William Harrigan, 18571948 (aged 90 years)

Birth December 22, 1857 54 37
Christening February 14, 1858 54 38 (aged 1 month)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Wade
December 17, 1859 (aged 1 year)
Note: Citation of original death certificate
Burial of a paternal grandmotherMary Wade
December 20, 1859 (aged 1 year)
Note: Citation of original death certificate
Birth of a sisterLouisa Emily Harrigan
March 22, 1860 (aged 2 years)
Christening of a sisterLouisa Emily Harrigan
May 6, 1860 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a sisterAlice Clara Harrigan
August 5, 1862 (aged 4 years)
Christening of a sisterAlice Clara Harrigan
September 28, 1862 (aged 4 years)
Death of a half-sisterMary Anne Harrigan
August 7, 1870 (aged 12 years)
Burial of a half-sisterMary Anne Harrigan
August 1870 (aged 12 years)
MarriageElizabeth WilliamsonView this family
October 6, 1881 (aged 23 years)
Birth of a sonCharles Edward Harrigan
July 24, 1882 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a sonWilliam James Harrigan
December 29, 1883 (aged 26 years)
Birth of a sonHerbert Ernest Harrigan
1885 (aged 27 years)
Death of a sisterLouisa Emily Harrigan
January 13, 1889 (aged 31 years)
Burial of a sisterLouisa Emily Harrigan
January 15, 1889 (aged 31 years)
Death of a fatherEdward Harrigan
July 9, 1891 (aged 33 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 fatherEdward Harrigan
July 11, 1891 (aged 33 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 sonWilliam Leslie Harrigan
October 29, 1892 (aged 34 years)
Death of a sisterSarah Jane Harrigan
October 28, 1893 (aged 35 years)
Cause: Pneumonia
Note: Last seen by Dr T.W. Lee on the day she died. Death informant was her brother William Harrigan. Sour…

Last seen by Dr T.W. Lee on the day she died. Death informant was her brother William Harrigan. Source: copy of death certificate supplied by the National Centre of Biography.

Burial of a sisterSarah Jane Harrigan
October 30, 1893 (aged 35 years)
Note: DEATH NOTICE

DEATH NOTICE

THE LATE MRS. CHARLES THORNE.

Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW : 1856 - 1950) Tuesday 7 November 1893 p 2 Article

On Saturday, the 28th ultimo, Mrs. Charles Thorne died at her residence, Tarrawanna. She had given birth to a child a few days previously, and unfortunately, instead of recovering, she became prostrated and passed away, despite the efforts of her friends and relatives to save her life.

Neither did the medical skill of Dr. Lee avail, although called to her aid. The infant, however still survives and in addition there are three or four other young children. The deceased, who was much respected by all who knew her was a native of Fairy Meadow, and was in her thirty-third year.

She was a daughter of Mr Edward Harrigan of the same place, and who a few years ago was the oldest Australian native, as then stated in this journal.

The funeral took place on the Monday following, the remains being laid in the Wollongong Church of England cemetery beside those of the deceased father.

Marriage of a childCharles Edward HarriganAnna TuckerView this family
March 20, 1907 (aged 49 years)
Marriage of a childHerbert Ernest HarriganRebecca CaldwellView this family
November 25, 1914 (aged 56 years)

Death of a half-sisterElizabeth Harrigan
December 20, 1915 (aged 57 years)
Cause: Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema of the Lungs
Note: Last seen by Dr Richard B. Trindall on the 17th of December 1915. Death informant was her daughter M…

Last seen by Dr Richard B. Trindall on the 17th of December 1915. Death informant was her daughter M. Spinks. Source: copy of death certificate supplied by the National Centre of Biography.

Burial of a half-sisterElizabeth Harrigan
December 22, 1915 (aged 58 years)
Note: Burial witnesses were M. Spinks and R. Gibson. Source: copy of death certificate supplied by the Nat…

Burial witnesses were M. Spinks and R. Gibson. Source: copy of death certificate supplied by the National Centre of Biography.

SPINKS - The Friends of the late Mrs ELIZABETH SPINKS are invited to attend her Funeral, to leave the residence of her son, James Spinks, 84 Newman street, Newtown, THIS MORNING, at 9.15, for Newtown station thence to Rookwood. T J ANDREWS, Undertaker

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wednesday 22 December 1915 p 9 Family Notices

Death of a motherJane Wood
January 17, 1916 (aged 58 years)
Note: MRS. JANE HARRIGAN.

