Society Rooms Reopening Monday 1st June
The Wagga Wagga & District Family History rooms will be reopening on Monday 1st. June.
The rooms will be open at the usual times
Monday & Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 1pm to 4pm.
Please note that Monthly Meeting nights are still on hold due to the restrictions. We will advise when that restriction is lifted and meetings resumed.
Please be aware that you will need to practice social distancing whenever you are on the premises and please do not come to the Rooms if you are in unwell in any way.
Obituary of Mrs Margaret Gormly (nee Cox) 1838-1917
Mrs Margaret Gormly
As briefly announced in our last issue the grand old lady, Mrs Margaret Gormly, wife of Mr James Gormly, M.L.C., died suddenly at Wagga on Wednesday night. In company with her sister, Mrs E.A. Fitzgerald, Mrs Gormly walked from her home to the R.C. Church to attend a Mission. She collapsed in the church and was removed to the Presbytery where she expired before Dr Leahy’s arrival.
The late Mrs Gormly was probably the longest resident on the Murrumbidgee, she having been born on the bank of that river on 26th November 1838. The late Mr Joseph Cox of Levingston Gully Station (Mrs Gormly’s father) settled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee at Gobarralong, some ten or twelve miles above where the Tumut River joins the main stream, in the early part of 1838, having arrived from Ireland with a family of 15 the previous year. All his children have also reared large families. The spirit of enterprise that caused the Cox family to start for Australia in 1836, when the sea voyage took 8 months, has not been found wanting in them or their descendants in the new land.
The year 1838 is memorable in the history of settlement in consequence of the privations and danger the pioneers of that time had to undergo. The most protracted drought known in the history of Australia occurred in the years 1837-38-39 when food went up to famine prices. Mr Joseph Cox (Mrs Gormly’s father) succeeded in growing some wheat which he harvested about the end of ’38. The grain was then worth more than £1 per bushel. It has been asserted by several old hands that this was the first wheat grown on the Murrumbidgee River.
In the summer of ’38 Joseph Cox moved from Gobarralong to a new station he had taken up on Brungle Creek and when crossing the Murrumbidgee, above the junction of the Tumut he found the river had ceased to flow, there being long stretches of channel dry. The Murrumbidgee has never since that time been known to cease running. In 1846 Joseph Cox and his family moved to Levingston Gully Station.
When Mrs Gormly married she settled in Wagga, where her husband carried on the business of mail contractor. Mrs Gormly had been for a considerable part of her life an earnest worker in the cause of charity and religion in the Wagga district. She had been married 59 years and reared a family of five sons and three daughters, and had a large number of grandchildren. Three of the grandsons are men over 21 years of age.
Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate,
26 November 1917
The Society is currently collecting information on the convict ancestry of Members and those in the Wagga Wagga District. Download the "My Convict" Form below (use separate form for each Convict) and return to the society's rooms or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Collated information will be available at the Library
Illustrations by Helen Lubke.
How Big Is Your Family Tree?
Your extended family is probably bigger than you think. You will have at least 8 Great Grandparents, 16 Great Great Grandparents,
32 G.G.G. Grandparents and 64 G.G.G.G. Grandparents + Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. You may know some of their stories.
What about the rest?
Why not join us and start looking.
The WWDFHS is happy to help you get started.
But be prepared for a few surprises!