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Orphan Number: 2080
Orphan: Thomas GLEESON
Mother:MOLOUGHNY, Winifred
Father:GLEESON, Thomas
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:Kinnear
Age when admitted:6yrs
Date admitted:15 Oct 1862
Date discharged:28 Jan 1868
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother
Remarks: from New Norfolk - father dead
References: SWD26/5, HAP1871/63

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

While Thomas and his sister Winifred Gleeson and step-sister Catherine Whelan were in the Orphan School their mother married, for the 3rd time, John McRedmond a 30 year old bachelor on 8 May 1864.  Her three husbands were all from County Tipperary, Ireland.
Winifred and John had a daughter Elizabeth McRedmond born 3 August 1864 at Lachlan. Elizabeth in later years married Eugene Cashion, son of a Tipperary born settler Michael Cashion  and his wife Ellen Larkins from Dublin.

Thomas had two other sisters Johanna and Mary Ann Gleeson who had remained with their mother when he and his two other sisters were at the Orphan School.  Johanna later married William Mitchell and Mary Ann married Charles Harris (son of Charles Harris Snr. and Eliza Weeks).

Thomas Joseph Gleeson married Harriet Eliza Brooks 19 Feb 1876 at New Norfolk.  Harriet was born at Back River, New Norfolk in 1856, the daughter of Thomas Brooks & Margaret Walsh an Irishwoman from County Wicklow.  Margaret had been sentenced to 7 years transportation for burning a haystack.

Thomas and his wife Harriet settled at Lachlan and in later years took over his deceased fatherís farm on land he had begun to clear so many years ago.

Their children were:-

(a)   Thomas (Bill) William Gleeson born 6/9/1876 New Norfolk married Ellen Grace (Nell) Harrison 20/4/1904 New Norfolk.

(b)   John (Jack) Edward Gleeson born 23/10/1878 Lachlan married Ivy Gladys Scanes 2/1/1917 New Town, Sydney, NSW.  John died 1951 NSW

(c)   Male Gleeson born 29/12/1880 Lachlan.  Died 30/12/1880.

(d)   Winifred Mary Gleeson born 11/1/1882 Lachlan married Charles David Cordwell 23/4/1902 New Norfolk (son of Henry Valentine Cordwell & Eliza Jane (Mary) Wilton.  Winifred died 1971 Glenorchy.

(e)   George Frederick Gleeson born 21/8/1884 Lachlan married Sarah Rogers born 10/1/1887 Lancashire, England daughter of Freeman Rogers & Sarah Smith 3/5/1910 New Norfolk.  George & Sarah were my grandparents.  They farmed land at Lachlan that had belonged to Winifred Moloughney & Thomas Gleeson Snr. & later my father Kevin Gleeson & his two brothers Eric & Ronald.

(f)    Ambrose Ernest Gleeson born 8/5/1887 Lachlan.  Died 19/9/1906 Lachlan.

(g)   Patrick James Gleeson born 18/3/1890 Lachlan married Lena May Sorenson 3/11/1915 New Norfolk (daughter of Niels Martin Sorenson & Julia Florence Francis).  Patrick died 1967 Port Pirie, SA.

(h)   Francis (Frank) Joseph Gleeson born 30/1/1893 Lachlan married Elizabeth Hartill 1/5/1916 Hobart.  Francis died 22/7/1969 New Norfolk.

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