John O'BRIEN 1843-1891
&
Harriette HILL 1847-1935

Co Clare, Ireland ; Lancashire, England ; South Australia ;
Blacksmith of Merino, Victoria ; Grazier of Corowa, and Sydney, NSW.

John O'BRIEN 1843-1891, b. Co Clare, Ireland, to Cornelius O'BRIEN and Bridget NASH, was married in 1867 at Merino, Victoria to Harriette HILL 1847-1935, b. Lancashire, England, to George HILL and Maria HENNING.

1858 : Harriette HILL (aged 11y) arrived at Portland, S-W Victoria on the emigrant ship "Champion of the Seas" with her parents George HILL and Maria HENNING and younger sister Annie Maria HILL (aged 8y) who later married Thomas JELBART c.1848-1935, blacksmith of Merino, Victoria.

1859 : John O'BRIEN (aged 15y) arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on the emigrant ship "North" and moved to Victoria in about 1865.

1867 : John O'BRIEN, Blacksmith of Merino

"The Hamilton Spectator" (Vic.) Saturday, 11th May 1867.
WANTED, a first-class WHEELWRIGHT, either on wages, or to carry on business himself in connection with a blacksmith, where a splendid business is done.--Apply, by letter, to John O'Brien, Blacksmith, Merino.

1868-1890 : John and Harriette O'BRIEN had 11 children from 1868-1890 in Victoria and NSW.

1891 : John O'BRIEN, died at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and was buried in the Waverley cemetery, Sydney, NSW.

"The Freeman's Journal" (Sydney, NSW) Saturday, 26th September 1891.
DEATH OF A COROWA IDENTITY.--With very genuine regret we record the death of a most respected colonist, a man of ability, uprightness, and force of character. We refer to Mr. John O'Brien, of Victoria Park, Bull Plain, and secretary of the Corowa Farmers' Union. Mr. O'Brien died in Sydney, and the sad news, we are told, came as a shock to the family at home, for though the worthy man had breen in poor health for a considerable time previously, the end was not dreamt of. It will be remembered Mr. O'Brien contested unsuccessfully the late election for the Hume. In politics and in the farmers' movement the deceased was an enthusiast. The "Albury Banner," in a sympathetic obituary notice, says :-- "Whether agreeing with the views of the departed one or not we must all admit his open candour and honest earnestness of purpose, and must recognize that the district has lost a man who sought to advance its interests strictly in accordance with his convictions in every way.
"The Hamilton Spectator" (Vic.) Tuesday, 6th October 1891.
MERINO. Oct. 5.--We have just heard of the death of an old resident of this town, Mr. John O'Brien, who it seems expired last week in Sydney from Bright's disease, leaving a widow and thirteen children to mourn his loss. Mr. O'Brien had acquired a nice little property in New South Wales. He was comparatively a young man, being under fifty years of age.

1935 : Harriette O'BRIEN (nee HILL), widow of John O'BRIEN, died at Northwood (Sydney), New South Wales, Australia and was buried in the Waverley cemetery, Sydney, NSW.

John O'BRIEN and Harriette HILL had the following family....

  1. George John O'BRIEN 1868-1868, b. and d. Merino, S-W Victoria.
  2. Annie Nash "Nancy" O'BRIEN 1869-1957, b. Merino, S-W Victoria, d. Northwood, Sydney, NSW.
  3. Margaret O'BRIEN 1871-1967, b. Merino, S-W Victoria, d. St Leonards, Sydney, NSW.
  4. John Cornelius "Jack" O'BRIEN 1874-1945, b. Merino, S-W Victoria, d. Heidelberg, Victoria, served in WW1 as Dvr 14547, Engineers, AIF; m. 1923, Sydney, NSW to Monica Augusta COORE 1897-1966 [5 children].
  5. Harriette Ethne "Ettie" O'BRIEN c.1876-1945, b. Merino (?), S-W Victoria, d. Queensland, m. 1910, Bull Plain (Corowa), NSW to Frederick Charles Patrick CURLEWIS 1876-1945, b. Victoria, d, Queensland [2 children].
  6. George Martin O'BRIEN 1878-1945, b. Merino, S-W Victoria, d. Eaglehawk, Victoria.
  7. William Henry O'BRIEN 1881-1896, b. Merino, S-W Victoria, d. Bull Plain (Corowa), NSW.
  8. Florence Mary "Sister Regis" O'BRIEN 1883-1957, b. Albury, NSW, d. Burwood, Sydney, NSW.
  9. Caroline Henning O'BRIEN 1885-1976, b. Wahgunyah, Victoria, d. Melbourne, Victoria.
  10. Mary Clare "Sister Adrian" O'BRIEN 1888-1948, b. Bull Plain (Corowa), NSW, d. Wagga Wagga, NSW.
  11. James Adrian O'BRIEN 1890-1941, b. b. Bull Plain (Corowa), NSW, d. Walcha, NSW, served in WW1 as Lt. 4th & 23rd Battalion, AIF; m. 1918, Sydney, NSW to Joyce Lesley TURNER 1893-1979 [? children].

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