MRS. JANE HARRIGAN.

On Monday evening a very old resident of this district passed away at the residence of her son. Mr. W. Harrigan, Tarrawanna, in the person of Mrs. Jane Harrigan, relict of the late Edward Harrigan, of Tarrawanna, aged 96 years.

The deceased lady, who was a direct descendent of one of the old Irish families, was born in St Patrick street, Cork, in 1820, and came to this country in 1849 in the ship Duke of Bronte with her mother and sister, Captain Bartlett being in command.

Shortly after their arrival they opened a school at Market Square, Wollongong, and there are still a number of residents on the South Coast who received their early tuition there.

On August 17, 1854, she married Edward Harrigan, of Fairy Meadow, in the old Church of England opposite the Wollongong Bowling Green, Rev. Mr. Mears officiating.

Four children were born to them, and a son and daughter still survive. The deceased lady was highly educated, and was noted for her gentle disposition and wonderful memory.

During late years she was more or less an invalid, but retained her faculties to the last and never had to use spectacles. She was a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Brooker whose death at Gosford was reported in our issue last week.

Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW : 1856 - 1950) Friday 21 January 1916 p 2 Article

Death of a half-brotherJames Edward Harrigan
May 12, 1929 (aged 71 years)
Burial of a half-brotherJames Edward Harrigan
May 1929 (aged 71 years)
Death of a wifeElizabeth Williamson
January 6, 1930 (aged 72 years)
Note: DEATH OF MRS. HARRIGAN

DEATH OF MRS. HARRIGAN

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 September 4, 1948 (aged 90 years)
Burial September 6, 1948 (2 days after death)
Note: OBITUARY. WILLIAM HARRIGAN.

OBITUARY. WILLIAM HARRIGAN.

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.

Family with parents
father
18031891
Birth: August 20, 1803 32 27banks of the Tank Stream, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 9, 1891Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18201916
Birth: 1820St Patrick St, Cork, Ireland
Death: January 17, 1916Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageAugust 17, 1854St Michaels Church of England, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
8 years
younger sister
Alice Clara Harrigan Christening 1862
18621956
Birth: August 5, 1862 58 42Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 17, 1956Corrimal, New South Wales, Australia
-2 years
younger sister
Louisa Emily Harrigan Christening 1860
18601889
Birth: March 22, 1860 56 40Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 13, 1889Crystal Street, Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
-4 years
elder sister
18551893
Birth: 1855 51 35Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 28, 1893Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
himself
William Harrigan and Elizabeth Williamson Marriage.jpg
18571948
Birth: December 22, 1857 54 37Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 4, 1948Spring Farm, Paynes Lane, Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Father’s family with Mary Ann Webber
father
18031891
Birth: August 20, 1803 32 27banks of the Tank Stream, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 9, 1891Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
step-mother
17971854
Birth: about 1797
Death: February 7, 1854Dapto, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage Marriage1833St Michael's Church, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
half-sister
18371915
Birth: June 11, 1837 33 40Dapto, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 20, 1915Home of Peace, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
half-brother
18391929
Birth: May 28, 1839 35 42Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 12, 1929Merewether, New South Wales, Australia
-3 years
half-sister
18351870
Birth: December 15, 1835 32 38Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 7, 1870Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Elizabeth Williamson
himself
William Harrigan and Elizabeth Williamson Marriage.jpg
18571948
Birth: December 22, 1857 54 37Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 4, 1948Spring Farm, Paynes Lane, Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18581930
Birth: 1858Dapto, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 6, 1930Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageOctober 6, 1881St Michael's Church, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
10 months
son
18821975
Birth: July 24, 1882 24 24Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 26, 1975Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
18851967
Birth: 1885 27 27Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1967Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
-11 months
son
18831974
Birth: December 29, 1883 26 25Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 31, 1974Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia
9 years
son
18921961
Birth: October 29, 1892 34 34Tarrawanna, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 20, 1961Corrimal, New South Wales, Australia
Burial

OBITUARY. WILLIAM HARRIGAN.

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.

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Note: Marriage record for William Harrigan and Elizabeth Williamson
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Note: William Harrigan Christening 1858