Martin Doherty the son of John Doherty and Judith Purcell was born in 1839. He was baptised on the 11th November, 1839. At the time of his birth the family lived on Mill Street in Callan. In 1856 the Doherty family emigrated to South Australia. They arrived in Port Adelaide on board the "Marion" on the 19th January, 1857. Within a few years of arriving in the colony Martin's parents and his two younger brothers James and John move to Melbourne, Victoria. He never lost contact with his family.
On arrival in South Australia Martin gained employment with Henry Hill and Company the carrier of goods for the South Australian Government. When this work was taken over by the South Australian Railway Department Martin began what would become a lifelong career as a public servant. He started out as a pay clerk and quickly rose through the ranks to become Receiver of Revenue. An article in The Advertiser on the 2nd March, 1910, states that when he retired 60 officers representing all branches of the department gathered to celebrate 40 years of efficient and faithful service.
On 3rd May 1863 he married Bridget Keough. They had at least five children. Bridget died on 18th December 1879. On the 10th January 1882 Martin married Margaret Roche. This union produced at least four children.
Martin died at his residence "Callan Villa" on 1st March 1910. He was survied by hs wife Margaret and eight of his children.