John Leo Colbert

(circa 1923 - 18 June 1955)
     John Leo Colbert was commonly known as Jack. He was born circa 1923 in Victoria. He was the son of Charles Patrick Colbert and Catherine Matilda Hogan.
     John died on 18 June 1955 in Leongatha, Victoria. He was unmarried and may have been an engineer. He was buried on 20 June 1955 in Leongatha.
     His will was proved on 2 November 1955 at Victoria.

Michael Joseph Colbert

(11 April 1883 - before 12 February 1959)
     Michael Joseph Colbert was born on 11 April 1883 in Sago Hill, Victoria. The Koorooman school register gives his date of birth as 12 April 1884. He was the son of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan. He Ellen, Edward, Charles & Michael were placed in the Ballarat Orphanage on 9 June 1886, following their mother's death on 11 May 1886. Edward was described as a splitter, Roman Catholic, born county Cork, Ireland, who arrived in the colony in 1857 and paid 5/- a week for each of the children. Ellen, Charles & Michael left the orphanage on 3 March 1892 on their father's application, Ellen & Charles were described as gone to Ballarat, whereas Michael went to Gippsland.
     Michael was educated from in the 1890s at State School no. 2964, Koorooman. A list prepared in the discussion about relocating the school, describes him as in the third class and living 3 1/2 miles from the existing school and would be 1 1/4 miles from the new site.
     On 27 July 1894, a Michael Colbert was charged with stealing from a vegetable [garden?] at the Maryborough Court of Petty Sessions. VPRS 6120/4.
They later lived at Mirboo North, Sandringham & Albert Park.
     In Edward Colbert's will dated 23 September 1898 in Leongatha, Victoria, Michael Joseph Colbert was named as heir; This is the last will of Edward Colbert of Leongatha farmer I revoke all former wills and appoint Hugh McCartin of Leongatha auctioneer & Thomas Hyne of Leongatha farmer, executors and trustees of this my last will
I devise and bequeath the whole of my real and personal estate unto the said executors and trustees upon the trusts following To pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and if necessary for this purpose to mortgage my real estate. To permit my sons Michael and Charles to reside on cultivate farm and manage my real estate for their use and profit (and for this purpose the said Michael and Charles are to have the use of my plant furniture stock and everything now in use upon or .. in or about my farm) until the younger of them attains the age of 21 years or if the younger should die before attaining that age then till eth other of them attains that age. Upon the younger of the said sons attaining the age of 21 years, I direct my said executors and trustees to convey my said real estate to my said sons Michael and Charles as tenants in common and to transfer to them absolutely my personal estate
I direct my said executors to pay the following legacies following as soon as convenient after the younger of my said sons attaining the age of 21 years and for the purpose of paying the same they may mortgage or otherwise charge my real estate
To my son John one hundred pounds
To each of Johns's two children now living £25
To my daughter Ellen £20
To my son Edward £5
I direct my executors to pay as soon after my death as convenient two sums of £2/10/- each for masses for the repose of my soul, one sum to the abbot of Melleray co. Waterford Ireland, the other sum to Father Galivan now or lately stationed at Gisborne Vic. I further direct my executors to spend a sum not exceeding £50 in erecting a tombstone to my memory in the cemetery at Leongatha. Signed & dated 23 Sep 1898 - Edwd Colbert, witnessed by Edward Hurst accountant & Chas Hyne salesman, both of Leongatha.
Michael was a farmer in Koorooman, from 1904.
     Michael and Catherine were registered at Koorooman, on the 1909 electoral roll.
     Michael Joseph Colbert married Catherine Mary Bermingham on 10 July 1912 in St Joseph's, Korumburra, Victoria, Australia. They had property at Koorooman. They lived at Korumburra, Mirboo North, Sandringham and Albert Park.
     Michael and Catherine were registered at Koorooman, Victoria, on the 1912 electoral roll. Michael Joseph Colbert, farmer with Catherine Colbert.
     Michael was registered as Michael Joseph, Koorooman, farmer, wit Catherine, home duties. at Leongatha, on the between 1914 and 1915 electoral roll.
     Michael Joseph Colbert lived at Bridge Rd, Korumburra, 1923.
     Michael was registered at Korumburra, on the 1931 electoral roll.
     Michael died before 12 February 1959 in Parkville, Victoria. He was buried on 12 February 1959 in New Melbourne General Cemetery, Fawkner.

Children of Michael Joseph Colbert and Catherine Mary Bermingham

Catherine Mary Bermingham

(26 July 1889 - December 1972)
     Catherine Mary Bermingham was born on 26 July 1889 in Armidale, New South Wales. She was the eldest daughter of of Mary Ann Collins and William Bermingham.
     Catherine and Michael were registered at Koorooman, on the 1909 electoral roll.
     Catherine Mary Bermingham married Michael Joseph Colbert, son of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan, on 10 July 1912 in St Joseph's, Korumburra, Victoria, Australia. They had property at Koorooman. They lived at Korumburra, Mirboo North, Sandringham and Albert Park.
     Catherine and Michael were registered at Koorooman, Victoria, on the 1912 electoral roll. Michael Joseph Colbert, farmer with Catherine Colbert. Catherine Mary Bermingham was admitted to the Queens Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital, Fairfield, on 13 August 1923. Catherine aged 34, Molly aged 4 and Patricia aged 3, parent or guardian - Michael Colbert.
     Catherine and Catherine were registered as Catherine Colbert, Leongatha, home duties at Leongatha, on the 1936 electoral roll. Which one?
     Catherine died in December 1972 in Pascoe Vale, Victoria, aged 83. She was buried on 29 December 1972 in New Melbourne General Cemetery, Fawkner.

Children of Catherine Mary Bermingham and Michael Joseph Colbert