Cornelius Charles Coffey

Maleabout 1857–18 May 1918

Brief Life History of Cornelius Charles

When Cornelius Charles Coffey was born about 1857, in County Kerry, Ireland, his father, Charles Coffey, was 29 and his mother, Mary Mangen, was 29. He married Catherine Bryers in 1885, in New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. His occupation is listed as farmer in Maromaku, Northland, New Zealand. He died on 18 May 1918, in Kawakawa, Northland, New Zealand, at the age of 62, and was buried in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Cornelius Charles Coffey
about 1857–1918
Catherine Bryers
Marriage: 1885
Patrick Coffey
Mary Coffey
Baby One Coffey
Baby two Coffey
Michael James Coffey
William Cornelius Coffey
Ellen Coffey

Sources (6)

  • Cornelius Coffey in entry for Ellen Coffey, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Cornelius Coffey in entry for Patrick Cyril Coffey, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Cornelius Coffey in entry for Cornelius Coffey, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"

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  • Marriage
    1885New Zealand
  • Children (7)

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    World Events (7)

    1858 · New Provinces Act

    Age 1

    The New Provinces Act was established to help create new Provinces in the quickly growing region of New Zealand. This Act also helped kept laws in check as well as create Provincial Councils to help govern over the people within the areas.


    Age 4

    Kawakawa starting developing as a town with the mining of coal, which was discovered there in 1861. A horse-drawn tramway was opened in 1868 to carry coal from the mines to the Taumarere wharf. In 1871 two steam locomotives were acquired and the tramway was upgraded to railway standard. In 1884 a railway line from Kawakawa to Opua was opened, and this replaced the line to Taumarere wharf. By 1899 there were about 1,000 residents in the town, which was built mainly on the hillside. In 1899 a fire destroyed all but a few of the buildings. The town was rebuilt on the flat, alongside the railway tracks. The present railway station was built in 1911. A railway line south to Whangarei was completed in 1911. Coal mining ceased at Kawakawa in the early 20th century. The Bay of Islands County headquarters were in Kawakawa until the county was disestablished in 1989.

    1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

    Age 30

    Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.

    Name Meaning


    shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cathbhadha ‘descendant of Cathbhadh’, a byname meaning ‘battle tent’, Ó Cathbhuadhaigh ‘descendant of Cathbhuadhach’ (‘battle victorious’), or Ó Cathmhogha ‘descendant of Cathmhugh’ (‘battle slave’).

    shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cobhthaigh ‘descendant of Cobhthach’, a byname meaning ‘victorious’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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