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John and Hanorah Brosnahan ~ Tombstone Tuesday

This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

If you have relatives that lived in the Timaru, South Canterbury area, it is well worth taking a look at the Timaru District Council Cemetery Database, which includes the following cemeteries: Arundel, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, Temuka, Paeroa West, and Timaru. They have most, if not all, their burial records online, and many have accompanying gravestone…

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Who the heck are these folks?

I’d love to know who these people are.  I think that the boy sitting on the running board is my grandfather, Michael Dominic Gaffaney (known as Dom, born 19101).   And if so, his mother Margaret (O’Rourke)  is probably the one sitting at the back of the back seat of the car.  So, is this taken…

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The old homestead, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

This is the original home of Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan, and I’ve posted this photo in an earlier post.  I’m not sure when it was taken, but at the recent family gathering in Temuka, the photo was displayed with the following note: Michael and Margaret Gaffaney with, probably, their five eldest daughters, Susan, Annie,…

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Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Those Places Thursday

Temuka. I finally got to visit this very special place last month. My grandfather’s cousin was celebrating 50 years of life as a nun, having a jubilee Mass and lunch afterwards, with many family members invited.  I was pretty keen to attend, despite having to travel halfway round the world, and when I found out…

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St Joseph’s church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

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Peter Dominic Gaffaney ~ Sports Saturday

Rugby’s been a bit of a feature in my father’s side of the family, but I didn’t realise how far back until I came across this photo including my great grandfather Peter.  It’s from the Weekend Star’s “Pictures from the past – 100 years of rugby in Canterbury” in 1979.  I’m wondering if the game…

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Peter Dominic Gaffaney ~ working man

I have this newspaper clipping (or rather, a scan of it) that tells a bit about my great grandfather Peter and his working life.  He was a livestock buyer for Messrs Borthwick & Sons in Waimate, South Canterbury.  He had obviously been given a promotion up to Rangiora, North Canterbury, and the  article is about…

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Matching & Hatching ~ Michael Gaffaney & Margaret Brosnahan

My great great grandparents, Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan, married on December 26th, 1863 at the Catholic Chapel in Christchurch.   Michael gave his age as 23, and occupation labourer.  Margaret’s age was listed as “full”, and her occupation servant.2 According to Margaret’s obituary: …the young couple having to visit Christchurch to get married. They…

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Margaret Gaffaney ~ Funeral Card Friday

Jesus Mercy Mary Help Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Margaret Gaffaney Who Died 16th. August 1927 Aged 83 Years Fortified by all the Rites of the Holy Church On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy PRAYER O Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love…

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Michael & Margaret Gaffaney ~ Tombstone Tuesday

My great great grandparents Michael and Margaret (Brosnahan) Gaffaney are buried in Temuka Cemetery, South Canterbury, New Zealand – Section A, plot 125. Buried in neighbouring plots are several of their children: Lucy Josephine and Susan (plot 122), Thomas John and Joseph Arowhenua (plot 123), Ellen and Beatrice (plot 124).1 In Loving Memory of Michael…

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