Catherine (Kate) Trousdell
|First name||Catherine (Kate)|
|Country of Origin||Ireland|
|Date of Birth||1828|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1866|
|Submitted by||Bruce Trousdell|
Irish records show that Kate Trousdell was a native of Delgany, County Wicklow, and later lived at Monmore about two miles north of the town of Kilrush in Ireland. Her husband was John Persse Trousdell who died at the age of 37, in year 1859. One of her five sons, Robert Edward, also died in infancy, age 3 years, in 1857.
The father of John Persse Trousdell was John Wilson Trousdell who is shown as being the Comptroller of Customs at Belfast, at the time of his death in 1856. Kate Trousdell, with her mother Eliza Thomas, and four surviving sons migrated to Australia. They arrived on the ship “Eastern Empire” at Morton Bay, Brisbane on 14th September 1866.
Eliza Thomas died 21st June 1882 at Gomoron Qld. Her headstone records her age at 103 years although there is some uncertainty as to whether this is correct. Kate and her family acquired a rural property near Goombungee Qld which they called “Monmore” after their Irish home. The property remained in the family for many years until it was eventually sold in 1963. Little is known of their life experiences in the new colony, but Kate was certainly a brave and strong woman to come to a new land far away with her young sons. Kate died on the 1st May 1896.
Two of Kate”s sons married. John George (b.1849 d1928) had 11 children. Neptune Richard Trousdell (b.1857 d 1915) had 8 children. Two others Edward Thomas and William Thomas remained unmarried. It is believed that all persons carrying the Trousdell name in Australia today can trace their ancestry to Kate and John Persse Trousdell. The family line can be further traced to John Trousdell (d.1775) m Elizabeth Brew (b.1724 d 1789) of Fort House Ireland.
There are Trousdells today in USA, Canada, Ireland, England, New Zealand and Argentina who are also descendants of other branches of the Trousdell line going back to John and Elizabeth Trousdell of Fort House, Ireland.