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The Roman Catholic church in Australia was led by Bishop John Bede Polding in Sydney, and he appointed the Franciscan, Rev Fr Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan who arrived in Port Phillip on 15 May 1839 on the ship Paul Pry, following his appointment to the newly formed parish of Port Phillip.
On 26 August 1839 Fr. Richard Walsh arrived at Melbourne from Sydney on the 351 ton barque "Christina" to act as Fr. Geoghegan's assistant.
Fr Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan OFM
Fr Geoghegan was born in either 1804 or 1805 and was baptised soon after. During his early life, Fr Geoghegan mainly lived in orphanages until a Franciscan Father rescued him. He studied in the Irish Franciscan College at Lisbon and was ordained in 1829. His first assignment was at St Francis' Church, Dublin, popularly known as the Church of Adam and Eve.
In 1839, he volunteered to venture off to Australian and arrived in Port Jackson on 31 December 1838 and for a few months was in charge of the St Benedict's parish. On 15 May 1839, he reached the Port Phillip district. With the exception of six months spent in Sydney in 1846, he laboured without respite at St Francis' Church, Melbourne until November 1848 when he was moved to Geelong. He then became the Bishop of Adelaide in 1859.
Whilst bound for Rome, he developed a throat condition, and although he was transferred to Golburn in 1864, he never made it and died on 9 May 1864 in Kingston, a suburb of Dublin and is buried in the Church of Adam and Eve.
Fr. Michael Stephens OSA
Fr Stephens was appointed administrator of St Francis' during the time Fr Geoghegan was away ill, in Sydney, from April to September 1842. After Fr Geoghegan's return, Fr Stephens was appointed to Geelong.
Fr. John Joseph Therry
Fr Therry was born in Cork, Ireland in 1790 and was ordained a priest in 1815. He arrived in Sydney on 3 May 1820 and purchased the site on which the present St Mary's Cathedral stands. He dies in Sydney in 1864.
Page 10 of the Parish Marriages Register has 4 weddings, conducted by Richard Walsh of Melbourne, Minister of Saint Francis Church, 2 dated (I think) 23 and 2 dated 24 August 1840. The man and then the woman declares 'I am of, or hold communion with, the Roman Catholic Church' and Rev Walsh declares they were joined in Wedlock in the presence of ... witnesses.
Michael Obrien wed 23 Aug 1840 to Matilda Talbot, with witnesses Cornelius OBrien and Margaret Dodd
William Howell wed 23 Aug 1840 to Ann Canavan, with witnesses John Canavan and Margaret Canavan who are possibly her brother and sister
Thomas Chapman wed 24 Aug 1840 to Margaret Hynes, with witnesses William Homes and Julia Trenham both otherwise unknown
Matthew Phillips wed 24 Aug 1840 to Jane Fortune, with witnesses George and Ellen Armstrong
Page 9 of the at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne Parish Baptism Register has 15 baptisms Solemnised in the Parish from 6 to 27 June 1841|
On 6 June 1841 by Rev Geoghegan
36045 - Caroline Colston aged 14 days, dau of Benjamin Colston and Eliza Macken of Cheltenham, born 23 May 1841 witnesses are Pat Donaghu and Ann Quinn
36046 - James Burke aged 5 days, son of Thomas Burke and Mary Butler of Melbourne, born 1 June 1841 witnesses for baptism are Joseph Haynes and Jane Donahy
Baptisms Solemnised by Rev Michael Ryan are:-
Thomas Cunningham aged 4 days, son of Thomas Cunningham and Maria born 3 June 1841 witness for baptism on 7 June 1841 is Mary Warr
36048 - Thomas Downs aged 1 month, 5 days, son of Thomas Downs and Susan Oneil of Launceston, born 4 May 1841 witnesses for baptism on 9 June 1841 are Joseph Owens and Ann Kennedy
36049 - Richard Splane aged 1 month, 4 days, son of William Splane and Eleanor Ahern, of Melbourne born 5 May 1841 witness for baptism on 9 June 1841 is Mary Burke
Thomas Chapman aged 8 days, son of Thomas Chapman and Margaret Hynes born 5 June 1841 witnesses for baptism on 13 June 1841 are Susan Poole, Lachlin Dighman, John Barry
Mary Lynch aged 9 days, dau of John Lynch and Bridget Dea born 4 June 1841 witness for baptism on 13 June 1841 is John Joyce
Joseph Connor aged 9 days, son of Thomas Connor and Eliza Cavanagh born 11 June 1841 witnesses for baptism on 20 June 1841 are John Ball and Anne Cavanagh
Elizabeth Cavanagh aged 1 month, 10 days, dau of James Cavanagh and Ann Donaha born 10 May 1841 witnesses for baptism on 20 June 1841 are Edward Fitzsimmons and Bridget Fitzsimmons
Esther King aged 19 days, dau of William King and Esther Drogace born 1 June 1841 witness for baptism on 20 June 1841 is Mary Lynch
