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Colour Sergeant James O’Gready / O'Grady

(1832 - 1879 )


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Some information was kindly supplied by Robert and Lorraine CURLEY, E-mail
Many thanks go to Rose Murtagh descendant of Private James Murtagh for helping fill in some blanks with the children’s names.


Area Settled :
Paddington, Sydney
Children :
1 . Mary Eliza b.4th Jan.1858 Hobarton m. 1882 to Hayter C. Stevenson in Balmain.
2 . Catherine b.22nd April, 1869 Paddington d.1905 m.(1st) 10th February, 1882 to Robert Napier (2nd) 23rd March, 1891. to James Jackson.
3 . Edward John b. 27th Dec, 1860 Paddington d. 6th July, 1862 buried Sandyhills, Sydney (Victoria Barracks)
4 . Margaret E. b. 1863 Paddington NSW d. 18th February, 1931 m. 1899 to James H. Johnson
5 . Maud Ann b. 9th January, 1865 Paddington d. 1925 m. 1884 to Augustus Smith
6 . Fannie M. b. 1866 Paddington
7 . Edward J. d. 1868 Paddington
8 . James Francis b. 1869 Paddington d. 6th June 1946 m.1895 to Elizabeth Meikle
9 . Amy Louisa d. 18th July, 1871 Sydney d. 1943 m. to James Powney
10 . Charles E. b. 1873 Woolahra
11 . John W. b.1876 Woolahra

History & Achievements :

James O’Gready was born in Limerick, Ireland in January,1832 the son of Michael O’Gready (farmer) and Eliza Fitzgerald. He was in barracks in Belfast before leaving for Cork and then sailing to Melbourne aboard the “Camperdown”  The ship left Cork on the 31st August, 1854 and James was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant on or around 1st September, 1854 during the trip to the Australian Colonies with the total travel time being 91 days. The spelling of his name being O’Grady at that time. From the 18th October, 1854 till the 19th December, 1855 James served in Melbourne and was in the Police Detective Department from April, 1855 till he sailed for Tasmania on the 19th December, 1855. He was onboard ship from the 19th December till the 31st December 1955. During his time in Hobart Town, Tasmania he meet and married the second child of Private James Murtagh (12th Foot) and Hannnah Callaghan on the 14th March, 1857 in a Catholic Ceremony at the Church of St. Joseph by the Reverend Charles Woods, C. Chaplain in the presence of W. McDaniel and Anne McLaughlan. Their 1st child Mary Eliza was born in Hobart in January 1858. James and his family left for Victoria Barracks, Sydney some time between January 1858 and April 1859. James became a Colour Sergeant during the Payroll and Muster records of April-June, 1861.From July, 1861 till June, 1862 he was stationed at Lambing Flats and his wife lived in housing in Paddington along with 3 of their children one of whom, Edward John passed away and it is stated on his death certificate that he was buried in Victoria Barracks. At this time James’s wages were stated as being 2s 6d per day, duty 3 1/2d per day and 2d per day housing allowance. James was discharged on the 2nd August, 1862 and on the birth certificate of his 4th child Margaret Ellen it was stated he was a Publican and that Margaret was born in Southhead Road, Paddington. When Catherine his 2nd child was married in 1891 James’s profession was stated as being a Foreman of an Omnibus Company. He passed away on the 24th November, 1879 when residing in Wallace Street, Woollahra with 9 of his 11 children still living. Mary married for the 2nd time to William Densmore and finally passed away on the 3rd November, 1905 late of Woolloomooloo and having 9 of her 11 children still living at the time of her death
Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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