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Thomas McCullough 1846-1926 Family History


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Julie Mechele McCullough, Hawkesdale, Victoria, Australia, Great Great Granddaughter of Thomas and Alice McCullough. Thank you Bruce McCullough for helping me to get this site up and running and all other family members that I have been gathering information from.

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Moorhead, Lowry, Monk, Jellie, Edoms, Robb, McCully, Amoore, Black, Abernethy/Abernathy, McConnell, Maloney, Simpson, Brown, Symons, Draffin, Booth, Cumming,  Looney, Room, Colten, Warne, McDonough, Gawne, Roberts, Pleitner, Jackson, Holland, Breen, Stokes, Catamole, Malone, Bell, Ladhams,Coates, Brown, Eagles, Ashton, Johnstone, Mahood, Crothers, Keys, Domaille, Ward, Dorney, Eagles, Archman, Fenton, Lumsden, James, Morgan, Matthews, Rea, Watts, Smith, O'Neil/Neil, Henry, Frisk,

About the Thomas McCullough Family Roots

Thomas was born in 1846 in the townland of Ballykeigle, Co. Down, Ireland, the eldest son of James McCullough 1820-1910 and Elinor [aka Ellen] nee Moorhead.

Thomas married Alice Harriet Monk on 15th September 1869 in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, and on there marriage settled on a property named "Peep o' Day" at Wangoom, a few miles from Warrnambool.

THOMAS McCULLOUGH OF THE "MIA-MIA" WARRNAMBOOL 1846-1926

TRANSCRIPT FROM "THE VICTORIAN CENTENARY BOOK". A SERIES OF RECORDS OF PEOPLE AND FIRMS AT THE TIME OF THE CENTENARY, PUBLISHED IN 1936.

THE PIONEER OF THIS FINE OLD FAMILY IN VICTORIA WAS THE LATE JAMES McCULLOUGH WHO CAME FROM THE NORTH OF IRELAND WITH HIS WIFE AND YOUNG FAMILY IN THE YEAR 1855.

HAVING BEEN BORN IN THE YEAR 1820 HE WAS THEN THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF AGE, AND HIS FAMILY CONSISTED OF FOUR BOYS, NAMELY THOMAS, HUGH, DAVID AND JOHN. ON HIS ARRIVAL HE IMMEDIATELY SET OUT FOR THE RICH PASTORAL LANDS OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VICTORIA, AND THERE TOOK UP A LAND HOLDING AT WARRNAMBOOL . HIGHLY SATISFIED WITH HIS VENTURE, HE REMAINED THERE FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS LONG LIFE OF NINETY YEARS.

THE ELDEST SON OF THE LATE JAMES McCULLOUGH WAS THOMAS, WHO HAD BEEN BORN IN COUNTY DOWN ON THE 10TH JANUARY, 1846, AND WAS THEREFORE BUT NINE YEARS OLD WHEN HIS PARENTS BROUGHT HIM TO AUSTRALIA. THE SHIP IN WHICH THEY SAILED WAS THE WELL KNOWN "JAMES BAINS" [BAINES] AND THE VOYAGE WAS LONG, TEDIOUS, AND PARTICULARLY STORMY. YOUNG THOMAS RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL AT WANGOOM, A FEW MILES FROM WARRNAMBOOL, AND ON COMPLETING HIS STUDIES JOINED HIS FATHER ON HIS PROPERTY THERE. HERE HE REMAINED UNTIL HE WAS TWENTY THREE YEARS OF AGE WHEN HE MARRIED MISS HARRIET MONK WHO WAS THE DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. JAMES MONK FORMERLY OF GRAVESEND, IN KENT. ON HIS MARRIAGE TO THIS LADY HE LEFT HIS FATHERS PROPERTY AND STRUCK OUT FOR HIMSELF ON A PROPERTY AT WANGOOM KNOWN AS "PEEP ‘O DAY". THIS WAS A FINE PASTORAL AREA AND HE WAS SUCCESSFUL THERE FOR SOME YEARS UNTIL HE DECIDED TO MOVE INTO WARRNAMBOOL ON A NEW VENTURE. THERE HE ENTERED INTO A BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LATE MR. HEWITT. ON THE DEATH OF MR. HEWITT HE CARRIED THIS BUSINESS ON FOR SOME YEARS BUT THE CALL OF THE LAND WAS TOO STRONG IN THIS DESCENDANT OF GENERATIONS OF FARMING STOCK, AND WE SOON FIND HIM BACK AGAIN ON A PROPERTY A FEW MILES FROM WARRNAMBOOL NAMED "TULLYNAGEE".

THIS WAS A VERY LARGE GRAZING HOLDING AND HERE MR. McCULLOUGH REMAINED AND PROSPERED UNTIL THE YEAR 1919. HE THEN DECIDED TO SUBDIVIDE, AND AFTER COMPLETING THIS TASK HE REMOVED TO WARRNAMBOOL WHERE HE PURCHASED A BEAUTIFUL OLD HOME KNOWN AS THE "MIA - MIA" IN CANTERBURY ROAD. THIS OLD PLACE HAD BEEN BUILT BY THE LATE F.P. STEPHENS, AND IT WAS HERE THAT A SISTER OF THE LATE LADY ROBERTS [HAVING BECOME MRS. F.P. STEPHENS] LIVED FOR SOME TIME.

