Michael Flanagan


John Flanagan: Father

Born: 1785, Ireland  married 1814, in County Down Ireland, to Ellen Hayes who came from   County Down, Ireland

John Died: 24 JUL 1873, Woodside, Bathurst, NSW

Ellen died 31 JUL 1879 in Marsden Swamp, N.S.W.


Flanagan was sponsored by John Grant, the first settler, in 1821, to be granted land in the valley. 

 Michael Flanagan was the  eldest son of John and Ellen Flanagan. 

John Flanagan  came free to the Colony 21 APR 1825 on the ship "Cumberland" . He moved to Little Hartley in 1833 at the age of 47.  He already had 8 children and Michael was the eldest.    Jeremiah was born at Mt Victoria on the 12th Feb 1833.  The Harp of Erin was licensed on the 23rd Feb 1833. So it is assumed that John and Ellen also occupied and ran the Harp of Erin, while Michael held the license.

 His son Michael was listed as Licensee.

FLANAGAN   Michael    Harp of Erin, The    Mount Victoria, District of Bathurst  1833  23 February 03 or FLANAGHAN

FLANAGAN  Michael     Harp of Erin, The    Mount Victoria, District of Bathurst  1834  5 July 02  

In 1835 Andrew Gardiner took over the Inn renaming it the Plough Inn and put Richard Kibble in to run it, and he was there till 1842.

Michael Flanagan moved to Bathurst and married Brigit in 1840. He again ran an inn in 1853 called the Travellers Rest  at  The Kings Plains, District of Carcoar   (The Travellers Rest  had been built in 1842 in the Canowindra District)

 In 1833  John Flanagans daughter 'Rose was pregnant and was marrying Jeremiah Grant . But by 1837  John Flanagan and the family  had moved  then to Bangaroo at Canowindra and the Harp of Erin changed to Andrew Gardiner who purchased it and called the Plough Inn.  He held the license for 1837, 1838, and 1840.  It was advertised  in 1841, and in 1842, Richard Kibble held the Plough Inn at Hartley.

John Flanagan must have been a  tough old dad as he prohibited his daughter at the age of 21 from marrying with the following notice in the paper. ...

  • Saturday 16 January 1847


    ALL Clergymen are hereby cautioned not to marry my daughter, Margaret, to any person,

    without my consent, she being several years under age .

    All persons are also cautioned not to harbour her after this notice, under penalty of being

    prosecuted according to law.



    Margaret Flanagan  ended up marrying Patrick Keenan in 28 Sep 1849 in Hartley.  Patrick was the eldest son of Michael Keenan the Innkeeper who held the xyz inn at Hassans Walls. (Old Bowenfels)  They ended up living at Lowther Park.

    Patrick Keenan of Lowther Park on the l6th June 1852, at the Hartley sale bought two lots of land. Lot 36 30 acres for 60 Pounds and Lot 37, 30 acres for 75 Pounds. These were in the County of Westmorland, Cullenbong Swamp, Coxs River. He also bought two more lots in 1853.


  • Children of John and Ellen Flanagan
    1. Has No Children Michael Flanagan b: ABT 1813 in King's Co. Ireland married Bridgit  Murray Feb 1840 in Bathurst, He died 19 DEC 1873 in Cargo.
    2. Has No Children James Flanagan b: ABT 1816 in King's Co. Ireland
    3. Has No Children Rose Flanagan b: ABT 1819 in King's Co. Ireland She married Jeremiah Grant ABT 1833 in Hartley, N.S.W., son of John Grant and Jane O'Brien. He was born 1815.
    4. Has No Children John Flanagan b: ABT 1821 in King's Co. Ireland and died 17 MAY 1876 in William St., Bathurst, N.S.W
    5. Has No Children William Henry Flanagan b: ABT 1823 in King's Co. Ireland and died 5 JUN 1894 in Bathurst, N.S.W
    6. Has No Children Margaret Flanagan b: 1826 in Sydney, N.S.W.died 29 APR 1889 in Lithgow, N.S.W.
    7. Has No Children Andrew Flanagan b: 1828 in Sydney, N.S.W.died 26 OCT 1900 in Dubbo, N.S.W..
    8. Has No Children Henry Flanagan b: 1831 in South Creek, N.S.W.died 23 OCT 1913 in Parkes, N.S.W
    9. Has No Children Jeremiah L Flanagan b: 12 AUG 1833 in Mt. Victoria, N.S.W.died 22 JUL 1911 in Parramatta, N.S.W
    10. Has No Children Joseph Terence Flanagan b: AUG 1835 in Little Hartley, N.S.W.died 28 JAN 1915 in Lithgow, N.S.W.
    11. Has No Children Hugh Michael Flanagan b: 11 Nov 1837 in Bangaroo, New South Wales, Australia .died 25 MAR 1908 in Lithgow, N.S.W.. He married Elizabeth Frances Grant 2 NOV 1861 in Hartley, N.S.W., daughter of John Grant and Elizabeth West. She was born 7 APR 1845 in Hartley, N.S.W., and died 30 SEP 1927 in Lithgow, N.S.W..

