Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar

(26 September 1819 - 2 November 1904)
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar was born on 26 September 1819 in Dublin, Ireland (or England?). He was the son of Rev John Dunbar and Frances Holmes Halahan. Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar was christened on 10 October 1819 in St Peter, Dublin.
     Halahan matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, on 12 June 1839. He entered Trinity 12 June 1839 aged 18 as a pensioner, son of John, clericus. Born Dublin. Prepared by Mr Sturgeon. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1844.

     He wrote: I entered Trinity College, Dublin, where I did what most young fellows do - nothing of note. It was during my collegiate life however, that I studied hard, became somewhat proficient in Hindustanee, Arabic, and Hebrew; was a fair mathematician; loved the Arab Antar more than Homer, and devoured all the English poets from Chaucer upwards. My great wish at this time was to become an artist, painter or sculptor, for either of which I had a great taste and was naturally endowed. I do not speak through vanity or in self-laudation, but truthfully and sadly too, the reason for which regret I will show further on. Halahan was a curate in the Church of Ireland. at Ireland from 12 July 1846 to 1868. From 1846 to 1870 he was curate at Inishmacsaint (1846-62); 1846-58 curate in charge at Slavin (Post town Ballyshannon); and 1865-67 curate at Belleek.

     He wrote "Not being able to follow the profession I wished, I entered the Church, and was ordained July 12 1846, and appointed as curate in the same parish as my father. Father and son brother curates, in the same parish, on the magnificent stipend of £69 4s 7 1/2d per annum! The great Irish famine began the same year owing to the failure of the potato crops. The scenes I witnessed were heartrending. Thousands died for want of food, of actual starvation. Then came malignant fever ... those who could, fled; those who could not fly, laid down and died.
My life passed monotonously, without much to mark the months as they slipped by. One amusing event happened in a neighbouring church ... at Garrison, a small town on the south-east of Loch Melvin, [which] had just been built, and the Bishop of Clogher appointed the day for its consecration. My rector, father and myself, were present, among other clergy. When the service was about to commence, the clerk endeavoured to sing the opening psalm, but having a very bad cold, could not produce a note, so turning to the Bishop he said, "My Lord, I cannot get out a note, but will whistle it" ... to the unspeakable amusement of all present ... excepting the Bishop whose Episcopal gravity was very sadly upset. In justice to the cler. - a man I knew very well, for he worked for my grandfather, whose residence was just outside the town - I must say his whistling excelled... I remained twenty years in the same curacy, a lotus-eating but not wholly unpleasant life, during which I had time to study, and to increase my knowledge of painting and sculpture. My rector dying, a successor was of course appointed, who brought his own curates. I had often thought of leaving 'the church', and not long after, having lost my dear father, and the home being broken up, I left Ireland in company with one of my sisters, who required my escort to Australia

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John Savage Dobson and Elizabeth Dick Dunbar were married by Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar on 20 April 1848 in Ballybay, Monaghan, Ireland. He was listed in a directory dated between 1854 and 1855 as Halahan Dunbar at Clogher diocese, Ballyshannon, Inishmacsaint/Kilbarron, Donegal, Ireland. He was listed in a directory dated 1863 as Halahan Dunbar, curate at Slavin, Fermanagh, Ireland.
     While curate at Belleek from 1865-1867 he was an amateur modeller, and is reputed to have modelled the Group of Hounds for the Pottery.
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar and Frances Holmes Dunbar arrived per "Hurricane" on 22 April 1869 at Victoria, Australia. Halahan wrote We embarked on board the "Hurricane", an iron clipper ship, commanded by Captain Johnson (he was Captain in the Naval Reserve), a good seaman, and a kind, considerate commander. .. My sister and myself were the only first-class passengers. In the second there were about thirty, a curious lot from all parts of the world. I (They landed in two life boats amid sharks), losing everything I possessed (including, implements, art tools, books, jewels, family plate, manuscripts, testimonials, etc., with the exception of a telescope). My sister fortunately had a cheque on the Melbourne Bank safe on her person. Thus I landed in the New World, half clad and penniless, with life to begin over again, when I thought I had just attained ease and comfort.

