Joseph O'BRIEN 1869-1938 b. Branxholme, S-W Vic.
Isabella HART 1871-1922 b. Carapook, S-W Vic.

Carapook, Merino & Paschendale, Victoria, Australia

Joseph O'BRIEN, b. 1869, Branxholme, S-W Victoria son of Joseph Richard O'BRIEN and Christine McPHERSON was married in 1892 at Carapook, Victoria to Isabella "Bella" HART, b. 1871 Carapook, S-W Victoria, daughter of James HART and Mary EGAN.

Joseph O'BRIEN enlisted in the 1st AIF on 26 Mar 1915, leaving behind a wife and ten children. He served as Pte 927, 24th Battalion, AIF and embarked for overseas service on 10 May 1915. Joseph was wounded in action in France on 27 Aug 1916 and returned to Australia 25 Aug 1916.

"West Wimmera Mail", November 16, 1917
A warm welcome home was given at Merino to Private Joseph O'BRIEN, who enlisted two and a half years ago, leaving an aged mother, wife and ten children. During the evening an appeal was made for just one recruit to take the returned man's place, and although some 200 were present, with many eligible, no one responded.

Joseph O'BRIEN obtained a Soldier Settlement block on the Struan Estate, later renamed as Paschendale Estate north of Merino after WW1. He is also listed on the Merino War Memorial.

Isabella "Bella" O'BRIEN, nee HART died and was buried at Merino, S-W Victoria in 1922.

Joseph O'BRIEN died at Hamilton and was buried at Merino, S-W Victoria in 1938.

Joseph O'BRIEN & Isabella HART had the following family:

  1. Florence Isabella O'BRIEN b. 1893, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1968, m. John Leslie HODGSON 1889-1976

  2. James Dugald O'BRIEN b. 1895, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1936, m. May BROADWOOD, 1911-?

  3. Christina O'BRIEN b. 1896, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1966, m. Edgar William HOPE 1894-1964

  4. William Joseph O'BRIEN b. 1897, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1941, m. Edith Grace BURGESS 1904-1994

  5. John Stanley O'BRIEN b. 1899, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1977, m. Mary Ethel "Mollie" WATERS 1904-

  6. Gordon O'BRIEN b. 1901, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1923, m. Isabella Mary "Della" HADDEN 1905-?

  7. Charles Rellan O'BRIEN b. 1903, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1928, Nhill, Vic

  8. Joseph Murray O'BRIEN b. 1908, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1960, m. ........

  9. Lindsay O'BRIEN b. 1909, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1972, m. Beryl Maud ROGERS 1912-2001

  10. Margaret O'BRIEN b. 1911, Merino, S-W Vic, d. 1991, m. Hector George WALKER 1903-1960