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Albert Kirkham

Albert Ernest Kirkham wed 1890 #1126 to Elvena Oates. Lived at Eaglehawk, not named as father of Donald, had he died? Mother called Alvina.
Elevena Kirkham nee Oates wed 1915 #9223 to Madron Tonkin.
7 children 1. Florence Maria Kirkham 1890 #22394 wed 1910 #7403 to William James Rooney
2. Clarence William Kirkham 1892 #12893 - 1984 #05361 aged 92
3. Irene Elizabeth Kirkham 1894 #11392 - 1985
4. Albert Kirkham 1896 - 1971 #11558 aged 74, wed Louisa Hunter died 1983 #01221, daughter of Matilda and James Hunter
5. Lillian May Kirkham 1898 #11392 wed 1918 #6703 to Charles Alfred Mitchell
6. Emily Kirkham 1899 #26160
7. Donald Nicholas Kirkham 1902 - 8 lived 5 years
3. Irene Elizabeth Kirkham 30 Apr 1894 - 25 Dec 1986, wed 1925 to Edwin Bramley, children Trevor, Kelsal, Leslie and Elvena

Albert Kirkham may be Private 3550, 57th Battalion, enlisted 10.7.15, returned to Australia 13.4.19.

John Kirkham

Marriages Jun 1845 - John Glenny Kirkham and Ann Williams at Liverpool Vol 20 page 144
The Black Eagle came Jan 1859 with William Kirkam 33, Hannah Kirkam 28, John Kirkam 7 and William infant

John Kirkham was joined Jan 1859 via the Black Eagle by Hannah Williams and lived at Muckleford, Majorca

6 Children 1. John Kirkham c1851
2. William Kirkham c1858
3. Ann Ellen Kirkham 1858 #8406
4. Mary Jane Kirkham 1860 #16025
5. William Robert Kirkham 1862 #22626
6. John Kirkham 1865 #9523
1. John William Kirkham Mar 1852 born in Manchester wed 1881 #347 to Elizabeth Williams
3 Children 1. Elizabeth Hannah Kirkham 1882 #2538
2. Charles William Kirkham 1883 #25512
3. Delia Chessy Kirkham 1888 #12201
2. William Kirkham Sep 1858 born in Manchester wed 1881 #348 to Ellen Cox and lived at Everton
4 Children 1. Ethel Emily Kirkham 1882 #16017
2. William James Kirkham 1884 #24269 - 1884 #12182 lived 2 months
3. Arthur Wolsley Kirkham 1886 #2652
4. William George Kirkham 1888 #11102
3. Ann Ellen Kirkham 1858 #8406 wed 1881 #4410 to Charles David Chapman 1857 #11635 and lived at Maryborough then Brunswick
4. Mary Jane Kirkham 1860 #16025 wed 1886 #1471 to John Willis born in NSW, no chn listed
6. John Kirkham 1865 #9523 wed 1888 #3799 to Esther Margaret Shealer 1867 #9720 only surviving child of Eliz Gilmore and Robert Shealer

Joseph Kirkham

Joseph Kirkham from Manchester wed 1868 #780 to Williamena (Minnie) McLeod from Scotland and lived at Prahan
5 Children 1. Minnie Kirkham 1868 #25587
2. Charles Kirkham 1872 #4774
3. William Kirkham 1874 #25006 - 1874 #11695 lived 14 weeks
4. Annie Kirkham 1876 #4597 - 1876 #6787 lived 10 weeks
5. Alfred Kirkham 1877 #24235
1. Minnie Kirkham 1868 #25587 - 1947 #6266 aged 78, wed 1902 #1173 to William John Ousley 1883 #5809

