1.1.4                          JULIA COUGHLAN      Tom Gaffaney b. 1905   d.1965  Never Married      Simon Gaffaney b. 1907 d. 1911 - Died in an accident under a farm roller at Arowhenua in             1911 at age 4 1/2.       Arthur Gaffaney b. 1908 d. 1965  Born at Seadown October 26, 1908.  m. Olga Cooney. Died         at Timaru in 1965 at age 57.      George Gaffaney b. 1910 d. 1985 Born at Seadown in July 1910.  m. Molly Duncan. He died             in Timaru in 1985 at age 75.       Mary (May) Gaffaney b. 1912 d. 1992  Born at Arowhenua August 18, 1912.  m. William (Bill) McCullouch.   May died at Timaru on March 17, 1992.

Julia Coughlan married Michael Gaffaney

Julia was born at Kerrytown in 1879.  She married Michael Gaffaney on January 11, 1905.  Julia became a foster mother for her nephew, HERBERT COUGHLAN, (  after the death of his mother in 1926.  Herbert was the son of Simon Coughlan (1.1.5) and Margaret (Peg) Scanell.   The family first lived at Rosewill, then Seadown and finally at  “Bruceside Farm”, Arowhenua.    Julia died at Arthur Gaffaney’s residence in Seadown in 1957, age 78.   She had diabetes and had not been well for some years.

Michael Francis Gaffaney was born in 1876 in New Zealand.  He was the second son of Michael and Margaret Gaffaney (nee Brosnahan).   He married JULIA COUGHLAN at Temuka on January 11, 1905.  Michael died at at his residence “Bruceside Farm,” Arowhenua on July 4, 1915 at age 40.  The Bruceside Farm was located close to the Arowhenua pub, on the same side of the road.  The lovely old Victorian house no longer exists.

Here is an account of their wedding published in 1905:

“A very pretty wedding took place at St. Joseph's Church, Temuka, on Wednesday morning last, the contracting parties being Mr. M. Gaffaney, second son of Mr. M. Gaffaney of Arowhenua and Miss Julia Coughlan, second daughter of Mr. S. Coughlan of Kerrytown.   The Nuptial Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Kerley, as "Wedding March" was played by Miss Eileen Twomey.  The bride wore a lovely white silk dress, and a beautiful veil.  Miss Mary Coughlan was bridesmaid, and wore a similar dress to the bride with hat to match.  Mr. James Gaffaney was best man, and the bride was given away by her father.   After the service, the party drove to the homestead of the bride's parents, where a large marquee had been erected and a sumptuous wedding breakfast prepared, to which fully 60 guests sat down.  The Rev. Father Kerley presided and in a neat little speech, proposed the health of "The Bride and Bridegroom."   This was also spoken to by Messrs W.B. Early and J.T. Quinn and suitably responded to by the bridegroom.  The health of "The Bridesmaid" was proposed by the bridegroom, and responded to by the best man.  The toast of "The Bride's and Bridegroom's Parents" was ably proposed by Mr. D. Hally and responded to by Messrs Gaffaney and Coughlan.  After the breakfast the group was photographed by Mr. Winn.  The bridegroom's present to the bride was an elegant gold watch, and to the bridesmaid a pretty gold brooch.  The best man's present to the bride was a splendid gold bangle, set in pearl and to the bridesmaid, a gold broach.  There were many presents, including a substantial cheque from the bride's parents.   The happy couple took the north express on a tour through the North Island.  In the evening there was a large gathering in Mr. Coughlan's  spacious granary and a jovial time was spent.”

Simon Gaffaney, (  the second child of Julia and Michael died in an accident at age four and a half.

The tragedy for Michael and Julia was written in The Timaru Herald of October 3, 1911.

Full particulars of the fatal accident to the 4 1/2 year old son of Mr. M. Gaffaney of Arowhenua are now available.  It appears that deceased and his brother were being given a ride on a cambridge roller, with which Mr. D. Cain was rolling one of the paddocks.  They had been sitting on the back of the roller in a perfectly safe position for some time while Mr. Cain was greasing the roller they shifted to the front of it.  Mr. Cain did not notice that they had shifted, and the jerk when the horses started caused the lad to fall forward.  Mr. Cain could not pull the horses up quick enough and the roller passed over the child’s head, death being instantaneous.  Mr. Cane at once took the body home and sent for a doctor, who could only pronounce life extinct.  A message was also dispatched to Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney who were spending the day in Timaru and they were on their way home when the sad news met them.

Mr. V.G. Day, coroner, held an inquest yesterday morning when evidence was given by Mr. Gaffaney, Mr. Cain and Dr. Volekagn, a witness to the above, a verdict being returned that the deceased met his death accidentally.  

