Al­most 100 de­scen­dants at­tend the McKer­nan fam­ily re­union

Euroa Gazette - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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