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On a sheet of paper located in my fathers papers I discovered a paper written by his grandfather Richard MAGUIRE telling of his fathers family history. It states John MAGUIRE (Son of Richard MAGUIRE and Bridget BRUTIN/HEFFERNAN) arrived in Australia on the Donald McKay in 1857. He married Johanna O'GORMAN in Victoria Australia in 1860. "Father (John) had two step brothers William and Miichael HEFFERNAN, brothers were Patrick, Thomas, Richard and James. Thry went to school next to the Police Barrack in the Glen of Arhelow, afterwards to Rosshog and then to Hammersmith London."

A family story was the John's brother Tom went to Western Australia  and lived at Maguire's Crossing in WA (yet to be confirmed).

I am looking for birth and marriage records, to enlarge this line.

Any help would be appreciated as I am in Australia and cannot access materials other than online.




Sunday 20th May 2012, 03:10AM

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  • Hi Sharon,

    Could you please post your message on the Clonbeg (Aherlow) parish page here:

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Galbally and Aherlow (Cashel and Emly). These date from 1810 for baptismal records and 1809 for marriage records.These are available at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2499. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    Alternately, you could contact the Limerick Archives:

    Or Tipperary Family History Research: or

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here:

    Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? You have the name of the ship and a date, so this will help a lot. Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong has produced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrants of Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useul for finding out an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in the Colonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a wide variety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants on board ship, peitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more.

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Wednesday 6th June 2012, 10:01AM
  • Dp you have a birth date or approximate birth date for John McGuire- may be able to do a look up if you can give me some details.



    Clare Tuohy

    Monday 18th June 2012, 08:16PM

    Hi Sharon, my name is Rick (Richard) Maguire and I live in Perth Western Australia. I have had a couple of goes at trying to find out a bit more about my father's background but have had to shelve the exercise due to more pressing matters.  I have recently started delving again and came across your post on this site.  My father (deceased) was John Francis Maguire, his parents were  William Maguire (McGuire?) and Emma Walker.  Although my father never spoke about his father (his parents separated quite early in the piece I think) I have learnt that William Maguire's parents were John Maguire (McGuire) and Johanna O'Gorman.  So it would seem we are related!

    I would love to know what other information you have unearthed in your search and of course a bit more about yourself.

    Really looking forward to hearing back from you.


    Rick Maguire



    Wednesday 30th December 2015, 09:51AM