Ivy Clarice Harrigan, 18901970 (aged 80 years)

Birth 1890 29 33

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 7652/1890

Birth of a brotherMelville Walter Harrigan
July 25, 1891 (aged 1 year)
Birth of a sisterEmily Winifred Harrigan
1895 (aged 5 years)
Birth of a sisterOlive Marianne Harrigan
1898 (aged 8 years)
Birth of a daughterLillian Clarice Stephenson
1915 (aged 25 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherJames Edward Harrigan
May 12, 1929 (aged 39 years)
Burial of a paternal grandfatherJames Edward Harrigan
May 1929 (aged 39 years)
Death of a fatherFrederick William Harrigan
March 6, 1933 (aged 43 years)


There were expressions of regret on all sides in this district on Saturday last when a message came from Coff's Harbor conveying the sad news of the death of Mr. Frederick William Harrigan, a highly respected resident of Dorrigo for many years and a member of one of the first parties of land-seekers who came to the district between 30 and 40 years ago to carve out homes for themselves.

It was not generally known that Mr. Harrigan was seriously ill, as the trouble which was responsible for his death only manifested itself quite recently. About a month ago he visited Dorrigo and all those of his acquaintances who met him were shocked at his changed appearance.

During the time that he was confined to his room he exhibited wonderful patience and fortitude and appeared to be quite resigned to the inevitable.

The late Mr. Harrigan was 73 years of age and the eldest son of the late Mr. J. E. Harrigan, an early settler on the South Coast who died only about two years ago. Born at Fairy meadow, near Wollongong, he received his education on the South Coast and when in his early manhood went to the New England district with Messrs. Tom, Harry and Alf Sawtell, a sister of whom be married.

About 35 years ago Mr. Harrigan, in company with the Messrs. Sawtell, decided to come to Dorrigo with a view to settling here if the land was as good as it was reported to be. The party of men were well pleased with their visit and what was offering here, and they lost no time in applying to the Lands Office for blocks.

The areas they selected were side by side, and practically midway between Dorrigo and North Dorrigo with the Old Coast Road, the only connecting link, separating them. With his companions, Mr. Harrigan faced the heavy task of winning a home from the scrub. The pioneering work was fraught with many difficulties and hardships, but pluck and endurance surmounted these and Mr. Harrigan and his co selectors were rewarded for their labors.

Mr. Harrigan was one of the first men in the district to engage in dairying, and before a factory was established here sent cream to the Bellinger, where it was received and churned into butter. The industry was by no means a payable one for those of our early settlers who devoted their attention to it, but the meagre proceeds brought some grist to the mill and at least enabled them to 'hang on' in the knowledge that later days would ensure better results and possibly due reward for their arduous labor and the privations they had suffered.

It was a happy day for Mr. Harrigan and the other early selectors who had remained in the district when the Dorrigo butter factory was established. It was the beginning of a new era, especially for Mr. Harrigan and others who were then well established on the land. At the outset, when churns were set revolving these men, comparatively, were the big suppliers, and their returns conveyed a good idea of the possibilities that lay ahead of the district as far as the dairying industry was concerned.

Mr. Harrigan continued to follow the calling of a dairyman for some years after the inception of the Dairy Company, and proved to be a successful farmer. He showed faith to Dorrigo by his investments here, and when he retired from active work on this farm he came into town to reside.

The land he took up was still owned by him at his death, and is one of the few original holdings in the district that has not changed ownership. It was owing to the indifferent health of Mrs. Harrigan that Mr. Harrigan decided some few years ago to move to Coff's Harbor. However, he always had a warm spot in his heart for the Dorrigo, and was not an infrequent visitor to our town.

While the late Mr. Harrigan did not take an active part in public matters, it was found that he was always ready to assist any movement that aimed at community advancement. One of the few bodies he was a member of, however, was the original Board of Directors of the Dairy Company. Although he had not sought the position, he was Chairman of Directors for a term in the early history of the Company, showing that his co-directors, considered him to be a man of integrity and one upon whom they could rely.

