John Joseph Coyne


1834 - 1912






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John Joseph Coyne (1834 - 1912) of County Galway in Ireland, son of Martin Coyne and Mary Walsh was convicted of stealing sheep and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and transportation. He arrived aboard the ill-fated 'Phoebe Dunbar' on 31st August, 1853. After being granted his ticket-of-leave John moved to the Irishtown area, near Northam. His brother, Thomas Coyne (born c1820) was convicted of sheep stealing in Co Clare; he arrived in Fremantle aboard the 'Robert Small' in 1853. The two men farmed at Irishtown, near Northam.

On 4th May, 1864 John Joseph Coyne married Catherine Cosgrove. She was born in Liverpool in 1845, daughter of John Cosgrove and Bridget Stoney. She died in Northam in 1916. John and Catherine had eleven children, five boys and six girls. Daughter number six was Lucy Catherine Coyne, born in 1881. She married Arthur Robert (Bob) Melbin in 1893. She was Ross Watson's grandmother.

Ref: The Forgotten Years by Ross Watson

Grave of John Joseph Coyne and his wife Catherine (nee Cosgrove) at Northam Cemetery in Western Australia.

John Joseph Coyne

Catherine Cosgrove

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