Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Matthew SULLIVANAge: 75 years18671942

Name
Matthew SULLIVAN
Given names
Matthew
Surname
SULLIVAN
Birth about 1867 29 28
Citation details: 2375/1867 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a sisterEllen SULLIVAN
about 1869 (Age 2 years)
Citation details: 2656/1869 SULLIVAN ELLEN MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a sisterElizabeth A SULLIVAN
about 1872 (Age 5 years)
Citation details: 854/1872 SULLIVAN ELIZABETH A MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a sisterEmily SULLIVAN
about 1876 (Age 9 years)
Citation details: 2345/1876 SULLIVAN EMILY MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a brotherWilliam SULLIVAN
about 1880 (Age 13 years)
Citation details: 499/1880 SULLIVAN WILLIAM MATTHEW B MARY SYDNEY
Marriage of a half-siblingRobert HORSEYEmily Jane JEFFRESSView this family
July 3, 1883 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: 2546/1883 HORSEY ROBERT JEFFRIES EMILY J GLEBE
Citation details: 19 JUN 2008
Text:

Robert Horsey was born on the 25th of October, 1860 at the Randwick Benevolent Asylum. His mother was Mary Horsey, aged 23, born in England. The birth certificate is marked "Illegitimate" across the sections where the father's name and marriage details would normally go. I have obtained a copy of the certificate from NSW BDM (Ref 1860/002108) and would be happy to send a copy to you if you would like one. As a matter of interest, there is also a listing in BDM for William Horsey with the next reference number, and then a death certificate for the same day. So it seems Mary had twins and only one survived. It seems Robert was left at the asylum as an orphan, or "abandoned child" as they were known. I also have a copy of Mary's shipping/immigration records showing that she arrived in Sydney in 1856 on board the Winifred. This document shows her father as Robert Horsey (after whom she named her son) and her mother as Elizabeth Owen. I could not stop myself from chasing up Mary's life after that, and she married Matthew Sullivan in 1863 and lived happily ever after! The marriage certificate lists her parents the same as on the shipping records. You may be aware that Robert's death certificate shows his father as Robert Horsey and his mother as Mary, with maiden name unknown, but this is incorrect as the surname Horsey is that of Mary.

Publication: August 2008
Note: Note the spelling of Jeffress as Jeffries on the NSW Marriage Index entry.
MarriageEliza Jane IKINView this family
about 1887 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 460/1887 SULLIVAN MATTHEW IKIN ELIZA JANE SYDNEY
Death of a fatherMatthew Bartholomew SULLIVAN
about 1897 (Age 30 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 3875/1897 SULLIVAN MATTHEW B MATTHEW UNKNOWN ASHFIELD
Death of a motherMary HORSEY
about 1923 (Age 56 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 13634/1923 SULLIVAN MARY ROBERT MARY RYDE
Citation details: 31 July 2008
Text:

Thanks for adding this information to the database, it's great to have it all recorded. With regard to Mary's death, she died in 1923 and the NSW BDM registration reference is 13634/1923. I also had a look at Ethel Horsey and Frederick William Dudley Sindel's records on your website, and there are no details recorded re the Sindel side of the tree. Do you have any interest in this? I have done lots of research on the family (being a Sindel myself!) and would be happy to give you copies of my records. They have an interesting convict heritage, with several family members being transported from around 1790, and amongst other items of interest I have copies of the Old Bailey court records for my g-g-g=grandfather David Knowland.

Marriage of a half-siblingRobert HORSEYClementina Joan Scott DARCEYView this family
about 1924 (Age 57 years)
Citation details: 4445/1924 HORSEY ROBERT DARCEY CLEMENTINA J S SYDNEY
Text:

Robert Horsey was born on the 25th of October, 1860 at the Randwick Benevolent Asylum. His mother was Mary Horsey, aged 23, born in England. The birth certificate is marked "Illegitimate" across the sections where the father's name and marriage details would normally go. I have obtained a copy of the certificate from NSW BDM (Ref 1860/002108) and would be happy to send a copy to you if you would like one. As a matter of interest, there is also a listing in BDM for William Horsey with the next reference number, and then a death certificate for the same day. So it seems Mary had twins and only one survived. It seems Robert was left at the asylum as an orphan, or "abandoned child" as they were known. I also have a copy of Mary's shipping/immigration records showing that she arrived in Sydney in 1856 on board the Winifred. This document shows her father as Robert Horsey (after whom she named her son) and her mother as Elizabeth Owen. I could not stop myself from chasing up Mary's life after that, and she married Matthew Sullivan in 1863 and lived happily ever after! The marriage certificate lists her parents the same as on the shipping records. You may be aware that Robert's death certificate shows his father as Robert Horsey and his mother as Mary, with maiden name unknown, but this is incorrect as the surname Horsey is that of Mary.

Death of a brotherJames SULLIVAN
about 1928 (Age 61 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 1450/1928 SULLIVAN JAMES MATTHEW B MARY ROCKDALE
Death of a wifeEliza Jane IKIN
about 1940 (Age 73 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 19895/1940 SULLIVAN ELIZA JANE WILLIAM ELIZABETH LIVERPOOL
Death of a half-brotherRobert HORSEY
March 7, 1940 (Age 73 years)
Address: Lidcombe State Hospital and Home
Cause: (1) Chronic myocarditis (2) Senility
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 1290/1940 HORSEY ROBERT ROBERT MARY GRANVILLE
Note: A bit more information on the Lidcombe State Hospital can be found at this PDF of about 80KB:
Horsey - Robert
Horsey - Robert

Note: Image scanned from photo copy of certificate kindly supplied by Trish Cation.

Burial of a half-brotherRobert HORSEY
March 8, 1940 (Age 73 years)
Address: Church of England Section
Cemetery: Rookwood Necropolis
Text:

Witnesses to the burial were:

A Gray, and E Mayles.

Death about 1942 (Age 75 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 27568/1942 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATHEW MARY LIVERPOOL
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: January 28, 1863Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
23 months
elder brother
James SULLIVAN
Birth: about 1864 26 25Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1928Rockdale, , New South Wales, Australia
4 years
himself
Matthew SULLIVAN
Birth: about 1867 29 28Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1942Liverpool, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
4 years
younger sister
5 years
younger sister
5 years
younger brother
William SULLIVAN
Birth: about 1880 42 41Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1953Bankstown, , New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with an unknown individual - View this family
mother
half-brother
half-brother
William H HORSEY
Birth: October 25, 1860 22Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: after October 25, 1860Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Family with Eliza Jane IKIN - View this family
himself
Matthew SULLIVAN
Birth: about 1867 29 28Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1942Liverpool, , New South Wales, Australia
wife
Eliza Jane IKIN
Birth: about 1870Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1940Liverpool, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: about 1887Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 2375/1867 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 460/1887 SULLIVAN MATTHEW IKIN ELIZA JANE SYDNEY
DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 27568/1942 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATHEW MARY LIVERPOOL
SourceBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 2375/1867 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY