Patrick McDONNELL, b. abt 1825, Co Clare, Ireland, son of ____? d. 1874, Carapook, Victoria, Australia was married in 1852, Co Clare, Ireland to Bridget HOURIGAN, b. ca 1833 Co Clare, Ireland, daughter of Patrick HOURIGAN and Elizabeth HEHIR.

It appears that the family was living at Mt Gambier, South Australia where a number of children were born and at "Muntham" Station where Bridget (the mother) died in 1866.

Patrick & Bridget McDONNELL and infant son John arrived on the "Hooghly" at Portland, Victoria in 1854. The moved to Mount Gambier, South Australia and their son John died in 1854.

Eight more children were born in South Australia and Victoria from 1855-1866.

Bridget McDONNELL (nee HOURIGAN) died at "Muntham Station" near Carapook in 1866 and was buried in the Coleraine Cemetery. When she died Bridget left 7 children ranging in age from 11y to 2y.

Patrick McDONNELL, aged 48y died at Carapook in 1874 and was also buried in the Coleraine Cemetery. When he died Patrick left 7 children ranging in age from 19y to 10y.

The seven remaining children spread from Victoria and South Australia to Western Australia.

The known children of Patrick McDONNELL and Bridget HOURIGAN were:

  1. John McDONNELL b. 1854, d. 1854 in Vic or SA

  2. Michael Hourigan McDONNELL 1855-1930, m. 1881 to Annie FITZGERALD 1857-1936 and had chn at Penola, South Australia and both parents died at Penola.

  3. John McDONNELL b. 1856, Mount Gambier, SA OR Carapook, Vic, Aus, m1. Catherine COLEMAN 1857-1884, m2. Hannah Christine MURPHY 1865-1936.

  4. William James McDONNELL b. 1858, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 1923, Hamilton, Vic m. Mary Margaret DOYLE (of Carapook) 1861-1913 and had the following family in the Carapook area...
    1. James Patrick McDONNELL, b. 1879, Carapook, Vic, d. 1954, Hamilton, Vic, m. Mary Agatha PYE 1881-1937
    2. Mary McDONNELL, b. 1881, Coleraine, Vic, d. 1951, Hamilton, Vic, m. Eustus Augustus HICKS 1861-1944
    3. William McDONNELL, b. 1881, Sandford, Vic, d. 1941, NSW, m. Antonia Mary Ann ROOKE
    4. Elizabeth McDONNELL, b. 1883, Sandford, Vic, d. 1921, NSW m. Martin John HAILSTONE
    5. John Peter McDONNELL, b. 1885, Sandford, Vic, d. 1947, NSW, m. Mary Ann Catherine CONDON 1880-1965
    6. Alicia Gertrude McDONNELL, b. 1887, Carapook, Vic, d. 1975, Portland, Vic, m. Alexander James Maxwell FRASER 1885-1931
    7. Annie Bedilia McDONNELL, b. 1889, Sandford, Vic, d. 1970 Merino, Vic, m. John BARTON 1878-1936
    8. Kathleen McDONNELL, b. 1892, Sandford, Vic, d. 1913 Starthkellar, Vic.
    9. Margaret Frances McDONNELL, b. 1894, Sandford, Vic, d. 1964, m. Frank DALTON 1874-1960
    10. Newman Francis McDONNELL, b. 1904, Casterton, Vic, d. 1985. Mt Gambier, SA m. Alice Elizabeth FALAHEY 1906-1959

  5. Thomas Hourigan McDONNELL b. 1860, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 1943, WA m. Mary BRODIE 1861-1960 , chn in Casterton 1885-1892 and Western Australia.

  6. Patrick McDONNELL b. 1861, d. 1930, Penola, South Australia.

  7. Francis McDONNELL b. 1863, d. 1941, Western Australia

  8. Elizabeth Margaret McDONNELL b. 1864, d, 1954 WA, m. Stanley George MAKIN,

  9. Infant McDONNELL b. 1866, d. 1866, "Muntham Station", Carapook, Victoria, Australia