Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in Australia

Catherine b 1830 and Bridget b 1833 Tully 


Sisters Catherine and Bridget arrived in Fremantle on April 28 1853 as part of the assisted emigration from Mountbellew Workhouse 

 'Catherine Tully, Castleblakeney' is recorded as being one of the 3 girls selected to replace those too ill to travel in November 1852 in the Mountbellew Board of Guardians minutes of the 12th of November

Catherine Tully married Joseph Watkins in 1854 and had 3 daughters Mary Ann 1854-1919, Margaret 1857-1936, and 1862-1941. A son Henry died soon after birth in 1855

Bridget married Sam Willis and had no family

Joseph Watkins was imprisoned in  c1860 and soon after Catherine left her daughters with her sister Bridget who raised them 

The attached pics are of the 3 daughters 

Mary Ann married George Willey 1871 in Beverley, when she was 17 with descendants 

Harriett married George Grover and had 13 children born

Ellen married Richard Boyle and had 15 children 

Additional Information
Associated Building (s) Mountbellew Workhouse  


  • Catherine Tully and Joseph Watkins actually had 4 daughters - Mary Anne, Harriet, Margaret and Ellen.

    Harriet married Richard Wells

    Margaret married George Grover, they had 13 children.  Margaret and George are my great-grandparents on my fathers side.

    Hope this info helps.



    Christine Hunter (nee Grover)

    Christine H

    Monday 4th January 2021, 07:28AM
  • Hi, do you happen to know who Catherine and Bridget's father was?  Is it on their marriage certificates?  They arrived the same year as my ancestress 1853, although mine was Ellen Tully on the Travancore, arriving January.  There aren't many Tully's so I often wondered if they were related?  Ellen's father was James Tully, a linendraper, according to her first marriage.  It was Thomas Tully, a linendraper, on the 2nd - although this is more likely to be the error as her husband's father's name was Thomas.


    Sunday 29th August 2021, 03:15AM

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