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Our Rourke Family

For more in depth information on the Rourke Family, go to the Publications page where you can access the web page of Michael Byrne to be able to download the book Brushy Creek.

The Rourke Family listed below with many thanks to the additional contributions by Michael Byrne - http://byrneseye.com and other Rourke researchers.

HUGH AND ELIZA ROURKE, nee KEARNEY

HUGH ROURKE was born about 1812 in Co. Carlow, Ireland; he died on 27 Mar 1892 in Rochester, Victoria aged about 80. Hugh married Eliza Kearney 4 October 1839 in Dublin, Ireland two days before boarding ship to travel to Australia.

Hugh and Eliza were accompanied by Hugh's youngest brother Henry, then 17, when they immigrated to Port Phillip as Bounty passengers on the John Bull. In Australia Hugh and Henry commenced work as woodcutters. Later Hugh became a station holder, publican and farmer.

Eliza was born about 1816, also in Carlow. She died on 30 Aug 1880 in Rochester, Victoria aged about 64.

Hugh and Eliza are buried in Rochester Cemetery, Victoria; together with their daughter Catherine.

Hugh and Eliza had eleven children, seven surviving infancy.

PATRICK ROURKE was born on 25 May 1841 at Stringy Bark. He died 19 days later, on June 13.

JAMES ROURKE was born in 1842 in Melbourne, Victoria. He died two months later.

JANE ROURKE was born in 1843 in Warrandyte, Victoria and died in 1914 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 71. Jane married Thomas Duggan, son of Michael Duggan and Catherine, in 1868. Thomas was born in 1835 and died in 1902 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 67. They had nine children.

CATHERINE DUGGAN was born in 1869 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 15 Jun 1900 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 31. She never married.

MARY ELIZABETH DUGGAN was born in 1871 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 31 May 1894 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 23. She never married.

MICHAEL DUGGAN was born in 1871 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 4 Feb 1950 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 79. He never married. Michael is buried in Lilydale Lawn Cemetery.

THOMAS DUGGAN was born in 1876 in Lilydale, Victoria, died on 17 Dec 1922 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 46, and was buried in Lilydale, Victoria. He never married. Thomas is buried in Lilydale Lawn Cemetery.

HUGH DUGGAN was born in 1879 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 25 Aug 1900 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 21.

JANE DUGGAN was born in 1880 in Lilydale, Victoria and died in 1904 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 24. She never married.

JOHN DUGGAN was born in 1882 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 11 Jun 1926 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 44. He never married.

DENIS DUGGAN was born in 1885 in Lilydale, Victoria and died in 1917 in Lilydale, Victoria at age 32.

JOHANNA DUGGAN was born in 1887 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 8 Mar 1966 in Croydon, Victoria at age 79. She never married. Johanna was known as Jo and is buried in Lilydale Lawn Cemetery.

DENIS ALEXANDER O’ROURKE was born in 1845 in Scoresby, Victoria, died on 10 Jul 1908 in Loch, Victoria at age 63, and was buried in Korumburra, Victoria. He married Mary Anne Brice, daughter of Henry Brice and Mary Ann Gloster, on 10 Jan 1870. Mary was born on 14 Jul 1848 in Booroondara and died on 31 Mar 1915 in Heath Hill, Victoria at age 66. Denis, whose name was registered as Rourke, reverted to the O'Rourke family name. Denis and Mary Ann had 15 children but as with so many other second generation Rourke families, they suffered a high infant mortality rate. They lost seven children in infancy.

MARY ELIZA O’ROURKE was born on 18 Nov 1870 in Mooroolbark, Victoria and died on 27 Apr 1911 in Byrnestown, Queensland at age 40. Mary was known as Minnie. She married Patrick Gilmer, son of John Gilmer and Eliza Jane Curran, in 1890. Patrick was born in 1863 in Brisbane, Queensland. Mary is buried in Byrnestown Cemetery, Queensland. See Gilmer Family Pages.

HENRY JOHN THOMAS O'ROURKE was born in 1871 in Lilydale, Victoria and died on 4 Jun 1905 in Loch, Victoria at age 34. He never married.

DENIS O'ROURKE was born in 1873 in Rochester, Victoria and died the same year in Rochester, Victoria.

MARGARET ANASTASIA O'ROURKE was born in 1874 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1949 in Heidelberg, Victoria at age 75. She married John Mates in 1899. John was born in 1867 in Booroondara, Victoria and died in 1948 in Parkville, Victoria at age 81. Margaret was known as Maggie.

