Charles Cornelius O'Sullivan
- Born: 25 Oct 1868, Corowa, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): Eliza O'Grady Jameison in 1907 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia
- Died: 30 Apr 1951, Narrandera District Hospital, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia at age 82
- Buried: 1 May 1951, R/C Plan B Section, Narrandera Cemetery, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of his death was Coronary Occlusion, 1 hour / Hypertension, years / Carcinoma of Rectum, years.
Another name for Charles was Charles Cornelius Sullivan.
"In Narrandera, Eliza met Charlie Sullivan, who was working there as a road contractor. He had lived in Narrandera since he came there with his parents in 1886, when he was eighteen.
Eliza was 27 when she married Charles Cornelius Sullivan on 11th February 1907 in the Presbytery of St. Mel's Church at Narrandera. Eliza never liked her name and at her marriage she gave her name as Eliza Anastasia. Somehow, despite then having three names, she was known as Lily.
Eliza and Charlie first lived in Ferriertown, now known as Dundas St., where Eliza's parents also lived. Later they moved to their own property, a small farm at Pine Hill, a few miles out from Narrandera. Eliza and Charles had a family of four children: John Charles, Leo, Matthew James and Ellen Winifred (Dort).
Charles Sullivan was sometimes a shearer and often travelled far and wide, as shearers did. He travelled on such occasions with two horses, one to ride on and the other as his packhorse.
Charles and his brother Jack, also worked together in the earth moving business as contractors. They used draft horses in those days for pulling their heavy equipment.
Charles also owned land in Audley St. Narrandera where he kept his horses and his drays for use with his contracting business. One such project the he worked with his horses on, was the construction of the Narrandera canal. They also worked on construction and maintenance of the unsealed gravel roads in the area.
The land in Audley St, was also close to where he could pick up bricks for delivery to construction sites. He carted the first load of bricks for building the convent where the nuns now live in Narrandera. Charlie was regarded as a conscientious contractor by his employers and a good boss to his employees.
On their farm at Pine Hill, Charlie and Eliza also had some milking cows and chickens and they grew some fine crops of wheat. Eliza was a hard working wife and mother and sold eggs, milk and butter to augment the family income.
Eliza's mother, Elizabeth Jameison, lived with them at Pine Hill in her latter years after her husband died. Elizabeth died at Pine Hill in 1932.
By the 1940's Charles and eliza's children were all married and producing grandchildren. Charles was an amateur magician and was clever with cards and other tricks. His tricks were a never ending entertainmetnfor his many grandchildren. He would never tell how he did his tricks, claiming he was under a magicians oath of secrecy.
Charles unfortunately developed bowel cancer and was severely incapacitated after an operation. He and Eliza eventually had to move from Pine Hill to a house in Audley St. Narrandera. Charlie died soon after, on 30th April 1951 at the age of 81. His obituary in the Narrandera Argus said that he "was possessed of a likeable disposition, which made him many friends, some of whom were life-long acquaintances." He was also a life member of the Narrandera branch of the Hibernian Society."
Source: At the Hazard of his Life by Frank L McGuire pp299-302
His Obituary appeared in the Narrandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser on the 30 April 1951:
"The death occurred in the Narrandera District Hospital this morning of a well know and respected resident of Narrandera, Mr Charles Cornelius Sullivan, at the age of 81 years.
Mr Sullivan was a native of Corowa and came to Narrandera with his parents, the late Mr and mrs. Dennis Sullivan, at the age of 18 years. He had resided here ever since.
He was married in Narrandera to Miss Eliza Jamieson, whose parents were also well known residents of the town many years ago. Mr. Sullivan was possessed of a likeable disposition which made him many friends, some of whom were life-time acquaintences.
For many years Mr. Sullivan was a road contractor, and he was always regarded as a conscientious contractor and a good boss to his employeees. Some years ago he acquired one of the suburban holdings at Narrandera East and carried it on with his other work until recent years, when advancing age compelled his retirement.
Deceased is survived by his wife and a family of three sons and one daughter. The sons are John C., Leo, and Matthew Sullivan and the daughter is Ellen (Mrs. A. Halbisch, Narrandera).
He is also survived by one brother, Mr. Frank Sullivan of Larmer Street, Narrandera and one sister, Mrs. Wells, Moss Vale.
He was for many years a member of the Narrandera branch of the Hibernian Society, the members of which will attend his funeral.
The funeral will leave St Mel's Church after a service at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) for the R.C. portion of the Narrandera cemetery.
Watkins Bros. have charge of the funeral arrangements."
Noted events in his life were:
• He resided at the time of his death on 30 Apr 1951 in Audley St, Narrandera, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Contractor at the time of his death on 30 Apr 1951 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia.
Charles married Eliza O'Grady Jameison, daughter of John Jameison and Elizabeth Tilson, in 1907 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia. (Eliza O'Grady Jameison was born on 15 Nov 1877 in Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia, died on 21 Feb 1966 and was buried in R/C Plan B Section, Narrandera Cemetery, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia.)