[Editor: Reproduced below are several items regarding Ellen Shanley (née Malone), an Australian colonist, who migrated from Ireland in 1855. She was the daughter of Stephen Malone and Honorah Malone (née Phyland). She died in 1916, in Killarney (Victoria), at the age of 85 years.]
Mrs Thomas Shanley.
There passed away at her late residence, Killarney, a very old and highly esteemed district resident — Mrs Ellen Shanley — wife of Mr Thomas Shanley — who had arrived at the venerable age of 85 years. After the celebration of Requiem Mass at the Crossley Church, the funeral moved off to the Tower Hill cemetery yesterday morning.
The Port Fairy Gazette (Port Fairy, Vic.), 22 June 1916, p. 2
Mrs. Ellen Shanley.
Mrs. Shanley, senr., wife of Mr. Thos. Shanley, a colonist of over 60 years standing, and mother of one of the most esteemed families in the district, died at Killarney on Tuesday last, and was interred in the Tower Hill cemetery on Wednesday, after the celebration of requiem mass at Crossley. The late Mrs. Shanley was born in Queen’s County, Ireland, and arrived in Portland in 1855, in the ship Cairn Gorm. Twelve months after she was married at Port Fairy, and afterwards they removed to Killarney, where they performed to the full their responsibilities as early settlers in this portion of the State. The deceased lady leaves a husband (aged 83 years), and seven children to mourn their loss. They are — Thomas, John and Steve (all of Killarney), Mrs Moxon (Chelsea), Mrs Willis (Yarraville), Mrs, Mahony, Mrs Tim. Ryan, and Mrs W. Dalton (Killarney). At the time of her death Mrs Shanley had 42 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. For 22 years her husband was road overseer to the Shire of Belfast, retiring from that position 6 years ago. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs Wilkins and Brennan, undertakers, Koroit.
The Koroit Sentinel and Tower Hill Advocate (Koroit, Vic.), 24 June 1916, p. 2
Mrs Ellen Shanley, wife of Mr Thomas Shanley, died at her residence, Killarney, on Monday night, at the advanced age of 85 years. The deceased lady came to Victoria from Ireland 61 years ago, and for the greater part of it resided at Killarnery. Her husband (who is also of great age) survives her. The deceased leaves a family of three married sons — Thomas Stephen, and John (Killarney), and five daughters — Mrs Willis (Melbourne), Mrs G. Moxon (Clyde), Mrs F. Ryan (Killarney), Mrs T. Mahony (Killarney) and Mrs W. Dalton (Killarney), seven grand-children and six great-grand-children. Her remain were conveyed on Wednesday morning to the Roman Catholic Church, Crossley, where a Requiem Mass was celebrated at 10 o’clock, after which the funeral left for the Tower Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Father Manning officiated at both the church and the grave.
The Port Fairy Gazette (Port Fairy, Vic.), 26 June 1916, p. 2
Births, deaths, marriages.
SHANLEY. — On the 19th June, at “Killarney,” Ellen, dearly beloved wife of Thomas Shanley, and loved mother of Thomas, Steve and John (Killarney), and Mrs. Willis (Yarraville), Mrs. Moxon (Chelsea), Mrs. Mahony, Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Dalton (Killarney), and sister of the late John Malone; aged 85 years. A native of King’s Co., Ireland; a colonist of 60 years. R.I.P.
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her.
Immaculate heart of Mary pray for her.
The Tribune (Melbourne, Vic.), 20 July 1916, p. 5
The details of Ellen Shanley’s parents were obtained from her record of death (registration number: 5529/1916) listed on the site of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Killarney = a town on the south-west coast of Victoria, located to the east of Port Fairy and to the west of Warrnambool
Messrs = an abbreviation of “messieurs” (French), being the plural of “monsieur”; used in English as the plural of “Mister” (which is abbreviated as “Mr.”); the title is used in English prior to the names of two or more men (often used regarding a company, e.g. “the firm of Messrs. Bagot, Shakes, & Lewis”, “the firm of Messrs. Hogue, Davidson, & Co.”)
R.I.P. = an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “requiescat in pace” (or, in the plural, “requiescant in pace”), meaning “rest in peace”; used in funeral notices, on gravestones, and with other items relating to death
Thos. = an abbreviation of the name “Thomas”
[Editor: Added a comma after “Mrs. Mahony”.]