Kilfoy, James (1822-1886)

James Kilfoy and Mary Harty, were married in Limerick Ireland around 1847 where Mary gave birth to their 3 children, Annie, Patrick & James before arriving in Port Phillip in 1856/7 on the vessel ‘Escort’. Mary was 40 years of age on arrived to the colony while their children were 9, 7 and 5 respectively.

Shipping records show the family surname as Kilfoyle, however Sands & McDougall directory have their surname spelt as Kilfoy. Melbourne Council rate book for 1863 has their surname spelt as Kelfoy.

The Kilfoy family were living at number 69 Abbotsford street West Melbourne, between Spencer and Ireland streets according to the 1872 Sands & McDougal directory in a house built by James himself.

James Kilfoy, a Carpenter by trade became a successful builder in his life, unfortunately James’s wife Mary passed away just 11 years after arrival James was left to manage raising their three children alone.

Significant building works carried out by James Kilfoy are listed below.

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Building IDLocationOwnerSuburbBuilding StateBuilding TypeBuilderBuild Date (YYYY MM DD)Registration no
76769Spencer St near cnr Spencer & AbbotsfordKilfoy, JamesMelbourneVICHousesKilfoy, James1866 04 301459
72694Little Collins St – 129Kilfoy, JamesWest MelbourneVICHousesKilfoy, James – Melbourne1869 10 303541
72731Spencer St cnrKilfoy, JamesWest MelbourneVICHousesKilfoy, James1871 10 134589
72758Abbotsford St – opp. Black Swan HotelKilfoy, JamesWest MelbourneVICHousesKilfoy, James – West Melbourne1873 03 65303
72794Spencer St near cnr Spencer & AbbotsfordKilfoy, JamesWest MelbourneVICHousesKilfoy, James1876 09 266937

Table source:

Main source: Public Records Office of Victoria, BDM Victoria and the Melbourne edition of the Sands & McDougall directoy.