Michael John Page Hanify

Michael John Page Hanify[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1832 - 1871  (38 years)

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  • Name Michael John Page Hanify 
    Born 29 Sep 1832  Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Obituary 1871  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Will 27 Jan 1871  Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    _FSFTID KZNH-SM8 
    _UID A6014001714E4DE288F81BD208C39617BB06 
    Died 7 Feb 1871  Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12
    Buried 9 Feb 1871  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8, 12
    Address:
    Grave 249, Roman Catholic Compartment G, Melbourne General Cemet 
    Person ID I1696  Treefive
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2018 

    Father John Hanify,   b. Connemara, Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Catherine Page,   b. Connemara, Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1830  Connemara, Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F518  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Annie Maria Josepha Lane,   b. 22 Dec 1836, Newcastle-On-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1900, Brighton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1857  Beechworth, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 13, 14
    Address:
    St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 
    Children 
     1. John Francis Page Hanify,   b. 1858, Belvoir, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1932, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Mary Kathleen Page Hanify,   b. 19 Jul 1859, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1861, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Gerald Michael Page-Hanify,   b. 24 Jul 1861, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1922, Miles, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Ethel Mary Page Hanify,   b. 14 Jun 1863, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1938, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Hugo James Haren Page Hanify,   b. 6 Jun 1865, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1945, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Dermod Gavan Duffy Page Hanify,   b. 23 May 1867, Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1925, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    00635 Headstone for Michael John Page Hanify
    00635 Headstone for Michael John Page Hanify

  • Notes 


    • Michael was born 29 Sept 1832 in Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. He emigrated to Victoria, Australia on the barque El Dorado departing from Dundee on 23 January 1853 and arriving at Port Phillip Bay on 30 April 1853. He is listed as a passenger in the Galway newspaper the Galway Packet.

      He held a variety of Government appointments between 1853 and 1859:
      His first official appointment on 26 May 1853 was as a Clerk, Her Majesty's Customs. He was also appointed as a Coast Waiter and Searcher at the Belvoir Station, River Murray. He was promoted to Sub Collector 16 Nov 1854, the latter at an annual salary of £400 (according to Wikipedia, a Coast Waiter is a customhouse officer who superintends the landing or shipping of goods for the coast trade). At the 1854 appointment, he was also noted as a Clerk of Petty Sessions, Melbourne.
      He was appointed Postmaster at Belvoir by the Postmaster General on 1 Jun 1856 at a nil annual salary.
      He was appointed by the Governor as a Chinese Protector on 19 Jul 1858 at an annual salary of £250. He is also noted as being a Coast Waiter and Searcher at £500 per annum.
      He was appointed Clerk of Petty Sessions, Melbourne by the Governor in Council on 9 May 1859 at an annual salary of £600. He resigned from position of Coast Waiter & Searcher May 1859.

      Michael married Annie Maria Josepha Lane on 18 Feb 1857 at Beechworth. Beechworth is about 20 miles from Wodonga (original name Belvoir), it was a goldmining area and Michael would have been going there in his position as Protector of Chinese. Beechworth had a population of over 5000, so it is likely that Annie went there as a governess or music teacher. The best man at Michael John and Annie’s wedding was Robert O’Hara Burke. He was the local policeman in Beechworth and came from Galway but his claim to fame was his disastrous ‘Burke and Wills’ expedition attempting to cross Australia from south to north.

      Michael and Annie had a family of six children, only Mary Kathleen (1859-1986) died young. By the mid-1860s the family was living in St Kilda, Melbourne.

      In Feb 1863 Mr M. J. P. Hanify was on the list of contributors (including Hon. John O'Shanassy and Captain Sinnott) to the debts of St Patrick's Grammar School. He paid £5 5s. In Mar 1863 Mr Hanify was elected an honorary member of St Patrick's Society. Mr Hanify was on the Committee of Management for a Grand Bazaar to be held on 3 Feb 1864 in aid of the funds of the House of the Good Shepherd. Mr O'Shanassy was also on the committee, and Mrs O'Shanassy was to preside at a stall.

      Michael was not forgotten in his homeland of Ireland. He was described as a worthy representative of "this once illustrious Milesian family (O'Hanify)" by N. Kilcogan in Dublin, 1864 when giving the ancient history of the family in Ireland.

      Michael was the Clerk of Courts at Ararat 1868-1870, according to Bailliere's Postal Directory. The Gazette of 8 Jan 1869 appointed M. J. P. Hanify, clerk of courts, Ararat, to also be clerk of petty sessions at Landsborough. It appears that this period of employment preceded the report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly dated 1 Jun 1870 on his case, and that his position actually terminated in 1869.

      On 25 Jan 1869 The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser advised that a clerk of Petty Sessions named Hanify had been suspended for not executing a debt warrant against himself.
      Papers regarding the dismissal of M. J. Page Hanify, clerk of courts at Ararat, were first laid upon the table of the House (the Legislative Assembly) on 18 Feb 1869. Mr Wilson noted that a large number of his constituents considered that Mr Hanify was entitled to have his case inquired into.

