Joseph William Fernee1

#20237, (1860 - 1921)
FatherJoseph Fernee1 (1832 - 1892)
MotherSarah Ann Simper1 (c 1837 - 1876)
Relationship2nd great-grandson of Samuel Fernee
ChartsSamuel Fernee & Mary Harris - collapsible 6 generation descendant chart

Children of Joseph William Fernee and Sara Gilbert Mahaffy

BirthJoseph William Fernee was born on 30 May 1860 in Hornsey Rise, Islington, Middlesex.2
BaptismHe was baptized on 25 Jul 1860 in St Mark Tollington Park, Middlesex. He was the son of Joseph, a coachman, & Sarah Ann Fernee of Hornsey Rise.1 
(with Parents) 1871 CensusHe appeared on the 1871 Census of Bromley, Kent with his parents. Joseph was 10 and born in Islington.3 
Passenger ListJ W, age 21, and Sarah, age 20, Fernee were listed on a manifest dated 6 Nov 1883 for the Duke of Buccleuch, arriving in Cooktown from Plymouth, England. [Note: These two are likely brother and sister Joseph William and Sarah Elizabeth. A Geo Meachem, 21, arrived in Brisbane from Plymouth, England on the Dorunda 8 April 1882 - probably Sarah Elizabeth's future husband].4 
MarriageHe married Sara Gilbert Mahaffy in 1888 in Queensland.5
Newspaper Published 17 Sep 1913 in the Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Queensland).


FERNEE-MAHAFFY (silver wedding) - On the 17th September, 1888, by the Rev J Castlehow, at the residence of G Meacham, Esq., North Rockhampton, Joseph W Fernee, of London, England, to Sara G Mahaffy, of Lurgon Ireland. Present address, Flemington-road, Melbourne.6
(Next-of-kin) AIFJoseph William Fernee was listed as next-of-kin on the Australian Imperial Force attestation papers of Leonard Douglas Fernee on 16 Feb 1916. He was recorded as father Joseph William Fernee of Royal Hotel, Flemington-road, North Melbourne, Victoria.7 
Residence-Moved On 19 Feb 1919, Joseph William and Sara Gilbert moved to "Carlisle", Essex Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria.8 
DeathJoseph died on 17 May 1921 in 20 Essex Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia.9
ObituaryHis death notice was published on 20 May 1921 in the Argus.

FERNEE.-On the 17th May, at his residence, "Carlisle," Essex road, Surrey Hills (suddenly), Joseph William, the dearly beloved husband of Sara G. Fernee, and loving father of Arthur, Gilbert, Leonard, and Mabel (Mrs. Goode, Mackay, Q.), and brother of Mrs. G. Meacham (Longreach, Q.), brother-in-law of Wm., Robert, and Charlotte (Dol) Mahaffy, aged 60 years and 11 months. (Interred at Box Hill Cemetery, 19th May.)10
Newspaper Published 21 May 1921 in the Argus.

FERNEE -The Family of the late JOSEPH WILLIAM FERNEE desire to express their sincere THANKS to the many kind friend, and relatives for the letters, cards, telegrams, floral tributes, and personal expressions of sympathy in their recent sad bereavement, especially thanking Mr.and Mrs. Wilson for the kindly and efficient manner in which the funeral arrangements were carried out.11
Last Edited8 Oct 2013


  1. Baptisms of St Mark Tollington Park, Islington, Middlesex. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Joseph William Fernee, 1860, #415.
  2. Parish registers at London Metropolitan Archives, read by Michael Fernee.
  3. 1871 Census for England & Wales, RG10/873 folio 66 page 18.
  4. Queensland State Archives, Series ID 13086, Registers of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals. Text information viewed at J W and Eliza Fernee, 1883.
  5. Queensland (Australia) Indexes to Marriages, 1829-1938, Joseph William Fernee & Sarah Gilbert Mahaffy, #1888/C2334. Text index viewed online at the Queensland Government site.
  6. Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Queensland), Fernee-Mahaffy silver wedding, 17 September 1913, page 1. Online digital image viewed at Australia National Archives Trove site.
  7. Website Australian War Memorial Database, online (, Leonard Douglas Fernee, service number 8660.
  8. Service Records of Arthur George Fernee, Australian Imperial Force, c1914-c1920 (National Archives of Australia, Service No. 1374).
  9. The Argus [Melbourne, Australia], 19 May 1921, page 1. Image online at Trove Digitised Newspapers.
  10. The Argus [Melbourne, Australia], 20 May 1921, page 1. Image online at Trove Digitised Newspapers.
  11. The Argus [Melbourne, Australia], 21 May 1921, page 13. Image online at Trove Digitised Newspapers.
  12. Website Australian War Memorial Database, online (, Arthur George Fernee, service number 33.
  13. Website Australian War Memorial Database, online (, William Gilbert Fernee, service number 96.
  14. Queensland (Australia) Indexes to Births, 1829-1914, Charlotte Mahaffy Fernee, father Joseph William, mother Sara Gilbert Mahaffy, #1898/C9747. Text index viewed online at the Queensland Government site.