James Henry Molloy

The article below is from the Williamstown Chronicle (Vic.: 1856 - 1954), Sat 4 Mar 1893, Page 3.[1], where James Molloy chronicles his service over sixty years. Although his recollections was not exact, it has been the basis for further research.

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James Molloy was born about 1812 near Ballybrittas in the parish of Lea, Queens County, (Laois). As the newspaper article records he had an illustrious career in Public Service in many parts of the world. As yet it has not been proven by documents but it is thought when he arrived on the Fairlie as a pensioner guard he was accompanied by a family: wife, Winnefred and two daughters, Margaret and Mary.[2] What became of them is uncertain. Mary is recorded as being on the sick list during the Fairlie voyage.[3] James was also recorded as sick during the voyage with chronic hepatitis.[4]

In 1854 James married Charlotte Kennett at the Minister's House, Sandhurst (now Bendigo), Victoria.[5] They had five children before going to Waikato, NZ. and another three children were born in New Zealand.

According to family accounts he died in Suva, Fiji at the age of 82 years on 9 Apr 1894. He was survived by his wife and seven of their eight children.



[1] "RECORD OF MR. JAMES MOLLOY'S SERVICES FOR A PERIOD OF SIXTY YEARS, WITH COPIES OF CERTIFICATES. - Williamstown Chronicle (Vic.: 1856 - 1954) - 4 Mar 1893." Trove. Accessed May 15, 2016. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/68572387.

[2] MB2/98 reference and under the heading Nominal Return of a Detachment Who Embarked at Gravesend on board the ship Fairlie, being the remainder of the Convict Guard Who Embarked at Woolwich Gravesend 22nd February 1852; Accessed by Librarian, Tasmanian Information and Research Service, 16 May 20016.

[3] "Nevins on Sick List during Voyage out on the Fairlie 1852." Tasmanian Photographer Thomas J Nevin 18421923. 2008. Accessed May 03, 2016. Shows Mary Molloy, child of guard. https://thomasnevin.com/2008/08/14/nevins-on-sick-list-during-voyage-out-on-the-fairlie-1852/.

[4] Ancestry.com. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey. The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals; Reference Number: ADM 101/27/2. Accessed May 03, 2016.

[5] Victorian Marriage Certificate. May 30, 1854. Registration Number: 1790, Sandhurst, Victoria. Marriage of James Molloy to Charlotte Kennett. Acquired 2007.