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John Turner
Gegedzerick mid 1840's
(Last changed Tuesday June 26, 2012)


Photos from Pat Freebody

Charles Turner &  
Mary (Hennessy) Turner

Catherine & Henry Turner


Arthur John Turner

John was born in England 1797  (Convict) arriving 1831 parents unknown married at Queanbeyan 21 July  1843. John died 22 Jun 1881 Strathford and is buried at Gegedzerick

Mary Hennessy
Mary born 1823 Limerick Ireland.  Died 7th Jun 1899 Woolway.
Mary was aged 13 and transported for 7 years for stealing a quilt aboard the Diamond arriving
28 Mar 1838 tried in Limerick Ireland. On arrival she was sent into service with a family who lived 500 kilometres from Sydney, she was 18 when she married John Turner also known as Richard who was working as a shepherd for the same family.
Mary received her Certificate of Freedom

Cooma Monaro Express 1899
Mary Hennessy

1899 Mrs Turner Senior, who breathed her last at Woolway, on the 7th inst, came to Monaro in the forties, under engagement as house keeper to the late Richard Brooks, Senior, at the original Gegedzerick Station. For forty years Mrs Turner was with the Brooks family and was known by her younger branches of the family and in fact by the residents as “Granny Turner”. When the 1861 land act came into force Mrs Turner’s late husband Richard launched out as a free selector, and put together a very valuable property on the Gegedzerick Run, where the Old couple reared a family of two daughters and six sons, all of whom are alive and residing in the district. The daughters married respectively Messrs. Geo and William Blyton. The old lady at the time of her death was over 80 years of age, and up to a few days before her demise enjoyed excellent health. Her death is attributed to an attack of lung congestion. A remarkable coincidence in the old lady’s death was the fact that she breathed her last whilst on a visit to the residence of the eldest son of the late Richard Brooks, and practically on part of the original property. Her life was one of charity, kindness and goodness, her name being a household word in one of the district. By her departure from this life, one of the best mothers that ever baked bread is lost to her family, and one of the most sterling friends to the district has for ever left. The funeral took place on the 8th and her remains were interred to the Gegedzerick cemetery where a very large concourse of relatives and friends paid their final tribute of respect to her memory


Louisa married George Blyton 1864

Charles married Sarah A Walters 1865


Henry married Catherine Dunn 1882

Edward married Martha Cecelia Freebody1878


Richard married Mary E O’Neill 1900

Arthur John married Sarah Ann Cecelia Freebody 1891

Annie married William Blyton 1886

2 males 1 Female Deceased  


Descendants of John (Richard) Turner

Pat Freebody:  f.freebody-at-bigpond.com

Recompiled from the new Monaro Pioneers database by Ian Harvey: 18.12.07
with some additional information supplied by:
Barbara Jamieson [slatefield-at-bigpond.com]  21.5.10


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