Saturday, November 21, 2009
Children of Michael Meehan and Annie Harris.
The birth certificate of Michael Meehan can be seen above, and it immediately becomes obvious why I could never find his birth certificate under the name 'Meehan'...he was born on March 4, 1891,almost two and a half years before his parent's marriage, and registered with his mother's maiden name of 'Harris'.
I could also not find the birth of his sister, Daisy Meehan, and after finding Michael as 'Harris' I located a likely entry for Daisy's birth also...Daisy Grace Harris born 1887, Carlton, no father mentioned. Our Daisy Meehan was born c. 1888,according to her death certificate, so this is most likely her.
Michael Harris was known always as Michael John Meehan. He grew up in Yarrawonga and after his schooling was completed became a clerk. He enlisted for World War 1 on November 12, 1914, at the age of 23 years and 8 months. He was described on enlistment as " 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches height; 10 stone 3 pounds; florid complexion; grey eyes; brown hair; Roman Catholic." He was lucky enough to survive the battlefields of France, unlike his brother Patrick, and returned home to Australia in November 1918.
The electoral rolls show that Michael, after his return from the War, moved to 12 Park Street, St. Kilda West, and there he remained, working as a clerk, for the years 1924, 1931, 1936, 1937, 1943, 1949 and finally the last available online roll in 1954.
Michael John Meehan died in Thornbury, Victoria, in 1958, aged 67 years.He never married as far as I can ascertain.