Douglas Neville Harrigan, 19182006 (aged 88 years)

Douglas Neville /Harrigan/
Birth February 5, 1918 33 26
Death of a paternal grandmotherElizabeth Williamson
January 6, 1930 (aged 11 years)


The death occurred on Monday night at 8 o'clock, of Mrs. Elizabeth Harrigan, wife of Mr. William Harrigan, senr., and mother of Charles, James, Bert and Will Harrigan, all well-known citizens held in high regard.

The deceased, who was 71 years of age, was a devoted mother, and had played well her part in the progress and welfare of the community in which she resided for so many years.

She was born at Dapto, being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Williamson. Forty-eight years ago she married Mr. Harrlgan and since that date had resided continuously at Tarrawanna.

Mrs. Harrigan took an active interest in work of the Church of England, and she will be sadly missed as a worker in this respect. The Church of England at Fern Hill will stand as a monument to her efforts, as well as of other helpers.

As a neighbour she was a wonderful help in sickness or trouble. The funeral on Wednesday was a large and representative one, the remains being laid to rest in the Church of England Cemetery, Wollongong, the Rev. Setchell (Corrimal) and Rev. E. Walker (Wollongong) officiated at the graveside, both paying a very high tribute to the the Christian life of the deceased.

South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 - 1954) Friday 10 January 1930 p 15 Article

Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Harrigan
September 4, 1948 (aged 30 years)
Burial of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Harrigan
September 6, 1948 (aged 30 years)


South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 - 1954) Thursday 16 September 1948 p 13 Article

As briefly mentioned in last issue, on September 4, at the age of 90 years, Mr. William Harrigan passed away at his residence, Spring Farm, Paynes Lane, Tarrawanna. He was a native of this district having lived his life in the home originally built by his father the late Edward Harrigan, who was born on the settlement near the tank stream in Sydney in 1803 and came to this district in 1818 cutting cedar for his livelihood on the mountain slopes.

He was granted an area of sixty acres, known as Spring Farm, in 1829 on which he and his sons have remained in possession ever since. Wiiliam Harrigan received his early education at the Fairy Meadow Public School, his first teacher being Mr. Hookins and later Mr. Richardson.

It was while at this school he helped plant the large Moreton Bay figtree that still stands majestic in the school grounds, giving shelter to the many children during the summer months.

He has always taken a keen interest in the affairs of this school and was for many years Patron of the Parents and Citizens Association. At an early age he showed a leaning towards the carpentering trade and at the age of 14 was sent to Leichhardt to learn this trade and cabinet making. At that period there was only one house in the Leichhardt district.

On returning to Illawarra, he was employed at the South Bulli, Corrimal and Mount Pleasant mines, as a pit sawyer, miner and carpenter and he built much of the big timber construction at that time. He also built many bridges for the North Illawarra Council.

As a young man he joined the Wollongong Garrison Artillery Vol- unteers and later became a member of the Woilongong Rifle Club and was connected with this for over forty five years. He was a first class rifle shot, his club mates giving him the prefix "Bull's Eye" Harrigan because of his proficiency.

He attended many interstate rifle meetings and shot with much success, being awarded the Queen's Badge at Victoria besides many other trophies, etc. He was very fond of clean sport but rifle shooting was his pick. In his early youth he became a member of the G.U.O.O.F. and was associated with this fraternity until his death.

For a considerable time he was an alderman of the North Illawarra Municipal Council where he was renowned for his sound judgement in determining the destinies of this body. Many acts of benevolence are at- tributed to him during the years by the distribution of his farm products to the needy families in the vicinity and of the remittance of house rent when the bread winners were unable to obtain employment.

At the age of 24 he married Miss Elizabeth Williamson, who was born at Dapto, and from the union four sons were born, Charles Edward, and William James, of Deer Vale (Dorrigo) and Herbert Earnest and William Leslie, well known in this city.

In the later years of his life many people visited him at Spring Farm, seeking advice on the early days of this district or to have a chat over old times and indeed it was an hour or two well spent to sit and listen to him relating happenings of 80 years ago or more for his memory was unimpaired till the day of his death.

The funeral which was attended by many representatives of this district bore testimony to the passing of one of nature's gentlemen and was conducted by H. Parsons and Sons, life long friends of the family. The long cortege left the old home (his last wish) at 3 o'clock on Monday, September 6 for the Church of England Cemetery, Wollongong, where his remains were laid to rest beside those of his late wife.

Birth of a sonRobert Douglas Harrigan
June 19, 1959 (aged 41 years)

Death of a fatherHerbert Ernest Harrigan
1967 (aged 48 years)
Burial of a fatherHerbert Ernest Harrigan
April 1967 (aged 49 years)
Death of a sonRobert Douglas Harrigan
October 22, 1978 (aged 60 years)

Death of a motherRebecca Caldwell
March 1, 1988 (aged 70 years)
Death of a brotherRonald Ernest Amos Harrigan
January 17, 1994 (aged 75 years)
Death November 26, 2006 (aged 88 years)
Family with parents
Birth: 1885 27 27Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1967Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: July 27, 1891Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 1, 1988Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageNovember 25, 1914
1 year
elder brother
Birth: November 13, 1915 30 24Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 17, 1994Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
Birth: February 5, 1918 33 26Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 26, 2006Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Private
Birth: February 5, 1918 33 26Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 26, 2006Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia