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Grace Catherall (nee Keenan) (1871 - 1915)

Last updated 8/10/2016

Australian Generation:   First
Parents:  Henry John Keenan and Nancy (Anne) Jane Gamble
Born:  1871                       (Registration number 18284/1871 - District: Tumut)
Married: John Henry Catherall in Tumut district in 1887 (aged 16), (Reg No. 7308/1887)
Occupation: 
Residence: Batlow (NSW), Margaret River (WA), South Africa and Batlow
Deceased: 1915  ( aged 44) (Reg No. 18063/1915) Goulburn district NSW.
Buried: 

Children:

  •   Sydney Stuart Catherall  -  born 19/8/1901, at Durban, South Africa. Died, Batlow, 4/3/1909. (Reg No. 406/1909)

  •   Eric Harold Catherall  - born circa 1898.                     Died, Batlow, 4/3/1909. (Reg No. 407/1909)

"Grace, the youngest daughter of the original Keenan family (Note by Peter Keenan: Grace (b.1871) was not the youngest; the youngest was Mary (b.1876)) , married John Catherall and accompanied him to South Africa.  After several years there her health broke down and she returned to her mother at Batlow to recuperate, bring with her their two sons, Eric (14) and Sydney (11).  Tragedy befell the family whilst at Batlow, as both the lads became the victims of a shooting fatality (Note by Peter Keenan:deaths occurred in 1909) and their mother never recovered from the shock, passing away not long afterwards" (Note by Peter Keenan: death occurred in 1915). Extract from 1949 newspaper article by George Keenan.

 

See reports on the tragic shooting death of  Eric Catherall and Sydney Catherall published in The Tumut and Adelong Times on 5/3/1909 and on 12/3/1909.

 

See transcript of letters written by Grace in 1898 and 1900.

 

In the early 1890s Grace and Jack Catherall lived for a while with Grace's uncle, Stewart Keenan, and his wife Isabella Keenan (nee Gamble) at the Glenbourne Homestead in Margaret River, Western Australia.