The Ancestors

Caithlin Gabriel O'Loghlen b 1995

Following the birth of my daughter Caithlin in 1995 I began researching my family history. In 1854 my paternal great great gandfather Michael O'Loghlen left County Clare, Ireland to sail to Port Adelaide, South Australia after the potato famine of the 1840s. Eleven years later my maternal great grandfather John Henry Cahill made the same voyage. This album is an attempt by one Australian to understand their homes, history and hopes whilst in the land of my Ancestors.

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John Henry Cahill wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwMichael James O'Loghlen

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Lillian Marie Cahill wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Patrick Martin O'Loghlen

B Australia 1885 wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwB Australia 1887


Majorie Gwendoline Richardson wwwwwwwwwwwwwWilliam Cyril O'Loghlen

B 1912 wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww B 1920


wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwGavin William O'Loghlen B 1952 - Anne Dormer B 1954


Caithlin Gabriel O'Loghlen

B 1995

Michael O'Loghlen

Born near Corofin on the Burren in County Clare, Ireland in 1811. The language spoken in the region was Gaelic. He was a Cotter, a landless agricultural labourer, who provided labour as part payment of rent. He married Ellen O'Day, born 1813 also of Corofin, in 1833. They had three children . After the Potato Famine of the 1840's he decided to leave for South Australia. He had no relatives or friends there. He set sail in the "Joseph Rowan" with wife Ellen and three boys aged 7, 4 and 2, and arrived in Port Adelaide on Sunday June 18 1854. The colony was 18 years old. He continued to work as a farmer near Gulnare, in the mid north of SA. He later moved to Georgetown where he died in 1873 at the age of 62. He was buried in the Gulnare cemetary. His grave has since been destroyed.


John Henry Cahill

Born in Knockatunna in the parish of Kilmaley, County Clare, Ireland, six miles southwest of Ennis on Sept. 14, 1848. This was one year after the coldest and wettest winter on record, which together with the Potato Famine, claimed the lives of one million Irish Cotters. At the age of 17, he left for South Australia, arriving first in Perth then later at Port Adelaide in 1865. He started work driving bullock teams at Port Augusta. On 26 Nov 1879 he married Margaret Florence Haggarty. They had four sons and three daughters. He then began a butchering business in Quorn, before running Nantabra Station. Losing nearly everything in the drought of the 1890s, he turned his hand to farming near Willochra where he bred horses for racing and show jumping. He won many trophies and had as many as six horses in his training stables. In 1907 he suffered a stroke, never recovered and died on 6 September 1911 at the age of 63. He is buried in Quorn.


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