Elizabeth May Usher aged 1 month, 8 days, dau of Richard Usher and Rosannah McCloud born 12 May 1841 witnesses for baptism on 20 June 1841 are Isaac Thompson, John Davis, Johanna Wells, Margaret Collins
Bridget Moorey aged 13 days, dau of John Moorey and Mary McKee born 7 June 1841 witnesses for baptism on 20 June 1841 are Edward Can and Ellen Cleary (could be wife of Patrick Clearey)
David John Scott aged 15 days, son of William Scott and Eleanor Lyons born 9 June 1841 witnesses for baptism on 24 June 1841 are Adam Murray and Elizabeth Lyons
Michael Donahue aged 1 month, 4 days, son of Patrick Donahue and Mary Higgins born 20 May 1841 witnesses for baptism on 24 June 1841 are John Holian and Cath Dakin
Catherine Sweeney aged 1 month, 8 days, dau of Thomas Sweeney and Margaret Micham of Yarra Yarra, born 19 May 1841 witnesses for baptism on 27 June 1841 are Robert and Margaret Hayes
Not on this page, appears to be twin sister
Margaret Sweeney dau of Thomas and Margaret Micham of Yarra Yarra, baptism on 27 June 1841
Page 27 of the at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne are Parish Baptism Register has 15 baptisms Solemnised by Rev Daniel Macelvey from 7 to 14 Nov 1841|
Barnaby Keough aged 8 days, son of Barnaby Keough and Judith Stapleton born 30 Oct 1841 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Thomas Clancy and Bridget Gleeson
John Neville aged 7 days, son of James Neville and Ellen Ahern born 31 Oct 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Edward Cott and Mary Magrett
Mary Wells aged 5 months, dau of Henry Wells and Hannah Hill born 7 June 1841 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Daniel Clancy and Catherine Clancy
Margarite Kelly aged 7 days, dau of Lawrence Kelly and Mary Carey of Kilmore, born 31 Oct 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Bernard Hanlon and Alice Butler
Ellen Carroll aged 16 days, dau of Michael Carroll and Mary Hynes born 22 Oct 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Patrick Egan and Mary Carroll
Charles Staunton aged 7 months, son of Charles Staunton and Mary McMahon of Merri Creek, born 7 Apr 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are John King and Rose Head (wife of John Char)
Bridget Clear aged 5 months, 15 days, dau of John Clear and Rose Head born 23 July 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are William Leahy and Mary Magrath
James Waters aged 11 days, son of John Waters and Elizabeth Hogan of Newtown, born 27 Oct 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are William Humphrey and Judith Holohan
George Anderson aged 2 days, son of Patrick Anderson and Margaret McEloy of Richmond, born 5 Nov 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are Jeremiah Maker and Elizabeth McElroy
Mary Boyle aged 2 months, 24 days, dau of William Boyle and Winifred Corcoran of Macedon, born 14 Aug 1842 witnesses for baptism on 7 Nov 1842 are James Healy and Mary Cormick
James Smith aged 7 days, son of Edward Smith and Catherine Bruce of Moonee Ponds, born 3 Nov 1842 witnesses for baptism on 10 Nov 1842 is Mary Ann Wilson
Harriett Chapman aged 15 days, dau of Thomas Chapman and Margarite Hynes of Yarra Yarra, born 29 Oct 1842 witnesses for baptism on 13 Nov 1842 are Mary Lyons and William Chapman
James Connor aged 2 months, 4 days, son of Michael Connor and Catherine Roberts born 7 Sep 1842 witnesses for baptism on 13 Nov 1842 are Calaghan McCarthy and Mary McCarthy
Patrick Nelson aged 5 days, son of Patrick Nelson and Mary Reilly born 9 Nov 1842 witnesses for baptism on 14 Nov 1842 are Patrick McDermott and Cath Reilly
William Barry aged 5 days, son of James Barry and Margaret Rogers born 9 Nov 1842 witness for baptism on 14 Nov 1842 is Martin Bartley
Thomas Chapman wed 23 Aug 1840 to Margaret Hynes in the presence of Witnesses James and Julia Frencham, at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Thomas Chapman, and Margaret Haynes baptised Thomas 1841, female Harriet at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #433
also Michael 1844, George 1846
Thomas Chapman Directory 1847 brickmakers Batman's Swamp
William appears to be a brother of Thomas
There appear to be two, the other William Chapman 25 hus (10 family) Stonemason Prot Both Tyrone Co., came 7 June 1841 on the Frankfield with wife Ann and infant dau Ann Jane
William Chapman and Anne baptised Margaret 1844, James 1845, William 1847 died
William Chapman the Brickmaker, details unknown
Thomas was born Middlesex England and was Catholic, so we expect his brother is also.
