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John and Hanorah Brosnahan ~ Tombstone Tuesday

If you have relatives that lived in the Timaru, South Canterbury area, it is well worth taking a look at the Timaru District Council Cemetery Database, which includes the following cemeteries: Arundel, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, Temuka, Paeroa West, and Timaru. They have most, if not all, their burial records online, and many have accompanying gravestone images. Another bonus are their cemetery maps – many of the plots have surnames included, making it so much easier to find the one you’re looking for!

On searching for my John Brosnahan, I found a likely looking plot in Temuka Cemetery1. From his marriage certificate, I knew he was born around 1841, so a death in 1926 at the age of 85 years seemed a pretty good match. And then, there was the fact that a Hanorah Brosnahan was also buried in the same plot, with a corresponding matching age. Bingo!

Gravestone, John & Hanorah Brosnahan, Temuka Cemetery, South Canterbury, NZ

Gravestone, John & Hanorah Brosnahan, Temuka Cemetery, South Canterbury, NZ ~ January 2012

In Loving Memory
of

John Joseph
Brosnahan
Who Died March 2nd 1900
aged 15 Years

R.I.P

Also John
Beloved Husband of
Hanorah Brosnahan
Who Died Aug 24th 1926,
Aged 85 Years
Also His Beloved Wife
Hanorah
Who Died Nov 22nd 1928
Aged 86 Years

Also Leo Brosnahan Beloved Son of
Patrick & Nora Brosnahan
Died June 16th 1917
Aged 17 Years

Annie Kleim
R.I.P

The gravestone gave me lots of leads to follow up. The first thing I did was to try and find John’s death entry on the NZ Birth, Deaths & Marriages site so I could order a printout of his death registration.  (New Zealand death certificates post 1875 are a mine of information, usually including parents’ names, birthplace, spouse, date of marriage, ages of living children, etc.) Except I couldn’t find him in the index, even with trying several spelling variants. And then, after asking for help on the TradeMe genealogy forum, someone suggested looking at a probate file they’d found referenced on the Archives NZ site, Archway.

There was a probate file listed for John Brosnahan, Farmer, Temuka, dated 1926, held at the Archives NZ Christchurch office. As there had been access problems following the earthquakes there, I wasn’t too hopeful of getting a copy of the file, but I contacted the archive staff with my fingers crossed.

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  1. Timaru District Council, “TDC Cemetery Database”, database, Timaru District Council (http://www.timaru.govt.nz/cemetery-database2.html : accessed 2011), database entries for John Brosnahan, Farmer, Temuka (ref 18404, row 233, plot 213, buried 26 Aug 1926) and Hanorah Brosnahan, Temuka (ref 13209, row 233, plot 213, buried 24 Nov 1928).

Who the heck are these folks?

Group of random folks in old car

Group of random folks in old car

I’d love to know who these people are.  I think that the boy sitting on the running board is my grandfather, Michael Dominic Gaffaney (known as Dom, born 19101).   And if so, his mother Margaret (O’Rourke)  is probably the one sitting at the back of the back seat of the car.  So, is this taken down south, in South Canterbury, where my grandfather grew up near his father’s family, or is it taken up north, in Napier, where my grandfather’s mother is from?  Are the people with him (if it is indeed my grandfather), Gaffaneys or O’Rourkes?

Here’s another photo:

Another group of random folk

Another group of random folk

Now, it looks to me like the older woman is the same as the older woman in the previous photo.  And the girl is the same as well.  And, there is my (possible) grandfather again, too.

Taking a closer look at the younger boy in the photos, and comparing them to a known photo of my grandfather:

Michael Dominic Gaffaney

Michael Dominic Gaffaney

Boy, sitting on running board

Boy, sitting on running board

Young boy

Young boy

 

 


Are these all the same boy?
Yesterday I posted a photo of three children sitting outside Belper House c.1915. Taking a closer look…

Three children at "Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ

Three children at "Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ

 

I think these three children are the same children photographed with the older woman above. And so it definitely places them in South Canterbury. From the Temuka gathering, the names given to this group photo were: Tom Gaffaney, Peggy Barron and Albert Halley [sic].

I wonder if Tom was confused with Dom?

