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James Byrne wife Mary Lynch dau Catherine Byrne born 15 Apr 1839 baptised 7 Jul 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
James Burn - Byrne and Mary Lynch baptised Cath 1839, James 1840, Richard 1842, Mary 1843, Margaret 1845
James Burn, and Mary Lynch baptised male Richard at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #60
James Burn - convict came on the Theresa 05 October 1838, tried at York Assizes, Ticket of Leave. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 99, 7 Jun 1843
James Burn Convict came on the Theresa 1839, sentence 15 years, granted Ticket of Leave 3 Jul 1846, held at Portland Police Station
James Burn 36 hus (family 5) Labourer RC both Co Carlow, came 29 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
Bridget Burn 22 wife of James (family 5) Cook RC both Co Carlow, came 29 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
William Burn 18 months son of James (family 5) RC both Co Carlow, came 29 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
James Byrne, and Bridget Redmond baptised female Elizabeth at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #382
James Burns 23 (single man 2) ? Prot both Wicklow, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
Mr James Burn signed support letter for John Matthew Smith source Port Phillip Herald Fri 2nd December 1842 News Page 3
James Burns in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
James Byrne in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843
James Byrne arrived at Port Phillip 25 Nov 1843 from Launceston on 16 Nov Thomsons
James Byrne 2 Jan 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
James Byrne List No 6, 30 June 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
James Burns, No 8, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 10 Sep 1845
James G. Burnes Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
James Hamilton Burns and Sarah Maxwell birth John 1844, James Hamilton 1845, Margaret 1847
James Byrnes Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
James Byrne came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes aged 32
John Bryan / Byrnes 20 (single man 2) Labourer, RC neither, Cork, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
John Birne / Byrne 24 hus (family 6) Shepherd RC both Tipperary, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
Ann Birne / Byrne 22 wife of John (family 7) Housekeeper Tipperary, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
William Birne / Byrne 1 and Michael Birne / Byrne Born on board son of John (family 9) came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
John Burns 20 (Single man 04) Labourer RC both Tipperary arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Thetis source Bounty Immigrants
John Burns wed Ann Barrett in 1846 at Presbyterian Portland
John Burn and Margaret birth John James 1845
John Burns and Margaret Cassilis birth Feliciana 1847
John Burns Page 153 letters at Post Office 31st May 1847
John Burns Directory 1847 carpenter La Trobe street
John Burns - Bentinck St, Portland, transferee Robert Herbertson, The Steam Packet Inn Name of Surety Walter Birmingham, and James Holman, 2 Mar to 30 June 1847. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 67, 2 March 1847
John Burns - Bentinck St, Commercial Inn yes had License before, Name of Surety John Beglin, and Joshua Black, 1 July 1847 to 30 June 1848. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 69, 20 May 1847
John Burns - Bentinck St, Commercial Inn, Name of Surety Joseph Benton Portland, and Joshua Black Portland, 7 Apr 1848 to 30 June 1848. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 73, 18 Apr 1848
John Burns Owned Property Bentinck St Portland - House & Land
John Burns Owned Property Malop St Geelong - Freehold Property
John Chamber Burns, Insolvency Carpenter of Melbourne. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 March 1844
John Byrne 22 (single man 03) Labourer RC both Cork arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
John Byrne List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John Byron - Byrne and Mary baptised Henry 1845
John Burns carpenter La Trobe street, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Byrne, Port Phillip Herald 22 Apr 1842 Page 1 left employment as shipping reporter
Joseph Byrne, of Collingwood, from Insolvencies, dated 7-Nov and 7-Nov 1842
Joseph Byrne House Lonsdale St Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
Joseph Burns house Flinders Lane LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Joseph Byrne House Lonsdale St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Gipps Ward
Joseph Burns, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Joseph Burn, Clerk to Works, Public Works
Joseph Burns clerk in C. of W. O Queen street, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Byrne - see web site for Joseph Byrne. He was born in Dublin in about 1800, the son of a small-time cattle-dealer, Joseph Byrne of Mount Argus House in that city. In 1839 he travelled overland from New South Wales to South Australia with two friends, driving about 1 000 sheep along the Murrumbidgie and Murray rivers to Adelaide, where after a five-month journey, they safely delivered most of the animals to market. From Adelaide he went to Melbourne, and apparently this is where he married in 1841. Joseph Byrne wed Agnes Farrell in 1841 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
His wife was Agnes O’Farrell, the daughter of William O’Farrell of Port Philip, Melbourne. During 1841-1842 he was a reporter on the Melbourne Argus, but lost his job after a dispute in the police court was dismissed. He went back to England where, in 1848 he published his Twelve years’ wanderings in the British colonies from 1835 to 1847.
