His parents were Michael Farrington and Mary Forde of Baranna. His father also known as Michael FARRAGHER. Siblings were Mary FARRAGHER 1875-1905 married Francis COSGRAVE, Thomas FARRAGHER 1876-1964, Bridget 1876, and Pat 1885.
John emigrated in 1900, arriving at Bluff, Southland, New Zealand in July aboard the Aotea.
He first worked as a forrester in the eastern area of Southland, but by 1906 had moved into the town of Invercargill to find work as the trees had gone. He gained employment with the railways.
In 1906 he married Julia Kenneally. She had been born in Waikiwi, now a northern suburb of Invercargill in 1882. Her parents were Irish immigrants from Waterford and Cork. John's work with the railways took him around the South Island of New Zealand. He retired in Timaru. Sadly Julia died there in 1941 aged just 59. This was around the time that their son Michael had been anounced missing presumed dead in Greece and then discovered as a POW. John moved on and eventually ended up in Auckland with his grandson Michael (pictured in the photograph) and family in Auckland. He died there in 1963 two weeks after the death of President Kennedy which I feel broke his heart, based on comments made to me by my father.