I've just re-joined the list after a few years. I had put my research in the
cupboard for a while but some new information got me interested again, so
I've decided to dust off the files and have another go.
I am researching John Regan and Honora McGrath who were living in the
Burrowa area possibly from the 1830s, 1840s on. John and Honora had two
children - Mary Ann b. 1841 and John b. 1843. John must have died as in
1845 Honora married George Smith. George and Honora had four children and
they lived on the property "Broughtonsworth" at Burrowa.
The 1841 Census shows a married couple living in Burrowa and the Head of the
Household was a John Regan. John had been a convict - I'm trying to find
out which convict.
From the Abstracts of returns Queanbeyan-Yass EX950-51 Reel 2223.
Name of Establishment: John Regan, Borrowa.
1 Male 21 & under 45
1 Female 21 & under 45
1 married male
1 married female
1 Male - Other Free Person (ex convict)
1 Female - Arrived Free
2 Roman Catholic
Land Proprietors, Merchants, Bankers and professional - 2 people
Two persons in total in household.
House of mud, finished, inhabited.
As they have stated their occupation to be either Land Proprietors,
Merchants, Bankers and professional I have been looking at the possibility
that I may find something in the land records. I don't think they would
have been merchants, bankers or professional but who knows. I have checked
"Index & Registers of Land grants - Leases and Purchases 1820-1856" but
found no John Regan at Burrowa listed.
A friend has also checked the John Regans listed on the State Records index
- Letters Relating to Land - Reel 1175 but none of them seemed to be a
Does anyone have any ideas re land records or know if there are any maps
from that time, showing landholders.
I have quite a bit of information on the John Regan convicts, so I'm not
asking for anyone to look up anything.
I would appreciate any suggestions regarding the above.