The funeral took place yesterday and was very largely attended, Mr. and Mrs Gaffney being very well known throughout the district, and much sympathy is felt with them.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Fr. Henri, the pall bearers being Messrs M. and S. Coughlan, uncles of the deceased.

Above Michael Gaffaney

The picture on the right is the family after the death of the father Michael in 1915.  Note the absence of Simon.  George and Tom are standing at the back and Arthur, Mary (May) are with their mother in front.

The family before Arthur ( went overseas to World War II.   Back row: George, Arthur and Mary (May).  In front:  Julia and Tom

I founId this poem and I am reproducing it here because it so fits the time and place of World War II in New Zealand.  

Women Who Wait

     To you over there in that desert of sand

     Where glowing red sunsets fall soft on the land,

     Your sands of the desert I here emulate

     With my patient old song of the Women who wait.

     Day by day, over here in the land of the fern

     We are watching to see that the home fires still burn

     We are knitting and baking and writing to you

     The homey small things which are all we can do.

     We are willing to work in city or land,

     To do every task that comes to our hand

     To make every sacrifice little or great

     For that is the duty of Women Who Wait.

     And oh, when the horror and strife are all done

     And our battles are fought and our victories won

     Then God send you back, be it soon, be it late.

     For that is the prayer of the Women who Wait.    Author unknown

1.1.5                     SIMON COUGHLAN (SAM)


Simon (Sam) married Margaret Scannell    Herbert Coughlan m.  Myrtle Bremford  no children but four step children.  Dunedin b. 1916               d. 1991    Margaret Coughlan m. Edward Murray in 1945.  b. 1917  d. in Porirua 1983    John (Jack) Coughlan m. Margaret Antonovich in 1948. b. 1919 d. in Waitakere, Auckland in 1996    Simon Coughlan - Brother Simon Germaine Coughlan (Christian Brother) b. 1920  d. 1993    Vernon Coughlan m. Maida Leaske  b. 1922  d. 2008         Margaret Coughlan b. October 10,  1947 m. 1st. Rod Simpson

        Michael Lee Simpson         Verna Coughlan b. November 18, 1951 m. Warwick Burton -   Christchurch

        Michelle Burton b. June 6, 1979

        Kelly Burton b. April 3, 1981

        Darryl Burton b. June 24, 1983         Clare Coughlan b. 1957 m. Warren Simonsen

SIMON COUGHLAN (SAM) was born at Kerrytown in 1881. He married MARGARET AGNES (PEG) SCANNELL on June 15, 1915.  The family moved from Kerrytown to Timaru in 1925.  Margaret was the 7th child of Michael and Hannah Scannell.  Before her marriage to Sam, she was a school teacher at Ma Waro.   She died at Timaru on August 27, 1926 leaving a family of five small children who were taken in by Sam's other siblings.   Tragically, Sam was accidentally killed while working on the Homer Tunnel on July 15, 1941 at the age of 60.

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The only other reference I have to Sam is that there is a mention of his appealing against his entry into the armed forces for WWI on the grounds of his need to do the farm work.  This was only one of the dozens of appeals noted at the time.   Another entry says that Simon Coughlan, Kerrytown, farmer, adjourned sine die, on the report of the Efficiency Board.

I believe that after his father died in 1906, Sam must have stayed on at Kerrytown to help on the farm, until he married in 1915, a few months after the remainder of the Coughlan family had moved to Temuka.

Here is an account of Simon and Margaret's Wedding published in June 1915 in the Timaru Herald.

"A very quiet but pretty wedding took place in the Cave Catholic Church on July 1st, 1915 when Miss Margaret Agnes Scannell, daughter of Mrs. and the late Michael Scannell of Ma Waro was married to Mr. S. Coughlan, son of Mrs. and the late Simon Coughlan of Kerrytown.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Le Petit.

The bride was given away by her brother, Dr. F.A. Scannell of Temuka and was very becomingly attired in a beautiful dress of ivory duchess satin sewn with pearls with an overdress of silk shadow lace caught with orange blossoms a spray of the same decorating the bodice.  A wide swath belt of satin was worn. An exceptionally pretty and uncommon veil completed a charming toilette.   This was of Egyptian silk work with a border of handmade lace, being a gift from her brother Dr. W.G. Scannell of the Main Expeditionary Force.  It was arranged in Spanish Mantilla style with pearls and orange blossoms.  The bridesmaid, Miss K. Scannell wore a very pretty blue crepe de chene made in a three tier effect and trimmed with pearls and pale pink ninon.  Her hat was of black velvet with a pale pink flower.  Both bride and bridesmaid carried shower bouquets of white chrysanthemums, maiden hair and asparagus.  The bridegroom was attended by Mr. M. Bourke of Awatuna, North Island as best man.

