McCarthy, Timothy John

Personal Details

First nameTimothy
Middle nameJohn
Date of birth25/06/1863
Place of birthClomakilty, Cork, Ireland
Date of death31/01/1954
Place of deathMuttaburra
Age at death89 years


Son of Patrick McCarthy (farmer) & Mary Cunningham

Brother of –
Johanna b.24/06/1866 – died onroute to Australia to join Timothy from typhoid fever
Jeremiah b.16/01/1868 – lived in Pittsburg (USA) as a Trammary Inspector, died aged 60 from a stroke, never married
John – went to USA with brother Jeremiah, lived in Pittsburg as a Trammary Inspector, married, 2 daughters – Mary & Ellen
Ellen ‘Nell’ b.31/05/1869
Mary Anne b.12/02/1871
Anne b.15/09/1874
Katie – married Jeremiah Collins, 2 daughters & 4 sons
Margaret – married O’Leary, 4 daughters & 2 sons
Patrick – married Norah Cahalane, 2 daughters & 1 son

Husband of Norah Cunneen m.08/01/1889

Father of –
Mary Ellen ‘Nell’ [Bullen]
Norah Agnes [Hall]
Annie ‘Bub’ [Ussher]
Edith ‘Mudge’
Katherine ‘Kitty’ [Johns]

The death occurred in Muttaburra on Sunday, 31st January, of Mr. T. J. McCarthy, 89 years. Mr. McCarthy was one of Muttaburra’s oldest residents. An Irish immigrant, he arrived in Muttaburra in 1887, when he was 24. He worked as wardsman at the District Hospital for five years, after which he became licensee of the Australian Hotel. He then built the Exchange Hotel, of which he had been the licensee for 54 years. This hotel was destroyed by fire in 1934, and he erected another building, which stands now as the Exchange Hotel. Mr. McCarthy married Miss Norah Cuneen at Rockhampton, and raised a family of five girls. He was predeceased by his wife and four daughters (Mrs. Bullen, Mrs. Ussher, Mrs. Johns and Miss E. McCarthy. He is survived by one daughter (Mrs. A. Hall), who manages the Exchange Hotel. There are numerous grand children and great grandchildren residing in this district. Mr. McCarthy would have reached the age of 90 in June and could recall the town in its busier times, before Longreach became the centre of the district. He subscribed to Billy Lane’s movement to found a Utopia “New Australia in Paraguay,” in the 1880’s, but was not among the party which sailed from Australia on that mission. The bereaved relatives have received many expressions of sympathy. Country residents were unable to pay their last respects, owing to inclement weather, but townspeople attended the service at the graveside in the Muttaburra Cemetery on Monday, February 1. Dr. J. A. Arratta conducted the ceremony according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church.
[source: Muttaburra (1954, February 19). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954), p. 15. Retrieved December 3, 2017, from]

Cemetery Record

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LocationEast Central
Grave number218
AddressExchange Hotel
OccupationHotel Proprietor
Date of funeral01/02/1954

Died from Bowel cancer