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Ellen Agnes GRADY (1883-1958)

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Ellen Agnes McNamara (nee Grady)

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Ellen Agnes Grady

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The McNamara Family off to Sunday Mass c.1906

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The McNamara family at Hilltop c.1907/8

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Thomas on his wedding day

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The McNamaras at Hilltop c.1907/8

Ellen Agnes GRADY,1 daughter of Cornelius GRADY (1846-1888) and Margaret RYAN (1851-1940), was born in 1883 at the BDM District in Yarralumla, NSW (now ACT).2,3,4 Her relationship to Ellen is Maternal Grandmother. her interests included music. She is reputed to have been a very good singer.5

Ellen married Thomas Patrick MCNAMARA on 14 October 1903 in Tharwa, NSW.6,7,8

As indicated by the birth districts of their children, between 1903 and 1914 they lived at "Hilltop", "The Burra" which was sixteen miles out Queanbeyan in Burra, NSW. The property was by nature undulating, seasonably reliable and with ample annual supply of water. A limestone creek ran through the property. They sold "Hilltop" in 1914 to John Kelly and moved to "Cartney" or "Cartref" in The Pilliga where they lived for about four years. Their wheat growing operation on a property of about 2500 acres was successful in the first year but the following three were unsuccessful due to drought and they were eventually forced to leave. In about 1919, they left The Pilliga for Cowra where they had a child, Clarence born in 1917. They then moved on to Orange, NSW at Spring St. which is where they were living when their sons Thomas (1919), Timothy (1922) and daughter Johanna, known as Nelly (1926) were born. They later moved to 49 Shadforth St Lakemba, NSW. They were known to be there by 4 November 1933. They both lived there until their deaths.9,10,11

she died (aged 75) on 30 May 1958 at 49 Shadforth St in Punchbowl, NSW.12,13,14 She was buried in 1958 in Woronora cemetery in Sutherland, NSW.13,15

 

The whole Canterbury-Bankstown Rugby League first grade team had a New Years Eve party at her backyard in 1934. They gave her a teaset (valued at 2/6 from Coles) to say thankyou for using her place.16

 

Thomas Patrick MCNAMARA1 was the son of Michael MCNAMARA (1831?-1919) and Mary COMMINS (1837?-1913). He and Ellen Agnes GRADY had the following children:

 

Kathleen Mary MCNAMARA (1904-1987)

John Thomas Michael MCNAMARA (1905-1982) (known as 'Jack')

Clarence Patrick MCNAMARA (1907-1960) (known as 'Carney')

William Joseph MCNAMARA (1909-1976) (known as 'Willy')

Clement Cornelius MCNAMARA (1911-1999) (known as 'Clem')

Kevin James MCNAMARA (1912-1990)

Keith Ryan MCNAMARA (1915-1985) (known as 'Ryany')

Margaret Ena Mary MCNAMARA (1917-2012) (known as 'Maggie')

Thomas Emmett MCNAMARA (1919?-2004) (known as 'Tommy')

Timothy Edmund MCNAMARA (1922-1983) (known as 'Timmy')

Johanna Ellen Mary Catherine MCNAMARA (known as 'Nellie')

Citations

1{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
2{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 29431 / 1883
3{S0116}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re MCNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032) and LENEHAN, Bridget (0031) and Descendants (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Birth shown as 1884
4{S0118}, Internet (WCP) COWDERY, Edwina : re GRADY, John (0036) and HAYES, Margaret (0035) and Descendants (The site has been removed from Rootsweb's World Connect Project). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Birth shown as 1883
5{S0008}, Interview : TINSON, nee MCNAMARA, Johanna "Nellie" (0113). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0535}, Bible : Marriages : family of McNAMARA, Michael "Red Mick" (0030) and Mary (nee COMMINS) (0029). Cit. Date: 1 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Marriages records in the McNamara Bible

7{S0032}, Certificate - Birth : MCNAMARA, Johanna [Nellie] (0113). Custom Id: NSW 39386 / 45. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
8{S0116}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re MCNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032) and LENEHAN, Bridget (0031) and Descendants (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
9{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
10{S0471} Author : John Moore and/or Bruce Moore , Book Extract : "BURRA, County of Murray" Pages 26 - 28 (Published 1981). Cit. Date: 11 August 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Thomas lived at Hilltop, Burra which he sold to John Kelly. He had moved to Cowra before his father's death in 1919.
A hut or slab house existed on a 40 acre block selected by Thomas. The block was east of the later Yarraden homestead and about half way to the top of the range. Whether this was occupied as a permanent residence or only used occasionally to fulfil the residential requirements of the Amended Free Selection Act is unknown."
11{S0108} John Thomas Michael (Jack) MCNAMARA, Manuscripts : "A Family Affair" and Other Assorted Essays by MCNAMARA, John 'Jack' (0118) (See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owenjones/biogind/mcnamara/mcnamara_john...). Cit. Date: 9 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "This then was the way it was, or at least the way I imagined it was, on our grazing property "The Burra" sixteen miles outside Queanbeyan"
"The property is by nature undulating, seasonably reliable, with ample annual supply of water. A limestone creek runs through the property"
Jack refers to the property as "Cartref" in his history but it's believed that Cartney is the correct
12{S0104}, Headstone : TINSON, Kevin Francis (0133) and MCNAMRA (nee GRADY), Ellen Agnes (0028). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Our Dear Mother
Ellen A McNamara
30.5.58 74 Years
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Kevin Tinson and his grandmother Ellen Alice (nee Grady) McNamara's headstone in Woronora cemetery, Sutherland

13{S0247}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : WESTBROOK (nee MCNAMARA), Johanna 'Nelly' (0113). Cit. Date: 3 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
14{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: 3 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
15{S0028}, Cemetery : Woronora : GRADY, Ellen Agnes (0028). Cit. Date: 12 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
16{S0008}, Interview : TINSON, nee MCNAMARA, Johanna "Nellie" (0113). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 August 2014