The only Tom Gaffaney that fits is Thomas John Francis Gaffaney, who was born in 1906 to Michael Francis Gaffaney and Julia Coughlan.2)

Peggy Barron is likely to be Margaret Christina Ogsten Barron, born in 1907 to Andrew Barron and Mary Teresa Frances Gaffaney.3)

Albert Halley [sic] is likely to be Daniel Albert Hally, born in 1902 to William Hally and Margaret Gaffaney.4)

They would all be first cousins. But, the “Tom” in the photos looks much younger than “Peggy”, who was born a year later. Other possiblities could be Thomas’s siblings Arthur (born 19085) or George (born 19106).

However, I’m still thinking (hoping?) that the boy is in fact my grandfather, Dom. What do you think?

  1. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed 2011), entry for Michael Dominic Gaffaney, 1910/25894.
  2. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed Jan 2012), entry for Thomas John Francis Gaffaney, 1906/2249.
  3. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Death Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed 2011), entry for Margaret Christina Ogston Barron, 2006/16023.
  4. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed Jan 2012), entry for Daniel Albert Hally, 1902/6784.
  5. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed Jan 2012), entry for Arthur Marcus Gaffaney, 1908/25001.
  6. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed Jan 2012), entry for George Joseph Gaffaney, 1910/15483.

The old homestead, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury (late 1800s)

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury (late 1800s)

This is the original home of Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan, and I’ve posted this photo in an earlier post.  I’m not sure when it was taken, but at the recent family gathering in Temuka, the photo was displayed with the following note:

Michael and Margaret Gaffaney with, probably, their five eldest daughters, Susan, Annie, Margaret, Ellen, Kate and their eldest son, Thomas.

Their son Thomas died in 1900 at the age of 28, and if it is indeed him on the horse, he looks considerably younger, so I’m guessing this photo is at least a decade earlier than that.  (Where is Jayne Shrimpton when you need her??)

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, c.1915

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, c.1915

I have a copy of this photo, but was never sure who the children were, or when it was taken.  At the Temuka gathering, it was displayed with the following caption:

Belpher [sic] House approx 1915-16
Tom Gaffaney, Peggy Barron, Albert Halley

 

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, 1989

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, 1989

This is a photo my father took in 1989, possibly just before the house left family ownership.

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, January 2012

"Belper", Arowhenua, South Canterbury, NZ, January 2012

This is what the house looks like today – a bit run down and unloved. (And yes, I should have moved a bit closer, so that darn post was not in the way.)  Apparently many of the character features of the house are long gone, and it’s in need of serious repair.  That didn’t stop me asking my cousin to let me know if it ever goes up for sale!

Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Those Places Thursday

Temuka.

I finally got to visit this very special place last month.

My grandfather’s cousin was celebrating 50 years of life as a nun, having a jubilee Mass and lunch afterwards, with many family members invited.  I was pretty keen to attend, despite having to travel halfway round the world, and when I found out it was to be held in Temuka, I started booking my flights immediately.

Near Temuka, in Arowhenua,  is where my great great grandfather, Michael Gaffaney,  bought his first piece of land in New Zealand, after immigrating from England in 1858.  And it’s where he and his wife, Margaret Brosnahan, brought up their 14 children.  Their original house still stands, though it’s no longer owned by family.  The farm, however, is still in family hands, run with pride and passion by my cousin (second, once removed), who gave us a tour with marvellous commentary.  Who knew farming was so scientific nowadays?  (Not this townie, at any rate.)

Belper Farm, Arowhenua, near Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

Belper Farm, Arowhenua, near Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

The celebration was wonderful, and a great chance to meet many relatives for the first time.   Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s church, which was built in 1879 at the instigation of Father Louis Fauvel, a French priest.  He baptised my great grandfather, Peter Dominic Gaffaney, on 16th August 1879,  before the new building was completed.  My great great grandmother, Margaret, donated  two of the many beautiful stained glass windows in the church. (The cost was apparently equivalent to a year’s wages, so the farm must have been doing pretty good!)

Blessed Virgin Mary & St Gabriel, windows donated by Mrs M Gaffney, St Joseph's church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

Blessed Virgin Mary & St Gabriel, windows donated by Mrs M Gaffney, St Joseph's church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

I can’t wait to visit again!

