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Mary Ellen Fairbairn (nee McNamara) 1881-1955 by Ann Rackstraw

Publication Details; Acknowledgements

Publication Details:

Compiled and published by Ann Rackstraw
20 Stackpole Cres
Sunbury, 3429
Victoria, Australia
Phone – 03 9740 5987
(61 + 3 + 9740 5987)

Email –

Date of publication - August 2009

ISBN No. 978-0-646-51984-5

Copies of this report can be obtained by contacting Ann Rackstraw at the above address.

There is a fee of AUD $17.00 to cover the cost of printing and postage.

For postage to locations outside Australia the cost for each book will be AUD $20.


I am very grateful to Jo Wellins, descended from Denis McNamara, and Judy Smith, whose husband is descended from James McNamara, without their extensive research I would not have been able to make the connections to the extended McNamara family. Also both Jo and Judy generously provided photos and additional information from their own research and Judy also supplied copies of documents for the McNamara family, and the Keane and Lydon families who were related to Mary Ellen’s mother, Bridget McNamara (nee Keane).

Judy Smith also searched the SA State Archives for information about the admission of Mary Ellen and her siblings to the Magill Industrial School and generously provided copies of documents and correspondence generated by the actions of the SA Children’s Department. Judy also generously provided copies of documents obtained during her considerable research into the origins of the Keane family in Ireland.

Also my thanks to Rita Hull, descended from James McNamara who provided information on the lives of her parents John and Mildred McNamara, and the many other Keane, Lydon and McNamara descendants, and other generous people, who have also assisted by providing information, photographs and documents. The source or donors of all documents used are noted in the body of the text.

I am also grateful to all who volunteer for the various genealogical societies and to those who transcribe cemetery registers and provide “look up” services, and those who photograph headstones and make them available to genealogists.

Most of the old photographs have been extensively restored to repair cracks and blemishes but none of the images have been manipulated to change the appearance of any person. The donor of each photo is acknowledged under the photo. Unfortunately not all photographs have been used because of the limits of the report, and some are not suitable for reproduction.

Copies of this report have been provided to all family members who have assisted with the compilation of this report.

Also copies have been lodged with the following libraries and genealogical societies:

• National Library of Australia, Parkes, ACT.
• State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
• Clare County Library, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
• Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. (GSV), Melbourne, Vic.
• South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc. (SAGHS), Unley, SA.
• Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS), Bayswater, WA.

Ann Rackstraw