After the ceremony, the bridal party proceeded to the residence of the bride's mother Kiskaem, Ma Waro, where the wedding breakfast was taken of.  Later in the day, Mr. and Mrs. Coughlan left by motor car for Timaru en route for the South where the honeymoon was spent.   The bride wore a travelling costume of Navy serge with white stripe, a grey velvet hat with large black ostrich plume and a set of squirrel furs."  

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This is a very old sepia picture of Sam with his wife and young family.   After their mother died in 1926, Sam’s Coughlan siblings took the children into their own homes and raised them as their own, with varying levels of success.   The following is a breakdown of the children from the marriage of Simon (Sam) and Margaret.

HERBERT COUGHLAN ( was born in Kerrytown in 1916 and came into the family of his aunt, Julia Gaffaney on the death of his mother in 1926.  He lived in Dunedin, was married but had no children.  He was age 73 when he died in 1991.

MARGARET COUGHLAN ( was born in Kerrytown in 1917.  She married EDWARD MURRAY in 1945.  They had two children, JOY and KEVIN.  The family lived at Porirua where she died in 1983 at age 66. It is not known which family she went to live with after her mother died.  She may have stayed with her father SAM.

JOHN (JACK) COUGHLAN ( was born in Kerrytown on June 22, 1919.  After his mother died in 1926 he went to live with his uncle WILLIAM DODDS FITZGERALD as a foster child. He married MARGARET ANTONOVICH in 1948.  There were four children of this marriage; FRANCES and PATRICIA (twins) MICHAEL and MARY.   John lived in retirement at Waitakere in Auckland.

SIMON COUGHLAN ( was born in Kerrytown on October 7, 1920.  He came into the family of his uncle, MICHAEL COUGHLAN (1.1.3) as a foster child after the death of his mother.  Simon entered the Christian Brothers as Brother Simon Germaine Coughlan in 1939. He lived in retirement at St. Kevin's College, Oamaru before he died on May  17, 1993.  Brother Simon had a great interest in documenting the Coughlan genealogy and spent a good deal of time collecting  some of what you are reading here.  During his lifetime, he did undertake an extensive overseas trips, including Ireland, where he pursued the origins of the Coughlan family.  Unfortunately, he reported that the church in Birr, where many of the family records were kept, had been burnt down.


1.1.6                          MARY, (MINNIE) COUGHLAN

Mary Coughlan married Bryan Flynn

MARY COUGHLAN (Minnie) was born in Kerrytown in 1884.  She married BRYAN FLYNN in 1914 and died in childbirth on June 19, 1915 at age 31.  Nothing more is known of her husband.  Mary is buried in the Temuka Cemetery.  

An account of this wedding was found in a family bible:

“A very pretty wedding took place at St. Joseph’s Church, Temuka, the contracting parties being Mr. Bryan Flynn, second son of Mr. Bryan Flynn, ‘Hollymount’ Methven, and Miss Minnie Coughlan, daughter of Mr. S. Coughlan ‘...lowbank’  Point Road, Temuka.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Kerley of Temuka, assisted by the Rev. Father Aubry of Waimate.  The bride who was given away by her brother, Mr. M. Coughlan, looked charming in a gown of white soft satin, court train, and trimmed with real lace.  She wore the customary veil and orange blossoms arranged in mob cap style and carried a shower bouquet of white chrysanthemums and maiden hair fern.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Lizzie Coughlan who acted as bridesmaid and looked extremely well in a dainty frock of cream Breton lace and net.  She wore a black velvet hat with longer shaded ostrich plume and carried a bouquet of cream roses and maiden hair fern.  The bridegroom’s brother, Mr. Jack Flynn acted as best man.   The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a handsome diamond and sapphire ring, and to the bridesmaid he gave an amethyst pendant.  The best man’s present to the bride was a beautiful gold bangle, and the bride gave the bridegroom a set of ebony brushes.   After the ceremony the guests adjourned to the residence of the bride’s mother, where a sumptuous breakfast was partaken of and the usual toasts honoured.   The afternoon was spent in much amusement and in the evening a dance was held in the granary.  Later in the afternoon the happy couple amid showers of confetti and rice, left by motor for Orari to catch the second express en route for Rotorua and Auckland where the honeymoon was to be spent.   The bride’s travelling dress was a dark tailor made costume, saxe blue velvet hat with ostrich plume to match, and a beautiful set of gray furs.   During the day, Mr. and Mrs. Flynn received many telegrams of congratulations from near and far and were the recipients of many costly and useful presents, including a number of cheques