James Joseph Battle


James Battle was born on the banks of the River Moy, Sligo. He was one of 3 boys and a girl. He had a younger brother Timothy who married Mary (nee Breheny) of Carracastle, County Mayo Ireland. He also had a younger sister I think called Annie Gormley (nee Battle) who stayed back in Ireland and possibly I think a Maggie (Margaret) who was deaf and dumb, but could read and write.

About 12 months after James emigrated to Australia he was married in Rockhampton. He married a girl whose maiden name was Bridget Moran. (Her sister was Agnes Moran). Aunty Agnes lived in Brisbane.

James Battle lived in Mount Morgan and had a large family. Nearly all boys and 1 girl. 13 sons and 1 daughter. There were triplets who died at birth. And then there were twins Matthew and Patrick Battle.

James wife Bridget Battle (nee Moran) died when her sons where about 9 years of age. So the young boys were shipped off to St Joseph’s Nudgee Collage Christian college. They couldn’t settle and were homesick and the brothers packed off them off to go home.

Patrick Joseph Battle – he went to brothers school in Rockhampton and worked as a Newspaper Reader (Proof). After the Depression he took to the bush and became a wool classer. He worked in western QLD for many years and ultimately in the meantime the family moved to Brisbane and when he was on holidays (every 12 months or so) he would return to Brisbane. Visit his sister (Hanora ‘Nora’ O’Grady (nee Battle) living at Kangaroo Point, suburb of Brisbane. Besides the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Nora also went under the name of Grady..she dropped the ‘O’. Nora and husband Jack Grady, had one son. (Jacky) he was killed in a motor accident and about 5/6 years of age. He is buried in Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane with his Father. They are all in the same plot with James Joseph Battle.

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