George Kirkman

George Thomas Kirkman from Sydney wed 1871 #2477 to Betsy Lane and lived at Vaughan then moved to Fryers Creek
5 children 1. Thomas Kirkman 1872 #20242
2. Henry Kirkman 1881 #23621
3. Elizabeth Kirkman 1883 #16783
4. Isabella Kirkman 1885 #17873
5. John Kirkman 1886 #18478 - 1886 #9210 lived 7 weeks
1. Thos Kirkman 1872 #20242 wed 1898 #5997 to Ada Emily Frances Barrow 1877 #11378
4 children 1. Leslie Wm Kirkman 1903 #872
2. Myrtle Fran Kirkman 1907 #28228
3. Fredk Hy Kirkman 1910 #20834
4. Clyde Stanley Kirkman 1919 #11571

James and Ann Kirkness

From on Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Hi Elizabeth I am connected by marriage to William Kirkness born 1836 died 1921 who was the brother of James Kirkness born 1826 died 1887. I have only just started looking at this family. Their father was Magnus Kirkness and mother Jessie or Janet Flett. Magnus father was also Magnus Kirkness who married Katrine Smith in Orkney Scotland. William Kirkness married in Australia. His line goes into my father's line the Fargie & Wilmot families. I also have Kirkness in my Omond lines which came to Australia and my cousin living now has a partner called Elizabeth Kirkness.
William Kirkness born 1835 son of Magnus Kirkness & Janet Flett arrived on the ship "Aloe" on the 31 July 1857 NSW shipping records
James Kirkness born 1836 son of John Kirkness & Catherine also arrived on the same ship.
William was a Wheelwright and died in 1921 Box Hill. married Mary Ann Peabody who died 1891 East Melbourne.
1851 Census puts them both as servants on a farm in Qnoy Land of Over Broughs, Orkney, Scotland
James Flett Kirkness as above married Emma Eames in NSW they both died in NSW.
Elizabeth was the only child who lived of William & Mary's. Shipping records give his parents as Magnus Kirkness & Jessie Flett also known as Janet.
Whilst I am researching these families, I will let you know if I have any more information for you. warmest regards Lyn from Melbourne
From an Ancestry Message board, dated Posted: 25 Apr 2004 -
Magnus Kirkness that married Janet Flett was not the one baptised in 1796. He was born in 1794 at Harray, but there is no record of his birth. I understand some Harray records were destroyed in a fire. He wed Janet Flett on 4 Mar 1824 at Birsay and then on 11 Mar 1824 at Harray. It was common in those days for marriages to take place in both parishes. Magnus died at Sandwick on 16 Jun 1877 age 83. Janet's parents were William Flett and Janet Flett.
Arrivals in Melbourne
Ann Kirkness aged 19, c1844, came Sep 1863 on the Queen Bee, Ann Kirkness from Orkney Islands 1845 - 1871 #3972 aged 27, dau of Janet Hourston and Adam Kirkness

James Kirkness aged 26, c1828, came Aug 1853 on the Indian Queen, wed 1858 to Jane Flett, died 1826 - 1887 #10363 aged 61, son of Jessie Flett and Magnus Kirknes see below this letter

James Kirkness aged 19, c1845, came Sep 1865 on the Great Britain, James Kirkness wed 1865 #3039 to Jane Mcattie, no listed chn. Jane Mcattie aged 26 came Feb 1863 on the Ivanhoe, with Elizabeth Mcattie aged 22, Jane Kirkness 1837 - 1889 #17990 aged 52, dau of Sarah Cox and Patrick Mcatee, and James Kirkness 1834 - 1896 #13142 aged 62, died at Dunolly Hosp

Jno Kirkness aged 24, c1824, came Aug 1853 on the Indian Queen, John Kirkness wed 1855 #1602 to Barbara Sutherland and died John Kirkness 1830 - 1889 #6089 aged 59, unknown, 4 daus

John Kirkness aged 35, c1831, came Jan 1864 on the Kent with Barbara Kirkness aged 35 came Jan 1864 on the Kent

Magnus Kirkness aged 46, c1817, came Jul 1863 on the True Briton, Magnus Kirkness from Orkney Islands wed 1867 #2365 to Elizabeth Kewley, no listed chn

