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It's Doherty and I'm Free

Agnes Ann Braddy (1834-1900)

Agnes Braddy, daughter of free settler James Buonapart Braddy, married Thomas Doherty 1853, at St Joseph’s in Hobart. The following year they moved to Port Davey, on Tasmania’s remote west coast.
The marriage of Agnes and Tom produced twelve healthy children, eight sons and four daughters, an extraordinary feat given their circumstances. According to great-grandson Harry McDermott, ‘when Port Davey mothers were approaching confinement they would take advantage of any of the infrequent trips to Hobart, or even to Recherche Bay to have their babies in the more comfortable conditions’. But often there wasn’t any passing whaling ship, so the birthing had to take place in the much more primitive conditions at Port Davey.

A visitor to Port Davey in 1871 reported a settlement of 40, including children in arms, and gardens with strawberry plants, apple trees and currant bushes, with Tea Tree along the beach to protect the inhabitants from the the furious blast of the Roaring Forties. This was home to Agnes and Thomas Braddy and their 12 children.
A visitor to Port Davey in 1871 reported a settlement of 40, including children in arms, and gardens with strawberry plants, apple trees and currant bushes, with Tea Tree along the beach to protect the inhabitants from the the furious blast of the Roaring Forties. This was home to Agnes and Thomas Braddy and their 12 children.

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