Catherine E. Whybrow 1885-1904

FatherRobert J.
MotherEmily A. Summerfield
Date of Birth1885
Place of BirthMurrumburrah, New South Wales, Australia (map)
Date of Death26th. October 1904
Place of DeathMurrumburrah, New South Wales, Australia (map)
SpouseJohn J. Meredith
Date of Marriage1903
Place of MarriageYoung, New South Wales, Australia (map)
First ChildLily M.

It appears that in keeping with most families connected to the O’Leary name, Catherine came from another rural family.  Her father is listed as a farmer and she married another farmer in John.  John was born at Young, New South Wales in 1872.

Her short marriage was spent near Wombat, New South Wales.  Catherine died 3 days after the birth of Lily due to complications with the birth and the onset of septicaemia.    Catherine is interred in the Wombat Cemetery (Roman Catholic Section).

In keeping with with the suspect records of the time and the unreliability of informants (although in this case the informant was husband John) her death certificate states Catherine was born and died at Rocky Hill, Murrumburrah.  There is no current record of a rural property or town by this name, and considering other inconsistencies with the certificate Rocky Hill may exist somewhere, or may not.

Also the certificate states “Lila M.” as being 3 days old at the time of her mothers passing in 1904.  Registry Office records have Lily M. being born in 1905.  The certificate also has an alteration by John James Meredith on 27th. March 1905 noting Lila should read “Lily”.  The only other record of Lily appears to be of death in 1971 of “Lillian May” mother Catherine Eliza, father John at Murrumburrah.

John J. Junior died at Harden, New South Wales in 1948.

It does get confusing!!