Rediscovering Ginninderra: A database:
Born: 1841; Died: 1921; Married: Patrick Cavanagh
Mary was the daughter of Irish immigrants, Brian and Margaret Logue (nee McAlroy; post Margaret Crinigan). She was born ‘at sea’, during the voyage out to New South Wales and her birth was registered at Parramatta on arrival in 1841.
Sixteen-year-old Mary married Patrick Cavanagh at Queanbeyan in 1857. They were to have a bountiful marriage with eleven children.
In the late 1850s, Mary was working as a domestic servant for Reverend Smith at his parsonage in Canberra, while Patrick was a farm labourer throughout the district.
After the land reforms of 1861, her father-in-law selected a small plot at One Tree Hill and the Cavanaghs slowly built up this holding into a prosperous farm. After some time, Patrick and Mary established their own farm at Mulligans Flat. Patrick died in 1914 and Mary followed him seven years later in 1921.
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- Mawer, G. A.,. Canberry Tales: an Informal History, North Melbourne, 2012
- Shumack, S. An Autobiography, or, Tales and Legends of Canberra Pioneers (ed. J. E. and S. Shumack), Canberra, 1967
- Various editions of the Queanbeyan Age and Goulburn Evening Penny Post