Mary Elvin Harrigan, 18611946 (aged 85 years)

Name
Mary Elvin /Harrigan/
Given names
Mary Elvin
Surname
Harrigan
Birth July 2, 1861 22 25
Christening August 1861 22 25 (aged 0)
Birth of a brotherEdward Arnold Harrigan
July 11, 1863 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a brotherCharles Herbert Harrigan
May 3, 1865 (aged 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJames Henry Harrigan
1867 (aged 5 years)
Birth of a brotherGeorge Ernest Harrigan
July 29, 1869 (aged 8 years)
Christening of a brotherGeorge Ernest Harrigan
September 5, 1869 (aged 8 years)
Birth of a brotherArthur Oliver Harrigan
1871 (aged 9 years)
Christening of a brotherArthur Oliver Harrigan
October 15, 1871 (aged 10 years)
Birth of a sisterHarriet Louisa Harrigan
November 12, 1874 (aged 13 years)
Source: New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 7963/1875
Christening of a sisterHarriet Louisa Harrigan
January 17, 1875 (aged 13 years)
Source: Baptism, Burial, Confirmation, Marriage and composite registers in the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney Archives
Birth of a sisterLily Amelia Harrigan
July 26, 1876 (aged 15 years)
Christening of a sisterLily Amelia Harrigan
August 20, 1876 (aged 15 years)
Birth of a sisterAnnie Elsie Harrigan
1879 (aged 17 years)
MarriageGeorge William RobbView this family
November 19, 1884 (aged 23 years)
Note: At the time of their marriage, George was living at Robertson and Mary at Kangaloon. George was work…

At the time of their marriage, George was living at Robertson and Mary at Kangaloon. George was working as a blacksmith.

Birth of a daughterElsie Annie Robb
December 17, 1885 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a sonJohn Edward Robb
1887 (aged 25 years)
Death of a motherAmelia Ann Thornton
August 28, 1887 (aged 26 years)
Burial of a motherAmelia Ann Thornton
August 1887 (aged 26 years)
Birth of a sonGeorge William Robb
November 8, 1888 (aged 27 years)
Birth of a daughterLydia Elvin Robb
August 11, 1890 (aged 29 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherEdward Harrigan
July 9, 1891 (aged 30 years)
Cause: Edward died from senility and epithelioma of the lip. He was attended by Dr J. Jarvie Hood.
Note: The death information was his son William Harrigan who was living at Fairy Meadow. The death was reg…

The death information was his son William Harrigan who was living at Fairy Meadow. The death was registered at Wollongong on 10 July 1891. Source: death certificate supplied by the National Centre of Biography, ANU.

Burial of a paternal grandfatherEdward Harrigan
July 11, 1891 (aged 30 years)
Cemetery: Church of England Cemetery, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Note: Funeral Notice in Illawara Mercury, Saturday 11 July 1891

Funeral Notice in Illawara Mercury, Saturday 11 July 1891 THE Friends of Mr. E. HARRIGAN, of Balgownio Lane are respectfully invited to attend his FUNERAL to move from his late residence, THIS DAY (SATURDAY), at .2 o'clock, for the new C. E. Cemetery, Wollongong.

Note: Burial witnesses were Joseph Makin and A. Latter. Source: death certificate supplied by the National…

Burial witnesses were Joseph Makin and A. Latter. Source: death certificate supplied by the National Centre of Biography, ANU.

Birth of a sonArthur Oliver Robb
February 8, 1892 (aged 30 years)
Birth of a daughterLily Louisa Robb
1894 (aged 32 years)
Birth of a sonAlexander Henry Robb
July 1, 1896 (aged 34 years)
Birth of a sonWilliam Charles Robb
1898 (aged 36 years)
Birth of a sonCecil Ernest Robb
August 19, 1900 (aged 39 years)
Birth of a daughterEileen Mary Robb
November 19, 1900 (aged 39 years)
Death of a sonAlexander Henry Robb
January 10, 1901 (aged 39 years)
Death of a daughterLily Louisa Robb
1902 (aged 40 years)
Death of a daughterEileen Mary Robb
1902 (aged 40 years)
Residence 1903 (aged 41 years)
Residence between 1903 and 1946 (aged 84 years)
Birth of a daughterIvy Pearl Robb
November 25, 1903 (aged 42 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge Augustus OkeElsie Annie RobbView this family
1907 (aged 45 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge William RobbEdith Ann JonesView this family
September 6, 1911 (aged 50 years)
Marriage of a childArthur Oliver RobbMargaret ThorntonView this family
March 1917 (aged 55 years)
Death of a sonGeorge William Robb
December 7, 1927 (aged 66 years)
Burial of a sonGeorge William Robb
December 8, 1927 (aged 66 years)
Death of a fatherJames Edward Harrigan
May 12, 1929 (aged 67 years)
Burial of a fatherJames Edward Harrigan
May 1929 (aged 67 years)
Death of a brotherFrederick William Harrigan
March 6, 1933 (aged 71 years)
Note: MR FREDERICK WILLIAM HARRIGAN

MR FREDERICK WILLIAM HARRIGAN

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 brotherFrederick William Harrigan
May 1933 (aged 71 years)
Death of a husbandGeorge William Robb
August 14, 1933 (aged 72 years)
Burial of a husbandGeorge William Robb
August 15, 1933 (aged 72 years)
Marriage of a childCecil Ernest RobbElva Frances Isabel DennisView this family
1937 (aged 75 years)
Death November 2, 1946 (aged 85 years)
Burial November 3, 1946 (1 day after death)
Obituary
Newspaper Article
November 8, 1946 (6 days after death)
Note: MRS. MARY ROBB

MRS. MARY ROBB

The death occurred at the residence of her son, Cecil, Tyagarah, on November 2 of Mrs. Mary Elvin Robb, a resident of the district for the past 43 years, at the age of 86 years.