Some time after his retirement from farming the late Mr. Harrigan became interested in the timber industry and was associated with his son Bert in the proprietorship of a sawmill at Deervale. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that the timber for the 'Gazette' building came from that mill.

This venture was not successful, owing to the indifferent road be tween Deervale and Dorrigo which made the cartage costs excessive, so the mill was dismantled, brought to Dorrigo and re-erected near the Beilsdown, a hundred yards or so from the present crossing on the Dorrigo- North Dorrigo road. Mr. Harrigan and his son subsequently disposed of their interests to Messrs. Walters and Middleton.

The late Mr. Harrigan was a member of a family of ten, and by his death the first link has been severed in that chain. There are five brothers and four sisters living. All are married and residing in different parts of the State. Two brothers (Messrs. Charles, of Tenterfield, and Arthur, of Sydney) and two sisters (Mesdames Robb, of Byron Bay, and Irish, of Merryweather).

In addition to deceased's sons and other relatives and many friends were at the funeral which took place at Coff's Harbor on Sunday afternoon. Six old friends from the Dorrigo district acted as pall-bearers, The service at the Methodist Church and at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Jenkins in the absence of the resident minister, Rev. Booth.

At the graveside Mr. V. R. Barton spoke a few words by way of tribute to the character of deceased on behalf of friends at Dorrigo. The late Mr. Harrigan is survived by Mrs. Harrigan and a family of two sons (Messrs. Bert and Melville — who lost a leg at the Great War) and three daughters (Mesdames G. Stephenson, Coff's Harbor; H. Maguire, Coff's Harbor; and M. J. Sheather, Dorrigo).

The Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 - 1954) Friday 12 May 1933 p 2 Article

Burial of a fatherFrederick William Harrigan
May 1933 (aged 43 years)
Death of a motherEmily Jane Sawtell
May 25, 1940 (aged 50 years)
Death of a sisterEmily Winifred Harrigan
June 29, 1946 (aged 56 years)


The death occurred at her home in North street, Coff's Harbour, yesterday after a long illness. Mrs Emily Winifred McGuire, wife of Mr. H. L. McGuire. She was 51 years of age.

Mrs. McGuire was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Harrigan, who were early pioneers of the Dorrigo district. She was born at Llangothlin, New England, but went to Dorrigo at an early age.

Thirty years ago she married Mr. McGuire at Bellingen. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire lived in Coff's Harbour for 22 years. During the latter stages of her long illness, Mrs. McGuire had spent a protracted period in the Beilingen Hospital. A few days before her death she returned to her home in Coff's Harbour.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and two daughters. The son is Mr. Allan McGuire (Richmond River), and the daughters, Mrs. A. Mulligan (Bundarra) and Miss Ivy McGuire (Coff's Harbour).

The funeral took place to-day from the Methodist Church to the Coff's Harbour cemetery, Rev. J. W. Spencer conducting the service.

Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 - 1954) Monday 2 September 1946 p 2 Article

Burial of a sisterEmily Winifred Harrigan
August 1946 (aged 56 years)
Note: Grave Place: Row D Plot 20
Death of a sisterOlive Marianne Harrigan
April 19, 1949 (aged 59 years)
Burial of a sisterOlive Marianne Harrigan
April 20, 1949 (aged 59 years)
Death about 1970 (aged 80 years)

Footnote: 18067/1970

Family with parents
Birth: January 30, 1860 20 24Spring Farm, near Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 6, 1933Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: 1857Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 25, 1940Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage Marriage1884Berrima, New South Wales, Australia
12 years
younger sister
Birth: 1895 34 38Bingara, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 29, 1946Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
-9 years
elder brother
Birth: June 12, 1886 26 29Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 28, 1973Berala, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
Birth: 1890 29 33Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1970Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
-11 months
elder sister
Birth: 1888 27 31Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1888Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger brother
Birth: July 25, 1891 31 34Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 29, 1971Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
-6 years
elder sister
Birth: 1885 24 28Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1885Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
14 years
younger sister
Birth: 1898 37 41Bingara, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1949Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia
Family with George Stephenson
Birth: 1890 29 33Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1970Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: 1915 25
Death: December 1999Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
BirthFootnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 7652/1890
DeathFootnote: 18067/1970