John Francis Page Hanify[1, 2]

Male 1858 - 1932  (74 years)


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  • Name John Francis Page Hanify 
    Nickname Frank 
    Born 1858  Belvoir, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Address:
    Customs House 
    Gender Male 
    Correspondence 3 Mar 1869–4 Mar 1869  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    received 2 letters from his father 
    Occupation 10 Feb 1874  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    seaman O. B. 
    Occupation 1880  San Francisco, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    seaman 
    Occupation 23 Oct 1880  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    seaman O. B. 
    Misc 1886  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    was involved in a court case re receiving and embezzlement 
    Residence 1895  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    18 Gillman Street, Hawthorne 
    Occupation 1914  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    manager 
    Address:
    Airlie Avenue, Armadale 
    Occupation 1919  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    manager 
    Address:
    Airlie Avenue, Armadale 
    Occupation 1924  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    manager 
    Address:
    Airlie Avenue, Armadale 
    Occupation 1931  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    manager 
    Address:
    Airlie Avenue, Armadale 
    _FSFTID MNRB-GN1 
    _UID 5174CA6DA8A441D18BDEE09CFE97F016DAA9 
    Died 29 Jan 1932  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 16, 17
    Address:
    40 Airlie Avenue, Prahran 
    Buried 29 Jan 1932  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Person ID I1765  Treefive
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2016 

    Father Michael John Page Hanify,   b. 29 Sep 1832, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1871, Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Annie Maria Josepha Lane,   b. 24 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  [6, 18, 19
    Address:
    St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 
    Family ID F516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen Margaret Sinnott,   b. 1857, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1936, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1891  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 20, 21
    Children 
     1. Gerald Francis Page Hanify,   b. 1893, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    00030 Hanify and Sinnott portraits
    00030 Hanify and Sinnott portraits

  • Notes 


    • John Francis was known as Frank. He was the first of six children born to Michael and Annie.
      On 3 and 4 March 1869, Frank's father wrote to him from Carlton Street, Melbourne, regarding his schooling and family matters, and congratulating Frank on obtaining five prizes in school examinations.

      As a youth, Frank was a seaman and travelled widely. In 1874 he was in Rio de Janiero, in 1880 he was in San Francisco, California, USA.  The 1880 USA census described him as a seaman, and of American ethnicity.

      Back in Australia, he was in the Western Bulldogs AFL team in 1883, after being recruited from Footscray. The Western Bulldogs website has a portion of a team photo with Frank and one other player, described as "Frank Hanify, with the right socks on at least in a team photo in 1883 next to a better dressed but unknown player."

      Court case in Brisbane

      In 1886, Frank was a witness in a criminal sitting in the Supreme Court at Brisbane. He was in custody, and volunteered his evidence.

      William Dunne was charged with 2 counts of receiving, one of them being receiving money that had been stolen by Frank Hanify. Dunne and Hanify had been fellow clerks in the goods department of the Railways Department in Brisbane. Hanify had joined Dunne there in January 1885. When Hanify was at Dalby, the pair agreed a plan that Dunne would receive consignments unbooked, forward them to Hanify under cover, who would manipulate the books accordingly and forward half the proceeds to Dunne.

      Mr Jones, counsel for Dunne, said that Hanify had told George Stewart, station-master at Dalby (a witness in the case) that as near as he could recollect he had robbed the Government of about £110. The Attorney-General stated that Hanify had said that he had sent more than half that that sum (£110) to Brisbane, presumably to Dunne.

      Hanify said, in cross-examination, that he was induced to give evidence in the Police Court partly by the advice of his counsel, and partly through pressure brought to bear on him by friends and relatives. He had no promise, direct or indirect, that if he gave evidence he would not be prosecuted.

      William Dunne was sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude for receiving. No information was presented by the Attorney-General in the case of Frank Page Hanify, and he was discharged with a caution.

      Moving on ...

      Frank married Ellen Sinnott in 1891 in Victoria.  Frank’s brother Hugo married Maude Miriam Sinnott, sister of Ellen, also in 1891. Frank and Ellen’s child Gerald Francis Page Hanify was born and died in 1893 in Melbourne. He lived for only one day.

      By 1914 Frank and Ellen were living in Airlie Avenue, in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. Frank worked as a manager.

      Apparently Frank and Ellen rode a tandem bike, with Frank doing most of the pedalling by his own choice. Family legend is that Frank's extra pedalling up hill 'did his heart' and killed him.

      Frank died at his residence at 40 Airlie Avenue, Prahran on 28 Jan 1932 and his body was interred privately the following day.

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

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

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

    4. [S1855] ancestry.com Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.

    5. [S3176] BIR Birth Index Victoria, Australia, John Fran Page Hanify; 14573; Belvoir; 1858.

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

    7. [S523] Letter Hanify, M P to Hanify, Frank (1869).

    8. [S3579] TRA Hanify, Frank Ship Queen of the Colonies 10 Feb 1874, Queen of the Colonies, Rio de Janiero to Sydney; 10 February 1874; Frank Hanify, station O. B., age 14, nation: British; National Library, Wellington; 3 March 2014.

    9. [S1056] Census USA 1880 San Francisco - Hanify, Frank.

    10. [S3563] CEN362 Census USA 1880 Hanify, Frank, Frank Hanify, San Francisco.

    11. [S3580] TRA Hanify, Frank Ship Ship Zealandia 23 Oct 1880, Zealandia, San Francisco to Sydney; 23 October 1880; Frank HAnify, station O. B., age 20, nation Victoria; National Library, Wellington; 3 March 2014.

    12. [S3388] Electoral roll Australia 1914 Vic, Balaclava, Armadale, Frank Page Hanify.

    13. [S3389] Electoral roll Australia 1919 Vic, Balaclava, Armadale, Frank Page Hanify.

    14. [S3391] Electoral roll Australia 1924 Vic, Fawkner, Armadale, Frank Page Hanify.

    15. [S3396] Electoral roll Australia 1931 Vic, Fawkner, Armadale, Frank Page Hanify.

    16. [S3175] DTH Death Index Victoria, Australia, Frank Page Hanify; 42; Arm; 1932.

    17. [S3422] DTH438 Death Hanify, Frank, Death notice; 30 January 1932; page 15; Frank Hanify - death and burial.

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

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

    20. [S3027] MAR200 Marriage Sinnott, Ellen Margt and Hanify, Jno Page Frank.

    21. [S3260] MAR Marriage Index Victoria, Frank John Page Hanify and Ellen Margaret Sinnott; 957; Victoria; 1891.