELLY
2{S0617}, Internet (National Archives of Australia) Search : CUSKELLY, Joseph Maurice (0149). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Date of birth - 07 Aug 1913 : Place of birth - MARRICKVILLE NSW"
3{S0616}, Headstone : KUSHKELLY (CUSKELLY), Joseph Maurice (0149). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Unreliable.
His age is shown as 71 Years which calculates to a birth year of 1914 - 1915
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Joseph Cuskelly's headstone in Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

4{S0048}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : PETERS (nee CUSKELLY), Margaret (0801). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Unreliable.
Birth estimated as 1910 - 1911
5{S0617}, Internet (National Archives of Australia) Search : CUSKELLY, Joseph Maurice (0149). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0047}, Certificate - Birth : CUSKELLY, Margaret Theresa (0801). Custom Id: Living. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
7{S0617}, Internet (National Archives of Australia) Search : CUSKELLY, Joseph Maurice (0149). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Contents date range : 1939 - 1948"
8{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Ellen's young girl memory is that they were always living at Punchbowl. Given Joe was in New Guinea on WWII duty, possibly Maggie continued to live with her parents after their marriage. It's just not known. Joe would have been eligible for a War Service Home Loan after the war, so this is probably how they financed the home. Therefore 1946 - 1948 is probably a reasonable timeframe for getting the loan approved and then the home built or purchased. Ellen feels she was about 14 years old (1954) when they moved to Frenchs Forest
9{S0616}, Headstone : KUSHKELLY (CUSKELLY), Joseph Maurice (0149). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Joseph Cuskelly's headstone in Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

10{S0048}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : PETERS (nee CUSKELLY), Margaret (0801). Cit. Date: 8 September 2012. Assessment: Unreliable.
Death estimated as Jul 1984
11{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: 7 September 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
12{S0048}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : PETERS (nee CUSKELLY), Margaret (0801). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
13{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014