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Tierney Denis

Male 1814 - 1894  (80 years)

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  • Name Tierney Denis 
    Born 1814  ,Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 3 May 1839  ,,,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 20 Dec 1839  ,Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Brought out by the government. Arrived on the ship 'China'
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    Residence Abt 1840  ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 17 Sep 1845  ,Williams River, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Settler
    Occupation 1867  Mackey Street, Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1872  Mackey Street, Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1872  Mackey Street, Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Photo of house in album
    Illness 9 Apr 1885  ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Very general regret was manifested in this district on hearing that Mr. Tierney, who is employed in the erection of the Public School buildings at Stroud, had been seized with a dangerous illness, for he is one of our oldest inhabitants, and one of the most highly re- spected by all Who know him; and it is pleasing to record that word arrived in Dun-
      gog to-day that he is now out of danger, and pine hopes are entertained that he will soon be himself again.
    Illness 12 Dec 1891  ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 3 Feb 1894  ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • General decay, nephritis, exhaustion. 12 midnight.
    Buried 5 Feb 1894  Roman Catholic Cemetery Hanly's Flat, Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • conducted by J. J. Flynn. Inscription : Also/Denis Tierney/Died 2nd Feb 1894/Aged 83 years/P.I.P.
    Obituary 6 Feb 1894  [6
    Name Dennis Tierney 
    Probate 5 Jan 1932  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Starter to the local racing club.
    • 'The tale of the rifle' article about Dennis' shooting prowess. Published in Durham Chronicle
    • One of Five adult males of Dungog township.
    • Robert Scott lived with Dennis Tierney.
    • Engaged by John Nowland to take charge of a settlement at Wallarobba for three years
    • Carpenter of Dungog, Informant on death certificate of Charlotte Edwards (3734/1860) [8]
    • Denis applies to purchase a portion of Windeyer Street but is refused
    • not on NSW census
    • Victim of Larceny
    • 106. Dennis Tierney, 2 roods, ditto, lot 101. [9]
    • Donation of 1.1.0 to Irish relief fund [10]
      Dungog Bench Books, Copies of Letters Sent 1839/42 on AONSW Reel No. 2679.