Richard has a Death Certificate of one named William Chapman, died 31 Dec 1862 at the Immigrants Home, Princes Bridge, Melbourne aged 66, from Chronic disease of the Liver, unmarried, gardener, from Middlesex, England and 32 years in the colony. The Informant is Edmund Harrison, Messenger, of the Immigrants Home, and no burial details are shown. (Only 2 of the 5 deaths listed, have burial details)
From on Friday, 22 August, 2008|
Thomas Chapman (believed to be son of Hariet Beard wed 2 Dec 1798 to Thomas Chapman at Clewer, Berkshire) was born about 1803 in Middlesex England. He died on 23 Jun 1874 in Flemington Melbourne Vic Australia.
Thomas wed Margaret Hines daughter of Michael Hines on 28 Apr 1840 in Melbourne. Margaret was born about 1819 in Galway Ireland. She died on 11 Feb 1902 in Nth Melbourne.
1. Thomas Chapman 5 Jun 1841 - after 1902, was christened on 13 Jun 1841 in Melbourne.
2. Harriet Theresa Chapman 29 Oct 1842 - 9 Jul 1898 wed 1867 #1761 to Andrew Charles Toal c1841 - 1894, born in Belfast Ireland, arrived Melbourne Jun 1855 Hotspur and died in Bendigo Vic Australia.
3. Michael Chapman 1844 - 5 Sep 1923, butcher, wed 1882 to Susannah Lonergan 1859 - 6 Jun 1913 born in Hobart Tas Australia.
4. George Chapman 1846 - 23 Jul 1922 Slaughterman, butcher died in Yarraville Vic Australia.
George wed 1869 to Margaret McNamara c1851 - 10 Mar 1871 aged 20, born in Tipperary Ireland, arrived Melbourne Vic 1854, Wanata (assisted immigrant family)
George wed (2) in 1873 to Mary Doherty c1854 - 30 Sep 1884 aged 30, born in Kerry Ireland.
George wed (3) on 20 May 1886 to Margaret Burke c1857 - 26 Sep 1920 aged 63 born Adelaide SA Australia.
5. Henry Chapman was born in 1848 in Melbourne Vic Australia. He died as a infant.
6. Henry Chapman was born in 1849 - 14 Dec 1907, Butcher, wed 1879 to Bridget McInerney c1856 - 1892 aged 36, born in Clare Ireland and died in Melbourne E Vic Australia.
7. John Chapman 1852 - 1861 lived 9 years
8. Mary Margaret Chapman c1854 - 6 Apr 1914 wed 1881 to Edward Joseph Cuffe 1856 - 1930 aged 74, born in Cork Ireland, arrived Melbourne Oct 1878, Cassiope
9. Patrick Chapman 10 Sep 1855 - 11 Dec 1937 in Melbourne Vic Australia. Slaughterman, butcher, wed in Sydney NSW Australia 1897 to Mary Ellen Bevan "Nellie", born in 1857 - 2 Oct 1940 in Kew Vic Australia.
10. Edward Joseph Chapman c1859 - 22 Apr 1935 in Glenroy Vic Australia. Butcher wed 1882 to Susan McManaman 13 May 1860 - 13 Aug 1940
11. James Andrew Chapman 25 Jun 1860 - 6 May 1927 aged 66. He was christened on 30 Jul 1860 in Melbourne Vic Australia.
Butcher, council employee, James wed 22 Jun 1891 in Flemington Vic Australia to Jane Cooke "Jenny" 18 Dec 1869 - 16 Apr 1939 aged 68, daughter of Joseph Cooke and Ruth Booth born in Nether Hallam Yorkshire England. She was christened on 21 Jun 1891 in Melbourne Vic Australia. Housemaid Emigrated, arrived Melbourne Australia Apr 1888, Orient