Catherine Shinnock 1797-1862
Catherine Shinnock 1862-1864
Mary Shinnock 1861-1862
The first named Catherine Shinnock was born in Murren, Co Limerick. Her father was Phillip Sheehan. Catherine Sheehan married James Shinnick of Limerick at St Clement’s Church, Westminister, London on July 28th, 1839. James died in the French West Indies in 1840. According to oral tradition, the family migrated to the French West Indies where James worked as an indentured labourer in the plantations. James and six of his children died there of a plague. The only two survivors in the family were Catherine and Edward. They returned to England or Ireland.
The second named Catherine and Mary were the daughters of Edward Shinnick and Mary Cahill. Family information states – ‘Edward James Shinnick migrated to Australia about 1848 or 1849, at the age of 17. An Edward Shinnock is recorded landing in Adelaide on July 19th, 1849 on the barque ‘Cromwell’.
In 1852, he brought out his widowed mother, Catherine. With her came Mary Cahill whom Edward married. Edward and Mary were married on Feb 26th, 1853 in Adelaide. Soon after they must have moved to Victoria as their first child was born at Numurkah. Their next six children were born at Parwan and Bacchus Marsh. The remaining children were born at Tabilk, Avenel and Echuca. Edward and Mary both died at Numurkah.