    HOW MICHAEL FLANAGAN got his Inn...

    Michael  was granted 100 aces of land in 1832 and took possession in 1833.  It would have been a possiblity that his father ran the inn there till 1836 when the land passed over to Andrew Gardiner.  Michael Flanagan was only 20 and unlikely to have had the financial

    resources to build an inn. Michael Flanagan was declared bankrupt in 1842, John Ford  and William Trees being appointed as Trustess

    1920 Map of Little Hartley




    James married Elanor Grant in 1835 in Sydney, but their first daughter was born in 1833 in Parramatta prior to his father moving to Hartley.  He joined his father in 1840  where three more children was born,  then in 1846 moved back to Hartley

    Eleanor Jane Grant b: 1821 in Sydney, NSW

    • Married: 11 JUN 1835 in Sydney, NSW
    1. Has Children Jane Elizabeth Flanagan b: 1833 in Parramatta, NSW
    2. Has No Children William Flanagan b: 12 MAR 1840 in Bathurst, NSW
    3. Has Children John James Flanagan b: 12 MAR 1840 in Bathurst, NSW
    4. Has Children Rose Flanagan b: 5 AUG 1842 in Bathurst, NSW
    5. Has Children Emily Willie Flanagan b: 26 DEC 1844 in Hartley, NSW
    6. Has No Children James Jeremiah William Flanagan b: 5 NOV 1846
    7. Has Children Annie Eugenie Flanagan b: 20 OCT 1848
    8. Has Children Selina Mary Flanagan b: 23 NOV 1851 in Hartley, NSW
    9. Has No Children Agnes Flanagan



    VTOTICE is hereby given, that all per 1 v sons found trcspassiug on tho Hun known as Gengong, licensed by Mr. John flanagan, and rented lo me by him. for a certain period, driving, branding"!-or in any way interfering with .the cattle, ' or three stock lior.ef, now depasturing thereon, and'at present in charge of Patrick Burns, without my autho- rity, will be prosecuted a> tho law directs.


    Moyne, Hartley, August 19. 3308

    CAUTION.-I hereby caution Bit-chera and all others, not tn pur chote my "attlo branded 3F on tho nour hip. o 3F sud \ nauru nf 2. from any poison whatever, the same being my properly.


    Moyne, Hartley. August 19.' . . .G9

    Monday 28 August 1848


    Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850-1875) Monday 15 December 1856 p 5 Article
    ... body of John Flanagan, aged thirty-two years, who came by his death under the following cir- ... a horse's tail ; a mun named Gibson held tho horse's foreleg up, and John Flanagan (the deceased) ... unanimously re- turned the following verdict : " That the deceased, John Flanagan, came to his ... 1094 words


     Martha Sherringhams daughter, who on 16th February, 1852,   married  HENRY FLANAGAN. The marriage was celebrated at Mount Victoria, by Rev. Father C. McCarthy of Hartley: the young couple set up their first home in Bathurst.

    Martha's Haynes  first grandchild, MARTHA ROBENA FLANAGAN, had been born in Bathurst - where the Flanagans (father and brothers) were engaged in butchering. However, shortly after the birth of Martha Robena, Henry and Martha Junior returned to the Hartley area and took up farming at Marsden Swamp (now known as Ganbenang Valley). They were to remain there for more than a decade.

    The latter part of this period was to be a sad one. Just a few months prior to the death of Martha's second husband, James  a four year old granddaughter, EVA FLANAGAN, was thrown from her pony and killed (18/4/1861). Then, towards the end of l865, another granddaughter, two year old MARIA FLANAGAN, took ill with dysentery. The illness persisted; and despite the long, hard trip to Bathurst and the services of Dr. A. Machattie, the child died on 27/2/1866.

