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Patrick Durnan **
(ca. 1802-1875)
Anne Magrath **
(ca. 1811-1883)
Timothy Florance Guiney **
Mary McAuliffe **
(ca. 1812-)
Patrick Durnan **
Catherine Guiney **

Patrick Thaddeus Durnan


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1. Elizabeth Ellen Pearson

Patrick Thaddeus Durnan

  • Born: 7 Oct 1873, Whorouly, , Victoria, Australia
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Ellen Pearson in 1901 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia
  • Died: 12 Feb 1956, Leeton, New South Wales, Australia at age 82
  • Buried: 1956, Narrandera Cemetery, Old R/C Section A, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia

bullet  General Notes:

From Bygoo and Beyond, by Rob Webster:
(p118) Patrick Durnan was born in October 1873 on the Ovens River in Victoria. He came with his people to Howlong in 1874 and then to Grong Grong in 1882. Later, Durnan Senior selected land on Midgeon Sation. In 1888 he selected land at Mt Crystal on Bolaro [sic] Station, which was then known as Murphy's Plain. His four sons Patrick Jnr., James, Florance and John were all teamsters and later took up land about Mt. Crystal. Young Paddy Durnan became a bullocky, driving as many as 26 bullocks and carting up to 16 tons of wheat to Grong Grong and Narrandera. It took three days a trip and he carried about five or six tons. Later he took up land and now [1956] has the site of the old Willows Hotel, which was the Bolero Inn."

From the Narrandera Argus Monday 20 February 1956

As briefly reported in the "Argus" last Monday, the death occurred in Leeton District Hospital on 12th February after a short illness, of Mr. Patrick Thaddeus Durnan of Mt. Chrystal He was born in Whorouly, Victoria and went to Grong Grong as a boy with his parents who had acquired a farm there. It was there he lived during his school days. His parents later acquired the Mt. Chrystal property, after disposing of their Grong Grong farm to the late John Kennedy.

As a young man he was engaged in carrying activities and travelled with many of the old time carriers, such as the late Ben Jones, of Grong Grong, and practically all the old teamsters of that age.

About the beginning of the century he married Elizabeth Ellen Pearson, a member of one of the oldest families resident in the Mt. Chrystal district. He acquired a farm in the district, where he carried on farming until about five years ago, when he retired and came to live in Narrandera. Nothing delighted him more than to spin a good yarn and reminisce on the early days of Narrandera. He was affectionately known to both young and old as Uncle Pat. Although he did not take part in public life he was always ready to help those in need. He was a keen Australian Rules football follower.

His three brothers were well known in the Narrandera district - Florence, James and John, who predeceased him, he has two sisters living, Mary (Mrs E Sullivan, Narrandera) and Annie (Mrs. Barrat of SYDNEY).

Deceased is survived by a family of five sons, and one daughter. The sons are John Durnan (Paynters Siding), Eddie (Narrandera), Ton (Leeton), Owen (Ganmain), andTim (Narrandera). Thedaughter is Ellen (Mrs. V Chilvers, of Yenda). He was predeceased by his wife and one son (William), who died whilst a prisoner of war in Malaya during World War Two. Mr. Durnan is also survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral took place in Narrandera the cortege moving from St Mel's Church to the Catholic portion of the Narrandera cemetery. The bearers were his sons Messrs Eddie, Tom, Owen and Tim Durnan, a son-in-law Mr. Dick Chilvers, and a nephew, Mr Pat Durnan. The floral tray was carried by Messrs Kevin and Les Durnan, grandsons. Mr. Les Watkins had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Source:Grong Grong Cemetery and Family Recollections by Ivy Gehrig and Margaret Glenn


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

He resided at the time of son William's enlistement in 1941 in Mt Crystal nr, Landervale, , New South Wales, Australia.


Patrick married Elizabeth Ellen Pearson, daughter of John Pearson and Martha Ann Ward, in 1901 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia. (Elizabeth Ellen Pearson was born in 1883 in Yalgogrin, , New South Wales, Australia, died on 28 Jul 1915 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia and was buried in Narrandera Cemetery, Old R/C Section A, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia.)

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