Yesterday I was reflecting on my Aussie heritage and why I am such a proud Queenslander.
I had a little play with my immigrant stats and this is what I came up with, an analysis of my first immigrants to Australia, all bar one of them to Queensland.
8 Pre-Separation Queensland ancestors (pre-1859):
George Mathias Kunkel (Dorfprozelten, Bavaria)
Mary O’Brien (Broadford, Co Clare, Ireland)
Denis Gavin and his wife Ellen nee Murphy (from Kildare and Wicklow respectively)
William Partridge (from Gloucestershire, but born London)
Richard Kent, his wife Mary nee Camp and their daughter Hannah (from Sandon, Herts)
7 Post-Separation Queensland ancestors: (1860-1901)
Stephen Gillespie Melvin (Leith, Scotland)
James Sherry and his wife Bridget nee Furlong (from ?, Ireland and Tullamore, Offaly). Name changed to McShArry in Australia
Their son Peter Sherry (b Tullamore, Offaly) and his wife Mary nee Callaghan (Courtown, Wexford) Name changed to McShErry in Australia.
and Peter and Mary’s son James Joseph Sherry (born Gorey, Wexford)
Margaret Gillespie, later Melvin/Ward/Wheaton (North Shields, Northumberland)
2 Post Federation (after 1901): Annie Sim McCorkindale and her daughter, Catherine (Kit)
8 Irish ancestors arrived from Clare, Wicklow, Wexford, Offaly, Kildare
7 of my direct ancestors were born in Queensland including 3 pre-Separation
6 groups of families immigrated: McCorkindale, Melvin, Gavin, McSherry, McSharry, Kent.
5 English ancestors emigrated from Northumberland, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire.
4 were solo emigrants: George Kunkel, Mary O’Brien, William Partridge and Margaret Gillespie Ward.
I’m a 4th generation Queenslander – makes me a fair dinkum Maroon.
3 Scottish ancestors emigrated from Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Stirlingshire.
2 name changes: Sherry to McSherry; and Sherry to McSharry – same family.
1 German ancestor from Bavaria.
1 settled in NSW before coming to Qld: Margaret Gillespie Ward.
No wonder my roots run deep in the country.