After a failed enterprise in Natal, By early 1853 he was at the gold-diggings in the Colony of Victoria, while later in the year he was at Geelong.
In 1856 Agnes Byrne left her husband owing to his violence towards her, and took refuge in the home of a barrister, Mr Le Poer Trench. Byrne tried to gain access to her, but she refused to see him. Trench requested him to leave and a scuffle ensued. Trench fell and was beaten in the face. In Jan. 1859 that Byrne was in Paris, then he tried a scheme with Peru. While sailing back to Callao in 1863 with his first group of islanders (about 183 in number), Byrne died.
Joseph Robert Burns and Margaret birth Susan 1844, Margaret Alice 1845
Mr J Burne Departed from Hobart on 11 Nov 1838 for Port Phillip on the Sir John Franklin
Mr J Burns arrived 23-Aug 1840 from Launceston on 18 Aug on the Minerva - source Port Phillip Herald 25 Aug 1840
Mr J Burne cleared 3 Feb 1844 and sailed 4 Feb from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 6 Feb, and Sydney, on the Shamrock, source local newspapers
Lawrence Byrnes Police Court Mon 23 May charged with being drunk, stated himself Free, remanded source Melbourne Times - Sat 21 May 1842, page 3
Margaret Burns Departed from Hobart on 20 Dec 1838 for Port Phillip on the Adelaide
Margaret Burn 18 (single woman 5) House Servant Prot reads Down, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Marquis Of Bute
Margaret Burnip List No 2, 29 feb 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Maria Catherine Byrnes / Byrne 21 dau of Paddy (15 single woman) General Servant RC both Kildare, came 28 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Maria Byrne, female wed Mathew Kennedy 1842 #35504 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Maria Burns 19 (single woman 5) House maid RC both Clare, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Maria Byrne in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
Maria Byrne wed James Charless in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Mary Burne 28 (single woman 28) Milliner, RC, both, Dublin,, came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa
Mary Byrns - Byrne wed Patrick Duggan in 1840 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Mary Buras / Burns 24 (young woman 5) Housemaid RC reads Tipperary, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
Mary Burns 15 (single woman 2) Housemaid RC reads Carlew, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Mary Nixon
Mary Byrne Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Michael Bynes 26 hus (family 2) Labourer Both West Meath, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Mary Byrns / Bynes 21 wife of Michael (family 2) Housekeeper Both West Meath, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Michael Byrne 23 hus (family 1) Labourer RC neither Kings County, came 19 Sep 1841 on the Forth
Mary Byrne 22 wife of Michael (family 1) Housemaid RC reads Kings County, came 19 Sep 1841 on the Forth
Michael Byrne and Mary Dooley baptised Elizabeth 1843
Michael Burns 26 (single man 4) Labourer RC both Dublin, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Marquis Of Bute
Michael Burns 22 (single man 02) Labourer Prot Both CoGalway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Himalaya source Bounty Immigrants
Michael Byrne wed Margaret Maroney in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne Michael Burns and Margaret Murray baptised Lot 1845, Denis James 1846
Michael Byrne, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
Michael Byrne, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
Michael Burnes, died 1847 Male aged 42 at Melbourne
Michael Byrnes - Byrne Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Michael Byrne Correspondence sold Portland Bay View Lake to Ritchie, John
Michael Byrne settler View Lake Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Burn Arrived at Hobart on 16 June 1839 from Port Phillip on the Adelaide
Mrs Burn arrived 23 Mar 1840 from Hobart, on the Gratitude
Mr Burns sailed 29-Aug 1840 for Launceston on the Minerva
Mr Burns arrived 11 Nov 1840 from Launceston on the Industry
Mr Burns arrived 23 Nov 1841 at Hobart from Port Phillip on the Agnes and Elizabeth
Mr and Mrs Barns/Burns and 4 chn Intermediate arrived 12 Sep 1842 from Liverpool Ocean list from image Liverpool 258 and 259 and source Port Phillip Herald Fri 30th September 1842
Mr and Mrs Byrne and child left 10 Oct 1843 barque clearing for London on the Dublin
