Elizabeth Carberry 1832

Elizabeth Carberry 1832

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in Australia

Elizabeth Carberry was born in Galway in 1832 to Michael and Sarah Carberry. She had a sister named Mary, born in 1834. It is believed that both of Elizabeth's parents died in 1852. In that same year the two girls were transported to Australia. 

Elizabeth, along with 31 other girls including her sister Mary, set sail on the Palestine. Each of the girls was an orphan from the Mountbellew Workhouse in County Galway. The journey was a difficult one. It began with travelling across the country to Dublin and then on to Plymouth where they remained for two days while they were processed. On the 29th of November, 1852, they finally set sail for a new life in Australia. Five months later the girls arrived in Freemantle, Australia on the 28th of April 1853. One can only imagine the hardships they endured on their long and arduous voyage. The girls were met as they disembarked the ship by an Immigration Agent who entrusted them to the care of an Immigrant Orphan Committee. 

Two years after arriving in Australia, Elizabeth married a man called James Maguire. The wedding took place on the 31st of May 1855 in Perth, Western Australia. James was a Limerick man, two years her senior. The pair would go on to have nine children together. Their names were John (1856)Thomas (b. 1857)Mary Jane (b. 1859)Sarah Anne (b. 1861)James (b. 1863)Michael (b.1866), Annie (b, 1868), Elizabeth Margaret (b. 1870), Michael (b. 1873).

Elizabeth died on the 24th of November 1886 in Dardanup, Western Australia at the age of 54. 

This Chronicle was created with thanks to the Mountbellew Workhouse Orphan Girls Project




Additional Information
Date of Birth 1832  
Date of Death 24th Nov 1886  
Associated Building (s) Mountbellew Workhouse  


  • I may have information about Elizabeth Carberry and James McGuire

    I am researching the Lives of Thomas and Eliza Little.  Thomas (b.1900) was from Carraroe and Eliza (b. 1797, nee Lally) from Kiltullagh.  After years in India, Thomas and Eliza settled in Western Australia, eventually at Dardanup.  Thomas was a founding father of WA, renowned for his support of Catholic and Irish causes.  He is reputed to have given Irish immigrants 100 acres of land to get them started.  He gave the land for the building of the first Catholic church in the WA Countryside and was instrumental in raising money to get it built.  I have copies of two original documents.

    “1856 Dardanup inhabitants” shows James McGuire with 6 people in his family, including one child.  It also shows a John Mcguire with 11 in his household, including 6 children.

    “Donors to church building fund” shows that James McGuire  committed to £10 for the building of the church in 1857.  This was a very substantial amount of money.

    I have almost completed the Australian part of my biography of Thomas and Eliza and it includes a lot of information about Dardanup and Thomas’ tenants of whom I suspect the McGuires were one.  If you would like more information I would be happy to provide it.

    Do you know of living descendants of the McGuires who may have information that would help me, particularly as to how Thomas Little helped his tenants?


    Tuesday 10th November 2020, 06:21PM
  • Hi Stephen, 

    Wow what an interesting project! If you would like to send me an email at vkelly@irelandxo.com then I would love to discuss working your research into an article. 

    As for living descendents hopefully one of our members will be able to help you out. 

    Best of luck!

    Chronicles Editor

    Wednesday 11th November 2020, 10:20AM

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