From Elagh to Swan Creek

Mary Ann BoothMary Ann Booth née Campbell of Swan Creek, Queensland, formerly of Elagh, Ardboe, County Tyrone, Ireland
Born 27 March 1846
Died 10 July 1928
Photo courtesy her great granddaughter Pauline Peel


The Brisbane Courier social pages of Tuesday 31 July 1928 reports on the death of Mary Ann Booth née Campbell as follows:

The death occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs James Kelly, of Ellinthorp, of another of the early pioneers in the person of Mrs George Booth of Swan Creek. The late Mrs Booth was born in Tyrone, Ireland, where, in early womanhood, she married John Keenan but was early left a widow with four children.
Before leaving Ireland she married the late Mr George Booth, and, with the young family, the party sailed for Australia in the early seventies. Selecting one of the most fertile holdings of the Canning Downs station lands, they built up one of the most comfortable homes on the Darling Downs, rearing four sons and two daughters, all of whom the late Mrs Booth lived to see comfortably settled in life.
The late Mrs Booth is survived by two sisters, Mrs John Keleher (Pratten), and Mrs L Hagen (New York, USA); five sons, Messrs J Keenan (Clifton), W Booth (Warwick), Joseph (Junabee), George (Freestone), James (Swan Creek); two daughters, Mrs J Kelly (Tenterfield), and Mrs James Kelly (Ellinthorp). The late Mrs T Brown (Tenterfield), Mr P Keenan (Warwick), Mrs Richard Brennan (Emu Vale), and Edward Kevin Booth predeceased their mother by several years.

1928 Brisbane Courier Booth headstoneOf your Charity pray for the repose of the soul of George Booth, aged 58 years, born Co Tyrone, Ireland, 1st Jan 1854. Died at Swan Creek 30 June 1912. On whose soul may Jesus have mercy Amen. Erected to his memory by his loving wife and children
Also Mary Ann Booth. Born in 1846, died 10 July 1928. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord


Queensland_State_Archives_5175_Swan_Creek_Cattle_c_1899 Swan Creek – 1899

Queensland_State_Archives_5180_Swan_Creek_Wheat_Crop_1899Swan Creek – 1899



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