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Valerie Henshaw writes:
The following Fermanagh-born people have entries in “The Australian Dictionary of Biography”. The ADB is a work in progress. It currently comprises fourteen volumes and is currently up to entries starting with the letters SMI in the year 1939. It is a scholarly reference work and is only likely to be found in large reference libraries. It provides biographical details of people who can be said to have played a significant role in the development of Australia. It is published by Melbourne University Press, 1966 - .

Here are the initial paragraphs of the entries which relate to Fermanagh. Listers can contact me privately if they require further detail.


(1829-1876), explorer and pastoralist, was born at Hillgrove, County Fermanagh, Ireland, the youngest son of William Allingham, farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, nee MARTIN. He was a near relative of the poet, William Allingham (1824-1889), and came of a Protestant Hampshire family who had settled in Ulster in the sixteenth century. His brother Edward emigrated to Armidale, New South Wales, in 1841, and was followed, probably in 1846, by Christopher and two other brothers.

BRADY, JOSEPH (1828-1908), civil engineer, was born on 18 August 1828 near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Under his father in 1842-44 he served on the Title Commutation Survey in England and became proficient in field surveying and draftsmanship. He was then employed as an assistant engineer with Charles B. Vignoles, a past president of the Institute of Civil Engineers, on railway surveys in Kent and Lincolnshire and on the construction of the Skipton, Sedbergh and Lancaster railway. Soon after this was opened in 1850 Bradley migrated in the “Argyle” to Sydney, where he became a draftsman with the newly-established Sydney Railway Co.

BURLEY, JOHNSTON (1873-1955), soldier, carpenter and engine driver, was born on 26 September 1873 at Aghavea near Lisnakea, Ireland, son of William Burley, dairyman, and his wife Annie, nee TRIMBLE. The family came to Australia in the mid-1880s and settled in Melbourne where Joe, as he was known, helped his father run a dairy at Carlton; he was then apprenticed to a master carpenter and while learning his trade served as a soldier in a volunteer unit

LATIMER, WILLIAM FLEMING (1858-1935), draper and politician, and HUGH (1896-1954), accountant and politician, were father and son. William was born on 28 November 1858 at Lisblake near Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland, son of William Lattimer (sic) and his wife Sarah, nee FLEMING. Educated at the Erasmus Smith School at nearby Florence-Court, he was apprenticed at 15 to a softgoods firm at Blacklion, Meath. After serving his articles he spent two years in Glasgow, Scotland, and from 1880 managed a large softgoods warehouse at Mount Mellick. Deciding to migrate, Latimer reached Sydney on 17 March 1883 and soon started work for W. Perry and Co. At Burwood on 23 September 1884 he married Charlotte CREIGHTON, also from Fermanagh.

McARTHUR, ALEXANDER (1814-1909), merchant, was born on 10 March 1814 at Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, son of John McArthur, Wesleyan minister, and his wife Sarah, nee FINLAY. Educated privately, he was apprenticed in 1830 to a merchant in Omagh. After severe fevers he migrated to Sydney and arrived on 24 January 1842 in the “Margaret”. He began business with a consignment from his brother William (1809-1887) but soon ......

McCARRON, JOHN FRANCIS (1848-1900), printer and publisher, was born on 2 August 1848 at Carronside, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, son of Francis McCarron and his wife Sydney FRANCES. He arrived with his parents in Adelaide in 1854. Two years later the family moved to Melbourne where ..........

MAGUIRE, JAMES BERNARD (1895-1951), soldier, was born on 18 August 1895 at Killesher, Fermanagh, Ireland, son of Terrence Maguire, farmer, and his wife Cassie, nee CREDDEN. He came to Australia, probably when 14, and was cared for by an uncle. He completed his schooling in Sydney. Maguire was working as a drapery salesman when he joined the Australian Imperial Force at Randwick on 21 August 1914; he embarked for Egypt........

MASON, FRANCIS CONWAY (1843-1915), politician, was born on 21 February 1843 in County Fermanagh, Ireland, fourth son of John Mason, farmer, and his wife Ann, nee CONWAY. Educated in Ireland and at St John’s Wood, London, he was employed at the East India docks before he migrated to Melbourne about 1863. He was a school-master , probably in a naval training ship, and living at Lygon Street when ......

O’HARAN, DENIS FRANCIS (1854-1931), Catholic priest, was born on 11 February 1854 at Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland, son of Patrick O’Haran, farmer, and his wife Bridget, nee FLANAGAN. From his earliest childhood his mother impressed on him the dignity and sacredness of the priesthood. He was educated by the Jesuits at Clongowes Wood College, Kildare, studied for the priesthood in Rome ......

OVENS, JOHN (1788-1825), soldier, was born at St Catherine, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Although educated for the church, he entered the army in 1808 as an ensign in the 73rd Regiment, went with it to New South Wales as a lieutenant in 1810, and was appointed engineer in general charge of public works. In October 1811 he returned to England on leave and transferred soon afterwards to the 74th regiment, then serving in Spain ......

RYAN, THOMAS (1790-1846), soldier, was born on 26 August 1790 in County Fermanagh, Ireland. At 15 he joined the 104th Regiment as an ensign and became a lieutenant in the 50th regiment in October 1808. He was promoted captain in September 1819 and major in August 1830. He served in the Walcheren expedition in 1809 and later in the Peninsular war where he received several wounds at ..........

Transcribed   by Valerie Henshaw Melbourne, Australia

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