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I would really appreciate any assistance finding information regarding my great, great grandfather Alexander Gunning (b 1830 Carrickfergus, d 1885 Brim Brim, Victoria, Australia)

Parents per his death certificate Thomas Gunning, Solicitor & Mary Gunning (Taggart) of Carrickfergus

Family oral history tells that Alexander trained as a pharmcist (although may not have completed) and came to Australia about 1849 with a relative Dr. Alexander Thomas Gunning (born 1816 in Carrickfergus) Dr Gunning arrived in Melbourne, Australia on the Whitby as the ships doctor; but no passengers are listed.

Really enjoying learning more about my Irish heritage on your site!




Sunday 22nd May 2022, 04:39AM

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  • Possibly some papers in PRONI relating to the Gunning family:

    D889/2/64 dated 1862/1863

    Bundle of eleven documents including Copy Probate, letters receipts and accounts relating to the Estate of Elizabeth Gunning Intestate, William and Thomas Gunning Administrators.

    I looked for a will for Thomas Gunning and for death notices in the newspapers but without success.  Could not see death certificates for Thomas & Mary 1864 onwards (which is when death registration started in Ireland).

    What denomination was the Gunning family? Have you looked for baptism records for Alexander and siblings? (Records may not be on-line).



    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 22nd May 2022, 07:13AM
  • Thanks Elwyn,

    Alexander Gunning married Sarah McPhee in Australia on the 5th December 1859 according to the rights of the Presbyterian Church.  This is the only reference I have to a denomination for the family; however Sarah McPhee was born and baptised in Lockyside, Scotland - so the denomination may have been from the McPhee family?

    Will try and navigate the PRONI website and see how I go.

    kind regards - Jacqui



    Monday 23rd May 2022, 08:20AM