Peter Kirkness aged 28, c1826, came Jan 1854 on the Merlin and Peter Kirkness from Orkney Islands 1825 - 1860 #9055 aged 35, with Elizth Kirkness aged 25, c1829, came Jan 1854 on the Merlin Elizabeth Kirkness 1831 - 1885 #8640 aged 54, dau of Elzth Pearson and Joseph

Margaret Kirkness aged 23, c1840, came Unassisted Apr 1863 on the Matilda Atheling and Jane Kirkness aged 34, c1828, came Unassisted Apr 1863 on the Matilda Atheling, Jean Kirkness 1830 - 1890 #1628 aged 60, dau of Cath Corrigal and John Kirkness, wed 1873 #3133 to John Borwick, both from Orkney Islands and had no chn.

William Kirkness 1813 - 1881 #5620 aged 68, son of Margt Magnus and James Kirkness, from Orkney Islands wed 1867 #2904 to Mary Smith from England and had no chn.


James Kirkness aged 26, c1828, came Aug 1853 on the Indian Queen. Brother John born 1828 also came to Vic
James Kirkness 1826 - 1887 #10363 aged 61, son of Jessie Flett and Magnus Kirkness died at Hawthorn, wed 1858 #931 to Ann Irvine Flett 1833 - 1863 #8101 aged 30 daughter of Amelia Irvin and David Flett of Orkn,
3 children 1. James Kirkness 1859 #356 mother called Ann Flat
2. Mary Ann Jane Kirkness 1861 #371
3. John Charles Kirkness 1863 #19656 lived 3 months
2. Mary Ann Jane Kirkness 1861 #371 - 1903 lived with Henry Moxham. He may be Henry Moxham aged 16 came Apr 1853 on the Elizabeth.
All Henry and Mary Ann's children were born in Collingwood, Victoria between 1881-1900. The first 7 children's births weren't registered and the last 3 were registered under Kirkness, but used the name MOXHAM. Henry was a cab driver who picked passengers up from the railway station and drove them by horse and cart to their final destination. List of children from Ancestry comment
10 children 1. James Thomas Henry Moxham 1881 - 1918 leaving 7 chn
2. Letitia Ethel Moxham
3. George Arthur Moxham served in WWI as Arthur Moxham born 1885, invalided home, not married.
4. Harry Moxham
5. Bertha Elsie Moxham
6. John Moxham
7. Lilian Alice Moxham wed Henery Anderson
8. Agnes Hilda Moxham Kirkness 1 Oct 1894 - Collingwood, Death: 22 Apr 1979 - Oakleigh, Australia
9. William Butler Moxham Kirkness
10. Charles Moxham Kirkness
James Thomas Henry Moxham wed Agnes Eliza Ann HALL in 1911, lists his parents as Henry MOXHAM and Mary Ann MOXHAM (KIRKNESS) from a Rootsweb item by Steve and Lynda Lepedat dated 24 Jul 2000
In 1916 James Moxham moved to Wonthaggi where he worked in a coal mine. His wife and 6 children were with him until 1918, at age 37 he died. The same year his 7th child Agnes was born.
On Mary Ann Moxham's Death Certificate in 1903, it says she was married 20 years and that her spouse was Henry MOXHAM.
The Ancestry Board writer says - "I have searched everywhere I think possible but as yet have been unable to find any marriage details. I visited Melbourne Cemetery yesterday where she was buried as Mary Ann MOXHAM (with 3 other Kirkness' - her parents and uncle).

A second appeal
My ggrandparents were James Thomas Henry Moxham and Agnes Eliza Ann HALL. James was born about 1881 in Collingwood, Victoria. Their children were Joseph Thomas, Elsie May, John George, Agnes Mary and Harry Ernest.
James' parents were Henry Moxham and Mary Ann Kirkness. I have not been able to find any further information on Henry Moxham other than his children were James Thomas Henry, Ethel Letitia, George Arthur, Harry, Bertha Elsie, John, Lilian Alice, Agnes Hilda, William Butler and Charles I am mainly seeking information on Henry as I have been unable to find his birth or death, and unfortunately there is no marriage registered for Henry and Mary Ann.

