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Peter Cleary

Son of Anthony Cleary and Bridget McMahon. Baptised 28 March 1838 and therefore born shortly before that in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.

According to the Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists (Immigration to Victoria) (see, Peter Cleary age 22 and Elizabeth Cleary age 17 arrived in Victoria in January 1864 on the ship Great Australia. It appears that these were the children of Anthony and Bridget. Also on the same ship were three other persons named Cleary : Denis age 24, John age 24 and Ellen age 18.  It had been thought that John was the brother of Peter and Elizabeth, but this is not correct. John was from the family of prominent Victorian identity and former parliamentarian Phil Cleary   (see


from left : brothers Peter, John and Michael Cleary.
Photograph from Denise Ritter, grand-daughter of Michael.


On 11 February 1872, Peter Cleary, reported to be age 31, a miner of Osborne's Flat, Yackandandah, married Mary Connell, aged 23, a servant, in Beechworth, Victoria. Peter's signature is found on his marriage certificate; one of the witnesses to the ceremony was his brother John Cleary.


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Back Row: Frank, Jack (John), Peter, Anthony
Front Row : Peter Cleary Senior, Bridget (Sissy), Kate, Mary Cleary (nee Connell)


Peter and Mary were parents of six children :


St Mary's Catholic Church at Osbornes Flat
would have been regularly visited by the Cleary family


Peter died on 23 April 1913 at Gundowring where his son John resided; it is located in the vicinity of Yackandandah, about 25 km south of Wodonga and not far from Beechworth. At the time of his death he was described as a farmer aged 74 years, having lived 49 years in Victoria after coming from County Clare in Ireland. Peter's widow, Mary, died just months later on 8 September 1913, aged 64 years.


Peter and Mary and three of their children are buried at Kiewa Cemetery (formerly known as Springvale Cemetery) which is located on the Gundowring Road, a few kilometres out of Tangambalanga, near Kiewa, and a few kilometres more from Yackandandah in Victoria.



Thanks to Peter Francis Cleary of Melbourne (grandson of Frank and great grandson
of Peter Cleary and Mary Connell) for providing some of the above information.
Any further information about any of the above people would be appreciated.



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