Almost 100 descendants attend the McKernan family reunion
NINETY-FOUR McKernan descendants proudly gathered at the Balmattum School to celebrate their Irish heritage and forebears of the five McKernan siblings, Alexander, Daniel, Sarah, James and John who left Tyrone in Northern Ireland during the 1860s and 70s to settle in Victoria.
The four brothers all came to the Balmattum and Euroa area.
‘Hawthorn House” has been in continual ownership of Daniel McKernan’s descendants to this present day.
James McKernan’s property “Flowerdale” is presently owned by a McKernan descendent. Surrounding land in the area is other McKernan ownership.
Descendants from all four brothers travelled from as far as New Zealand, Perth, NSW, ACT and throughout Victoria.
Many McKernan photos were on display as well as other original photos which came in on the day and will be added to the McKernan collection.
Daniel and Christina McKernan’s (from “Hawthorn House”) Family Bible and his daughter, May’s 1910 wedding dress were on display.
Plus photos of the missing link, Sarah, her family from Mt Gambier in South Australia.
The McKernan cake was beautifully decorated in Irish green with shamrocks by Mawson’s bakery was cut by Beryl Clemence aged 90, and John McKernan aged 91.
Grand children of James and Daniel.
The eldest descendent, Neil Phelan, aged 94 and his wife drove from Kerang to attend. Bus trips with visits to McKernan sites proved popular.
All this coincided with the unveiling of the McKernan and Crosbie bridge signs which will be placed on the Hume Highway at Balmattum.
And thank you to Neville and Lorraine Mawson and helpers for preparing the school grounds and for lunch.