BEATRICE O'ROURKE was born in 1876 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1934 in Korumburra, Victoria at age 58. She married David Harris, son of Michael Harris and Getta David, in 1895. David was born in 1859 in Maldon, Victoria and died in 1937 in East St Kilda, Victoria at age 78. Beatrice was known as Doll.

FREDERICK O'ROURKE was born in 1877 in Rochester, Victoria and died the same year in Nanneella, Victoria.

HUBERT LEONARD O'ROURKE was born in 1878 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1952 in Dandenong, Victoria at age 74. He never married. Hubert was known as Bert and pronounced his surname as O’Rook.

ALFRED ERNEST O'ROURKE was born in 1879 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1950 in Wonthaggi, Victoria at age 71.and is buried in Geelong Cemetery. Alfred married Winifred Agnes Miriam Cripps in 1911. Winifred was born in 1894 in Port Franklin, Tasmania and died in 1940 in Wonthaggi, Victoria at age 46.

ALEXANDER DENIS O'ROURKE was born in 1880 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1949 in Korumburra, Victoria at age 69. Alexander married Laura Isabel Higginson on 8 Aug 1921 in Brighton Beach. Laura was born in 1886 in Hawthorn, Victoria and died in 1975 in Blackburn, Victoria at age 89. Alexander saw service in both World War 1 and World War 2.

HUGH O'ROURKE was born in 1881 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1882 in Rochester, Victoria at age 1.

EMILY MAY O'ROURKE was born in 1883 in Numurkah, Victoria and died in 1883 in Nanneella, Victoria.

FREDERICK CHARLES O'ROURKE was born in 1886 and died in 1954 in Heathcote, Victoria at age 68. He never married.

HELENA MAY O'ROURKE was born in 1888 in South Melbourne, Victoria and died on 26 Jun 1912 in Lang Lang, Victoria at age 24.

EMILY VICTORIA O'ROURKE was born in 1890 in Richmond, Victoria and died the same year in Richmond, Victoria.

JOSEPHINE O'ROURKE was born in 1891 in West Melbourne, Victoria and died the same year in West Melbourne, Victoria.

MARY THERESA ROURKE was born in 1847 in Dandenong, Victoria and died in 1922 in Rochester, Victoria at age 75. Mary married William Doherty, son of Michael Doherty and Hannah Gibbons, in 1877. William was born in 1849 in Donegal, Ireland and died 23/7/1897 in Rochester, Victoria at age 48. They had seven children, losing one in infancy.

ELIZABETH DOHERTY was born in 1878 in Rochester, Victoria and died 28 Apr 1971 in Specimen Hill, Victoria at age 93. Another name for Elizabeth was Lizzie. She never married. Elizabeth was known as Lizzie

HANNAH DOHERTY was born in 1880 in Rochester, Victoria and died 31 Aug 1962 in Rochester, Victoria at age 82. Another name for Hannah was Cis. She never married. Hannah was known as Cis.

MARY ETHEL DOHERTY was born in 1881 in Rochester, Victoria and died 24 Jul 1967 in Rochester, Victoria at age 86. She never married. Mary was known as Minnie.

HUGH DOHERTY was born in 1884 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1885 in Rochester, Victoria at age 1.

WILLIAM DOHERTY was born in 1886 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1949 in Rochester, Victoria at age 63. He never married.

CATHERINE GILES DOHERTY was born in 1890 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 11/10/1960 in Rochester, Victoria at age 70. She never married. Catherine was known as Giley.

MICHAEL THOMAS DOHERTY was born in 1893 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1914 in St Kilda, Victoria at age 21.

ELIZABETH ROURKE was born in 1850 in Dandenong, Victoria and died on 9 Jan 1943 at age 93. Elizabeth married John Ryan in 1883. John was born in 1838 in Limerick, Ireland and died on 15 Nov 1940 at age 102..

EDWARD JOHN RYAN was born in 1886 in Rochester, Victoria.

JOSEPH RYAN was born in 1888. Death date unknown.

MARTIN BERNARD RYAN was born in 1891 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1976 in Warragul, Victoria at age 85.

FRANCIS RYAN was born in Rochester about 1893.

HUGH RYAN was born in 1895 and died in 1984 in South Caulfield, Victoria at age 89.

PATRICK RYAN was born in Rochester in about 1898.

THOMAS HENRY ROURKE was born in 1851 in Dandenong, Victoria, died on 1 Nov 1923 in East Malvern, Victoria at age 72. Thomas married Jane Devine, daughter of William Devine and Anne Kerlin, on 25 May 1887 in Rochester, Victoria. Jane was born on 17 Jan 1867 in Lettermuck, County Derry, Ireland, died on 26 Jul 1927 in East Malvern, Victoria at age 60. They had twelve children all of whom survived infancy.

