About Thomas Hogan
Baptismal record for Thomas Hogan, father Patrick Hogan, mother Catherine O'Brien, born 14 June 1858, baptised at St. Michael's Church, Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland. (from the rootsireland.ie site).
The British Government had decided to use army pensioners as guards on convict ships to Australia instead of regular soldiers. The government offered military pensioners free transport for their families and a grant of land in return for guarding the convicts on the voyage and being available for the defence of the colony.
Father Patrick took the opportunity and the family, wife Catherine and sister Mary Jane, sailed on the convict ship Lincelles to Western Australia. The ship was said to have embarked convicts at Sheerness on 13 September 1861, Spithead, Portsmouth on 18 September with 80 convicts from the prison at Portsmouth and Portland on 23 September, finally leaving Portland, on 5 October 1861 with 306 convicts and 78 pensioner guards and their families bound for Fremantle. It is not known at which port Patrick and the family joined the ship, as a contemporary letter just records they left Portland on 5 October. The Lincelles arrived at Simon's Bay, Cape of Good Hope on 20 December 1861 for fresh provisions, departing on 29 December, arriving at Fremantle on 28 January 1862.
It is assumed the family lived in Perth until 1865 (sister Catherine born in Perth in 1863), as there is an 1865 newspaper shipping notice for a P Hogan and family travelling to Champion Bay (Geraldton) (brother John born in Geraldton in 1866).
Thomas did not marry.
The West Australian, Wednesday 18 October 1892, p 4.
NEWS reached town on Wednesday last, (reports the Geraldton-Murchison Telegraph of the 13th inst.), of a fatal gun accident having occurred at the goldfields, the victim being Mr. John Hogan an old soldier very well known in Geraldton and uncle of Mr. Thomas Hogan of this town. The particulars to hand are very few and for fuller information we must await the arrival of the mail. It appears however that a man named Rainbow had a gun in his possession which he kept in an ordinary cloth cover and was taking the weapon out of this cover to show it to Hogan. As he was dragging the gun out Hogan advised him to be careful. Rainbow is alleged to have replied, " Oh, its allright, she's not loaded," but he had scarcely uttered the words when the gun went off, the contents entering Hogan's breast. Death was almost instantaneous.
1893 Post Office Directory - Geraldton, Thos. Hogan, boot and shoemaker.
Inquirer and commercial news, Friday 27 May 1898, p7.
Geraldton - Mr. T. Hogan was the only person nominated for the seat in the municipal council rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. H. T . H. Morris. Mr. Hogan will therefore, take his seat as councillor for the East Ward.
Death record for Thomas Hogan, father Patrick Joseph Hogan, mother Catherine O'Brien, born Limerick Ireland, died aged 42, No. 1155 of 1900.
The West Australian, Monday 16 July, 1900, p5.
GERALDTON. Geraldton, July 15. Councillor Thos. Hogan died last night, after an illness of only a week, the cause of death being inflammation of the lungs. Deceased was a native of Geraldton, and was very popular. His age was 42. The funeral took place this afternoon, when there was a large attendance. The Rev. Father Ryan officiated and the remains were interred in the Roman Catholic Cemetery. Matters in connection with the election are proceeding quietly.
The Western Mail, Saturday 21 July 1900, p 41.
CR. THOS. HOGAN.
Geraldton, July 15.
Councillor Thos. Hogan died last night, after an illness of only a week, the cause of death being inflammation of the lungs. Deceased was a native of Geraldton, and was very popular. His age was 42. The funeral took place this afternoon, when there was a large attendance. The Rev. Father Ryan officiated, and the remains were interred in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Kalgoorlie Miner, Monday 20 August 1900, p 4.
The following list of probates and administrations, granted during the week, was issued on Friday : — Probates : Thomas Hogan, late of Geraldton, boot maker, to Patrick Joseph Hogan, £567.
Probate record for Thomas Hogan, State Records Office, consignment 3403, No. 1900/077.
Buried St Francis Xavier Cemetery, located in the South West quarter of the large cemetery in Urch Street, Geraldton, now refereed to as the APEX Park Cemetery. (Note the cornerstone of the current St Francis Xaviers Cathedral (commenced 1916) is from the old St. Francis Xavier's church, the first Catholic church built in Geraldton, built in 1870 by Father LeCaille, which was later pulled down to make room for railway extensions).