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Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder

b. 1784, d. 30 November 1858

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Patrick Hanrahan circa 1855

Detailed biography

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Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, was born in 1784 in Loughrea.1,2,3,4,5

Family life

Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, and Euphemia Young were married on 15 April 1816 at Christ Church in Castlereagh. C of E||The marriage took place, by law, according to the rites of the Church of England even though both bride and groom were Catholic.6,2 He and Euphemia Young were separated on 8 November 1822 in South Creek, NSW, Australia.7 He and Catherine Hogan were married on 15 January 1851 in Hartley.3,8

Children with Euphemia Young (b. about 1794, d. about 1850)

SonWilliam Henry James Hanrahan+ (b. 9 November 1809, d. 20 December 1849)
SonPatrick Hanrahan, the Younger+ (b. 24 September 1811, d. 10 February 1889)
SonDennis Hanrahan+ (b. 27 March 1813, d. 4 April 1868)
SonJohn Hanrahan+ (b. 7 January 1817, d. 9 December 1859)
SonJames Hanrahan (b. 1822, d. 19 May 1864)

Children with Catherine Hogan (b. 1807, d. 19 September 1865)

SonPhillip Hanrahan+ (b. 16 October 1825, d. 27 August 1907)
DaughterMary Ann Hanrahan+ (b. August 1828, d. 16 August 1907)
DaughterMargaret Hanrahan+ (b. 10 December 1830, d. 8 August 1864)
DaughterAnn Blanche Hanrahan+ (b. 3 January 1833, d. 16 January 1914)
DaughterBridget Hanrahan (b. 1837, d. 1 July 1860)
DaughterSarah Jane Hanrahan+ (b. 3 October 1843, d. after 1879)

Residence information

Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, emigrated on 30 May 1802 from Cork, England. SS "Atlas 2"2 He immigrated on 30 October 1802 to Sydney, NSW, Australia. SS "Atlas 2"2,9,10 He lived in NSW, Australia, in 1820.11 He lived in Ropes Creek, NSW, Australia, on 4 January 1822.12 He and Catherine Hogan lived and worked as a landholder at Woodford in Melville, NSW, in November 1828. Catherine Hogan had left her three-month-old daughter (Mary Ann) at Melville and had travelled to Sutton Forest.4 He and Catherine Hogan lived in Brisbane Valley Creek, NSW, Australia, on 15 January 1851.8

Involvement in crime

Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, was tried on 25 March 1801 in Loughrea. He was convicted and sentenced to life. He was five feet four and a quarter inches tall, had a dark and ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes.2

Working life

  • In August 1806 Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, was a convict labourer assigned to Mr J Jamieson.13
  • In July 1814 Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, was a was employed as a labourer in building Cox's Road in Blue Mountains. road labourer||William Cox||They were engaged in building the first road over the Blue Mountains2,9
  • In 1822 Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, was a landholder in Parramatta. The Muster recorded that he was living with his five children, the eldest of whom as 13 years old.14
  • Employed Martin Kirwan about 1823 at in Ropes Creek, NSW, Australia. Martin Kirwan was assigned to Patrick Hanrahan of Ropes Creek and Black Springs.15
  • At in Melville, NSW, employed.16
  • Employed Lawrence O'Neal on 1 June 1848 at in Black Springs, NSW. Patrick recorded in his diary that he had "discharged" Lawrence O'Neal.17


Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, signed a will on 19 April 1857. No 4338||||18 He signed a will on 27 September 1858. ||||The codicil stipulated what would happen to the "big box and contents" and the "small box and contents".18 He died on 30 November 1858 at age ~74 in Mount Pleasant. pulmonary disease||The informant for Patrick's Death Certificate was his step-son, Michael Burke (recorded as Michael Hanrahan).1,18,5 He was buried on 3 December 1858 at Old Black Springs Cemetery in Black Springs.1 He had his estate probated on 13 May 1859. ||estate valued at £400||Patrick's will specified that one sixth of his monies should go to Dennis, John, Patrick, Margaret Donnelly, Mary Ann Kessey and Ann Foran.
John was forgiven his debt of £15 while his other surviving sons who were close to him (Dennis, Patrick, Michael Burke and Phillip) and his son-in-law, James Donnelly, were left a fifth of the horse herd each. (One son, William Henry or James had predeceased him and another son James had always been associated with his first wife, Euphemia Young and her second partner Frederick Morgan.)
His wife, Catherine and unmarried daughters, Bridget and Sarah each recieved one or more specifically named horses (and their increase) and shared a third of his cattle.
Catherine was bequeathed the 30 acre farm, "Hillsbury", and its contents during her lifetime and it was then to go to Bridget. Bridget also got his bed and bedding.
In additon to the horses and cattle mentioned above, Sarah got 50 of the 105 acres at Black Springs (southern side of block) and 30 acres adjoining this land.
The other 55 acres at Black Springs went to Michael Burke. Phillip got 23 acres and one rood at "Swashfield". (While his other sons were not left land, Patrick had left them a sixth of his monies.)18


There is a memorial to Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, at White Springs Cemetery in Black Springs, NSW. Follow this link for information and images of his memorial.


  1. [S338] Death Certificate, Patrick Hanrahan, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1858 No 176.
  2. [S464] "RR: Hanrahan-Young Descendants Chart", unknown author; Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  3. [S465] "RR: Hogan-McMahon Descendants Chart", unknown author; Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  4. [S952] Patrick Hanrahan, Nov 1828 Census NSW, NSW, Melville, Archives Office.
  5. [S974] Died, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, 15 Dec 1858, p2.
  6. [S315] Marriage Certificate, Patrick Hanrahan and Euphemia Young, 15 April 1816, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. Vol 155 No 129.
  7. [S1608] Patrick Hanrahan, Sydney Gazette; print, National Library of Australia (, Trove
  8. [S467] GM Cashman, Avoca, The Faith of the Pioneers, Black Springs: The Centenary Committee of the Church of St Vincent de Paul, 1988, p45.
  9. [S467] GM Cashman, Avoca, The Faith of the Pioneers, Black Springs: The Centenary Committee of the Church of St Vincent de Paul, 1988, p 7.
  10. [S970] Patrick Hanrahan, Convict Indent 1802 NSW: Hanrahan Patrick, (Kingswood NSW: NSW State Archives), Arrived 30 Oct 1802, Atlas 2. Master: Thomas Musgrave.
  11. [S374] Patrick Hanrahan, Memorial from Patrick Hanraghan to Gov. Lachlan Macquarie requesting finalisation of land grant, Kingswood: Archives Office of NSW, 1822, Fiche 3047 No 145.
  12. [S972] Colonial Secretary, L: Colonial Secretary - James Smithers, Kingswood: Archives Office of NSW, 4 Jan 1822.
  13. [S968] Hanrahan Patrick, Convict Muster 1806 NSW: Hanrahan Patrick, (Kingswood NSW: NSW State Archives), 1806, HO 10/37. Parramatta.
  14. [S973] Patrick Hanrahan, Convict Muster 1822 NSW: Hanrahan Patrick, (Kingswood NSW: NSW State Archives), 1822, Liverpool Population Book
  15. [S467] GM Cashman, Avoca, The Faith of the Pioneers, Black Springs: The Centenary Committee of the Church of St Vincent de Paul, 1988, p14.
  16. [S932] Hogan family, Convict and Settlers List 1825 NSW: Hogan family, (Kingswood NSW: NSW State Archives), 1825
  17. [S468] Patrick Hanrahan, Diary Patrick Hanrahan, Sydney: Manuscript, from 1848, p1.
  18. [S339] Patrick Hanrahan will (19 Apr 1857), Will: Hanrahan, Patrick, Probate Office, NSW. Hereinafter cited as W: Hanrahan, Patrick.
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