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Orphan Number: 2076
Orphan: Catherine GLEESON
Mother:MOLOUGHNEY, Winifred
Father:WHELAN, William
Mother's ship:Catherine to Adelaide
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:9yrs
Date admitted:15 Oct 1862
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: won good conduct prize Jan 1864 - stepfather Thomas Gleeson per Kinnear
References: SWD26/5, 27, 28


This orphan has been claimed by: Margaret LEWIS (nee GLEESON

Catherine Whelan was born in South Australia to William Whelan and Winifred Moloughney. Her step-father, whose name she later adopted was Thomas Gleeson. 

Catherine, aged 19, married William Briers, aged 21, a carpenter on 10 May 1872 at St Peters Roman Catholic Church, New Norfolk.  William was the son of Robert Briers and Lydia Jelley.  Witnesses at the marriage were her half-brother Thomas Gleeson and half-sister Winifred Gleeson.

Children of the marriage:

(1)   Winifred Louisa Briers born 1/1/1873 married Joseph Heri Marsh.

(2)   William Edwin Briers born 18/1/1875 New Norfolk. Died 1878

(3)   Susan Elizabeth Briers born 15/11/1876 New Norfolk. Died 1890 New Norfolk.

(4)   Lydia Mary Briers born 16/6/1879 New Norfolk married James Thomas Miller, New Norfolk.

(5)   Edward John Briers born 6/10/1881 New Norfolk married Victoria Hannah Louisa Kingshott 1910 Hobart.

(6)   Catherine Elizabeth Matilda Briers born 16/1/1884 New Norfolk married Samuel Arthur Wilton 1900 Lachlan.

(7)   William Bernard Briers born 15/12/1886 New Norfolk married Beatrice Mary Aiken 1913 Hobart.

(8)   Patrick Norman Briers born 25/3/1889 New Norfolk.

(9)   Joseph (Vincent) Briers born 19/3/1891 New Norfolk.  Died 16/1/1900 Lachlan.

Catherine’s second marriage was to James Alfred Wakefield on 6 Sep 1893 New Norfolk (son of James Wakefield and Catherine Conradina Conrad).



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