Johanna Dell nee Fanning 1848-1923 Victoria Australia

Johanna Fanning outside her family home “Sunnyside” at Bulla Victoria Australia

This picture was taken outside “Sunnyside”  c 1868. She would have been about twenty years old.

Johanna Louisa Fanning was born in 1848 at Bulla in Victoria.

She married William Frederick Dell on the 17th Nov, 1884. She was 36, although the marriage certificate says 27, and he was also 27.

They were married in St Francis’ Catholic Church, Melbourne.

On her marriage record Johanna signed her name using the more English “Joanna”.

William Dell was born in Berkshire, England about 1857. His being English did not please Johanna’s Irish father and it is said that Johanna was cut out of the will because she chose to marry an Englishman. She was the only child not to receive property from her parents.

On her marriage certificate her occupation is given as “Hotel Keeper” and address as Bulla. I wonder what hotel she was working at or managing.

Family stories have them owning a pub in Richmond. In 1888 on her daughter’s death certificate she is again listed as a hotel keeper.

From the years 1909 to her death in 1923, she lived at 145 Surrey Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne and her occupation was described as “Home Duties”.

Her sister, Mary Skehan of Monegetta, left Johanna 50 pounds in her will in 1900.

Joanna was 74 when she died.

She had a very sad life, in that her only two children died as infants.

William Frederick Dell died after two weeks on 28 Dec, 1887. His parents’ address at this time was the Norfolk Hotel in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Joanna Louise Dell was born at South Yarra, but died after five months, at Bulla, on 3 Dec 1888.

William Dell died  in Richmond in 1939 aged 81.

On the census forms he is listed as a Gentleman in 1884, a Hotel Keeper in 1888 and from 1909 to 1924 as a Cook.

In 1936 he was living at 7 Claremont St, Sth Yarra, Melbourne.

Joanna and William Frederick Dell are buried with their two children, in the Melbourne General Cemetery, in the Catholic section, but not in the Fanning plot.

Joanna Dell Death Notice Oct 1923 The Argus

Memorial Notice for Joanna Dell The Argus 1925

 

 

 

The ancestry of Johanna Dell nee Fanning is detailed in the following genealogy report.

Johanna Dell nee Fanning Ancestors Report

Johanna Dell nee Fanning Ancestors Report

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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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