A man in such condition is not always welcomed even by his nearest relations ... Seeing my sister comfortably settled in her new home (she had come to Australia to be married), I felt myself to be one too many, and sought for employment in all those branches in which I was proficient. But without testimonials and minus a single implement necessary for my profession, it was little wonder that I was received with suspicion, and my story of the loss of everything in the 'Hurricane', with scarcely veiled sneers.
In a very short time I saw it was hopeless. ... Feeling it was wiser to leave Melbourne, as I had connections there, and had no wish to distress them with my presence, or let them know to what a state of poverty I was reduced, I managed by a chance piece of work (copying it was) to get together the price of a passage to New Zealand, and landed at Wellington. There I found things somewhat worse than in Melbourne. Literally no work to be had. I went also to try my luck at gold-digging. One morning I landed at Graham's Town and Shortland, half towns, half mining camps, the possessor of a pair of blankets, a few shillings, and a heart somewhere in my boots...

The Hurricane arrived off the Heads on the 21st and took on pilot Kennedy at 6 p.m. While entering the following morning at 8 a.m. she struck lightly on the Lonsdale Reef. Soundings were taken in the forehold but no water was found. However, when the vessel was approaching Arthur's Seat she started to dip by the head and soon after foundered. The passengers took to the boats and were taken to Melbourne by the tug Titan. which was not far away at Queenscliff at the time of the accident. The vessel and her cargo were sold a few weeks later but she was never raised and became a total wreck. The Hurricane was an iron ship of 1198 tons register, built on the Clyde in 1853. She was commanded by Captain D H Johnston RNR, formerly the clipper ship Lightning. The Hurricane sailed from Liverpool on January 12, with over 2000 tons of general cargo and 3 cabin and 16 second cabin passengers and a crew of 28 all told
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     At the Dromana Police Court, on the 18th of June (before Messrs. J. B. Burrell, R. Anderson and - Jellett), John and Elizabeth Jones was brought up on remand , charged with breaking open and stealing tho contents of a chest washed ashorefiom the wreck of tho Hurricane. Mr. F. Stephen appeared for the defence. The Rev. Halligan Killigrew Dunbar and Frances Holmes Dunbar deposed to having boen passengers on board the Hurricane, and they identified tho het and artidles produced as their property. R. Watkin stated in evidence that ho had receieved a parcel fiom the fomale prisoner on tho 18th inst., which he handed to Miss Dunbar. Believed it contained jewellery. Counstable O'shannassy deposed to having found the articles produced at the houso of ths prisoners. George Farnham corroborated tho constablo's testimony.
     On 23 July 1879 he filed a Declaration of Intention (to become a citizen) filed in Sonoma County (California) with R . Thompson, Clerk of the District Court. So he must have arrived in California during or before 1879.
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar appeared on the 1880 census in Mark West Creek, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Dunbar, Haln K., age 64, single, boarder, farmer (living with Gilbert C Jenkins and his brother Arthur Jenkins), not sick or disabled, born in Scotland, father born in Jamaica, mother born in Ireland.
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar arrived on 25 April 1882 at California, USA. An oath of citizenship was taken before Judge Pressley, Sonoma County (California) Superior Court. Oaths of C. D. Frazee and James Marron, Jr., support the application. Vol. 3, p.193.
     Halahan was registered as Haln Killegrew Dunbar aged 65, born England, Farmer, resident in Santa Rosa, registered April 25, 1882 at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, on the 1884 electoral roll.
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar was mentioned in the administration of the estate of Martin Lister on 21 October 1885. Killigrew,Martin. Esq. £99. Resworn August 1886 £668/8/2. 21 October 1885: Administration (with will and six codicils) of the personal estate of Martin Killigrew late of the parish of St James, Westminster in the county of Middlesex. Esquire, who died 6 March 1744 at the said parish left unadministered by Peter le Maitre Thomas Lloyd and Joshua Sharpe the executors was granted at the Principal Registry under the usual limitations to Harry John Vernon Philpott of Butcher's Hall Bartholomews Close in the city of London solicitor the lawful attorney of the Reverend Halahan Killigrew Dunbar, clerk, the residuary legatee for life substituted now residing in California. Former grant PCC March 1744 (old style).
     Halahan was registered as Haln Killegrew Dunbar, age 71, born in England, naturalized citizen, registered 8 Sept 1888 on the 1890 electoral roll.
     1892 Nov 04: Application for indigent relief, "old and infirm, no relatives," age 77, born in England, living with Gilbert C. Jenkins at 905 4th St., Santa Rosa, granted $5 per month by Sonoma County.
     Halahan was registered as Haln Kelligrew Dunbar, age 79 at Santa Rosa, on the 1900 electoral roll.
     1900 Mar 22 1900: Application for indigent relief, "feeble and unable to work," age 80, born in Ireland, living alone at 533 1st St., Santa Rosa, granted $5 per month by Sonoma County.
     Rev Halahan Killigrew Dunbar appeared on the 1900 census in 533 1st Street, Santa Rosa, California. He was living alone in a rented house between 532 and 534 1st Street. He was a minister and could read and write. Described as a white male, born September 1819, aged 80, single, born Ireland, both parents born Ireland, emigrated to US in 1880, length of stay - 20 years.
     Halahan died on 2 November 1904 in the County Hospital, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA, aged 85. He was buried in a paupers grave according to an article in "The Press Democrat" dated 17 Nov 1904" Once noted man dies in poverty. Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, buried in a pauper's grave. County physician receives interesting letter giving history of H K Dunbar who died recently.
Haley K Dunber, an old man who died a the coutny hospital on Nov 2 and whose remains occuply a grave int eh county's cemetery on the hill, near the poor farm, was in his day a man of note. This fact is bought out in a letter which was received on Wedbesday by County Physician J W Jesse from Gilbert C Jenkins, an old friend of the deceased, who resides in in the Freestone country. By accident Mr Jenkins heard that the man had passed away and wrote to the doctor for particulars of his death. It seems that some time before Dr Jesse became county physician Mr Jenkins, so he says, made a request that in the event of Mr Dunbar's death, he should be informed, so that the remains, instead og being ... [line obscred]interred in his (Jenkin's) plot in the cemetery.
Mr Jenkins say that the deceased was a graduate of the famour Triity College, Dublin, and took his degree of Bachelor of Arts from that university. He was also proficient in Greek and Hebrew and other tongues. He was once prominent in fraternal life, and was a member of an old and distinguished family in the old country. He was an artist in modelling pottery, and some of his art work, Mr Jenkins says, found its way and was considered almost priceless in the palaces of the late Queen Victoria. The late pioneer James Marshall of this city [line obscured] land purchased some of the pottery modelled by the late Mr Dunbar from the famous Belleek pottery. Mr Jenkins, who did what he could for the his old friend after reverses overtook him, will now endeavour to have his remains moved and interred in the Jenkins plot in the cemetery [Press Democrat Nov 17 1904]
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Thomas Killigrew Dunbar