      A report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly to inquire into the case of M. J. P. Hanify, due to be submitted to the House on 10 Apr 1870, was delayed because Parliament was adjourned. The Telegraph newspaper noted that the report was substantially in Mr Hanify's favour and recommended that his dismissal be cancelled, and that he be reinstated in the position from which he was previously displaced through the probable political actions of certain members of the then Government.

      On 12 Jul 1870 the Legislative Assembly debated a resolution to the effect [ref The Argus 13 Jul 1870 page 7]:
      On the item of £560 16s. 2d., retiring allowance to Mr. M. J. P. Hanify, late clerk of courts (who shall be deemed not to have been dismissed from the public service, but to have been permitted to resign his office, and upon the 8th February, 1869, to have resigned accordingly), in accordance with the reports of the Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly on his case, dated 1st June, 1870.

      An amendment striking out the words in brackets was put, and passed by 18 votes to 15. The vote was then agreed to.

      A newspaper obituary indicates the high regard in which Mr Hanify was held:

      THE LATE MR. HANIFY
      It is with sincere regret that we have to announce the death of Mr M.J.P. Hanify, so long connected with the public service of Victoria. He died on Tuesday at Ararat, after a lingering illness, attributable to a severe cold in the first instance; but which would have scarcely proved fatal but for the accompanying pressure of mental anxiety.
      A native of Clifden County, Galway, we believe Mr Hanify arrived in the colony sixteen years ago, and was shortly afterward appointed Collector and Justice of the Peace at Belvoir. Having officiated there for several years he was transferred to Melbourne at his own request, and acted as Clerk of Petty Sessions for a considerable period. Subsequently removed to Ararat, an unfortunate misunderstanding brought him into collision with the head of his department.Suddenly, without anything like adequate notice or investigation, he was compelled to retire from the service. Serious was the pecuniary loss thus sustained, he felt the more keenly the undeserved imputation upon his character, and he never rested till he had vindicated his character himself to the complete satisfaction of a board of enquiry, in virtue of whose report he was allowed to retire honorably, the arrears of his salary being paid up.
      In the meantime, however, care, suspense and worry had done their work, so that when attacked by a severe cold he fell too easy a victim. Mr Hanify was about 40 years of age. He had all the ardour, impulsiveness and generosity of the Celtic nature. So long as he possessed the means, no victim of misfortune appealed to him in vain, especially if hailing from the dear old country; and his exertions in raising the Donegal Relief Fund some years ago averted starvation from many an Irish home. Warm-hearted and well-meaning, his memory will long be cherished by his many friends.

      Michael died on 7 Feb 1871 in Ararat, and his body was transported by rail to Melbourne. His burial service was held on the 9th and he was buried the following day.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1261] TRE103 Family Tree (gedcom) - Hanify Sinnott connection 4 Aug 2013 [LIVING PERSON], TRE103.

    2. [S1275] TRE Family tree - Hanify-Aldridge, New Zealand 1994.

    3. [S1478] TRE006 Family tree - Hanify, John and Page, Catherine 7 Nov 1994, TRE006.

    4. [S3548] TRE Family tree - Barnett (incl Benvenuti) on rootsweb.

    5. [S3293] BUR123 Burial Hanify (x3), Cook (x2), BUR123., Hanify (x3), Cook (x2); Roman Catholic Compartment G; Grave 249; Michael Cook buried here, but not noted on the headstone.

    6. [S3548] TRE Family tree - Barnett (incl Benvenuti) on rootsweb, 9 February 2014; Barnett Family; Gilda Benvenuti; 8 April 2002; Alfred William Barnett; barnett@nnsw.quik.com.au.

    7. [S3633] TRE135 Family trees - Hanify: John, Michael John Page, TRE135.

    8. [S3686] HAN106 Family trees - John Hanify and father of Catherine Page - 25 Apr 2014 [LIVING PERSON], HAN106.

    9. [S623] Obituary Hanify, Mr M. J. P., Obituary for Mr M. J. P. Hanify; 1871; Michael Page Hanify.

    10. [S3296] WIL026 Will - Hanify, Michael John Page, WIL058., Will - original and transcription; 27 January 1871.

    11. [S3175] DTH Death Index Victoria, Australia, Michael John Page Hanify; 44; 1871.

    12. [S3294] DTH431 Death Hanify, Michael John Page, DTH431., Ararat; Michael John Page Hanify; 7 February 1891; entry in death register.

    13. [S107] MAR005 Marriage Page Hanify Michael, Lane Annie, MAR005.

    14. [S3687] BIO082 Bio - Michael Lane and Maria McSweeney by [LIVING PERSON], BIO082.