Peter Mulvay

Peter Mulvay

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  • Gender Male 
    Born 1840  Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • birth based on aged 22 at marriage in 1862
    Born 1843  Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 25 September 1919  Greenbank, Kulikup, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried after 25 September 1919  Greenbank, Kulikup, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Notes 
    • Peter, was very well to do at this stage in his life and had heard of cheap quality farming land on offer to settlers in the south west of Western Australia. He decided to travel to Perth and the South West to look at what was on offer. We believe Peters second son, George, from his first marriage was already living and working in the goldfield around Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. George Gordon Mulvay became a very successful mine manager and it is agued he was the first to discover gold in the Kalgoorlie/Coolgardie area.

      Peter decided to take his favorite daughter, Henrietta (Hetty) with him to Perth, apparently he took Hetty everywhere when he traveled. Traveling by ship, the first booking had to be cancelled because Hetty became ill. Hetty becoming ill saved their lives as the ship they were booked on to travel, sank and all perished. The second booking was to see them land safely in Fremantle Western Australia. After investigating and viewing the land available Peter purchased a rather large (by standards of the day) lot of land approximately five thousand (5000) acres in an area called Kulikup north-west of Kojonup in the South West of Western Australia. Peter and Hetty then traveled back to Mulview Farm in Queensland and gathered his family for the move to Western Australia.

      After approximately twenty one (20) years at MULVIEW FARM in Herberton Queensland in approximately 1912 Peter and Henrietta uprooted the whole family and moved to their new home in Western Australia.

      The new farm was named GREENBANK as it sat on the banks of the Balgarup River near the junction with mighty Blackwood River. The location of this property is very important because it is the final resting place of Peter Mulvay. Yes Peter Mulvay senior is buried on his much loved farm. (see Grave photos and location map)

      Peter Mulvay died of heart failure on his farm on the 25th September 1919 aged 76 during what was probably another hard day’s work. His son from the third marriage Peter was with his father at the time he died. Peter senior is buried on the side of the hill over looking what was the family home and the river below, a very picturesque place to be.

      At the time of Peter Mulvays death in 1919 his surviving children were listed as

      First Marriage Famiy
      Alexander Oliver 57
      George Gordon 55
      Mary 51
      James 47
      Jane 49
      Deceased from first 2 Males
      Family 1 Female

      Second Marriage Family
      Nil

      Third Marriage Family
      Martha 27
      Henrrietta 25
      Dorothy 23
      Peter 20
      Federal Eve 18
      Marion 16
      Robert Martin 15
      Clifford Edgar 11 [2]
    Person ID I30  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 2 July 2010 

    Father Mister Mulvay 
    Mother Miss [--?--] 
    Family ID F689  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Betty Elizabeth Oliver,   b. 26 April 1836, Berriedale, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 February 1924, Dalefield, Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 4 February 1862  Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate Wedding about 1863  Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Death Certificate says she was 27 years old when she married Peter Mulvay in Hokitika
    Notes 
    • On the Intention to Marry Application dated 1st February 1862 in the District of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin, it shows Peter was a shepherd aged 22 and had resided in New Zealand for 2 months where as Elizabeth Oliver was aged 22 but a resident for only 3 weeks. It was a common practice for young couples in love to falsify their age to get married. I am not suggesting this is the case but as you will see form Peters Death Certificate, Peter died aged 76 in 1919 hence the birth date 1843. If Peter was married in 1862 at aged 22 he would have been born in 1840. When you examine Elizabeth Olivers records (she re married and became Riddle) her date of death was 1924 at aged 88. This would make her birth date 1836, quite a bit older than Peter Mulvay. Many would suggest both Peter possibly 19 and Elizabeth 19 increased their ages past 21 to enable them to marry. Either way as I mentioned earlier, date, ages, places and times can get mixed up or change along the way. I can only guess why!

      First marriage for Peter Mulvay
      Peter Mulvay and Elizabeth Oliver were married in the district of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island on the 4th day of February 1862 and over the next 12 years produced nine (9) children. Unfortunately three (3) were stillborn.

      Sometime between 1874 and 1885 Peter and Elizabeth separated and then Divorced. If a seven (7) year separation was required before divorce as it was in Australia, this would explain the time span between Peters first and second marriage in 1886. [2]
    Children 
    +1. Alexander Oliver Mulvay,   b. 23 April 1862, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 June 1934, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. James Oliver Mulvay,   b. 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. George Gordon Mulvay,   b. 2 February 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 November 1947, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Robert Oliver Mulvay,   b. after November 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after November 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 0 years)
     5. Robert Sutherland Mulvay,   b. 25 December 1866, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 November 1868, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +6. Mary Mulvay or Mulvey,   b. 30 September 1868, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1941  (Age 72 years)
     7. Betsy Jane Mulvay,   b. 17 December 1870, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
     8. James Oliver Mulvay,   b. 28 November 1872, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 April 1944, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     9. William Gordon Mulvay,   b. 18 October 1874, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 October 1874, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F15  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Mary Burns,   b. 1847, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1891  (Age < 43 years) 
    Married 1 January 1886  Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • The Second Marriage for Peter Mulvay was to Mary Jones nee Burns born Auckland 1847, widowed since 1882. They where married on the 1 January 1886 in the district of Buller in the north–west, South Island of NZ. Mary Jones was aged 39 her mother was Mary Ann Burns and her father William John Burns.
      Check this, as you will see later Peters eldest son Alexander married for the first time on 1st December 1886 in the District of Buller to a lady named Annie Elizabeth Burns and her mother is Mary Ann Burns and Father William John Burns.
      Yes Father and Son married sisters Peter was 42 Alexander 24 there wives 39 and 21 respectively
      Peter and Mary were only married for a short time possible six (6) to seven (7) years or even less. There are no records of Peter and Mary produced any children. As you will see on Peter Mulvay’s third Marriage Certificate Peter is noted as a widower. I have still to confirm the cause and date of death of Mary Mulvay. [2]
    Family ID F13266  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 3 Henrietta Mallinder,   b. 1869, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 6 November 1891  Herberton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • The Third Marriage for Peter Mulvay was to Hennrietta Mallinder born 1869 in Sheffield, Yorkshire England. Peter and Hennrietta were married in the District of Herberton Queensland, Australia on the 6th day of November 1891. Peter was aged 48 and Henrietta aged 22.
      Peter must have been in Queensland for sometime prior to the marriage because he had all ready set up a farm which he had called MULVIEW near the Atherton Tablelands.
      Together Peter and Henrietta produced a further eight (8) children all born in the District of Herberton, Queensland and residents at Mulview Farm. [2]
    Children 
     1. Martha Mulvay,   b. 1892,   d. 1982  (Age 90 years)
     2. Henrietta “Hetty” Mulvay,   b. 1894,   d. 1990  (Age 96 years)
     3. Peter Mulvay,   b. 1899,   d. 1970  (Age 71 years)
     4. Federal Eve Mulvay,   b. 1900,   d. 1992  (Age 92 years)
     5. Dorothy Mulvay,   b. 1901,   d. Yes - date unknown
     6. Marion Mulvay,   b. 1903,   d. Yes - date unknown
     7. Robert Martin Mulvay,   b. 1905,   d. 1967  (Age 62 years)
     8. Clifford Edger Mulvay,   b. 1907,   d. 1997  (Age 90 years)
    Family ID F13268  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 January 1886 - Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2477] Descendant Chart showing 3 marriages of Peter Mulvay and his children, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.
    2. [S2480] Article titled “The First Pioneer”, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.
    3. [S2478] Death Entry for Elizabeth Riddle née Oliver.


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