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From: "John Armstrong" <>
Subject: Roll call - Family of Michael Forde
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 16:49:15 +1100

Below is the Forde family that I am tracing and would appreciate any information about:

Michael Forde (Farmer) married unknown Duffy, Ireland.

Son John born 1815, Essexford, County Louth, married Mary Leonard, 1837, Dublin.

Mary was supposedly born 1823, Dublin (which made her 14 when married) and died 21 June 1878 at 110 Perry St Collingwood, Victoria. She was buried 23 June 1878 at Melbourne Cemetery. She arrived in Australia with daughter Maria aboard 'Atlanta' in July 1867.

John arrived in Melbourne 12 September 1857 with son, Joseph Michael, aboard General Windham. Reference Fiche 131, page 8, spelling of Forde shown as 'Ford'.

Trained as a Surveyor and took up Journalism initially part time while working in the Postal service in Dublin. He made the acquaintance of Charles (later Sir Charles) Gavan Duffy and contributed to Duffy's nationalistic newspaper, "Nation".

He renewed his acquaintance with Gavan Duffy after arriving in Melbourne. John Forde gained employment with the Melbourne "Age" newspaper.

John died on 24 July 1882 at Chapel St, City of Fitzroy, County of Bourke, Victoria. The informant was John Leonard Thomas Forde, Journalist, of 27 Moor St, Fitzroy.

Maria Gertrude Forde born 1839, Dublin, Ireland and arrived in Australia with her mother aboard 'Atlanta' August 1867. She died 31 May 1884 in Collingwood, Victoria.

Joseph Michael David Forde born 9 May 1840, 74 Middle Abbey Rd, Dublin. Arrived in Melbourne 12 September 1857 with father, John, aboard General Windham. Reference Fiche 131, page 8, spelling of Forde shown as 'Ford'.

Journalist, known as 'Old Chum' (Truth), 'The Oldest Inhabitant' (The Bulletin), 'The Rambler' (Sydney Gazette), 'Math Meddle', 'IMF', & 'TOD'.

Address: "The Gunyah", Railway Parade, Hazelbrook.

Born a Catholic, became a Methodist in Australia. Founder of the "Young Men's Club" at Paling Street Methodist Church, Neutral Bay, NSW. The Minister of the Church, Rev Metcalfe, regarded Joseph as an authority on most subjects.

Obituaries appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on May 4 1829 (Page 21, Column A) and May 8 1929 (Page 16, column B).

Homes at 24 Young St Neutral Bay and at Hazelbrook bore the name "The Gunyah", aboriginal for 'Meeting Place' or "place of shelter".

Joseph married Ellen Creeden on 10 May 1862 at St Francis Catholic Church, Melbourne. Ellen was born in 1841, County Cork, Ireland. She died 23 August 1918 at 154 West St, North Sydney.

Joseph married Amy (Anne) Besley Rigney in 1918.

John Leonard Thomas Forde born 1844, Dublin, died 26 February 1923 at 14 Hill St, Hawthorne, Victoria. John married Ellen Mary Doyle in Sydney, 1877. Arrived Melbourne with sister Rachel aboard 'Western Ocean' 1866. reference Fiche 255, page 6.

Journalist, employed by Melbourne "Age", Sydney "Daily Telegraph", Hobart "Mercury" and Melbourne "Advocate".

John's wife was the daughter of another journalist of the Melbourne "Age", John Doyle.

Death notice says he left a widow, but no children. John is remembered for a history of the legal profession in Victoria - "The story of the Bar in Victoria to it's amalgamation of the two branches of the legal profession, 1839 - 1891."

Rachel Forde born 1847, Dublin, Ireland, died 1868, Melbourne, Victoria. She arrived in Melbourne aboard 'Western Ocean' with her brother, John T Forde, March 1866.

John Armstrong


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