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St Joseph’s church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Wordless Wednesday

St Joseph's church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ January 2012

St Joseph's church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ January 2012

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Peter Dominic Gaffaney ~ Sports Saturday

Rugby’s been a bit of a feature in my father’s side of the family, but I didn’t realise how far back until I came across this photo including my great grandfather Peter.  It’s from the Weekend Star’s “Pictures from the past – 100 years of rugby in Canterbury” in 1979.  I’m wondering if the game itself was notable is some way (apart from the loss), or was it simply because the newspaper couldn’t find any other photos from that era?

"1905", Pictures from the past - 100 years of rugby in Canterbury, Weekend Star, June 9, 1979, p.29.

"1905", Pictures from the past - 100 years of rugby in Canterbury, Weekend Star, June 9, 1979, p.29.

1905

Set for action… the combined Canterbury-South Canterbury team (left) about to tackle New South Wales-Queensland at Lancaster Park in 1905. The home players (from left) are: S. Turtill, J. Weston (captain) F. Fryer, D. Horgan, G. Chambers, P. Gaffney [sic], F. Carlton, C. Pearce, P. Burns, G. Gray, W. J. Walter, L. Murray, A. E. Love, D. Fraser. The local combined side lost 3-5.1

1905 was an important year for New Zealand rugby – it was the first time a national team had toured outside of Australasia.  They left home as The New Zealand Football Team (or The New Zealanders for short), and returned as legends with the name “All Blacks”.  Of the thirty-five matches they played, in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and North America, they lost only one – a controversial defeat to Wales.  The team are now known as The Original All Blacks (or The Originals).2

I can’t find the date of my great grandfather’s match, but I’m guessing it would be during the usual mid-year winter season.  The national team were involved in pre-tour matches before heading off to England on 20 July 1905, missing most of  the playing season in New Zealand.  Comparing the list of players from the newspaper clipping, and the list of players from Canterbury in the national touring team, there are no overlaps.  So maybe players that might not have had a chance before, got to play for their provincial team in that season?  I wonder how long my great grandfather played in the team?

Perhaps I should ask someone who knows something about rugby and its history?

  1. “1905”, Pictures from the past – 100 years of rugby in Canterbury, Weekend Star, June 9, 1979, p.29; digital image, scan from Gaffaney family papers, 2006, supplied by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE].
  2. Wikipedia, “The Original All Blacks”, article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Original_All_Blacks : accessed 26 Mar 2011).

Peter Dominic Gaffaney ~ working man

I have this newspaper clipping (or rather, a scan of it) that tells a bit about my great grandfather Peter and his working life.  He was a livestock buyer for Messrs Borthwick & Sons in Waimate, South Canterbury.  He had obviously been given a promotion up to Rangiora, North Canterbury, and the  article is about the farewell he was given on leaving Waimate.  I’m not sure which publication this article appeared in, nor the exact date, but it would have been around 1928.  I must ask my father more about him!

Eloquent Tribute (Peter Gaffaney) - part one

Farewell tribute to Peter Gaffaney (publication and date unknown) - part one

Eloquent Tribute (Peter Gaffaney) - part two

Farewell tribute to Peter Gaffaney (publication and date unknown) - part two

ELOQUENT TRIBUTE

FAREWELL TO MR P. GAFFANEY

HAPPY ENTHUSIASTIC GATHERING.

Mr Peter Gaffaney, Messrs Borthwick & Sons’ stock buyer in Waimate district for some nine or ten years, who has been transferred to Rangiora, was tendered a farewell by a large host of friends at a smoke concert held in the Silver Band Hall last night. Those present were fully representative of the farming community, stock dealers, and the general community, and the gathering was a happy and enthusiastic one.

Mr G.A McCulloch, Wahao Forks, presided.