WILLIAM EDWARD ROURKE was born on 4 Apr 1888 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1972 in Narrandera, New South Wales at age 84. Will married Janet 'Jean' McDougall on 19 May 1917 in Wangaratta, Victoria. Janet was born in 1894 and died in 1984 in Narrandera, New South Wales at age 90 William was known as Will.

JOSEPH ALOYSIUS ROURKE was born on 1 Apr 1889 in Rochester, Victoria and died on 3 Aug 1942 in Melbourne, Victoria at age 53. Joe married Alma Mary Nash, daughter of Nicholas Paul Nash and Margaret Ellen Mitchell, on 6 Apr 1915 in St Kilda, Victoria. Alma was born on 31 May 1889 in Parkes, New South Wales and died on 22 Jun 1975 in Kew, Victoria at age 86. Joseph was known as Joe

ELIZABETH MARY ROURKE was born on 8 Oct 1890 in Rochester, Victoria, died on 19 Sep 1979 in Box Hill, Victoria at age 88. Lylie married Michael John Byrne, son of Patrick Byrne and Mary Merrigan, on 18 Aug 1917 in Wangaratta, Victoria. Michael was born on 2 Oct 1881 in Wangaratta, Victoria, died on 17 Nov 1948 in Shepparton, Victoria at age 67. Elizabeth was known as Lylie.

ANNIE THERESA ROURKE was born on 27 Jul 1892 in Rochester, Victoria and died on 7 Oct 1973 in Albert Park, Victoria at age 81. She was a Brigidine nun (Mother Benedict). Theresa was known as Tress.

EILEEN VERONICA ROURKE was born on 20 Jan 1894 in Rochester, Victoria and died on 2 Aug 1975 in Manly, New South Wales at age 81. She married Michael Doyle on 30 Jan 1918 in Wangaratta, Victoria. Michael was born on 4 Nov 1873 in Kyneton, Victoria and died on 14 Feb 1968 in Manly, New South Wales at age 94.

THOMAS BERNARD ROURKE was born on 20 Sep 1895 in Rochester, Victoria and died in 1964 in Deniliquin, New South Wales at age 69. He married Margaret Mary Kennedy. Thomas was known as Tom.

DOROTHY IMELDA ROURKE was born on 14 Apr 1898 in Rochester, Victoria, died on 28 Apr 1972 in Box Hill, Victoria at age 74, and was buried in Wangaratta, Victoria. She never married.

ANTHONY GERALD ROURKE was born on 6 Sep 1900 in Bena, Victoria and died in 1978 in Frankston, Victoria at age 78. He married Ann O'Kane. Anthony was known as Gerald.

MARTIN VINCENT ROURKE was born on 17 Dec 1901 in Bena, Victoria and died on 7 Jul 1989 at age 87. He married Edna Ingles in 1928. Edna was born on 7 Jul 1908.

MARIE THERESA ROURKE was born on 29 Aug 1903 in Bena, Victoria, died on 9 Oct 1914 in Wangaratta, Victoria at age 11

EUGENE KEVIN ROURKE was born on 29 Dec 1905 in Rochester, Victoria, died in 1991 at age 86, and was buried in Oaklands, New South Wales. He married Mary Patricia Ryan on 24 Sep 1938 in Berrigan, New South Wales. Mary was born on 17 Mar 1906 in Avenel, Victoria and died in 1991 in Oaklands, New South Wales at age 85.Eugene was known as Kevin.

HUGH BRIAN FRANCIS  ROURKE was born on 10 Oct 1908 in Rochester, Victoria, died on 17 Jan 1933 at age 24. He never married. Hugh was known as Brian.

JAMES ROURKE was born in 1860 in Brushy Creek, Victoria and died in 1861 in Brushy Creek, Victoria at age four months. James is buried in Kew Cemetery together with his twin, Hugh.

 HUGH ROURKE, James' twin, was born in 1860 in Brushy Creek, Victoria. He also died in 1861 in Brushy Creek, Victoria at aged four months. Hugh is buried in Kew Cemetery together with his twin, James.

CATHERINE ROURKE was born in 1864 and died 29/3/1889 in Rochester, Victoria at age 25. She never married.

 JOHANNA ROURKE was born in 1861 and died on 10 Dec 1894 in South Melbourne, Victoria at age 33. She never married.

The Rourke Tree - 155 years old and going strong in January 2010..

This tree, one of two, was planted by our ancestor Hugh Rourke in 1855, possibly as part of the celebration of proclamation, in 1855, of the Parish of Mooroolbark