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Mahoney Dr David

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David Mahoney, who was born about 1819 and educated in County Kerry, had settled in Gawler at the end of the 1840s, the second doctor to practice here (The first doctor in Gawler was, so far as is known, Dr Morton, who was here in the middle of the forties). Dr Mahoney must have done well as nearly the whole of Gawler East, north of Lyndoch Road, and east of the old cemetery (Pioneer Park), was known as "Mahony's Paddock”.

Dr and Mrs Mahoney built the original homestead of Yenda in Gawler East, and he was also the first worshipful master of the Lodge of Fidelity. Eliza and David Mahoney had 2 daughters christened ‘Jane Edith’ and ‘Blanche Mathilde’ Mahoney. Not only is this from where the name ‘Blanche’ in Blanche Street originates (note it has an ‘e’), but the next street down is called Edith Street, after the first daughter. Both streets are well within ‘Mahon(e)y’s Paddock’.

The Mahoneys also had 3 sons after the girls from 1851 to 1856, but all 3 boys died in infancy, and each in turn was christened ‘David’. Unfortunately, David Mahoney died before he turned 40, in early 1858, after which Eliza sold Yenda to a Dr William Hull Lewis whose family occupied the house till the 1890s.

Eliza and her two young daughters lived in North Adelaide for 20 years before she and Edith went to live (and finally die) in England, where they were reunited with the wider family. Eliza never remarried, and Edith too remained single. At least Blanche Mathilde married in Adelaide in 1880 a Mr Harold Vivian from Cornwall, and they, too, eventually went to live in England.

Compiled by Dr. John A. Stephensson

Please click here for photos of Dr D Mahoney.

Please click here to view Mahoney's paddock - info from Rates Database Thankyou Helen Wilmore for providing this important information.

Dr. D. Mahoney
Dr. D. Mahoney

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