From 3rd quarter 2006 issue of 'Irish Roots' magazine.
"...between 1857 and 1883 seven sons of Alexander McCOOK and Jane GRAHAM of
Edenbane, near Garvagh,i.e. Archibald, Alexander, Graham, William, James, John and Robert
emigrated to Brisbane, Queensland....Robert set up a dairy farm near Brisbane and called
From John McCOOK were descended the 'Fighting McCOOKS' John
had arrived in Brisbane in January 1866. He had 12 children including 4 boys, Peter, John,
William and James.
Archibald McCROOK returned to Ireland and set up a farm The
Grove, Moyletra Toy, an adjoining Townland to Edenbane. He married Catherine GRAHAM and
their 13 children were baptised at 1st Garvagh Presbyterian Church. Sons Alexander, James,
William, John and Robert emigrated to the gold mines of Kalgoorlie in W Aus. the youngest,
Hugh remained and farmed at Grove.
They had no children, so with his death on 24th April 1960 the McCook name died out in the
The author, Brian Mitchell, quotes his local newspaper, the Derry Journal. first published
on 3 June 1772.
There is a full page of the history of emigration to Aus.
I would reccommend this magazine for anyone researching overseas emigrants.