1913 Passenger Diary on board the SS Otway , London to Melbourne

Hi NAA members,

My grand uncle Michael John O'Sullivan wrote a beautiful diary of his 6 week journey to Melbourne on board the SS Otway from 4th Jan to the 10th Feb 1913.On the 1st Jan 1913 he left his birthplace in Tir na Spideoga, Inchigeela, Co Cork, Ireland , boarded the Inniscarra steamship from Cork to Cardiff on the 1st Jan and departed from Tilbury Docks on the morning of the 4th Jan.

He posted his little diary home to his parents from  Melbourne on Wed 12th Feb and they received it on Sunday,March 16th 1913. Michael never returned home.

We know he did marry a lady called Katie?, they had 3 children, Jack,Sheila and Patrick and possibly worked as a civil servant? His daughter Sheila had 8 children and there are many desendants of his family in Australia today I believe. Clifford and Britt are surnames that pop up in conversations at times, all living in Victoria I think.

His diary is so beautifully detailed of each day on board, arrivals in the many port stops ie Toulon, Naples, Port Said, Ceylon, Perrine, Freemantle, Adelaide and final disembarkation in Feb.

I have not been successful in getting his name on the passenger lists available to date and would love if I could find out more about Michael's early life in Australia as the only surviving communication I have from him are 4 letters home to Ireland 1914-15. His youngest Irish first cousin ,Nora is still alive at 92 and we would both love to know more. Hope someone can help us.


Dorothy O'Tuama nee O'Sullivan

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I could not see him listed on the specific Otway passenger list (???), but was wondering whether you were interested in any of the following events instead:




Given Names: Michael Jno

Event: M

Spouse Surname/Father: GREEN

Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Catherine Ellen

Year: 1918

Reg. Number: 5242


Newspaper re 1918 wedding: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130666032






Given Names: Jno Michael

Event: B

Spouse Surname/Father: Michael Jno

Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Catherine Ellen GREEN

Birth Place: WTHAGGI

Year: 1920

Reg. Number: 36359



Given Names: Mary Sheila

Event: B

Spouse Surname/Father: Michael Jno

Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Catherine Ellen GREEN

Birth Place: WTHAGGI

Year: 1919

Reg. Number: 23855






Event Death

Event registration number 6239

Registration year 1959

Family name OSULLIVAN

Given names Catherine Ellen

Sex Female

Father's name GREEN Michael

Mother's name Mary Ann (Clegg)

Place of birth DAYLESFORD

Place of death HALLAM

Age 70


Death Notice: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=MDQ-9Oe3GGUC&dat=1959020...  (page 7)


Event Death

Event registration number 17180

Registration year 1948

Family name OSULLIVAN

Given names John

Sex Male

Father's name OSULLIVAN John

Mother's name Honora (Murphy)


Place of death PAKENHAM

Age 59


Newspaper Death notice: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/22532819?searchTerm=%22O%...

Newspaper Funeral details: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/206874253?searchTerm=%22m...

Obituary: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/214580195?searchTerm=%22S...


Probate/Will index: Michael J OSULLIVAN. Date of grant: 21 Jul 1948; Date of death: 18 Feb 1948; Occupation: Orchardist; Residence: Pakenham East.,


Burial index: http://www.australiancemeteries.com.au/vic/greater_dandenong/danden...

(Unfortunately I could not find a photo of Michael’s grave)





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