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Australia, Ireland and America

I designed this website to assist with details on the history of the DUNPHY family
in Australia and Ireland.  It would be appreciated if anyone with possible details on the 
DUNPHY family as described below would contribute so that a more comprehensive picture can 
be obtained, and hopefully link the DUNPHYs in Australia and Ireland to those who migrated 
to the United States of America.

My ancestors were John DUNPHY and Catherine WALLIS. They were married in County
Laois (formerly Queenʼs County), Ireland, in 1822. Their 12 children and their
approximate birth dates are Catherine (b.1825), William (b. 1826), John (b.
1828), Joseph (b. 1830), James (b. 1833), Margaret Mary (b. 1835), Fenton (b.
1836), Mary Ann (b. 1837), Patrick (b. 1840), Sarah (b. 1843), Anne (b. 1846),
and Edward (birth date unknown).  Edward died in Ireland before the family
migrated to Australia.

I am not aware if John had any brothers or sisters.  Certainly, other DUNPHYʼs
migrated to Australia and America but the relationship of those to John remains
unknown. Information on any possible links connecting the Coolkerry DUNPHYʼS
with others in Australia, America and elsewhere would be appreciated.

Shipping, death and other records indicate that the family lived in the
Coolkerry area close to the town of Rathdowney in County Laois before migration
to Australia. It is likely that they lived close to Conneyburrow Bridge on a
property at the end of a right of way that runs through farmland.
Conneyburrow Bridge, Coolkerry, County Laois, Ireland

Photo: Conneyburrow Bridge, Coolkerry, County Laois, Ireland.
John DUNPHYʼs (snr) parents are named as William and Pole (perhaps Polly) DUNPHY
from one source and on his death certificate they are named as William and
Catherine DUNPHY, and DUNPHY is also given as the mother's maiden name.
Catherineʼs (snr) parents were John Wallis and Catherine (nee Bennett). I would
appreciate any information on the family and their background prior to migration
to Australia.

Three members of John (snr) and Catherineʼs (snr) family migrated to Australia
in 1850 on the "Emily". These were Catherine (jnr), William and Margaret. They
disembarked in Sydney, New South Wales and lived at Parramatta, near Sydney.
Catherine married Michael FLYNN in 1853, William married Catherine LADRIGAN in
1853, and Margaret married William BRADY also in 1853. All three marriages were
in Parramatta. William DUNPHY was a school teacher during the time he lived in
Parramatta. Margaret and her husband moved to Buckland in Victoria, as did
William and his wife and surviving child around 1856.

It remains a mystery as to how Joseph came to Australia, but  shipping and other
records indicate that he was in Australia prior to the arrival of his parents
and the remainder of his siblings. The parents, John and Catherine, along with
the remaining 7 children arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the "Rodney" in 1854.

John (snr) and Catherine (snr) died in Parramatta in 1856 and 1859 respectively
and by that time most of their children were living in north-east Victoria at
Buckland, Porepunkah, Morses Creek (now Bright) and Wandiligong. Catherine (jnr)
moved to Buckland in 1859 following the deaths of both her husband and later her
mother. She was remarried to Hugh Cavanagh in Beechworth in 1863. All the
remaining unmarried children were married in Victoria.  Joseph married Mary
CASHELL, John married Jane MACKAY, James married Agnes LAWN, Fenton married Mary
Grace WALSH, Mary Ann married James GERRATY, Patrick married Arvilla LINDSAY,
Sarah married Hugh HARKIN, and Anne married James CROOK. I have virtually full
details for the descendants in each of the above families right through to the
present day.

The attraction in moving to north-east Victoria at this time was of course gold
mining. Family members were not specifically gold miners, but rather established
themselves as butchers, pastoralists, shopkeepers, hoteliers, bakers, post
masters and were active in community affairs. They were regarded as pioneers in
this area of Victoria.
James Dunphy Stores at Buckland, Victoria, Australia

Photo: James Dunphy Stores at Buckland, Victoria, Australia.
Joseph and Mary, my great grandparents, had 6 children - Emily, Catherine Maria,
Emily Josephine, John Thomas (my grandfather), Alice Sarah and Joseph Edward. 
Mary died in 1869, just 9 years after her marriage. I am certainly interested in
how the family were cared for at this time as the youngest child, Joseph Edward,
was only 5 months old at the time of his motherʼs death.  Joseph (snr) continued
to  live near Porepunkah until approximately 1890 when he moved to Balwyn in
Melbourne, Victoria. Here, he had a butcher shop on the corner of Whitehouse and
Balwyn Roads. He died in 1898. Any details in regard to Joseph's life in
Porepunkah and Balwyn are being sought.

John Thomas DUNPHY married Alice Sophia SMITH and they had 10 children - Thomas
Vincent, Cyril John, Veronica Irene, Joseph Balwyn, Leo James, Mary Alice,
Monica Edna, Stanley Joseph and William Eric (twins) and Una. Several of these
children were well established and remained in Melbourne when the family moved
to Burnie, Tasmania around 1914. My father, William Eric, was one of the
children who moved to Burnie.  He married Cecily Patricia DONNELLY in 1939 and
they lived in Launceston, Tasmania. They had 3 children - Michael, Peter and
Anne. William Eric died in 1972 and Cecily in 1987.  Michael and Peter still
reside in Launceston and Anne (now Roehner) lives in Busselton, Western

There remains the lingering question of whether any of the other DUNPHYs in
Australia are related to this section of the family. Likewise, there is the
question of DUNPHYs in America being related to those described in this site.

Any information to help complete the picture on the DUNPHYs would be
appreciated. If you have any details that could assist or would like further
details please contact me at the address below. All information will be
acknowledged. Queries are also requested and will be acknowledged.

Contact Details for Mike Dunphy:

           e-mail: [email protected]  
           Postal address is: 4/7 St James Close (or PO Box 1213)
           Launceston, Tasmania, 7250, Australia.  
           Phone:  (03) 6331 3152 (or 0408 310 028). 
           International: + 61 3 6331 3152.

Further details can be found on  This includes a family tree which incorporates DUNPHYs and associated surnames.

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Last modified:  14th January 2019 - Updated with more information and corrections.

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