She was born at Kangaloon, her parents being the late Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harrigan. She married the late George Robb at Robertson, South Coast, in 1898, when they moved to the North Coast on the S.S. Tomki from Sydney. Arriving at Ballina, they proceeded to Possum Creek, where they engaged in farming pursuits.

Having disposed of their interests in that centre they moved to Newrybar, where Mr. Robb opened a butchering business. In 1903 they moved to Tyagarah, where Mr. Robb purchased a farm and engaged in dairying, which they relinquished in 1924, when they went into retirement.

Mr. Robb predeceased his wife in 1933. She is survived by four sons, three daughters, 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, also four brothers and three sisters. The sons are Messrs. John (Pomona, Q.), Arthur (Dorrigo), William (Brisbane), and Cecil Robb (Tyagarah).

Daughters are Mesdames Oke and Somerville (Mullumbimby), and Mrs. Meskill (Brisbane). The surviving brothers and sisters are Messrs. Charles (Casino), George (Wollongong), Arnold (Murwillumbah), Arthur (Terrigal) and Mesdames Shofield, Piper and Irish.

The funeral service, at which there was a large attendance, was conducted by Rev. M. O. Fox, of Bangalow, in the United Church, Tyagarah. He also officiated at the graveside in the Presbyterian portion of the Mullumbimby cemetery. The pall bearers at the church and grave were her four sons, her brother, Charles Harrigan, and son-in-law, T. Somerville.

Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954) Friday 8 November 1946 p 4 Article

Family with parents
father
18391929
Birth: May 28, 1839 35 42Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 12, 1929Merewether, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18361887
Birth: 1836London, England
Death: August 28, 1887Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageSeptember 25, 1859Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
17 years
younger sister
18761955
Birth: July 26, 1876 37 40Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 13, 1955Guildford, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
18791968
Birth: 1879 39 43Burrawang, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1968Boolaroo, New South Wales, Australia
-7 years
younger brother
18711949
Birth: 1871 31 35Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 12, 1949Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
-6 years
younger brother
18651951
Birth: May 3, 1865 25 29Berrima, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 27, 1951Casino, New South Wales, Australia
-21 months
younger brother
18631951
Birth: July 11, 1863 24 27Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 30, 1951
-3 years
elder brother
18601933
Birth: January 30, 1860 20 24Spring Farm, near Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 6, 1933Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
10 years
younger brother
18691959
Birth: July 29, 1869 30 33Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1959
5 years
younger sister
18741954
Birth: November 12, 1874 35 38Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 6, 1954Witta, Queensland, Australia
-7 years
younger brother
18671949
Birth: 1867 27 31Berrima, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 9, 1949Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
-6 years
herself
18611946
Birth: July 2, 1861 22 25Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 2, 1946Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia
Family with George William Robb
husband
18601933
Birth: April 22, 1860Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1933Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia
herself
18611946
Birth: July 2, 1861 22 25Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 2, 1946Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageNovember 19, 1884Burrawang, New South Wales, Australia
13 months
daughter
18851985
Birth: December 17, 1885 25 24Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 5, 1985Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18871978
Birth: 1887 26 25Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 1978Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
23 months
son
18881927
Birth: November 8, 1888 28 27Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 7, 1927Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
daughter
18901964
Birth: August 11, 1890 30 29Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 23, 1964Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
son
18921967
Birth: February 8, 1892 31 30Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 28, 1967Moleton, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18941902
Birth: 1894 33 32Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1902Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18961901
Birth: July 1, 1896 36 34Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 10, 1901Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18981963
Birth: 1898 37 36Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 24, 1963Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
3 years
son
19001979
Birth: August 19, 1900 40 39Wilsons Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 6, 1979Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia
3 months
daughter
19001902
Birth: November 19, 1900 40 39Wilsons Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1902Wilsons Creek, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
19031986
Birth: November 25, 1903 43 42Wilsons Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 7, 1986Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage

At the time of their marriage, George was living at Robertson and Mary at Kangaloon. George was working as a blacksmith.

Obituary

MRS. MARY ROBB

The death occurred at the residence of her son, Cecil, Tyagarah, on November 2 of Mrs. Mary Elvin Robb, a resident of the district for the past 43 years, at the age of 86 years.

She was born at Kangaloon, her parents being the late Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harrigan. She married the late George Robb at Robertson, South Coast, in 1898, when they moved to the North Coast on the S.S. Tomki from Sydney. Arriving at Ballina, they proceeded to Possum Creek, where they engaged in farming pursuits.

Having disposed of their interests in that centre they moved to Newrybar, where Mr. Robb opened a butchering business. In 1903 they moved to Tyagarah, where Mr. Robb purchased a farm and engaged in dairying, which they relinquished in 1924, when they went into retirement.

Mr. Robb predeceased his wife in 1933. She is survived by four sons, three daughters, 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, also four brothers and three sisters. The sons are Messrs. John (Pomona, Q.), Arthur (Dorrigo), William (Brisbane), and Cecil Robb (Tyagarah).

Daughters are Mesdames Oke and Somerville (Mullumbimby), and Mrs. Meskill (Brisbane). The surviving brothers and sisters are Messrs. Charles (Casino), George (Wollongong), Arnold (Murwillumbah), Arthur (Terrigal) and Mesdames Shofield, Piper and Irish.

The funeral service, at which there was a large attendance, was conducted by Rev. M. O. Fox, of Bangalow, in the United Church, Tyagarah. He also officiated at the graveside in the Presbyterian portion of the Mullumbimby cemetery. The pall bearers at the church and grave were her four sons, her brother, Charles Harrigan, and son-in-law, T. Somerville.

Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954) Friday 8 November 1946 p 4 Article