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Who are the people in the header?

From left to right, the photos used to make up my header are of:

1.  Eliza (nee Bishop) and Henry Bacon.  Eliza and Henry were married in Melrose, South Australia on 10 January 1875.  This photo may have been taken at around that time.  Henry was born 9 August 1852 at Woolundunga Station, near Mt Brown, South Australia and he died  in Narrogin South Australia.  Henry and Eliza had five children:

Frederick Charles Bacon, Ada Mary Bacon, Herbert Harry Bacon, Louisa Rebecca Bacon and Edith Alice Bacon.

Henry was a farmer, butcher and baker.

Henry was the brother of my great-great grandmother, Johanna (Bacon) Kirwan.  He helped his neice, Jane (Kirwan) Harry raise Johanna’s children when she became ill and then died.  Their father was either away or drinking and was often not around or available.

2.  Langford Hanna.  Langford (known to the family as ‘Lanx’ and recorded as sometimes called ‘Jack’ in his war service record) was born in Brighton, Victoria in 1892.  He served in the first World War and returned to Australia after being wounded at both Gallipoli and France.  Langford married after his return from the war, and moved to Katanning Western Australia, where he worked on the railways as a train driver.

Langford was a brother of my great grandmother, Marion (Hanna) Kirwan.

3.  Family Wedding 1968.  The bride and groom at this wedding were My Dad’s sister and her husband [living]. The wedding was held at Norseman on 30 November 1968.

The people in the photo are:

Back Row L-R: Bride’s sister[living], Bride’s sister [living], my Mum [living], Bride’s brother, my Dad Frank McLeod Kirwan, who also officiated at the service, Bride’s brother in law, Ronald Melmoth Jackson, Bride’s sister [living], Bride’s aunty, Kathleen A (Doyle) McLeod, unknown – was at wedding with Kathleen, possibly her friend.

Middle Row:  Bride’s brother [living].

Front Row L-R: my brother [living], Michelle Kirwan (that’s me!), Groom [living], Bride [living], [Bride’s mother] Alice Elizabeth (McLeod) Kirwan and Bride’s father, Frank Greer Kirwan.

4.  Marion (Hanna) Kirwan.  Marion was born in  North Brighton, Victoria, to parents Frederick Greer Hanna and Rosina (Hammond) on 30 December 1887.

Marion married Nicholas Wade Kirwan on 3 June 1907 at Leonora Mechanic’s Institute, Leonora, Western Australia.

Marion and Nicholas had two children – Frank Greer Kirwan (my grandfather) born in Sandstone Western Australia 27  April 1908; and Richard Frederick Kirwan born in Perth Western Australia on 10 August 1909.

Marion died of typhoid fever at the Perth Hospital on 20 December 1910 and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth on 24 December 1910.

Her death and burial and newspaper death notices all record her as ‘Daisy Kirwan’, however members of her family I met in the early 1990s told me they had only ever heard her referred to as Marion.

5.  Henry Bacon and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon (see 1. above).  This is a photo of Henry and Eliza taken many years after the first photo.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay permalink
    October 10, 2012 12:34 pm

    Hi Michelle. I am looking for details and connections (mainly Byrne family) – Essie (Esther) Kirwan of Quorn was a Byrne- being my grandpa’s sister.
    Essie’s father was John Lacey Byrne, son of William and Bridget Byrne (from Wicklow, Ire.)who I think are buried in karrakatta cemetery. There seems a strong connection between the SAust Byrnes and Kirwans and Western Australia. All of Essies children are gone and now that I am older and inrterested in the ‘roots’ my sources are thin.
    Do you know anything of the life and connections of William and Bridget? or William’s parents Patrick and Catherine who came to SA 1852 but who possibly went across to WA?


    Kay Doherty (nee Byrne)

    • Michelle permalink*
      October 10, 2012 9:10 pm

      Hi Kay
      Thank you for commenting! Who was Essie (Byrne) Kirwan married to? I assume being from Quorn she was married to one of Edmund Kirwan and Ellen Lennon’s children?

      I don’t know anything of the Byrne family, but would be happy to share anything useful I have on the Kirwans and/or any other WA information you are having trouble tracking down.


      • Heather Minnis (nee Kirwan) permalink
        December 22, 2013 6:18 am

        I had an Aunty Essie Kirwan in Quorn, married to Charles Lionel Kirwan his Fathers name was Ed

      • Heather Minnis (nee Kirwan) permalink
        December 22, 2013 6:52 am

        HI michelle

        Iwould be very happy to exchange any information through E mails

  2. Lee-Anne Harley permalink
    May 12, 2014 6:25 am

    Hi Michelle, Richard Kirwan is my grandfather, I would love to know more about Richard and his brother Frank. My mothers name is Joan Margaret McCartney (Nee Kirwan)
    I am the 5th child of six children.
    Regards Lee-Anne Harley

  3. Kylie Monger permalink
    June 28, 2014 1:05 pm

    Hi Michelle. Henry bacon and Eliza were my great great grandparents

    • Kylie Monger permalink
      June 28, 2014 1:07 pm

      Also herbert Harry bacon who was married to Roberta were my great grandparents

      • Michelle permalink*
        June 28, 2014 1:51 pm

        Hi Kylie. Thanks for commenting! Great to “meet” you. I met Harry in narrogin once when I went to meet Bessie Bacon, back in about 1986.

    • Joy Smith permalink
      December 26, 2016 9:46 am

      Kylie I am interested in the Bacon Family as I have photos of them. Not related but wanted to find someone to give photos to. Fred and Jessie and Henry and Jessie.

  4. Petrea Pachen permalink
    July 27, 2015 3:48 pm

    Hi. I am Petrea and my grandmother was Ellen Elizabeth (Nell) McMahon (nee Kirwan). Her mother and father was Edmund. I remember an Aunty Essie who was married to Jack Kirwan (my grandmothers brother) – there were 10 in the family. I do have some details at home of family tree

    • Petrea Pachen permalink
      July 27, 2015 3:51 pm

      I made a mistake in my first post. i dont have my info on me so guessing. Jack was married to Margaret kirwan (Peterborough), Sid married to Olivia May (Girlie), Essie married to Charlie (Quorn), Olive married to Arthur (quorn) My grandmother was Nell married to Peter McMahon. I would love to go up to Wirrabara Forrest and Mount Brown. Does anyone have any info?

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