THE LATE MR. THOMAS McCULLOUGH ALWAYS FOUND TIME TO DEVOTE HIS ATTENTIONS TO MATTERS OF LOCAL IMPORTANCE, AND WITH ZEAL AND ENERGY HE ASSOCIATED HIMSELF WITH MANY BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC BODIES IN THE DISTRICT. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF DIRECTORS OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT CO-OPERATIVE AND INSURANCE CO. LTD., AND WAS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF DIRECTORS OF THE GRASMERE BUTTER FACTORY FOR A PERIOD OF TWENTY FIVE YEARS. HE HELD A SIMILAR POSITION WITH THE VICTORIAN BOX FACTORY, AND WAS ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THE WARRNAMBOOL HIGH SCHOOL. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WE ALSO NOTICE HIM HOLDING THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT OF THE WARRNAMBOOL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF WHICH HE WAS A MEMBER IN THE EARLY YEARS OF ITS LONG AND SUCCESSFUL EXISTENCE. SOME IDEA OF MR. McCULLOUGH’S PROBITY AND NATURAL ABILITY MAY BE GAUGED FROM THE FACT THAT APART FROM ALL HIS ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESS CONNECTIONS AS CITED ABOVE, HE ALSO FOUND TIME TO FILL VERY ABLY THE RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS OF DIRECTOR OF BOTH THE WESTERN AND MURRY CO-OPERATIVE BACON AND PACKING CO. LTD., AND THE CO-OPERATIVE INSURANCE COMPANY OF VICTORIA. HIS RECORD

OF ACTIVITY IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT IS TRULY A REMARKABLE ONE AND PROBABLY HAS NO EQUAL.

MR. THOMAS McCULLOUGH PASSED AWAY ON THE 1ST. NOVEMBER, 1926 AT THE FINE OLD AGE OF 80 YEARS, AND HIS PASSING WAS THE CAUSE FOR MUCH REGRET THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE DISTRICT WHICH HAD KNOWN AND RESPECTED HIM WELL. HE WAS ADMIRED BY ALL WHO NEW HIM, NOT ONLY FOR HIS OUTSTANDING ABILITY AND PROBITY, BUT FOR HIS COUNTLESS CHARITABLE AND PHILANTHROPIC WORKS.

MR. McCULLOUGH’S WIDOW LIVED IN WARRNAMBOOL WITH HER FAMILY UP TIL THE TIME OF HER PASSING IN 1930. SHE WAS A VERY GREAT ASSISTANCE TO HER HUSBAND IN ALL HIS PUBLIC ACTIVITIES, AND WAS ALWAYS A VERY ENERGETIC WORKER FOR CHARITIES. THERE MARRIAGE WAS BLESSED WITH SIX CHILDREN, FIVE OF WHOM NOW SURVIVE. ELLIE MOORHEAD WHO NOW RESIDES AT THE OLD HOME "MIA MIA" ; MRS. H. MILNER BLACK OF BRIGHTON, ENGLAND WHO WAS ALICE JEAN McCULLOUGH; JAMES ERNEST JOHN, AT "WIAKATO", WARRNAMBOOL; THOMAS WOOD AND RUBY GLADYS, BOTH OF WHOM STILL RESIDE AT THE OLD HOME IN WARRNAMBOOL. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE MRS. MILNER BLACK IS THE MOTHER OF THAT INTREPID AVIATOR CAMPBELL BLACK WHO BECAME WORLD FAMOUS WHEN HE AND C.A. SCOTT

WON THE LONDON - MELBOURNE CENTENARY AIR RACE AT A PHENOMENAL SPEED IN 1934. AN ACHIEVEMENT WHICH WILL LIVE FOREVER IN THE ANNALS OF AVIATION.

MISS E.M. AND MISS R.G. McCULLOUGH ARE STILL CARRYING ON THEIR MOTHERS GOOD WORK, FOR AMONGST OTHER CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES THE FORMER IS SECRETARY OF THE RED CROSS AUXILIARY IN WARRNAMBOOL, AND BOTH LADIES ARE VERY ARDENT WORKERS FOR THEIR CHURCH AND ALL FORMS OF PHILANTHROPIC EFFORT.

IN A WORK OF THIS NATURE IT IS THE AIM OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE TO THE STATE, NOT ONLY OF THE EFFORTS OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE VARIOUS FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT ALSO THE MANNER IN WHICH SUBSEQUENT GENERATIONS HAVE MAINTAINED THE HIGH TRADITIONS HANDED DOWN TO THEM. IN THIS REGARD THERE IS PERHAPS NO FAMILY MORE WORTHY OF COMMENDATION FOR ITS EFFORTS IN THIS DIRECTION THAN THE HOUSE OF McCULLOUGH.


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