(3 December 1833 - 7 June 1915)
     Thomas Killigrew Dunbar was born on 3 December 1833 in Bundoran, Inishmacsaint, Donegal, Ireland. He was the son of Rev John Dunbar and Frances Holmes Halahan. Thomas Killigrew Dunbar was christened on 6 December 1833 in Inishmacsaint, Donegal.
     He subscribed to the School Fund.
     He is probably the Thomas K Dunbar who commenced a mail service on horseback between Dandenong and Cranbourne in 1857. He is mentioned in 1858 & 1860 by N Gunson in The Good country p.62. In 1875 he was described as of Dandenong. He was the informant at the death of George Killigrew Dunbar, on 21 September 1875. Thomas Killigrew Dunbar was listed in a directory dated from 1883 to 1914 at Thargomindah, Queensland. Thomas K Dunbar was listed in Queensland PO directories at Thargomindah usually running a billiard saloon in 1883, 1890, 1893, 95, 97 and 1900-1914. He is also of the Club Hotel. He applied for a pension between 1908 and 1909 in Queensland, Australia.
     Thomas was registered at Thargomindah, Queensland, on the between 1903 and 1913 electoral roll.
     Thomas died of senility and exhaustion on 7 June 1915 in the Hospital for the Insane, Goodna, Queensland, aged 81. Edward H V Dunbar wrote in Aug 1910 to his cousin J K Dunbar: Did you know that your uncle Tom died only a few months ago in Qld. I did not know that he was alive & in Qld. Neither did Uncle Fred nor his family.
and on 9 January 1911 from EHV Dunbar to J K Dunbar Your uncle Tom shortly before his death sent a message to George in Sydney to the effect that he never wanted to see or hear of a Dunbar again
. He was buried on 8 June 1915 in the Asylum cemetery, Goodna.

Maria Dunbar

(2 February 1818 - 13 September 1858)
     Maria Dunbar was christened on 2 February 1818 in St Peter, Dublin. She was born on 2 February 1818 in Dublin. She was the daughter of Rev John Dunbar and Frances Holmes Halahan.
     Maria died on 13 September 1858 in the Rectory, Ballybay, Monaghan, aged 40. Deaths, Sept 13, at the Rectory, Ballybay, Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev John Dunbar. This was also reported in the Londonderry Sentinel 17 Sep 1858.