Johanna Simmons1

F, #5494, b. 18 September 1843, d. 8 October 1914
FatherWilliam Simmons1
MotherJohannah Guinen1 b. 13 Oct 1812
Relationship3rd great-aunt of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited4 Apr 2022
Birth*18 September 1843 Manchester, Lancashire1 
Baptism10 September 1844 Pallasgreen and Templebredin, Limerick, Ireland;
Joanna ex Gulielmo Simmins et Joanna Guinan
Sp. Maria Hurley Sola2 
Immigration*10 October 1856 "Vocalist", Port Jackson, NSW, Australia;Agnes Simmons, 19, General House Servant, Killmannock Co. Limerick, parents William & Janet both dead, Roman Catholic, Read & write, sister Margaret Simmons, Carcoar
Johannah Simmons, 14, Farm Servant, Killmannock Co. Limerick, parents William & Janet both dead, Roman Catholic, Read & write, sister Margaret Simmons, Carcoar;Passenger=Agnes Simmons3 
Married Name1 September 1860 Burke4 
Marriage*1 September 1860 St Pauls Church, Carcoar, NSW, Australia;William Burke, bachelor, Settler, of Bombaldry
Hannah Simmons, spinster, Housemaid, of Carcoar
The consent of William Montagu Rotherey was given to the marriage of the bride
Witnesses James Cowen & Reachel Guggery
Minister J A Burke CofE;Groom=William Burke4 
Death*8 October 1914 "Wattle Grove", Steinbrook, Tenterfield, NSW, Australia;
Name: Hannah Burke
Date of Death: 8 Oct 1914
Place of Death: Steinbrook, Tenterfield Shire, NSW
Sex: Female
Age: 71
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Manchester England
Time in Aust Colonies: 58 years in NSW

Father: (Given name not stated) Simmons
Occupation: Shipwright
Mother: Not Stated

Place of Marriage: Carcoar NSW
Age at Marriage: 17
Name of Spouse: William Burke
Children of Marriage: Agnes 53, Jane 48, Mary 46, Margaret 43, Catherine 39, John 37, Norah 36, Hannah 34, Emma 32, William 29 , living; 2 females deceased
Informant: John Burke, son, Steinbrook

Cause of Death: Heart failure
Length of Illness: Inquest unnecessary - E R Davies, Coroner, Tenterfield, 9 Oct 1914
Medical Attendant:
Date Last Seen:

Date of Burial: 10 Oct 1914
Place of Burial: Roman Catholic Cemetery Tenterfield
Minister & Religion: J T Clancy, Roman Catholic
Undertaker: John Williams
Witnesses: T Flynn & A Collins5,6 
News-Arct*22 October 1914 "The Catholic Press", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
The death of Mrs. Hannah Burke, wife of Mr. William Burke, of Steinbrook, Tenterfield, occurred at her residence on Thursday morning, at the age of 71 years. Death was due to heart trouble, from which she had been suffering for some time, and followed immediately upon an acute attack. The deceased lady was born in Manchester, England, of Irish parents, and came to Australia with two elder sisters as a child. At Carcoar she married Mr. William Burke, 54 years ago, and shortly afterwards settled in Tenterfield, where she had resided ever since. She was a prominent and devout Catholic, and was always ready to assist in Church or charitable movements; while her friendly and sympathetic nature endeared her to all. Besides 65 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, the following members of her family are left to mourn their loss; Mesdames Agnes Woodworth (Bonalbo), Jane Gallagher (Glen Innes), Mary Drennert (Sydney), Margaret McShane (Tamworth), Catherine Burrows (Newcastle), Mr. John E. Burke (Steinbrook), Mrs. Norah Delaney (Sydney), Mrs. Hannah Kelly (Scrub) Mrs. Emma Stephens (Brewarrina), and Mr. William Burke (Steinbrook). The remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Tenterfield, where the prayers were read by Rev. Father J. T. Clancy. The funeral moved from the church, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Father Clancy officiated at the graveside. Mass for the repose of the deceased lady's soul was celebrated at St. Mary's on the Sunday following death. — R.I.P.5 
Probate*26 November 1914 NSW, Australia;
66769 Burke Hannah late of Steinbrook near Tenterfield Married Woman
This is the Will of me Hannah Burke Wife of William Burke of Steinbrook near Tenterfield in the State of New South Wales Farmer I Give Devise and Bequeath the whole of the property both real and personal of whatsoever description and wheresoever situate of or to which I may be possessed or entitled at the time of my death unto my son William Edward Burke absolutely And I Appoint the said William Edward Burke sole executor of this my Will. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Tenterfield this twenty first day of June one thousand nine hundred and twelve.
Hannah Burke
Signed by the Testator Hannah Burke and acknowledged by her to be her will in the presence of us the under signed both present at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses
J. Fr. Thomas Solicitor Tenterfield
G. C. Stevenson His Clerk Tenterfield
26th November 1914 On this Date Probate of the Will of the said deceased Hannah Burke was granted to William Edward Burke of Steinbrook near Tenterfield, Grazier the sole Executor named in the said Will Testator died at Steinbrook 9th October 1914 Estate sworn at £548-8-5 Net7 


William Burke


  1. [S1447] "Email Kevin Toohey re Hannah Burke headstone."
  2. [S1755] Findmypast Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, online, Joanna Simmins 1844.
  3. [S1298] Immigration Board list.
  4. [S1428] Marriage Certificate transcript.
  5. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, "The Catholic Press", Thursday, October 22, 1914.
  6. [S1294] NSW Death Registration Transcription.
  7. [S1635] Findmypast NSW Will Books 1800-1952, online, Hannah Burke 1914.
  8. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Elizabeth A Burke 1861.
  9. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, Glen Innes Examiner, Tuesday, July 25, 1944.
  10. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, October 20, 1923.
  11. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Margaret Burke 1871.
  12. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Ellen Rosaline Burke 1873.
  13. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Catherine Burke 1875.
  14. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth John Burke 1877.
  15. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Honora Burke 1878.
  16. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Johannah Alice Burke 1880.
  17. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth Emma Burke 1883.
  18. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, birth William E J Burke 1885.