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Killaloe-Ogonnelloe, Clare, Ireland


Patrick Denis Madden (c1803-1886) came from the Killaloe area in County Clare. According to his death certificate, Patrick Denis Madden was born about 1803 at Killaloe. His father was George, a farmer. Patrick emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, probably in the early 1840s as a Bounty (Assisted) immigrant, although no record of his arrival has been located. Between 1st Jan 1841 and 30 Jun 1842 25, 330 emigrants wre imported into the colony at public expense, two thirds of them being natives of Ireland, chiefly Roman Catholic and mainly from the south-west counties.

Patrick married at the newly built Catholic church (later Melbourne's first Catholic cathedral) dedicated to St Francis in 1843. The foundation stone of St Francis’ Church was laid on 4 October 1841. The first mass was celebrated in the completed nave of the church on 22 May 1842. And the church was finally blessed and opened on 23 October 1845.

His wife, Maria La Roche, was born about 1818 in Wicklow, Ireland according to the birth registration of her son James. Melbourne’s pioneer priest, the Franciscan Fr Patrick Geoghegan, signed their marriage certificate. View a descendancy tree of the family of Patrick and Maria Madden.

Henry Madden (c1806-1886) was born in County Clare, Ireland. His parents are not known. He married Ann Ryan c1846, whose father was John Ryan, a farmer. All their children were baptised at the "old" Catholic church at Ogonnelloe dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Slieve Bernagh hills overlooking Lough Derg. Three of their children emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1878 sponsored by their "cousin", Denis Madden, one of the sons of Patrick Madden (above).

After 86 days the "Lochee" arrived in Sydney on Sunday evening 24 Feb 1878 with 395 assisted immigrants. The day was cloudy, with no rain, southerly winds and a temperature of 73 degrees F. The ship was placed in quarantine because of fifty cases of measles, including three deaths, during the voyage. The migrants were finally allowed to land on Thursday Mar 7, 1878.

From Sydney the three Madden brothers travelled to Culcairn, New South Wales to join their cousins, who had recently taken up grazing leases in the area. Their mother, Ann, also emigrated to Australia about 1888 after the death of her husband. View a descendancy tree of the family of Henry and Ann Madden.

Their brother John Madden arrived in Australia on "Northampton" 20 Oct 1882. The ship struck a rock near Botany Bay at 4am on 20 Oct 1882 and was beached in the bay. All passengers and crew survived and were taken overland to Sydney.

Joseph Madden (1827-1884) was born in "Ogonelly co Clare" according to his 1855 marriage certificate to Margaret McDonald nee Murphy. His parents were George Madden, Farmer and Bridget McNamara. It is probable he was related to one or both of the Maddens above. They both appeared as sponsors to each other's children at their baptisms at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Kilmore from 1849 through to 1858.

It is not known when he arrived in Australia, but, like Patrick Madden above, he moved to Kilmore, 60 km north of Melbourne on the main Sydney road in the late 1840s. Joseph and Margaret held the licence to an hotel in Kilmore called the 'Gold Diggers' Home' from about 1856. Both Patrick above and Joseph had properties not only in Kilmore township and also acrages in the adjoining parishes of Willowmavin and Moranding, which they held from about 1853 until the 1870s. Joseph took up a leasehold in Casterton in Western Victoria in 1879, where he died, without living offspring. Margaret Gehring kindly provided most of the information on this decendancy tree for Margaret Murphy.