7. Lilian Alice Moxham wed Henery Anderson on Jan 12th 1916. There were no issue between then and 1920 - my elder sister was born in 1921. but Henery Anderson was not our father. Our father was Edward Albert Gardiner. I am at a loss to know what happened between that time. I have a portrate of my elder sister at 7 y and me at 9 months that mother sent to Henery Moxham that was sent back unopened. I think that there may be information at the synagogue in South Melbourne. I remember my mother taking me there when I was 11 or 12 and telling me it was the church she went to as a child. - posted Posted: 25 Jun 2009 by 'Betty Alexander'
10. Agnes Hilda Kirkness Moxham daughter of Henry Moxham and Mary Anne Jane Kirkness, born 1 Oct 1894 in Collingwood, Australia, and died 22 Apr 1979 in Prahran, Australia (Aged 84). She wed 7 Jan 1916 in Private Residence of Rev R. Williamson, Brighton, Australia, to James (Tolmie) McKerron (David Wight (Hay) McKerron, Elizabeth Hay, John Hay) was born 1 Dec 1882 in Drum Of Carron, Aberlour, Baulfishire, Scotland, and died 14 Jan 1957 in Oakleigh Victoria, Aus (Age 72). From McKerron family web site
3 children 1. Ronald James McKerron was born 11 NOV 1916 in Laverton, East Melbourne, Australia, and died 20 Jun 1988 in Australia. Wed 8 May 1939 to Mavis Hume Clarke Lewis in Australia. She died 15 Mar 2003 in Boronia Victoria Australia (Aged 89). She was buried 18 Mar 2003, with 1 child
2. Alexander Charles "Lex" (Moxham) McKerron was born 13 Apr 1919 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, and died 23 Apr 1991 in Australia. His wife and child are both still alive
3. Jessie Margaret McKerron was born 21 Jul 1921 in Australia, and died 11 Oct 1986 in Australia. Wed David O'neill in Scotland. He was born 20 Aug 1905 in Glasgow Scotland, and died 23 Aug 1988 in Australia with 3 chn

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick wed 1861 #4263 to Ann McGee and lived at Carngham
11 Children 1. Andrew Kirkpatrick 1862 #19534
2. Samuel Kirkpatrick 1864 #1181
3. John William Kirkpatrick 1865 #20789
4. George Kirkpatrick 1866 #20103
5. James Miller Kirkpatrick 1868 #14781
6. Gilbert Hugh Mcghee Kirkpatrick 1870 #14341
7. Sarah Ann Margaretta Kirkpatrick 1871 #14751
8. Robert Gilbert Kirkpatrick 1873 #15093
9. Frederick James Kirkpatrick 1875 #21585 - 1877 #704 lived 1 year
10. Fredk James Stewart Kirkpatrick 1877 #21015
11. Georgina Mcgee Kirkpatrick 1880 #4667
1. Andrew Kirkpatrick 1862 #19534 wed 1888 #471 to Grace Hain

Alfred Kirwood

Alfred Edwin/Evan Kirwood wed 1859 #4545 to Anne Taylor lived at Hawthorn, Kew, Geelong
8 Children 1. Annie Mary Kirwood 1860 #11163
2. Florence Eleanor Kirwood 1861 #18443
3. Louisa Alice Kirwood 1863 #16766
4. Ada Emeline Kirwood 1865 #22190
5. Alfred William Kirwood 1868 #2739
6. Mable Kirwood 1870 #8790
7. Constance Jane Kirwood 1874 #16095
8. Leslie Kirwood 1878 #2910 - 1878 #1779 lived 19 days
1. Annie Mary Kirwood wed 1883 #4526 to Frank Harris
3. Louisa Alice Kirwood wed 1888 #1333 to Alfred Stockford Bunn


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