    Shortly afterwards, (6/3/1866), Martha married a third time; this time to JOSEPH COLLITS, eighth child of Pierce, and thus uncle by marriage to her second husband. The celebrant was Rev. R.E. Mayne; the ceremony took place at Mount Clarence; and the witnesses were EDWIN HAYNES (second child of Martha's first marriage) and his wife Maria (nee EVANS).
    Meanwhile, yet another grandchild had died in infancy; EDWIN FLANAGAN, three months, died of pneumonia. Shortly after this sad event, it seems that most of the Haynes family followed their mother and moved into the Lachlan area around Forbes. The FLANAGANS went to TRAJERE, near Eugowra some time between 1868 and 1873. Three more children were born to them during this period; Martha Senior acting as Midwife. However, tragedy still dogged the family. On 29/12/1868, seven year old WILLIAM FLANAGAN succumbed to peritonitis. Helena, born in mid 1873 died at the age of six weeks of pneumonia.

    By 1875, the FLANAGANS and three of the HAYNES brothers had again moved; this time to the FLAGSTONE CREEK are, where land had become available for closer settlement. This area was renamed COOKAMIDGERA when the railway came through in the 1890s. A village was surveyed - and the HAYNES name is perpetuated in a street name in the village.

    Martha Senior - now Granny Collits to the families - was closely attached to her grandchildren. THOMAS FLANAGAN, born 17/2/1868, with Martha as Midwife, was the first of the Flanagans to survive to old age. He (the writer's uncle) often used to reminisce about staying with Granny on the Lachlan, and collecting duck eggs by the basketful.

    The year 1875 saw yet another sadness. The firstborn child of the FLANAGANS, MARTHA ROBENA, was nursed through a long and agonising illness by her Granny; at the age of 21, she died on 1/10/1875 of hydatids of the liver. Martha Collits passed away on 9/7/1882 at the age of 65. Buried in Forbes Cemetery, she shares a headstone with her first granddaughter, Martha Robena.

    There were no children of the later marriages; although there is a family story that Joe and Martha had adopted (probably unofficially) a young man named William Smith. Joseph lived on for some years, dying in Forbes Hospital on 2/11/1888.



    SATURDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER. Before a Jury of four.


    This was an action for money had and received, the amount sued for was 75 10s. Counsel for the plaintiffs-the Attorney-General and Mr. Dalley, at- torney, Mr. Serjeant. For the defendant, counsel, Mr. Stephen ; attorneys, Messrs. M'Intosh and Pinnock.

    The Attorney-General opened the case by stating that the plaintiff and defendant were brothers, and it was to be regretted that they should appear against each other as in this case. Plaintiffs were carrying on business as carcase butchers in Bathurst ; defendant was a retail butcher, residing at Orange. Some time ago an arrangement had been entered into by the parties to the following effect, viz., that the defendant if he saw an opportunity of purchasing cattle at Orange, should do so, and after selecting what he might require for his own use, should forward the remainder to Bathurst, and the plaintiffs would re- ceive and pay for them. In the month of April last the defendant bought 151 head of cattle from a person named Boyle, and came to Bathurst with them ; he told one of the plaintiffs that he had bought the cattle for them, and had given 5 per head. Next day the cattle were delivered, and defendant received a cheque from the plaintiffs for the amount. Shortly after this transaction, the plaintiffs ascertained thal defendant had paid only 4 10s. per head, and had consequently overcharged them 75 10s. It was to recover this amount that the action was brought.

    Mr. John Flanagan, one of the plaintiffs, proved that, in April last, defendant told him that he had purohased 150 head of cattle from Boyle, and that they would be at the Bocks that night. It was arranged that they should go out for them the the next morn- ing, and that defendant should pay for them, as he wished it to appear that he was purchasing on his own account. Plaintiff consented to this arrangement, and after the cattle were delivered paid the defendant for them at the rate of 5 per head, which he said was the rate at whioh they were purchased. Plaintiff afterwards ascertained that defendant had only given 110s. each for the cattle.

    Messrs. W. Flanagan, Andrew Flanagan, Richard Mutton, James Boyle, and Edward Young were called, and by their evidence fully corroborated the testimony of the lost witness.

