Michael Carty was born in Ireland in around 1805. One possible record was found for the baptism of a Michael, son of Miles Carty and Margaret Bryan at Athy, Laois, Kildare, on 27 Oct 1805, but this has not been confirmed as a correct link.
Michael married Margaret Norton at Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland, on 9 Jun 1836. The marriage was witnessed by Pat Whelan and Brian Norton.
At 34 years of age, Michael, a shepherd, and his wife left Ballymore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, to board the "Thomas Lawrie", a British barque of 300 tons that departed London/Gravesend on 2 Oct 1839, and arrived in Tasmania, Australia, on 4 Mar 1840 carrying 60 passengers.
They came to Tasmania as indentured servants of the Van Diemen's Land Co. (VDL Co.).
After serving their time with VDL Co, running the dairy at Smithton, Michael and his family moved to Somerset. The following is taken from a newspaper article printed in the Burnie Advocate on Sat 13 Oct 1934, Page 5:
"REAL PIONEERS OF EMU BAY.
Michael Carty, his wife and large family, resided on an 88-acre section of land, west of Seagrave's. It had a good wide frontage to Bass Strait, and some half a mile southward. lt was a diflicult farm to work for agriculture, being practically all composed of a heavy clay soil. It was a great farm for grass and clover of the English and White Dutch varieties. Some fine crops of potatoes, oats and peas were grown in favorable seasons, but were always late in harvesting. Farmer Michael Carty kept teams of bullocks, and possessed some fine dairy cattle, too. He and his sons carried on much timber-hauling on the Cam road, for which the bullock teams were admirably adapted, and the farm was noted for its good sires of cattle and swine. So far as I can remember, Pioneer Carty, did not bother himself with local or political matters. He and his wife and a couple of young children came out from Ireland. Michael and wife, as servants of the V.D.L. Co., arrived in 1839. In their large family of twelve, girls predominated largely. Mrs. Carty died at an early age (47), but her husband lived to an old age. From their sons and daughters have sprung up an army of descendants residing throughout the Commonwealth and New Zealand. The farm passed out of the Carty family possession many years ago, and has become subdivided, with several good buildings erected. At the foot of the hill (till recently) there were two apple trees, still in bearing, the age of which was estimated at not less than eighty years."
Michael died at Emu Bay, Tasmania, on 23 Jul 1876. He was listed as 75 years of age (although other records would indicate an age of about 70), and he died of "decay of nature". He was buried at View Road Cemetery, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia.
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