      Police Office, Dungog. 15th Jan. 1841.
      In reference to a letter received from the Honourable the Colonial Secretary - dated the 31st ultimo - and put into my hands on the 6 instant.
      I do myself the honor to inform you that near the west boundary line of this district there are different sheep and cattle stations on the flats around Wallarrobba, belonging to Mr. Coar - Mr. Nowlan and Mr. Burnett, which appear to be improperly conducted - one, and all of them giving shelter to persons illegally at large, while the inhabitants act as spies on all travelers who pass that way, by affording information to the bushrangers of the movements of drays going to, or returning from market- the contents of which have been previously learnt from the people in charge of them, by these shepherds feeding their flocks close to the high road for that purpose and most distinctly proved from the fact that while the grass is all eaten up close to the high way on both sides, a little further in the bush the pasture seems untouched. The police from this on their late pursuit after the mounted bushmen called at all these stations and found that not one of them had a proper person in charge - and from the conversations they had with the inmates, it was quite apparent, all knew something of the movements of the bushrangers though their statements were contradictory unto when they had seen them at their huts. At Mr. Burnett's station all are convicts together but I believe this to be on the Paterson side of the line.
      At Mr. Nowlan's - the two overseers are free - but of suspicious character. One of them named Spicer has, within the last two or three weeks absconded from his service and, it is believed, has taken refuge at William O'Neils - another bad character in this district, and his master has craved a warrant for his / Spicers / apprehension - since Spicer left, one of my constables captured a runaway, from Thomas Caswell of Port Macquarie, at work for Mr. Nowlan, who has been harboured and employed by Spicer for the last three months. A man named Tierney - a sort of carpenter and store keeper to Mr. Nowlan -''who is no better than he should be'' is now in charge of Wallarrobba - and under these two worthies / Spicer and Tierney / four government men have been placed for some time back - the master - and a young lad named Hammersly only occasionally visiting the place. This young man, Hammersly, Mr. Nowlan seems to think well of, but Mr. Chapman, and those who have the opportunity of seeing him oftener, say he is too good natured for such a situation - that he frequently gets drunk, smokes and makes too free with the assigned servants - and even confesses frankly that he was present when the bushrangers visited the station, and that they offered him jewelry as a present. The appearance of Mr. Coar's farm looks anything but prosperous - and no assigned servant can do any good there - in short it is Mr. Chapmans belief - as it is now my own, that hardships had driven Mr. Coar's men to lawless practices - and through these the prisoners on the neighbouring farms have been contaminated. You are aware that it was from this station that the bushrangers who robbed so many places on the 30th Nov. last took their start; and it would appear that Mr. Coar knew long before they made their first sally on the unsuspecting inhabitants that they had frequent meetings near his house, but was afraid to give evidence lest his own improvidence should be exposed. Mr. Coar has three men at present undergoing punishments - viz. James Barber per John Barry in tread mill at Sydney; Thomas Clarkson per Surry, Iron Gang 1 and Thomas Buckingham awaiting trial for receiving stolen goods and I would respectfully recommend that neither of these men be returned to service; and that all assigned men on these different stations be withdrawn they having been great harbourers of runaways from this quarter. It having been reported to me on oath the William O'Neil mentioned above, had exchanged some goods with the bushrangers - after leaving Walker's Inn, on the day in question - I granted warrant and had the house searched by the chief and another constable but nothing described in the warrant was found, though in the course of the investigation, they saw many things that surprised them - and among others nearly one hundred sovereigns, wrapped up in some old rags which the mischief seemed anxious to conceal, even from the family. I think it right to mention to you that among the ticket of leave men who were bailed up at Walkers Inn on the 30th Nov. there was one named John Watson per Recovery - who has been overlooked in the report furnished by Mr. Walker though equally deserving with the others of being deprived of the indulgence and which I now recommend. I am not aware whether any report was made from the Paterson bench of the individuals cooped up at Jones Inn on the same day - but I think it is a duty imperative on me to state that a ticket of leave man in the employ of Mr. Chapman as a stock keeper, and strongly suspected to have piloted the robbers on more than one occasion was bailed up there with the others - and as I myself saw him under ......... curious circumstances, while on my way to the Grange, during the late season of alarm - and his master agreeing with me that his Joseph Heales per ship England, conduct was suspicious and I would be glad to hear of his removal also. An assigned servant of Mr. Chapmans named John Shirley per Surry 1834 - was likewise there and allowed himself to be bailed up with the family of Jones - and as His Excellency the Governor kindly said he will not put the settlers to more inconvenience than is absolutely necessary in withdrawing the culprits from their service I would respectfully include the man Shirley in the list of withdrawals, should the Governor approve.
      The proposed sweeping example will have a most astounding and salutary effect in that along with showing that class of people on what footing they stand; and that their own permanent comfort depends on the protection they afford to their employer.
      Thomas Cook J.P.
      To; John McLean
      Principal Superintendent of Convicts.

      CHASE ROAD.-His Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, is pleased to notify that the FOLLOWING RE- SERVED ROAD, particulars of which may be

      ascertained at the Offices of the Local Land Board

      mentioned below, where objections must be lodged, if any have been applied for, to be CLOSED and ALIENATED under the 67th clause of the Crown Lands Act of 1884 ; and all persons interested are invited to state, within three months from this date, their objections, if any, to such road being closed. THOS.GARRETT.-Applicant: Denis Tierney. Description: County of Durham, parish of Dungog, town of Dungog. That part of Windeyer-street lying between Mackay and Brown streets. Land Board Office : Maitland. 2004 [11]
    • A FINE RIFLE GUN was left by me
      with Mr. Denis Tierney, of Dungog, on the fifth (5th) day of April, 1848, for the purpose of being Repaired, and the said Gun cannot at present be found, having been lent or mislaid. The above reward will be given to any person who may deliver the said Rifle Gun to me, at Dungog, and no questions asked. [12]
    • At last there is a stir about erecting a School of Arts. The contract has been let to Mr. Tierney, of Dungog. It is to be hoped it will be worthy of the place and energy of the few who still take an interest [13]
    • DUNGOG.

