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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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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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