    Mr. Nicholasj_ane also stated that on one occasion the defendant spoke to him about the purchase of a lot of cattle. Witness had said he thought he should have more to sell than would be suitable for the defendant ; but defendant said he had made ar- rangements with his brothers ia Bathurst, and that if he bought a lot or lots of cattle, and did not require the whole of them for his own use, he could take what he wanted from them and send the rest into Bathurst, where his brothers would take them-BO that he was in a position to buv any quantity.

    Mr. Stephen addressed the jury for the defence, and argued that if such an agreement existed, it was not likely defendant would act upon it; as, upon one occasion, there had been a dispute about some cattle which defendant had bought from Mr. Kerr. It was also contended that this was a transaction quite independent of that agreement-that the cattle had been bought by defendant on his own jaccount, and that he had afterwards sold them to the plaintiffs for a profit of 10s. per head.

    Mr. Michael Flanagan, the defendant, denied that the agreement referred to by the plaintiff had ever been acted upon, and said that in consequence of a dispute which had arisen about some cattle bought from Mr. Kerr, on account of the plaintiffs, he did not intend to act upon it in any case. He said that the cattle bought from Boyle he had bought in his own name paid for with his own money, and afterwards had sold them to the plaintiffs ; he admitted that he had bought them at 4 10s. per head, although he had told the plaintiffs that the sum paid for them was 5 ; but he said it was a common practice in the trade for the seller to say that he had given more at the time of the purchase'than he really had given.

    The Attorney-General replied to the evidence given by the defendant, and spoke in strong terms upon the

    character ofthat evidence.

    His Bonorin addressingthejury, commented upon the statements whioh had been made in the Court with re- ference to the practice of lying. He thought the ten- dency of such a practice was most injurious to the well-being of society, as if such a system were gene- rally adopted the truth %vhen spoken would not be be-


    The jury retired for a few minutes and returned into Court with a verdict for the plaintiffs. Damages, 75 10s.



    Butchers. Butchers. Butchers.

    MR. -FULLAGAR has received instructions

    from John Flanagan, Esq., to sell, at hi.

    Yards, on the AVestcrn Road, on SATURDAY next, the

    19th March,

    83 head of really choice cattle, in lots to suit purchasers,

    at 12 o'clock. " _


    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 17 March 1859,



    John Flanagan deposed : I am a constable, ststioned at Lambing Flat. Bccolleot the 30th June last. Was on duty that day,, and recoiled that about eleven or twelve o'ulook there was a large number of men went from 'tborFlat to the next Chineas encampment. They bad muslo and flags with them. I went to the Cbintae encampment, and lhere ' saw a lot of tents'set fire to. Tbe encampment was totally destroyed. I saw no Obi nose tbere that day, bat had Been them, previously, ano I know it to have been a Cblneso 'encampment.'- I saw the three prisoners there. Bellonzer and Webver were amongst' tbe mob, playing1 the musi, and I considered - they weis" taking part . ith the mob. ! I have., known ""them for' 'more than twelve months, and could not be deoeiied in their identity. The other prisoner (Cannon) I saw there. He pioked up some things where'the encampment had been'de- stroyed. When be saw and 'recognised me be. pntjhis berida in his pockets, aDd told the mob hot to take any- thing away. I consider the proceedings that day-wera calculated to inspire terror and fear. Tbere were about six or Bovtn hundred parsons in the mob. I am not aware of any provocation having been offered byjtbo

    Chinese. ' I

    By tho .Benoh I eaw several of ,the mob with fire- arms, and I beard several shotB fired. |

    Monday 5 August 1861


    BATHURST CORPORATION.-To tho Editor of

    tho SYDNEY MOUNIXQ HEUALU.-Sir,-I was very much astonishod to find on my return from tho intortor, that during my absence soma kind friond had chosen to put me forward as a candidato for municipal honours. In doiBg this I have no reason to doubt their friendly intentions towards me, but I am far from approving of thoir clumsy manner of showing their friendship. If their object was to pay me a compliment, and at the same tims to serve tho municipality by returning mo, whom they profess to believe to bj a fit and proper porson to represent thom, why put my brother against me ? or, if to do honour to htm, why place me in opposition to him ?-for surely it never entered their hoods that the people of Bathurst would return two brothers, and thus establish a sort of family compact in the corporation. Had they loft either out, the probability is that the other would have occupied a more respectable position on the poll; and if not successful, would not, at all events, havo appeared ridiculous in the eyes of the community. I havo yet to leam, moreover, that any effort was', mado to secure my return ; and if not, my pretended friends havo takon an unwarrantable liberty with my name, and for which, both as regards the fact and its consequences, they are in every sense responsible

