The Catholic Press of May 28, 1931, included an obituary for Sergeant Patrick Bourke (page 33). Patrick was an East Clare man, born in 1850 at O’Brien’s Bridge to parents John and Margaret, according to the NSW death indexes. Patrick had been stationed at Redfern Police Station during his working career before moving to Guildford in Sydney’s north-west.
Unfortunately Catherine Bourke nee Hogan was not given an obituary but there is a funeral notice which states her date of death as 22 January 1931, aged 65 years. She was the “beloved wife of Patrick Bourke, St Flannans, Robertson Street, Guildford”. (Sydney Morning Herald 23 January 1931). On the NSW death indexes, Catherine’s name is spelled Katherine and her parents are shown as John and Mary (3694/1931). She was buried at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery and her husband was later buried with her.
The only relevant marriage I can find of Patrick Bourke and Catherine Hogan is in 1901 at Redfern (NSW 4771/1901), which fits with his police service. I can find no firm evidence that they had children and there is no mention of any in the funeral notices or obituaries. However both Patrick’s and Catherine’s funeral notices refer to other relatives. Patrick’s funeral notice refers to his cousin, Mr F Hayes, presumably another East Clare man.
Catherine Bourke nee Hogan has a funeral notice inserted by her nephews John, Michael and James Moloney and nieces Mrs Mary McAlery of Macleay River and Mrs Agnes Martin of Orange.
My search of the NSW Immigration records suggest that Patrick arrived on the ship Jerusalem on 22 June 1874, aged 25. He gives his occupation and his place of origin as Briensbridge, Co Clare, which indicates this is most likely the correct person. They had been 88 days at sea, having left Plymouth on 26 March 1874. (NSW Reel 2140, [4/4799] p.83).
There are further clues to Catherine’s ancestry and relations – but that’s a story for another day.
Sydney Morning Herald 2 May 1931, page 12 (funeral notice)
The Biz 8 May 1931, page 7
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Parramatta, 7 May 1931, page 12.