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The Moody Connection

Mary Jane Moody married Herbert Charles Royes in 1906.

- Glenda Pollard
- first published in Roy~Royes Family Links #20 (June 2012)


Patrick Moody (Samuel) was born about 1827 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. He married Jane Stewart 15 Jun 1848 in Ardstraw Parish, Tyrone, Ireland, daughter of Joseph Stewart. She was born about 1827

A fellow researcher visited GRONI (General Register Office (Northern Ireland)), and looked up the marriage of "Catherine" Moody and Jane Stuart. As I suspected the marriage was transcribed incorrectly. The name should be Patrick Moody. His age was given as 21. He was a bachelor and a farmer from Drumlegagh. Jane was a spinster, aged 21. Her father was Joseph, a farmer, from ......angh (couldn't make out the town unfortunately). Witnesses were Robert Craig and Charles Henery (???). There is a record of the family name Moody from Ardstraw Parish, Barony of Omagh, County Tyrone in the Griffith Valuations of 1860 and the Tithe Appointment Books of 1823. These were records taken for tax purposes, but are used as a reference in family research as a large number of early census material was destroyed in Northern Ireland, in the 1922 uprisings.

Irish genealogy records have 8 families by the surname of Moody listed in County Tyrone. May have been one of the counties in Northern Ireland affected by clearances for sheep properties in the 1800's


Thomas was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1861. Although he was listed as aged 21 on his immigration entry into Queensland, Thomas was believed to be aged 16. The reference also listed that he came to Queensland on the ship "Nairnshire", which left Greenock, Scotland on the 24 Nov 1876 and arrived in Brisbane on the 7 Mar 1877. He was listed as an assisted passenger on the immigration index card, but the ship's passenger list had Thomas listed in the Free passengers section. The "Nairnshire" was captained by Walter Nevin, the ships surgeon was Dr William Gregory and its matron was Miss Mary Steel. The ship carried 261 passengers, with three deaths while at sea.

Thomas and Mary

Thomas married his wife, Mary Higginson, in Townsville on 28 Feb 1883. and they overlanded to the Atherton Tablelands in far North Queensland, to make a living. A copy of a survey map of 22 Aug 1887, by Alfred Starcke, Surveyor, of the town of Granite Creek, shows blocks of land on the northern side of Granite Creek owned by T Moody and his son G Moody. The Moody homestead was the first home constructed over the Granite Creek and was situated on the northern side of what is now known as Starcke Street and faced towards Granite Creek. There was a well beside the house for drinking water with a large mango tree covered with bougainvillea near it. The family owned land situated at the back of the current golf course extending across One, Two, Three and Four Mile Creeks which feed into the Mitchell River. They had stockyards and ran cattle.

With horse teams they carted timber from Atherton Tableland to the sawmill in Mareeba. The sawmill owned by the Jamieson family, was situated on the northern side of Keeble Street where QRX now has a rail siding (this has since gone too). During the time Tom Moody snr was a teamster, a timber worker accidentally cut himself with an axe and, due to his workmates having little knowledge of first aid, bled to death. As a result of the incident Tom pressed the timber workers and locals to learn the rudiments of first aid and, as an incentive to learn, donated the timber for an ambulance building at Atherton. A plaque to his memory is embedded in the cement wall of the (old) Atherton Ambulance building (now a shop).

Thomas was killed (fractured skull) in a fall from a horse whilst taking part in a race near Herberton. Tom was listed as a horse carrier for the Tablelands, from Herberton to Mareeba, in Glenville Pikes' book "Pioneers Country."

Descendents of this family, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generations still live in Mareeba. The children of the marriage were Mary Jane (Royes), Barbara (Dawson), Thomas, William, George, Sam and Bert:

Mary Moody RoyesMary Jane Moody, 24 Aug 1886 - 22 Aug 1960, was born in Townsville and lived and died in Mareeba. She married Herbert Charles Royes of Mareeba on 19 Jun 1906. Pictured right

Barbara Moody, 17 Mar 1889 - 27 Aug 1974, worked as a shop assistant with Jack & Newell. She married Robert Roland Dawson on the 24 Apr 1916. She was born and died in Mareeba.

William John Alexander Moody 19 Nov 1891 - 4 May 1982, worked as a clerk in Herberton, then came back to Mareeba around 1940, and worked as an Accountant.

His WWI records: Service Number - 6052: Place of Birth - Biboohra QLD. Place of Enlistment - Cairns QLD on 21 Jan 1916. Next of Kin - (Mother) MOODY Mary. Embarked at Brisbane per H.M.A.T. A50 "Itonus" 8 Aug 1916. Extra-Regimental Warrant Officer W.J.A. Moody, Pay Corps, returned to Australia, with his wife Marion, per "Orontes" which left England on 19 Feb 1921 and arrived Australia on 3 Apr 1921. He had married Marion Ruby Matthews in Apr-May-Jun 1920 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Thomas James Moody 5 Sep 1894 - 8 Jun 1956 Thomas was killed (fractured skull) in a fall from a horse whilst taking part in a race near Herberton. He is buried in Mareeba. Occupation Drover - PMG Linesman

George Stewart MoodyGeorge Stewart Moody 31 Oct 1897 - 15 Jun 1942, was born and died in Mareeba. Educated at the Mareeba State School. Mareeba School (Welcome Pocket School) opened 23 Nov 1891. On leaving school George was employed by the QLD Railway Dept. as a clerk in the ticket and parcels office at Mareeba. His sporting activities included Rugby League, Horse Racing (amateur jockey) and Fishing. He is buried in Costin Street Cemetery, plot 598D

Samuel Robert Moody 11 May 1900 - 8 Jul 1963, married Sarah Frances Mosch, 7 Dec 1935. He is buried Row K5P, Dimbulah Rd Cemetery, Mareeba.

Bertram Joseph Moody 6 Apr 1903 - 2 Apr 1991. By 1930 he was living in New South Wales, he married Jessie Lumsden in 1935. His occupation from 1936 to 1954 is listed as Motor Driver.

From The Cairns Post: 15 Sep 1926


By "Tramp"
(Atherton Memories Continued)


As I leave Dunmore Farm, I pass a well-known carrier, Tom Moody, with a cedar log for the Railway, over 7 feet in girth, which, standing, realised 10 shillings per hundred feet. Tom Moody, a well-known timber getter, is coming through the scrub with a 4 ton pinelog aboard. Long before he comes into sight the crack of the whip and "Get up, Silver" can be heard urging the powerful team of 16 horses through the soft scrub soil, and at times the waggon rolls and tosses like a ship at sea, and the overturning of a waggon, or its unloading to extract it from the bog, is no uncommon occurrence. Chatting, with Mr. Moody, he informs me that last.year he sent away over 500,000 feet of timber, and this year has already handled 200,000 feet of cedar, and 100,000 feet of pine. A short distance through the scrub and on the banks of the Barron River we came across a sawmill, the property of Thomas & Bock. The mill, which was erected by Mr. Bock, is a picture of ingenuity. The river has been dammed below the mill site, and a turbine of 55-horse power built in the river.

From the river bed, two cables of 500 feet connect the turbine with the sawmill, and a further arrangement of light cables control the power.

A novel feature of the arrangement is the use of a large fig tree growing near the water's edge as a frame work for a portion of the machinery.



Three sides of the same headstone in the Mareeba Pioneer Cemetery: LEFT Barbara Maud Royes; CENTRE Thomas Moody; RIGHT Mary (Higginson) Moody

Owner/SourceGlenda Pollard
DateMay 2012
Linked toFamily: Moody/Higginson (F47); Patrick Moody

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