Bartholomew "Bartley" KILKELLY c.1844-1904
&
Sarah Catherine O'BRIEN 1858-1942

Galway, Ireland ; Dartmoor, Digby, Hamilton and Ararat, Victoria, Australia

Bartholomew "Bartley" KILKELLY c.1844-1904, born Co Galway, Ireland, son of Bryan KILKELLY and Margaret FAHEY was married in 1884 to Sarah Catherine O'BRIEN 1858-1942, b. Dartmoor, S-W Victoria to of William O'BRIEN and Margaret O'CONNELL.

1866 : Bartholomew KILKELLY, labourer, aged 20y, from Co Galway, Ireland arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on the emigrant ship "Prince of Wales" on 17th October 1866, after leaving Plymouth, England on the 21st July 1866. This appears to be the arrival of Bartley KILKELLY who applied for land near Digby, S-W Victoria in 1874 and married Sarah Catherine O'BRIEN of "Glenlivet" Station, Merino in 1884.

1893 : Bartley KILKELLY a farmer between Digby and Grassdale, S-W Victoria

"The Hamilton Spectator" (Vic.) Tuesday, 10th October 1893.
LOST IN THE BUSH.--A sensation was created in Digby on Tuesday evening of last week, when it became known that a boy eight years of age, son of Mr. Kilkelly, a farmer living between that town and Grassdale, was lost in the bush. It appears that the lad, with his brother and another boy, had gone out rabbiting early on Tuesday morning, and proposed returning horne for dinner. Kilkelly refused to accompany his comrades, saying, they were not returning the proper way. They went off, thinking he would follow, but be did not, nor did he turn up during the night. Search parties were immediately organised, and the tracks of the wanderer followed as far as possible in the dense forest. After beating about in all directions for some hours, the little fellow was discovered by Mr. M'Clintock, and all hurried up to congratulate the almost distracted father. The wanderer stated that after losing his companions, he walked about in a number of directions, but conld not strike the right path for home, and when night came on he crept into a hollow log, where he remained until daylight. Then he again recommenced his weary tramp, until so fortunately rescued. The residents of the neighbourhood turned out in a most willing manner to aid in the search, and all were pleased to find that the boy had sustained no injury beyond a pretty bad fright, which should serve to keep him from wandering in the future.

1904 : Bartley KILKELLY died at Digby, S-W Victoria in 1904 and and buried in the Digby cemetery.

1942 : Sarah Catherine KILKELLY (nee O'BRIEN) and children moved from Digby to Hamilton, S-W Victoria after the death of her husband. Later Sarah and some of her children moved to Ararat, Victoria, where she died in 1942.

Bartley KILKELLY & Sarah Catherine O'BRIEN had the following children...

  1. John Brian KILKELLY 1884-1925, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, d. Caulfield Military Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria. Served in WW1, wounded at Fromelles, RTA, m. 1925 to Mary Ellen SMITH (formerly DAY), nee SHEEHAN 1878-1929, b. Hamilton, S-W Victoria, to John SHEEHAN and Frances Annie "Fanny" BOURKE. John and Mary buried in the Springvale Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.
    • 1915, Jul 15 : labourer, single, aged 30y 6m, residing at Hamilton, S-W Victoria.
    • 1915, Jul 15 : Pte 2698, 22nd Battalion, AIF, enlisted
    • 1915, Oct 27 : Pte 2698, 22nd Battalion, AIF, embarked "Ulysses" from Melbourne, Victoria
    • 1916, Feb 23 : Pte 2698, 57th Battalion, AIF, taken on strengh in Egypt
    • 1916, Mar 15 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, transferred and taken on strengh in Egypt
    • 1916, Jun 23 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, embarked at Marseilles, France from Egypt
    • 1916, Jul 19 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, wounded in action at Fromelles, France
    • 1916, Aug 13 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, wounded, admitted to hospital in England
    • 1916, Sep 01 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, returned to France from wounded
    • 1919, Jan 08 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, embarked England "Orsova" for RTA
    • 1919, Feb 27 : Pte 2698, 58th Battalion, AIF, disembarked Melbourne from "Orsova"
    • 1925, May 28 : died at Caulfield Military Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
    • Digby Avenue of Honour Tree No 44

  2. Bartholomew William KILKELLY 1886-1928, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, single, d. Ararat, Victoria.

  3. Margaret Mary KILKELLY 1887-1942, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, single, d. Ararat, Victoria.

  4. Julia Bridget KILKELLY 1888-1943, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, single, d. Ararat, Victoria

  5. James Patrick KILKELLY 1893-1917, b. 1893, Digby, S-W Victoria, d. 29 May 1917, Ploegsteert Wood (near Messines), Belgium. Served and died in WW1...
    • 1916, Apr 10 : labourer, single, aged 24y, residing at Hamilton, S-W Victoria.
    • 1916, Apr 10 : Pte 925, 39th Battalion, AIF, enlisted.
    • 1916, May 27 : Pte 925, 39th Battalion, AIF, embarked on "Ascanius" from Melbourne.
    • 1916, Jul 18 : Pte 925, 39th Battalion, AIF, disembarked "Ascanius" Devonport, England.
    • 1916, Nov 25 : Pte 925, 39th Battalion, AIF, overseas to France.
    • 1917, May 29 : Pte 925, 39th Battalion, AIF, killed in action, Ploegsteert Wood (near Messines), Belgium.
    • Digby Avenue of Honour Tree No 1

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