      We abridge from a report in the Empire of Saturday the proceedings at a public meet- ing held at the court house, Dungog, on the 6th instant, in aid of the Patriotic Fund. T. Cook, Esq., was moved into the chair.

      The meeting was not so fully attended as it would have been had the weather been favourable, but the rain and a rise of the river prevented several expected speakers from being present.

      Mr. E. C. Madgwick moved, and Mr. Dennis Tierney seconded, the first resolu- tion, which was carried unanimously as follows :-" That this meeting regards with the highest admiration and gratitude the gallant conduct of our countrymen who have been engaged in the recent naval and military operations in the East." [14]
    • DUNGOG.

      OUR RACES.-Mr. M. Curran's Doctor Jenner took t'.w head prize with ease, although followed by Coquet and Lady Clare very close ; all of which were Doctor Jenner's get. Mr. Curran's Hector also took the Handicap Race. Mr. J. Wood's Cockroach won the Galloway Race, beating the Maid of the Mill and another. The latter walked the course over for the Pony Race. Al! went off quietly, not a drunken person to be seen, nor any disturbance on the course. Mr. D. Tierney had the leg of a valuable horse broken while chasing Doctor Jenner in the handicap race.

      Thomas Bennett was prosecuted by the Chief Constable for indecent exposure on the race course,and was sentenced to two mouths' impri-

      This morning is both cold and frosty. August 8, 1853. [15]
    • Mr. Dennis Tierney proposed that W. B. Allen. Esq., was a fit and proper person to represent us in the coming Parliament ; and made a few brief remarks in support of his motion. [16]
    • After high mass was concluded, the Bishop of Maitland went into financial details, which showed that a debt of £170 remained over the building. That, he remarked, would be almost liquidated before they separated Subscriptions were then commenced, which left the debt de- creased to the small sum of £40, or less To- wards this grand reduction his Lordship gave £10, and £5 as the contribution of the Very Rev. Dr McElroy, the Vicar General of Goulburn Next in amount was the sum of £3 from Mr. Tierney, and a like sum from Mr T Molían. [17]
    • It tested the strength of the strongest tenements in the town ; and our new School of Arts, in its unfinished state, had it not been of the most substantial construction, must have been wrecked. Mr Tierney is the contractor for the work-a sufficient guarantee that the work will be executed in a proper manner. The building was not near so muoh injured as was at first apprehended. He is now getting on rapidly with the work ; they are now just finishing the brick-work, and it will soon be roofed in. It will be a very nice building for the purpose when finished.
      Fix [18]
    • Impounded
      At Dungog, on the 3rd day of December, 1851 by Mr.
      D. Tierney-One black mare, no viable brand, 3 year» old, white star and white snip on none, white on off hind leg, abuut 15 hands high. If not claimed before the 8th of January will be sold [19]
    • Attended Anti-Transportation Meeting at Dungog [20]
    • National School -The examination of the above school took place on the 13th instant, in presence of the patrons, C. L. Brown, Esq., J. P., and Mr. D. Tierney, and a number of the friends of the institution, amongst whom we noticed the Rev. R. Boag, Rev. John Cleaver, Thomas Cook, Esq., J.P., and George Mackay and George Garton, Esqrs. [21]
    • Mr DENIS TIERNEY seconded the nomination
      These being the only candidates proposed,

      The RETURNING OFFICER called upon Captain Watson to address the electors [22]
    • A LARGE RED BULLOCK, branded MH
      on ribs nearside, a blotch brand on rump offside, has taken up with my bullocks lately. The owner can have him by payying the ex- penses ot this notice.

      D. TIERNEY.

      Dungog, Feb. 23, 1854. [23]
      Fix this text

      place on Thursday, the 24th, and Friday; 25thAugust. ~


      ' Mr H Hooke Mr. W. O'Neill

      Mr H Jarrett Mr. Rd. Barties. Mr. T. Abbott

      Judge- Mr. T Fletcher.

      Treasurer.- Mr. S. N. Dark.

      Clerk of the Course.-Mr. D. Tierney. [24]
    • A meeting
      of the inhabitants of this district was
      held this day at the Court-house, for the pur- pose of expressing their sympathy with the Irish people in their present unprecedented distress, .....

