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Mary “Granny” KELEHERAge: 7618321908

Name
Mary “Granny” KELEHER
Given names
Mary
Surname
KELEHER
Nickname
Granny
Married name
Mary DELORE
Married name
Mary RENNIE
Birth 1832
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Publication: Online Book
MarriageJoseph DE LOREView this family

Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP Supplement, pager 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Publication: Online Book
Birth of a son
#1
Joseph DE LORE
about 1857 (Age 25)
Citation details: 8130/1857 DELLORE JOSEPH JOSEPH MARY MAITLAND
Immigration between 1860 and 1870 (Age 28)
Publication: Online Book
Birth of a son
#2
Andrew DE LORE
about 1861 (Age 29)
Citation details: 11997/1861 DELLORE ANDREW JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a son
#3
John DE LORE

Publication: Online Book
Birth of a son
#4
Francis James DE LORE

Publication: Online Book
Birth of a daughter
#5
Margaret DE LORE

Publication: Online Book
Death of a sonJohn DE LORE
about 1862 (Age 30)
Citation details: 5632/1862 DELORE JOHN JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a daughter
#6
Jane “Nurse or Granny” DE LORE
February 6, 1863 (Age 31)
Citation details: 12636/1863 DELORE JANE JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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Publication: Word document
Birth of a son
#7
John Patrick DE LORE
about 1864 (Age 32)
De Lore - John Patrick
De Lore - John Patrick

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Citation details: 13934/1864 DELLORE JOHN P JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Note: The headstone for John is inscribed that he was 46 years old at the time of his death in 1911.
Birth of a son
#8
Edward A DE LORE
about 1867 (Age 35)
Citation details: 15111/1867 DELORE EDWARD A JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a daughter
#9
Sophia H DE LORE
about 1869 (Age 37)
Citation details: 17055/1869 DELORE SOPHIA H JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a son
#10
James Reuben DE LORE
about 1871 (Age 39)
Citation details: 16421/1871 DELORE JAMES R JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a daughter
#11
Elizabeth Mary DE LORE
about 1874 (Age 42)
Citation details: 17951/1874 DELORE ELIZABETH MARY JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Number of childrenJoseph DE LOREView this family
11

Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Marriage of a childFrancis James DE LOREBridget DORNEYView this family
about 1877 (Age 45)
Citation details: 4173/1877 DE FORE FRANCIS DORNEY BRIDGET PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a grandson
#1
Francis James DE LORE
about 1878 (Age 46)
Citation details: 20754/1878 DE LORE FRANCIS J FRANCIS BRIDGET PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Winifred Mary DE LORE
about 1879 (Age 47)
Citation details: 21916/1879 DE LORE WINIFRED MARY FRANCIS JAMES BRIDGET PORT STEPHENS
Marriage of a childJoseph MAYERSJane “Nurse or Granny” DE LOREView this family
Type: Religious marriage
January 2, 1879 (Age 47)
Address: Presbyterian service
Citation details: 3615/1879 MAYERS JOSEPH DELORE JANE MAITLAND
Publication: Word document
Text:

Marriage: 2 Jan 1879, East Maitland, NSW. [Maitland 1879/3615] Married by the rev James Bonthorne according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. Witnesses: John Mayers and Annie M.L. Bonthorne. The consent of the Mother, Mary Delore, was given to the marriage of Jane Delore with Joseph Mayers, the said Jane Delore being under the age of twenty-one years.

Publication: Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser; Friday 2 August 1929, page 1
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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Death of a husbandJoseph DE LORE
1879 (Age 47)
Citation details: 6349/1879 DELORE JOSEPH AGE 69 YEARS DIED LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Gertrude Mary MAYERS
about 1880 (Age 48)
Citation details: 22941/1880 MAYERS GERTRUDE MARY JOSEPH JANE PORT STEPHENS
MarriageJames RENNIEView this family
about 1881 (Age 49)
Citation details: 4628/1881 RENNIE JAMES DELORE MARY EAST MAITLAND
Birth of a grandson
#4
John Thomas DE LORE
about 1881 (Age 49)
Citation details: 15642/1881 DELORE JOHN FRANCIS JAMES BRIDGET STROUD
Marriage of a childAndrew DE LORECharlotte AVERYView this family
October 9, 1882 (Age 50)
Citation details: 4824/1882 DE LORE ANDREW AVERY CHARLOTE WINGHAM
Birth of a grandson
#5
Joseph “Sandy” DE LORE
about 1883 (Age 51)
Citation details: 19945/1883 DELORE JOSEPH A ANDREW CHARLOTTE WINGHAM
Birth of a granddaughter
#6
Jane MAYERS
about 1883 (Age 51)
Citation details: 19764/1883 MAYERS JANE JOSEPH JANE WINGHAM
Birth of a granddaughter
#7
Frances Agnes De LORE
about 1883 (Age 51)
Citation details: 17969/1883 DE LORE FRANCES AGNES FRANCIS JAMES BRIDGET RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#8
Unnamed MAYERS
about 1884 (Age 52)
Citation details: 21744/1884 MAYERS UNNAMED JOSEPH JANE WINGHAM
Death of a grandsonUnnamed MAYERS
about 1884 (Age 52)
Citation details: 9940/1884 MAYERS MALE JOSEPH JANE TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#9
Margaret DE LORE
about 1885 (Age 53)
Citation details: 22186/1885 DE LORE MARGARET ANDREW CHARLOTTE TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#10
Daniel J DE LORE
about 1885 (Age 53)
Citation details: 20196/1885 DE LORE DANIEL J FRANCIS J BRIDGET RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#11
Thomas MAYERS
about 1886 (Age 54)
Citation details: 22992/1886 MAYERS THOMAS JOSEPH JANE TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#12
John W DE LORE
about January 1887 (Age 55)
Citation details: 23608/1887 DE LORE JOHN W ANDREW CHARLOTTE TAREE
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew

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Marriage of a childJoseph T DUNNSophia H DE LOREView this family
about 1887 (Age 55)
Citation details: 34530/1892 DUNN CECELIA R JOSEPH T SOPHIA H TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#13
Jessie DELORE
about 1888 (Age 56)
Citation details: 24416/1888 DELORE JESSIE ANDREW CHARLOTTE TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#14
Margaret Ellen MAYERS
about 1888 (Age 56)
Citation details: 22043/1888 MAYERS MARGARET E JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#15
Joseph C DE LORE
about 1889 (Age 57)
Citation details: 23172/1889 DELORE JOSEPH C JOHN P ISABELLA E TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#16
Mary DE LORE
about 1889 (Age 57)
Citation details: 30105/1889 DE LORE MARY FRANCIS BRIDGET NEWCASTLE
Marriage of a childJohn Patrick DE LOREIsabella Emma PRIESTLYView this family
about 1889 (Age 57)
Citation details: 5000/1889 DE LORE JOHN P PRIESTLY ISABELLA E TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#17
Frederick F MAYERS
about 1890 (Age 58)
Citation details: 32935/1890 MAYERS FREDERICK JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Marriage of a childEdward A DE LORELetitia MARTINView this family
about 1890 (Age 58)
Citation details: 4715/1890 DE LORE EDWARD MARTIN LETITIA WEST MAITLAND
Death of a grandsonFrederick F MAYERS
about 1890 (Age 58)
Citation details: 12275/1890 MAYERS FREDERICK F JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#18
Mary Ita DELORE
about 1891 (Age 59)
Citation details: 34046/1891 DELORE MARY ANDREW CHARLOTTE TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#19
Josephine MAYERS
about 1891 (Age 59)
Citation details: 33409/1891 MAYERS JOSEPHINE JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#20
Josephine DE LORE
about 1891 (Age 59)
Citation details: 34286/1891 DELORE JOSEPHINE M JOHN P ISABELLA E TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#21
William Edward DE LORE
about 1891 (Age 59)
Citation details: 33455/1891 DE LOVE WILLIAM E FRANCIS J BRIDGET STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#22
Cecelia Ruby DUNN
about 1892 (Age 60)
Citation details: 34530/1892 DUNN CECELIA R JOSEPH T SOPHIA H TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#23
Ethel P DE LORE
about May 1893 (Age 61)
Citation details: 34848/1893 DELORE ETHEL P ANDREW CHARLOTTE TAREE
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew

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Birth of a granddaughter
#24
Victoria MAYERS
about 1894 (Age 62)
Citation details: 32325/1894 MAYERS VICTORIA JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#25
Margaret J DE LORE
about 1894 (Age 62)
Citation details: 32265/1894 LORE MARGARET J DE FRANCIS J BRIDGET STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#26
Charlotte DE LORE
about 1895 (Age 63)
Citation details: 17114/1895 DE LORE CHARLOTTE ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#27
Pearl MAYERS
about 1895 (Age 63)
Citation details: 36952/1895 MAYERS PEARL JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#28
Thomas E DE LORE
about 1895 (Age 63)
Citation details: 36928/1895 DELORE THOMAS E JOHN P ISABELLA E STROUD
Death of a granddaughterEthel P DE LORE
June 28, 1895 (Age 63)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 10295/1895 DE LORE ETHEL P ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew

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Death of a granddaughterMargaret J DE LORE
about 1896 (Age 64)
Citation details: 11697/1896 DE LORE MARGARET J FRANCIS J BRIDGET STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#29
Beatrice A DE LORE
about 1897 (Age 65)
Citation details: 26225/1897 DE LORE BEATRICE A ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#30
Laura MAYERS
December 28, 1897 (Age 65)
Citation details: 7350/1897 MAYERS LAURA JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Publication: Word document
Birth of a grandson
#31
Andrew DE LORE
about 1899 (Age 67)
Citation details: 34908/1899 DE LORE ANDREW ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
Marriage of a childJames Reuben DE LORELydia ROFEView this family
about 1900 (Age 68)
Citation details: 8086/1900 DE LORE JAMES ROFE LYDIA SYDNEY
Birth of a granddaughter
#32
Sophia DE LORE
about 1901 (Age 69)
Citation details: 26735/1901 DE LORE SOPHIA S ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#33
Joseph Alexander T “Swampy” MAYERS
about 1901 (Age 69)
Citation details: 36183/1901 MAYERS JOSEPH A T JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#34
John K DE LORE
about 1903 (Age 71)
Citation details: 34733/1903 DELORE JOHN K JOHN P ISABELLA E TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#35
Bernard H DE LORE
about 1903 (Age 71)
Citation details: 7437/1903 DE LORE BERNARD H FRANCIS J BRIDGET TAREE
Death of a grandsonJohn W DE LORE
May 30, 1903 (Age 71)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 7939/1903 DELORE JOHN W ANDREW CHARLOTTE STROUD
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew

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Birth of a grandson
#36
John Joseph Delore MAYERS
about 1904 (Age 72)
Citation details: 16885/1904 MAYERS JOHN J D JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Marriage of a grandchildWilliam John WHITBREADGertrude Mary MAYERSView this family
about 1904 (Age 72)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 753
Citation details: 4998/1904 WHITBREAD WILLIAM J MAYERS GERTRUDE M TAREE
Marriage of a grandchildHenry William LYNDONFrances Agnes De LOREView this family
January 13, 1904 (Age 72)
Citation details: 2245/1904 LYNDON HENRY W DE LORE FRANCES A TAREE
Death of a grandsonDaniel J DE LORE
about 1904 (Age 72)
Citation details: 3348/1904 DE LORE DANIEL J FRANCIS J BRIDGET TAREE
Death of a daughterSophia H DE LORE
about 1905 (Age 73)
Citation details: 10743/1905 DUNN SOPHIA H JOSEPH MARY TAREE
Marriage of a grandchildJoseph “Sandy” DE LOREMary KENNEWELLView this family
about 1906 (Age 74)
Citation details: 11172/1906 DE LORE JOSEPH A KENNEWELL MARY STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#37
Francis Patrick Clare MAYERS
about 1907 (Age 75)
Citation details: 18422/1907 MAYERS FRANCIS P C JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Marriage of a grandchildEdward William IRELANDMargaret DE LOREView this family
about 1907 (Age 75)
Citation details: 11808/1907 IRELAND EDWARD W DE LORE MARGARET STROUD
Marriage of a grandchildEdwin John “Teddy” WATERSMargaret Ellen MAYERSView this family
about 1907 (Age 75)
Citation details: 2541/1907 WATERS EDWIN J MAYERS MARGARET E STROUD
Marriage of a grandchildCharles Tattersall McKEOUGHJessie DELOREView this family
about 1908 (Age 76)
Citation details: 8995/1908 MCKEOUGH CHARLES T DELORE JESSIE STROUD
Death August 2, 1908 (Age 76)
Address: At her home. Rennies Island, Darawank
Cause of death: Accidently burnt
Citation details: 11497/1908 RENNIE MARY JOHN STROUD
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

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Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Publication: Online Book
Burial
Address: Roman Catholic portion F 22.
Cemetery: Forster General
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

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Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Family with Joseph DE LORE - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: Moreton Bay (Brisbane), , Queensland, Australia
son
son
Joseph DE LORE
Birth: about 1857 47 25Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1916West Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
son
2 years
daughter
23 months
son
4 years
son
3 years
daughter
Sophia H DE LORE
Birth: about 1869 59 37Port Stephens, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1905Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
4 years
daughter
son
daughter
Family with James RENNIE - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: about 1881East Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthNewspaper - Newcastle Morning Herald
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

BirthHeadstone - Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

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BirthThe History of Tuncurry
Publication: Online Book
ImmigrationThe History of Tuncurry
Publication: Online Book
MarriageNewspaper - Newcastle Morning Herald
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP Supplement, pager 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

MarriageThe History of Tuncurry
Publication: Online Book
Number of childrenNewspaper - Newcastle Morning Herald
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

MarriageR - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 4628/1881 RENNIE JAMES DELORE MARY EAST MAITLAND
DeathR - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 11497/1908 RENNIE MARY JOHN STROUD
DeathHeadstone - Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

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DeathNewspaper - Newcastle Morning Herald
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

DeathThe History of Tuncurry
Publication: Online Book
BurialAustralian Cemeteries Index