The Kerrytown Brosnahans photographs

These photos all appear in The Kerrytown Brosnahans.  If you downloaded the book’s manuscript from this site, there will be blank pages with a numbered caption for each photo that appeared in that spot in the book.  I have arranged them here in the same order except for No. 57 which was out of sequence in the book for some reason.  I have put it back in its proper numerical position here to make it easier to find.  I haven’t been able to find a few of the photos so far, hence the occasional jump in the sequence.

Make sure you also check the other gallery for Brosnahan photos that didn’t make it into the book – many of them are just as good or better than the published ones.  Some of these came to me after the book was published.


6 comments on “The Kerrytown Brosnahans photographs

  1. Thank you for sharing all these priceless pictures. Your book and the pictures give me a great picture of the times that my own ancestor lived in. I have a feeling mine and yours knew each other., my ancestor was Johanna (Hannah ) Healy born in Tralee County Kerry, and she was married to Denis Coffey. Thanks again Kate Healy

    • thebrosnan says:

      Thanks for the feedback Kate and I’m pleased you found the site and the photos. I hope to post a few new entries over coming weeks now that some of my other writing commitments are at an end.

  2. Claire says:

    I have a link to the HORGAN family. The father of Margaret Horgan Brosnahan was the brother of my gg grandmother Mary Horgan O’Connor.
    I am now looking at the wider family tree and the Brosnahan’s interweave with the Horgans and O’Connors a few times by the looks.

  3. des brosnahan says:

    Cud and his son, Jack farmed in Ma Waro till Jack died in the late 50s. (231 Monavale Road) There neighbours were the Barrys of All Black fame. They all went to high school in Pleasant Point by train – the station was at the end of Monavale Road. Cud’s son Corny lost his leg by being run over by a wagon there – playing or working I never knew.

  4. Penny says:

    I would be interePennsted in hearing any information about Ma Waro, my husband’s grandfather John Lawlor owned a property there. I see one photo has Lawler not Lawlor so I am wondering if same family. Love to hear from you

    • thebrosnan says:

      Dear Penny

      Ma Waro is an area in South Canterbury between Cave and Albury. Cornelius Brosnahan had a farm there and was accordingly known as Cuddy of Ma Waro. It would not have been the only farm in that area and it is quite possible that your Lawlor/Lawler family also had links to Kerrytown. This particular area was part of the breaking up of the large estates that had dominated early South Canterbury since the 1850s. From the 1890s the big land blocks were broken up and small family farms created instead. The children of Kerrytown, a settlement established on the Levels Plain in the 1860s, took advantage of this new opportunity to establish themselves as independent farmers. Other Brosnahan relations took up land just beyond Ma Waro in Rocky Gully Road so there was definitely an Irish presence there and one that connected back to Kerrytown. A while ago one of Cornelius Brosnahan’s descendants, Des Brosnahan, made a comment on this website, adding detail of a photo taken at Ma Waro in the 1940s so perhaps he could tell you more about Ma Waro which he remembers personally. Des? Over to you.

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