After the Loyal Toast had been honoured, the chairman proposed the toast of “The Guest of the Evening.” Mr McCulloch said the large attendance was a tribute to the guest more eloquent than words. During the many years as a fat stock buyer in the Waimate district he had won popularity. He always looked on the bright side of life, possessing a jovial disposition and plenty of Irish wit. He was above all a shrewd judge of stock, one of the best in the Dominion. (Applause). Mr Gaffaney had attended to his business, and would work day and night if necessary. The speaker had done a good deal of business with the guest of the evening and could say that any dealings had been of the most pleasant nature. He was always obliging and fair and a real good sport. Mrs Gaffaney was also held in the highest esteem throughout the district. The speaker was sorry that Mr Gaffaney was leaving, but it was pleasing to know that it was for betterment, and probably a stepping stone to something better still. The speaker hoped that while resident in North Canterbury he would visit Waimate occasionally. He would meet with a hearty welcome. (Hear, Hear). The speaker wished the Gaffaney family every prosperity and health in the future.

The toast was drunk with musical honours.

Mr C. L. H. Gunn endorsed the remark that Mr Gaffaney was proficient at his work. Being an agent he was in the best position to judge the guest’s capabilities, and he could say that while there were some as good there were none better. As an agent, he was also sorry that Mr Gaffaney would now be missing from the yards. Relations with him had been of the best. He was sure Mr Gaffaney would do as well in North Canterbury as he had in Waimate. He extended stock agents’ best wishes for his success in Rangiora, and the healthy and happiness of his wife and family.

Mr F. O’Boyle said he had known Mr Gaffaney probably longer than anyone in the room. Mr Gaffaney was always out to make the best deal he could, and he thought he had made many a good deal for Messrs Borthwick & Son.

Mr S. I. Fitch said he knew Mr Gaffaney in a private capacity, and he knew him as a jolly good fellow. His popularity was amply testified to by the attendance that evening. He joined in the good wishes of the others.

Mr D. Borrie, an opposition buyer, said he had always got on well with Mr Gaffaney, and he endorsed the remarks already made. On behalf of the fat stock buyers of the district he extended best wishes.

Other speakers were Messrs J. Simmons, H. Matheson, S. R. Wood, E. C. d’Auvergne, T. Twomey, J. Dench, M. Cooney, W. Boland, R. R. G. Rattray, J. Heath, M. Leonard, F. Hansen, E. B. Harrison, J. W. Halliday, J. Gibson, D. Wise, T. Fleming, and G. Miller.

The toast of ‘Mrs Gaffaney’ was also enthusiastically honoured.

In making the presentation of a wallet of notes, Mr G. B. Creemer said that during residence in Waimate, Mr and Mrs Gaffaney had been his neighbours, and they had been fine neighbours. In business, Mr Gaffaney was undoubtedly a live wire; and his departure meant that Waimate lost a good citizen and the farmers a good friend. It was pleasing to know that well-earned promotion had come his way. He was certainly a first-flight judge of stock, and also he was a fair dealer. The gift was a token of the esteem in which he was held generally.

Mr Gaffaney was loudly applauded on rising to reply. He said he could hardly find words to express his gratitude for the tribute paid him. He was sorry to be going for he felt he was leaving the most friends he had ever met in his life. He had been nine or ten years in the district and he did not think he had met so many friends in that time before. He must say that his time in Waimate had been the happiest of his life. Everything had gone smoothly, and he only wished that where he was going it would be as easy. He believed he was leaving one of the best districts in New Zealand as far as fat stock was concerned. The people of Waimate were the finest he had ever met, and he had been in many places in both the North and South Islands. He thanked one and all for the handsome present, and repeated that he was sorry to leave the Waimate district.

The toast of “The Freezing Industry” was proposed by Mr Fitch and responded to by Messrs Borrie and Matheson; Mr C. L. H. Gunn proposed the toast of “The Farming Community”, which was responded to by Messrs E. C. d’Auvergne and E. B. Harrison; Mr T. Twomey proposed the toast of “The Sports” which was responded to by Messrs G. E. Bray, F. Hansen and W. F. Boland. Mr R. Harrison proposed the toast of “The Ladies,” Mr Solomon replying.

Other toasts honoured were those of “The Pianist,” “The Press,” and “The Chairman”.

Items were given by Messrs H. Matheson, D. Cooney, M. Leonard, S. Razell Wood, F. Hansen, and D Wise, (songs), Messrs D. Newall and S. I. Fitch (recitations), and Messrs J. Heath and Weiheipihana (duet and haka).