      That the thanks of this meeting be given to
      Mr. Dennis Tierney for his exertions in
      this cause.-Carried. [25]
    Person ID I90  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2015 

    Father Living 
    Mother Living 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet

    Family D'arcy Eliza,   b. Abt 1816, ,Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1858, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 1834  ,Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Tierney Mary,   b. 13 Sep 1845, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1906, Windsor Hospital, Windsor, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Tierney Jane Mary,   b. 6 Jun 1847, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1874, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     3. Tierney Eliza Mary,   b. 28 Dec 1848, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1873, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     4. Tierney John D'arcy,   b. 18 Mar 1851, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1924, ,Dungog, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet

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  • Documents
    Denis Tierney Obituary
    Denis Tierney Obituary

  • Sources 
    1. [S2813] SRNSW, TIERNEY Dennis 26 - China 19/12/1839 374 2654 [4/4780].

    2. [S13] WWW,

    3. [S14] Rootsweb Australian Records,

    4. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Thursday 9 April 1885.

    5. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Saturday 12 December 1891.
      The influenza epidemic appears to be abating. We hear that all those who have been suffering are now convalescent. Our old friend, Mr. Dennis Tierney, has been very ill, but I am thankful to hear that he is getting better. He is a good man, and one of the oldest residents, and justly esteemed. We will be pleased to- see him moving about again.

    6. [S2883] Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser (NSW : 1894 - 1954), 6 2 1894.
      Death.— It is with deep regret that
      we announce the death of one of the
      oldest residents of the district, Mr
      Denis Tierney.- Deceased was 83
      years of age, and had been ailing for
      some time past, hisv end being not un-
      expected.He was born in Roscrea
      Tipperary, in the year 1811, and emi-
      grated to this colony ,in 1838, and he
      helped to erect Sir William Macleay's
      residance, at Rushcutter's Bay during
      that year. -He was shortly afterwards
      engaged by the late John Nowland to
      take charge, of a settlement at Walla-
      robba, which position he held for three
      years. He came to reside in Dungog
      when there: were only a couple , of
      housess here; and had been living in the
      district for 55 years. He was a car-
      penter by trade, aud was the first under-
      taker in the district. As a young-man
      he was a well kuown figure in. the dis-
      trict, being a great lover of racing, and
      all outdoor sport. He held the po-
      sition of starter for the local Racing
      Club for many years, and generally
      had one or two race horses of ther old
      stamp, viz. : horses that ran their two
      and three miles. He always took a
      deep interest in all public matters af-
      fecting -the welfare-of the town. He
      leaves a son, Mr - John Tierney, of
      Dungog, and one daughter, Mrs
      Thompson, of Bourke, to mourn their
      loss. His funeral took place yesterday
      afternoon, and was one of- the largest
      ever seen in Dungog. His remains
      were interred in the Roman Catholic
      portion of the cemetery, the Rev
      Father Flynn conducted the burial
      service. His death occurred on Satur-
      day nightt last at 12 o'clock. -

    7. [S89] NSW State Records,
      Dennis Tierney - Date of Death 03/02/1894, Granted On 05/01/1932
      Item number:
      Series 4-178355
      Date range:
      Descriptive note:
      Dennis Tierney - Date of Death 03/02/1894, Granted On
      Access direction:

    8. [S12] SAG Primary Record, 04\\020010 Page 14.

    9. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 31 Jan 1849.

    10. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 14 October 1846.

    11. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Saturday 24 March 1888.

    12. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Wednesday 13 June 1849.

    13. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Saturday 8 April 1876.

    14. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 21 March 1855.

    15. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Wednesday 10 August 1853.

    16. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Tuesday 22 November 1864.

    17. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 18 October 1870.

    18. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Tuesday 7 November 1876.

    19. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 3 12 1853.

    20. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 28 September 1850.

    21. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 29 March 1854.

    22. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 31 December 1874.

    23. [S9] Maitland Mercury, 1 March 1854.

    24. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Wednesday 16 August 1848.

    25. [S9] Maitland Mercury, Wednesday 30 September 1846.