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St. Patricks Day

March 17, 2015

Today, I thought, in honour of St. Patricks Day, I would mention one of my Irish Ancestors.

The Boyle family are the first that come to mind.

BOYLE: PATRICK BOYLE arrived in Melbourne from Ireland on “The Pomona”  in 1857.  Also travelling with him were his wife MARGARET McCLINTOCK and daughters, Ellen, Annie and Margaret. They quickly settled in Violet Town, where Patrick became a successful farmer. on the banks of the Honeysuckle Creek.  Margaret died in 1862, just 5 years after their arrival. Patrick remarried in 1866 to Maria Chute. They had 4 daughters and 3 sons – Hanora, James, Thomas, Theresa, Francis, Maria and Catherine. Patrick died in 1891 in Violet Town and is buried in a large family plot with both wives and his daughter Ellen who  predeceased him.


Patrick’s daughter Ellen was murdered by her husband, Richard Chute,  in 1871. She was a young mother with two children, the youngest just a few days old. You can read more about her tragic story here

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