Messrs T. H. Walker and Soloman were the capable accompanists.1

  1. “Eloquent Tribute”, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper; digital image; scan from Gaffaney family papers, 2006, supplied by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], grandson of deceased.

Matching & Hatching ~ Michael Gaffaney & Margaret Brosnahan

Michael and Margaret Gaffaney (date unknown)1

Michael and Margaret Gaffaney (date unknown)

My great great grandparents, Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan, married on December 26th, 1863 at the Catholic Chapel in Christchurch.   Michael gave his age as 23, and occupation labourer.  Margaret’s age was listed as “full”, and her occupation servant.2 According to Margaret’s obituary:

…the young couple having to visit Christchurch to get married. They travelled by coach, and the reason they had to go to Christchurch was that it was only twice a year a clergyman visited South Canterbury.

They lived at their farm “Belper” in Arowhenua, South Canterbury, named after Michael’s birthplace in Derbyshire, England. Michael and Margaret had fifteen children, with one being stillborn. They were:3 4

  • Susan GAFFANEY (1865 – 1954)
  • Annie GAFFANEY (1866 – 1937)
    • m. 1906 Robert John McCALLUM5
  • Margaret GAFFANEY (1868 – 1946)
    • m. 1900 William James HALLEY5
  • Ellen GAFFANEY (1870 – 1889)
  • Thomas John GAFFANEY (1872 – 1900)
  • Kate GAFFANEY (1874 – 1947)
    • m. 1897 Francis Buckland EARLY5
  • Michael Francis GAFFANEY (1876 – 1915)
    • m. 1905 Julia Agatha COUGHLAN5
  • James GAFFANEY (1877 – 1967)
    • m. 1910 Bridget LEARY
  • Peter Dominic GAFFANEY (1879 – 1954)
    • m. 1909 Margaret Monica O’ROURKE6
  • Mary Teresa Frances GAFFANEY (1882 – 1939)
    • m. 1906 Andrew BARRON5
  • Lucy Josephine GAFFANEY (1884 – 1952)
  • Joseph Arowhenua GAFFANEY (1886 – 1946)
  • Beatrice GAFFANEY (1888 – 1888)
  • Leo GAFFANEY (1890 – 1963)
    • m. 1922 Frances Mary HAILES5
  1. Gaffaney, Michael & Margaret (Brosnahan) photograph, date unknown; digital image; scan from Gaffaney family papers, 2006, supplied by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], great grandson of couple.
  2. New Zealand, marriage certificate for Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan; 26 Dec 1863, Christchurch; citing 1863/927, Birth, Deaths & Marriages, New Zealand.
  3. [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE], Gaffaney Family Tree, GEDCOM file supplied to [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE], New Zealand, c.2002.
  4. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Death Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed 2010), entries for Susan Gaffaney (1954/26926), Annie McCallum (1937/27027), Margaret Halley (1946/29610), Ellen Gaffney (1889/5177), Thomas Gaffaney (1900/1426), Kate Early (1947/31561), Michael Gaffaney (1915/6780), James Gaffaney (1967/45590), Peter Gaffaney (1954/32898), Mary Barron (1939/15425), Lucy Gaffaney (1952/26370), Joseph Gaffaney 1946/33165), [Beatrice] Theresa Gaffney (1888/4557), Leo Gaffaney (1963/32342).
  5. NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Marriage Search”, database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed 2010), entries for McCallum-Gaffaney (1906/5299), Halley-Gaffaney (1900/5738), Early-Gaffaney (1892/3565), Gaffaney-Coughlan (1905/6513), Gaffaney-Leary (1910/5144), Barron-Gaffaney (1906/5298), Gaffaney-Hailes (1922/3983).
  6. New Zealand, marriage certificate for Peter Gaffaney and Margaret O’Rourke; 09 Nov 1909, Napier; citing 1909/7835, Birth, Deaths & Marriages, New Zealand.

Margaret Gaffaney ~ Funeral Card Friday

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card 1927

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card 1927

Jesus Mercy
Mary Help

Pray for the Repose of the
Soul of
Margaret Gaffaney
Who Died 16th. August 1927
Aged 83 Years
Fortified by all the Rites of the Holy Church

On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy

PRAYER

O Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy servant Margaret; bring her from the shadows of exile to the bright home of Heaven, where we trust, Thou and Thy Blessed Mother have woven for her a crown of unfading bliss — Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

R.I.P.