Mr Burn for Launceston cleared 15 Mar 1844 and sailed 16 Mar from Melbourne, arrived at Launceston 19 March, on the Shamrock, source local newspapers
Mr Burn cleared 23 Mar 1844 and sailed 26 Mar from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Tamar, source local newspapers
Nicholas Burns Convict came 1838 on the Westmoreland assigned to Mess'rs Dutton
Nicholas Burns convict came on the Westmoreland 1838 assigned to Dutton Assigned Servants page 5 - 22 granted ticket-of-leave
Nicholas Byrne, came on the Westmoreland Certificate of Freedom at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 28 Feb 1845
Nicholas Byrne in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843
Owen Burns wed Bridget Sheedy in 1843 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Patrick Burns a prisoner of the Crown Sailed from Sydney 16 Oct 1838 for Port Phillip on the Paul Pye
Patrick Byrnet /Burnes - Byrne Convict came on the Clyde assigned to A Thomson Esq.
Patrick Byrnes convict came on the Clyde assigned to A Thomson Assigned Servants page 5 - 14 granted ticket-of-leave
Patrick Byrne, came on the Clyde (2) Ticket of Leave at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 28 Feb 1845
Patrick Byrne arrived 1-May 1840 from Hobart on 23 April on the Lillias - source Port Phillip Herald 5 May 1840
Paddy Byrnes / Byrne 58, hus, Paid own passage, (family 2) Mason, RC, reads, Kildare, arrived 29 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Ellen Byrne 38, wife of Paddy, (family 2) neither, arrived 29 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Maria Catherine Byrne 21, dau of Paddy, see her own entry
Peter Byrne 16, son of Paddy, (family 2) arrived 29 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Elizabeth Byrne 15, dau of Paddy, (single woman 14) General Servant, RC, both, Kildare, arrived 29 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Patrick Byrnes / Byrne 12, Ann Byrnes / Byrne 8, Martin Byrnes / Byrne 5 and James Byrnes / Byrne 2 son of Paddy (2 family), came 28 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Patrick Byrne brickmaker Yarra Yarra Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Patrick Brian Byrne, 22 single man Labourer RC reads Queens Co arrived 17 Feb 1842 from London and Cork on the Thetis
Patrick Burns dwelling-house Little Barwon St, Corio Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Patrick Burns 28 hus of Bridget (family 04) Labourer RC both Cork, employed by J Beaver arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Sarah Burns 38 wife of Barney (family 05) RC neither Armagh arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Patrick Burns, voted in Geelong to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
Patrick Byrne Depasturing Licence for Portland Bay, from 31 July 1843
Patrick Byrnes - Byrne wed Bridget Healy in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Marys Geelong
Patrick Byrne List No 8, 31 Aug 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Patrick Byrnes - Byrne died 1845 Male aged 74 at Melbourne
Patrick Byrne wed Mary Bennin in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne baptised James 1847
Patrick Byrne and Honora Frawley baptised Edward 1847
Peter Byrnes convict came on the St Vincent now Free Nominal List of Ticket of Leave page 39 - 22 granted ticket-of-leave 3 Apr 1841
P Burns sailed 22-Aug 1840 for Sydney on the Jewess
P Burns The Port Phillip Herald Tue 27 Jun 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, resident of Geelong
Richard Burns Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia,
Richard Burne carpenter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Robert Burns 26 from Lasswade (steerage 1) perished on the India, reported 22 Oct 1841 on the Grindlay
Rose Byrne wed James Clarke in 1843 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Thomas Burn witness to wedding 10 Jan 1839 of James Douglas by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
Thomas Burn Presbyterian resident Subscriber to build school 1 Mar 1839
Thomas Burn, Port Phillip Herald 13 Dec 1842 Page 2 standing for office of Town Surveyor
Thomas Burns, Port Phillip Herald 10 Jun 1842 Page 2 Librarian Mechanics Institution Annual Report
Thomas Burn House Lonsdale St Burgess in Bourke Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
Thomas Burn Advertisement - men of Bourke Ward signed letter supporting Mr Henry Moore, asking him to stand for upcoming election source PPH 24 Oct 1843