    I wish it, however, to be clearly understood that I am no candidate for municipal or any other honours ; that I have no desire to have my name paraded before tho publio as an aspirant for political or any other description of fame ; and that I indignantly repudiate tho right of any man or body of men to trot mo out in my absence, as it were for their own amusement. Had I ever thrust myself forward in public affairs, or manifested any desire for public pre-ominence, I conld have understood the course pursued by my quasi friends, but I deny in tho most positive terms, that I have ever dono oither one or the othor. The whole thing was planned and exoouted without my knowledge or consent, at a time when I waa 250 miles from Bathurst. I could not, thorefore, be a party to the movement ; nur worse still, was it in my power to prevent it. Having then, takon upon themselves the responsibility of placing me in a curtain position, it was clearly their duty to seo that my position was not rendered ludiorouB. So jar, however, as I can learn my unfortunate name was loft to its fate, in a manner that reflects little credit upon those who have taken liberties with it.

    Permit me to say, in conclusion, that as 'bushtoBS fre- quently takes me away from home, I emphatically object to any further demonstrations uf such doubtful friendship during my absence, and to express a hope that if they want an object to amuse themselves with, my friends will look elsewhere. The only favour I ask at their hands is to let mo alone, and leave me at liberty to pass through the world after my own quiet fashion.

    Obediently years,


    Roto Hill, Bathurst, February 17._




    On Thursday, the 5th instant, at Moyne, Hartley, the wife of Mr. James Flanagan, of a son.

    Tuesday 10 November 1846


    On the 25th instant, at Moyne, Hartley, Mrs. James Flanagan, of a daughter.

    Monday 30 October 1848

    CANOWINDRA,-December 21, by Mr. James Flanagan : Hoan horse, threo white feet, 1J near shouldor. To be sold 18th January, if not released.Wednesday 29 December 185


    James Flanagan untimely death


    IvavEST -An inquest was held on the 4th instant, before G Busby, Esq , coroner, on tho body of a man named James Flinagan, which was found in the Vale Creek on Sunday last Prom the evidence taken in the ease, it appeared that James rianngan aimed in Bathurst on the 27th Juno, and put up at Mr Aines' Inn, which he intended to make his horn" during his stay In the morning of that day he visited Mr Sulllv an's Inn, and this waB the last seen of lum aliv e On Sunday evening, tho 2nd instant, a ninn walking along tho high bank above tho Valo Creek, near the old fuctorv, discov ered a bod) l)lng half in the water, which, upon ctnmlnntion, proved to be that of the deceased James Flanagan Assistanco w as obtained, and the corpse draw n from the water, when tho neck vv is found to bo dislocated I rom the general appearance of the bodv and tho evidence of the medical gentlemen w ho attended, the infei euee to bedrann was, that having missed his wa) ho fell over the pre- cipitous bank of the creek "verdict, in accoidance with the


    Tuesday 11 July 1854,




    CANOWINDBA, January IS, from the estate of Thomas Icely, Esq,; damien Us. each:-Brawn colt, 00 over M off nhoalder; roan horsa, four white fetlocks, capital M near shoulder, O or C off shoulder. Also, January 17, from Cucumber, by Mr. James Flanagan :-Yellow nsd white bullock, .IT off rump, car marked ; brindle and white bull, 3 years old, unbranded, damages \ ; red yearling bull, unbranded ; brindle cow, near slit, D near ramp - over ~ off ribs ; yellow and white bullock, top off both ears, W off ribs ; black sided bullock, W over JM off rump, n over w off shoulder, L near shoulder ; brown and white speckled bullock, snail horn*, JK off rump ; yellow bullock, ll (writing oapiul) off

    rump, both ears slit; yellow cow, o over M near rump, 7 near rllm; trespas3 and driving la. Cd. per head. Thoy will be old

    13th February, if not released. W. WALSH. 14S

    Monday 28 January 1856




    When Arthur Ranken left Glen Logan in 1847, the property was mortgaged and later sold to John Tindall. James Sloan leased it from Tindall until 1857 when he purchased it for 5,000 and amalgamated it into his North Logan holding.


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