E. O’C. CH.CH.

Following up from Margaret’s obituary and gravestone, this is the memorial card printed for her funeral1. My father has quite a few from the family, and my brother helpfully scanned them all in. Unfortunately, only the one side, so I’m not sure what is on the other side – perhaps a picture of a particular saint, or the Virgin Mary? On my trip to New Zealand next month, I shall investigate! Hopefully I’ll have time to do some scanning as well.

I also have a scan of this clipping2, not sure what newspaper it’s from, possibly the Timaru Herald (but I’m mostly saying that because it’s the only local newspaper I know of in the area at that time – something to follow up in the future).

Funeral notice for Margaret Gaffaney, 1927

Funeral notice for Margaret Gaffaney, 1927 (publication unknown)

FUNERAL NOTICE
The Friends of the late MRS MICHAEL GAFFANEY Senr. are respectfully informed that her Funeral will leave her late residence “Belper,” for St. Joseph’s Church, Temuka, at 8.30a.m. TO-DAY (Thursday, August 18th). Requiem Mass at 9 a.m., thence to the Temuka Cemetery.
H.L. HENDRA AND CO.,
F. BERI,
Undertakers, Temuka.

  1. Margaret Gaffaney funeral card, Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand; digital image; scan from Gaffaney family papers, 2006, supplied by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], great grandson of deceased.
  2. “Funeral Notice”, 18 Aug 1927 clipping from unidentified newspaper; digital image; scan from Gaffaney family papers, 2006, supplied by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], great grandson of deceased.

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Michael & Margaret Gaffaney ~ Tombstone Tuesday

Gaffaney family gravestone, Temuka Cemetery

Gaffaney family gravestone, Temuka Cemetery

My great great grandparents Michael and Margaret (Brosnahan) Gaffaney are buried in Temuka Cemetery, South Canterbury, New Zealand – Section A, plot 125. Buried in neighbouring plots are several of their children: Lucy Josephine and Susan (plot 122), Thomas John and Joseph Arowhenua (plot 123), Ellen and Beatrice (plot 124).1

Gaffaney family gravestone, Temuka Cemetery

Monumental Inscriptions for Michael, Margaret, Ellen, Beatrice and Thomas John Gaffaney

In Loving Memory
of
Michael Gaffaney
Who Departed this Life
11th July 1914
Aged 75 Years

In Loving Memory
of
Margaret Gaffaney
Who Departed this Life
16th August 1927
Aged 83 Years

Also Ellen Died 29th April 1889
Aged 18 years
Beatrice Died 1888 Aged 12 Days
And Thomas John Died 1st March 1900 Aged 28 Years
R.I.P

Gaffaney family gravestone, Temuka Cemetery

Monumental Inscription for Joseph Arowhenua Gaffaney

Also
Joseph Arowhenua
Gaffaney
Died 27th April 1946
Aged 59 Years

Gaffaney family gravestone, Temuka Cemetery

Monumental Inscription for Lucy Josephine and Susan Gaffaney

Lucy Josephine Gaffaney
Died 22nd Sept 1952 Aged 68
Also Susan Gaffaney
Died 22nd April 1954 Aged 89
R – I – P

All images copyright Timaru District Council. 2

  1. Timaru District Council, “TDC Cemetery Database”, database, Timaru District Council (http://www.timaru.govt.nz/cemetery-database2.html : accessed 13 Nov 2010), database entries for Michael Gaffaney (1836-1911), Margaret Gaffaney (1844-1927), Ellen Gaffaney (1870-1889), Beatrice Gaffaney (1888-1888), Thomas John Gaffaney (1872-1900), Joseph Arowhenua Gaffaney (1886-1946), Lucy Josephine Gaffaney (1884-1952), and Susan Gaffaney (1865-1954).
  2. Timaru District Council, TDC Cemetery Database, digital images ((http://www.timaru.govt.nz/cemetery-database2.html : accessed 13 Nov 2010), photograph, gravestone for Gaffaney family, Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand.


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