The Cashion Brothers

Michael, William, John and Patrick Cashion

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Michael Cashion (c.1833-1912) was born in Tipperary, Ireland . He arrived in Van Diemans Land on 30 October 1854 per the good ship Mooltan. He subsequently sponsored the emigration of his younger brothers:
William (c.1837-1907), arrived sometime before 1874
John (c.1839-1908), arrived 24 August 1866 per Golden Empire, (a ship of the Black Ball Line) and
Patrick (c.1844-1914), arrived 24 September 1879 per Durham with his wife Ann and young daughter Mary.

Michael stated at the time of his immigration that he was a farm labourer and ploughman. The ships' master evidently was not impressed by his behaviour on board: he wrote that Cashion was 'led on by Bywater'. (Thomas Bywater, a bricklayer from Surrey, was a 'disaster for the complete voyage, one of the worst on board'). Perhaps fortunately, Michael and Thomas seem to parted company on arrival in Australia.

Michael must have found work almost immediately at Ouse, a remote district in the south-west of Tasmania, and had a whirlwind courtship with Ellen Larkins, because their first child Laurence was born at Ouse in the following year.

Ellen Larkins was born about 1837 in Dublin, Ireland, and arrived 16 September 1854 in the ship Maitland. Ellen was a laundry and house servant, who could 'cook a little'. Her ships' master noted she was 'well disposed, very decent girl'. She was hired on 5 October by Mr Henry Nicholas, of Kaywood, Ouse, for 26 pounds wages with rations (per year).

Michael and Ellen had seven children before Ellen died in childbirth in Hamilton, in December 1870. By that time Michael was a farmer, at Hale, in the Ouse district. Children were Laurence (c.1854), William (c.1857), Hugh (c.1858), Eugene Owen (c.1861), Bridget (11 February 1864), Patrick (21 November 1866) and John (c.1868). William became a Justice of the Peace, and active in civic affairs. Most of the other children settled in the Hobart/New Norfolk/Hamilton area. A great-grandson, Douglas Cashion, was a member of state parliament in Tasmania and Minister for Transport, then Minister for Lands and Works, in the 1960s and 1970s.

On 10 October 1876 Michael married Mary Ann Tuck, daughter of Edward Tuck and Margaret Gibbons, in Mr Smith's residence at Ouse. Michael and Mary had seven children, before they moved to Coolgardie, Western Australia, about 1895, possibly lured by the gold discoveries in that district.

From then on it has been difficult to trace the movements of Michael and his second family. The children of his first marriage remained in Tasmania, where most of their descendants are to-day.

Michael died 25 February 1912 'at his residence in Perth WA'. Some of the children returned to Tasmania. The youngest son Albert Boniface ('late of 52nd Battalion, AIF'), married Ivy Florence Clements in St David's Cathedral, Hobart, 20 March 1918. Another son, Thomas Daniel, died in 1916 in WA, leaving a wife Lillian and young son. I am still tracing what happened to his wife Mary and the other children.


Do you have any information on this Cashion family, in Tipperary or Tasmania, or their descendants? If so, I would love to hear from you. Please mail me, pdownes@pcug.org.au.

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