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Catherine (Lally) Gaal (abt. 1839 - 1902)

Catherine Gaal formerly Lally
Born about in Loughrea, County Galway, Irelandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 28 Oct 1861 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 63 in Annandale, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Feb 2019
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Catherine Lally / Lalley was born about 1839 at Lough Rea, County Galway, Ireland. She was a daughter of John Lally, a stonemason, and Mary Smith.[1]

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Catherine (Lally) Gaal migrated from Ireland to New South Wales.
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The potato famine raging in Ireland, Catherine's mother deposited money with the NSW Immigration Board on 14th April 1856, to secure her daughter’s passage to Australia. Catherine sailed to Sydney aboard the Mary Ann, arriving on 19th March 1857.

She married Dutch emigrant, Marinus Gaal on 28th October 1861 in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Sydney.[2] At the time of their marriage Catherine was working as a domestic servant in Prince Street, The Rocks. The family lived at 17 Pottinger Street, The Rocks for a number of years before settling in Alma Street, Darlington (now Redfern) from at least 1874.[3]

After Marinus’ death in 1887, Catherine moved to 455 Young Street, Annandale, New South Wales. It was here that she passed away on 30th November 1902, aged 63, from acute exhaustion and enteritis.[4] She was buried on 1st December 1902 at Rockwood Cemetery (Church of England).


  1. unsubstantiated family records
  2. New South Wales Marriage Index #739/1861
  3. unsubstantiated family records
  4. New South Wales Death Index #12618/1902)

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