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Family connections around Black Springs and Oberon New South Wales

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Surnames/tags: New_South_Wales Black_Springs Oberon Donnelly Gorman Grady Hogan Hanrahan Rawson Kessey Phillips Black Springs Oberon
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The goal of this project is to map the interrelated family connections around Black Springs and Oberon New South Wales. As this area was isolated up until the 1880s the families of the area have multiple connections.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Elsie Gorman.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

Early families

  • Behan married Gorman (Shooters hill) Grady
  • Dargin married Gorman Whalan (Charles 1792 line)
  • Donnelly, married Grady Hanrahan McGuirk
    • James Donnelly married Margaret Hanrahan in the Black Springs area on 17 Jun 1854 and they had three children:
  • Grady daughters are founding mothers of the Casey/Kessey, Foran and Rawson families, Mary (c1807 - 1880 Rawson), Ellen (c1812 - 1894 Foran), Judith (c1816 - 1883 Casey/Kessey), later generations married Gorman Truscotts Flat, Gorman Shooters Hill
  • Phillips, daughters are founding mothers of the Gorman and Nightingale families, later generations married into the Crozier, Lee, Hogan and Foran families
  • Gorman Grady marriages

There is a good list of local names at[ https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12861544?searchTerm=Fosters%20Valley%20south%20of%20Bathurst The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Fri 29 May 1840 Page 1 A LIST OF OUTRAGES COMMITTED IN THE DISTRICT OF BATHURST.]


  • James Gorman Truscotts Flat,
  • James Gorman Shooters Hill
  • Rawsons Samuel and Mary Grady Brisbane Valley where the family cemetery is
  • James Donnelly and Anne lived at Brisbane Valley in the Fish River district near Oberon, NSW. Their land is in Mozart and now forms part of the property Lochlene.
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  • James Grady near the source of Fish River Creek and acquired numerous other blocks until 1859 when his estate was considerable/ Charley's Hill Black Springs Later went to John (1839-1925) and his wife Mary (McGuirk 1838-1925) and probably their son James (1861-1921)?
  • John Kessey married Patrick and Catherine’s Hogan daughter Mary Anne Kessey (KESSEY MARY A10401/1907 PATRICK CATHERINE OBERON)

and settled Wattle Park.

  • JAMES Stevenson obtained Swatchfield in 1857.
  • William Robinson and Jane Robinson, nee Stilwell, settled at Melville Park in 1859.

  • Daniel Stapleton married Mary Walsh at St Mary’s Cathedral in 1853 and settled at Isabella.


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Hi Elsie I will try to summarise the native Dog Creek, Sewells Creek Rockley families for you. Viv
posted by Viv Cunningham-Smith