I have been having a look at the Assessment Books & Sand’s Directories for Newtown for my ancestors Joseph Dilworth, Mary Quirk (later Dilworth) and Mary’s mother’ Catherine Quirk (nee Slattery). The assessment books are located here: http://www.sydneyarchives.info/rate-books and the Sand’s Directories are located here: http://www.sydneyarchives.info/sands-directories
I was checking to see where Joseph was living in the early 1860’s as in 1857 he sold a property in Australia Street Newtown, as detailed in a previous post.
Joseph does not appear in any of the Sand’s directories for Newtown, but from the assessment books for 1863 Joseph is listed in Horden Street Newtown (O’Connell Ward) and alongside him, Mrs C Quirk (which I believe to be Catherine Quirk – mother of Mary Dilworth, nee Quirk).
Below is a list of the Sand’s Directories and where they were living. Joseph & Mary had moved out of the area by 1866 (a daughter was born at Cox’s Creek) and Joseph died in 1877. Mary appears to have come back by 1883. She had started a relationship with Michael Milverton by the beginning of 1871, as they had 3 children in the early 1870’s. Mary & Michael did not marry until 1887.
From looking at the list below, it’s a bit hard to work out why Catherine Quirk was not listed in all of the directories as she appears in 1873 and then does not appear again until 1880, though still living at the same address. Catherine arrived in NSW in 1857 from Kilkenny Ireland, along with daughters Catherine & Margaret. Catherine died in 1891 and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.
|Year||Name & Address||Comments|
|1863||Mrs Dilworth – Susan Street||I’d say this is Mary Dilworth – nee Quirk|
|1873||Quirk, Catherine Slattery, laundress – Susan Street, Camperdown & Newtown – West Side||Interesting that Catherine’s maiden name was included.|
|1880||Quirk, Catherine – Susan Street West Side|
|1883||Quirk, Mrs. Mary – Enmore road-North side||Not sure who this is: Though Mary Dilworth (nee Quirk) did use her maiden name when she married Michael Melverton in 1887.|
|1884||24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side|
|1885||24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side|
|1886||24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side|
|1887||24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side|
|1889||24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side|