Thomas Burn not on voters list, signed a letter to Henry Moor Bourke Ward, giving him support, source PPH, 31 Oct 1843
Thomas Burn - Candidates for Municipal Offices source Port Phillip Herald Tue 13th December 1842
Thomas Burns Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Sep 1843
Thomas Burnes cleared 29 Aug 1844 and sailed 2 Sep from Melbourne for Valparaiso Dale Park, source local newspapers
Thomas Burns carpenter Lonsdale street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr T Byrne Departed from Sydney on 14 May 1839 for Port Phillip and Launceston on the Skene
William Byrnes 21 (single man 42) Carpenter, RC, both, Dublin,, came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa may be brother of Ann
William Burns sailed 7-Oct 1840 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva - source Launceston Courier 12 Oct 1840
Mr William Burns - hus (Intermediate 22) came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
Mrs Burns - wife of William (Intermediate 23) came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
William Burns, died 2m male Melbourne 1842 #38402 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Burns arrived Launceston 5 Jan 1843 from Portland Minerva
William Burns departed Launceston 14 Jan 1843 for Portland Minerva
Wiliam Burn dwelling house, Box Forest near Pentridge The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during third hour, 11-noon
William Burn dwelling-house Box Forest near Pentridge Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
William Burn, voted 12-1pm Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
William Burns, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
William Burn Box Forest dwelling house List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
William Burns came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes aged 18
William Burns wed Ann Davis in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Willian Burn Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
William Burns gentleman Fore Close st Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
William Burns labourer Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr WC Burn Departed from Hobart on 12 July 1839 for Port Phillip on the Agnes
Mr WC Burn Departed from Hobart on 14 July 1839 for Port Phillip, and sailed on 17 July on the Shamrock
Mr WC Burns in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
William Chalmers Burn, Insolvency 252, dairyman Melbourne debts 147 deficiency 52. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 2 Mar 1844
W.Chalmers Burns carpenter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Samuel Burpitt came Jan 1846 with 59 on the Stratheden
Mary Burr witness when Mary Pendergast wed 15 May 1842, to James Murphy
Master H Burr Commander, listed on the Himalaya arrived 30 Sep 1840
Thomas Burr List No 4, 30 Apr 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Mr Burra arrived 13 Dec 1842 from Mauritius - on the Agenoria source Port Phillip Herald Fri 16th December 1842
Captain Burrell master arrived 2 Apr 1844 at Melbourne from London via Leshensult in Western Australia on the Cecilia, source local newspapers
Charles Burrell and Ellen Coghlan birth Cecilia Elizabeth , Daniel 1847
Charles Burrell butcher Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
James Burrel and Margaret Corde baptised Margaret 1843, James 1845
James Burrell, Portland Bay District depasturing license for Aug 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 31 Oct 1844
Lawrence Burrell, wed Susan Steel 1842 #691 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Lawrence Burrell and Susan Steel were at Port Fairy and baptised George Steele Burrell 1843, William Burrell 1844
Catherine Burrell 1846 - 1937 #13524 aged 89, dau of Susan Dickson Stewart (should have been Steele) and Laurence Burrell who was born at Warrnambool, wed 1874 #4301 to John Seater from Orkney and lived at Ararat, had 8 chn
Laurence Burrell 1809 - 1884 #1730 aged 74, son of Cath Steel and George Burrell, died at Landsborough,
George Burrell wed Frances Mary Walker, William Burrell wed 1890 to Emma Carnham, both families lived at Landsborough
Thomas Burrell came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland aged 17
William Burrell of Wiliams Town granted a Slaughtering License 23 Apr 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 24 Apr 1845
Edward Burress, baptised male Edward at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #36501

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