Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

James RENNIEAge: 7418351909

Name
James RENNIE
Given names
James
Surname
RENNIE
Birth between 1835 and 1837

Rennie - James
Rennie - James

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Note: The headstone for James is inscribed that he was 74 years of age at the time of his death in 1909. However, his death registration includes the information that he was only 72 years of age at the time of his death.
MarriageMary “Granny” KELEHERView this family
about 1881 (Age 46)
Citation details: 4628/1881 RENNIE JAMES DELORE MARY EAST MAITLAND
Death of a wifeMary “Granny” KELEHER
August 2, 1908 (Age 73)
Address: At her home. Rennies Island, Darawank
Cause: Accidently burnt
Citation details: 11497/1908 RENNIE MARY JOHN STROUD
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

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Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Publication: Online Book
Death August 30, 1909 (Age 74)
Citation details: 11278/1909 RENNIE JAMES 72 YRS TAREE TAREE
Rennie - James
Rennie - James

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Burial
Address: Roman Catholic portion F 23.
Cemetery: Forster General
Rennie - James
Rennie - James

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Family with Mary “Granny” KELEHER - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: about 1881East Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
Joseph DE LORE + Mary “Granny” KELEHER - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: Moreton Bay (Brisbane), , Queensland, Australia
step-son
step-son
Joseph DE LORE
Birth: about 1857 47 25Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1916West Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
step-son
2 years
step-daughter
23 months
step-son
4 years
step-son
3 years
step-daughter
Sophia H DE LORE
Birth: about 1869 59 37Port Stephens, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1905Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
step-son
4 years
step-daughter
step-son
step-daughter

BirthHeadstone - Rennie - James
Rennie - James
Rennie - James

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MarriageR - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 4628/1881 RENNIE JAMES DELORE MARY EAST MAITLAND
DeathR - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 11278/1909 RENNIE JAMES 72 YRS TAREE TAREE
DeathHeadstone - Rennie - James
Rennie - James
Rennie - James

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BurialAustralian Cemeteries Index