Photos of the 1994 Dungog gathering

William O'Neill & Johanna Flaherty's page has been updated, and pages for all 6 of their children are completed: John, Ellen Cecily, Honora, Patrick, Mary Agnes and William.

Latest websites added (September 2018):

John O'Neill & Julia Mahoney (William & Johanna oldest) an update

Their children:

John O'Neil & Catherine Sole (née McMorrine) and their descendants

Thomas O'Neil & Mary Ann Logan and their descendants


Our mob have been in Australia now for at least eight generations, starting from a convict, William O'Neill, who arrived in NSW on the Mangles 2 on November 8, 1822. Like many Australian families, we are descended from a mix of convicts, soldiers and free settlers of many ranks and professions.

With so many generations we could have wandered into 64 different families who have come together to form parents and grandparents and so on. We have started up many of these paths, though at this stage some are longer than others.

An outline to our arrival to Australia is as follows. See the links for more detail.

William O'Neill was born in 1795 in County Kerry on the south west coast of Ireland very near Tralee, the doorway to the Dingle Peninsula. He was described as a ploughman and married Johanna Flaherty (born in 1799) in St John's Catholic Church, Tralee, on February 13, 1820. On their marriage certificate it was stated they [one of them] came from Ballyroe (B.roe), which is a hamlet on the road to Ardfert. It now appears that William and his family lived in Killorglin, which sits just above the E in the name Kerry on the left hand map below:

Ballyroe, Co KerryMap of Ireland


William O'Neill was tried under the Insurrection Act of 1822 (introduced in February to quell an uprising in the south-west corner of Ireland) to transportation to NSW for seven years. A son John was born in 1822, but since the Mangles sailed from Cork on June 21, there is some doubt that William would have seen John before he sailed. At the end of William's sentence he sought permission for Johanna and John to join him. They arrived on November 12, 1828, on the City of Edinburgh. They settled in Clarence Town on the William River between Maitland and Dungog and had five more children.

Early records have William's surname spelt as O'Neil. His son Patrick had 12 children, half spelt O'Neil and half O'Neill in the NSW index of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Folk descended from John are today spelt O'Neil. For the purpose of uniformity, we have chosen to use O'Neill for historic records and the appropriate spelling for modern records.

Descendants of William O'Neill are encouraged to contribute to this webpage. We are actively seeking individuals who can write about their own family, or about any part of our family. Please send contributions to Mick O'Neill, or contact him to discuss this further.

Recently Pat & John O'Neill's daughter Helen Johnson sent a number of photos of the gathering of descendant families of William & Johanna which you can view by clicking here.

Ballyroe HotelBallyroe today

The Ballyroe Heights Hotel with views of Ballyroe - now just fields and homes - stretching to the Slieve Mish Mountains