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Our CAIRNS/KEARNS family were convicts transported from
Ireland. Originally settling in the Hunter Valley, they travelled
west to Forbes and Wee Waa in NSW then north to Surat,
Nanango, Normanton in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Mackay and
Brisbane. Their hardship was overcome by successive
generations which proudly include two Gallipoli veterans:
James Alford Raimond Cairns and William Raymond Cairns.
Patrick "Moses" Kearns was transported from Cork, Ireland
in 1826 to Sydney, New South Wales on the convict ship
"Boyne" for being an accomplice in a Highway Robbery. His
future wife, Dorothy Carthy aka Carty & McCarthy was
transported to Sydney on a convict ship some years later.
Dorothy Carty had been convicted for stealing a scarf in
County Cavan in 1828. This tree records their descendants.
Early times in Australia did not look promising with the early
death of Moses Kearns leaving his family to fend as urchins
on Sydney streets thus condemning them to a boy's home.
James Rayment Alcium Cairns moved west from
Sydney to Forbes then worked as a drover to
Normanton in Far North Queensland. James Cairns'
children were born along the way at Forbes, Wee Waa,
Surat, Gayndah, Nanango and Dingo. From
Normanton, James Cairns, Sr. was sent to Dunwich
settlement for aged people on Stradbroke Island where
he is buried.
Genealogy research by Cairns/Kearns descendants
including Kevin O'Shaugnessy and Janet Noack has
resulted in this record. Surviving records are
incomplete due to damaged and lost Irish records.
More details and/or corrections are very welcome.
Original records should always be checked personally.
Surnames include Kearns, Lakeman, Ferguson,
McDowall, O'Shaughnessy, Weston and Haskell.
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UPDATED 1 March 2014