happened to Michael is a mystery.
was born about 1834 in Cork, Ireland. His mother was Hannah Fitzgerald.
Nothing is known of his father. Hannah later married Richard Bride
and they were to have 3 children, one of whom was John Joseph
Burgess (abt 1840 - 1893) whose daughter, Mary Agnes Burgess (1863-1945)
married Daniel Daly (1853-1925).
joined the British navy and while on shore leave in Australia
he deserted, changed his identity and went gold mining. He was
said to have made a fortune and secretly went back to Ireland.
In 1875 he returned to Australia, landing in Melbourne with his
Burgess (1859-1897) and Richard Daniel Burgess (b 1866).
Michael went his own way to Sydney.
his correspondence with his family in Ireland and he was careful
to continue to use an alias. His last known letter which was written
to his sister in 1878, Michael said he was in Sydney and he was
looking for a boat to go to New Guinea. But as he could not find
one he said he would go some place else. This was the last we
ever heard from him. Any wealth he may have had would have disappeared
in the 1890's depression in Australia when many banks went to
a letter dated 26 November 1890 from John Joseph Burgess (b 1860)
to his brother Edmund (above), John mentions that it is strange
that Michael Magnor had not contacted Edmund. He continues and
writes that it must be hard for Michael Magnor to labour again
now that most of his money has gone for which he only has himself
Edmond Daly (1887-1937) (son of Daniel Daly above) researched
the life of Michael Magnor who was his half-grand uncle. In 1930
he placed the adjacent advertisement in the local newspaper. Michael
Daly may have travelled to Ireland too as this is mentioned in
letter from Kate Burgess and some notes
made by Tom Burgess earlier in 1926. Both of these Burgesses are
from Ireland. The newspaper wrote an article
about the "lost fortune" a few years later. The article
is well worth reading.
aunt and a cousin discovered a Queensland (Australia) death
record for a Michael Magnor. This person was described
as a miner from Cork and was hospitalised
at Croydon, Queensland on 9 September 1890 suffering from a fever.
He was not to recover and died 11 days later on the 20th. There
are some discrepancies between records so this record may not
be for the same person although there is a strong probability.
See the timeline link below for an analysis.
on an icon to see the images of the original records. It is
not known if this is the same person as there are discrepancies
in the documents and we must ask why, after a number of years,
Michael reverted to his original name. Croydon
was a small township founded on gold mining. It is very isolated,
even nowadays, located in the savannah lands of the Gulf of
Carpenteria about 600 kms west of Cairns.