Mary Skehan nee Fanning 1845-1900 Victoria Australia

Mary Elizabeth Fanning was born at Werribee in Victoria in 1845. Her parents, William and Catherine Fanning, had come out from Thurles, Co. Tipperary Ireland in 1841. They lived and worked at Werribee for the first few years before moving to Bulla.

In 1862 Mary Fanning aged 18 was a witness at an inquest into the death of an infant girl in Emu Creek. Johanna Doyle who lived and worked on the Fanning property was suspected of the child’s death. Mary Fanning’s signature at this inquest is below:

Mary Fanning  married Jeremiah Skehan in 1865, at her family’s home at Deep Creek, Bulla, Victoria.

Jeremiah’s family came from Co Tipperary, as did the Fanning family. Jeremiah was born in Cashel in 1840. Cashel is in South Tipperary and about 23 kms from Thurles. He came out to Australia when he was about 21 years old, around 1859. His father John, was also a farmer. His mother was Mary O’Keefe.

Jeremiah and Mary lived at Monegeeta, in Romsey, Victoria, where they were the licensees of The Junction Hotel. The hotel was at Lancefield Junction, on the corner of Gisbourne and Lancefield Rds, at the Railway Station. It was next to Mintaro Homestead, the smaller replica of Melbourne’s Government House built in 1882.  Mary and Jeremiah also farmed as well as ran the pub.The hotel was on their land. Below is a map of the area from 1880-1890:

Map of Skehan’s land at Monegeeta

Victoria. Dept. of Crown Lands and Survey. Parish of Kerrie 1880 – 1890.

This land was originally owned by Mary’s father William Patrick Fanning (listed as W.Fannan) and gazetted in 1858:

Land at Monegeetta owned by Mary’s father William Fanning of Bulla

Jeremiah and Mary had thirteen children between 1866 and 1883: John, William, Mary, Thomas, Jeremiah, Catherine, Jeremiah, Jeremiah Patrick, Margaret, Edward, James, Sally and Michael.

Jeremiah died at Monegeeta in Sept of 1896, age 58, of a heart condition, and is buried in the Lancefield Cemetery.  Mary died at Romsey in 1923 at the age of seventy eight.

The Junction Hotel was in the Skehan family for over 50 years. It burned down in April 1975. It had passed out of the Skehan family when it was put up for sale in 1909.

Sale of the Junction Hotel Skehan’s Hotel 1909

Jeremiah Skehan died intestate. His probate papers are online at the Public Records Office of Victoria, as are Mary Skehan’s.

Skehan Family Grave Lancefield Cemetery Victoria Australia

Jeremiah’s son, also named Jeremiah, was a blacksmith. I think the photo below of Jerry Skehan is him although it could also be of his son Gerald Skehan who was also a blacksmith. The young boy is Bruce Laing. If anyone knows which Skehan this is please let me know. I don’t know when it was taken.

Jeremiah Skehan Blacksmith Romsey Victoria Australia

Grave of Doreen, Jeremiah P and Marie Monica Skehan, Lancefield Cemetery Victoria Australia

 

These pages about the Skehan family are taken from:

“Celebration of the Catholic parish of Lancefield and Romsey centenary 1906-2006 [John Lynch]”

The Fanning ancestry and Skehan descendants of Mary Skehan nee Fanning are detailed in the following genealogy reports.

Mary Skehan nee Fanning Ancestor Report

Mary Skehan nee Fanning Ancestor Report

Mary Skehan nee Fanning Descendant Report

Mary Skehan nee Fanning Descendant Report

 

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Francis Collins Fanning 1893-1935 Victoria Australia

Francis Collins Fanning centre Victoria Australia

My grandfather Frank Fanning is in the centre. I don’t know when this was taken but he is obviously in his work clothes.

He was a talented builder. He is said to have built the original St Theresa’s Primary School and quite a few of the local picture theatres around Essendon.

His son Jack, also a builder, built the Presbytery at St Theresa’s. One thing I remember my father telling me about him was that he played the violin I also have been told he liked to bet on the horses.

One story I heard was that one time he won a thousand pounds on the horses and wanted to buy his daughter Eileen a piano with it, but Ida my grandmother was opposed to spending the money in this way and wanted to buy property. Frank prevailed and Eileen got a piano.Given how strong willed my grandmother was, this was no mean feat!

Advertisement for Frank Fanning Essendon Builder

Francis Collins Fanning, “Frank” Fanning, my grandfather was a builder in the Essendon area. This advertisement was in the local Church paper and may have been around 1923.

House built by Frank Fanning 1924

Ida Theresa Mackey married Francis Collins Fanning on the 25th September 1915, in St Monica’s Church, Essendon, Melbourne

Marriage Certificate of Ida Mackey and Francis Collins Fanning 1915

Wedding of ida Mackey & Francis Collins Fanning 1915

Eileen Glass nee Mackey, Edward Francis Fanning, Francis Collins Fanning, Ida Mackey, Mary Breen nee Mackey, 1915

The wedding was at St Monica’s Catholic Church in Essendon, Melbourne, on Sept 25, 1915.

Ida Fanning was an avid card player and president of the card committee at St Columba’s College in Essendon, where she organized the card afternoons until the early 1960′s. She also held card afternoons at her flat “Collida” in Stanley St Essendon. The name being a combination of her first name Ida and Collins, my grandfather’s second name. On her flat at Stanley St Essendon there was a brass plate with Collida on it. She taught me to play eucha in her front room. She loved the British monarchy and had numerous royal memorabilia.

Frank died at the age of forty after a three year illness.

Obituary for Francis Collins Fanning in the Kilmore Free Press 3 March 1932

Obituary for Francis Collins Fanning in the Kilmore Free Press 3 March 1932

Ida Fanning died age 84 and they are both buried in Fawkner Cemetery Melbourne.

Grave of Ida and Frank Fanning Fawkner Cemetery Victoria

The following genealogy reports detail the ancestors and descendants of Francis Collins Fanning. Continue reading

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