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Irish (c. 1834 - 13 July 1904)

McDonough was reputed to have known Burke, or at least Burke's family in Ireland. He was appointed to the VEE in July 1860 on a salary of £120 p.a.

On the 18 August 1860, Brahe signed the Memorandum of Agreement at the Royal Society of Victoria.

He travelled to Cooper Creek where he bacame one of the four members of the Depot party under Brahe.

McDonough moved to New Zealand and was employed as a travelling agent for the Government Insurance Agency.

McDonough died on Wednesday morning, 13 July 1904 (see Sydney Morning Herald, 15 July 1904, page 5 column 1) in the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum. He had been receiving an allowance of 10 shillings a week from the Victorian treasury.

Adelaide.
Friday, 2 August 1901.
Page 4.

Mr T F McDonogh, a member of the Burke and Wills exploring expedition, which left Melbourne in 1860 to explore the unknown interior of the continent to the Gulf of Carpentaria, has petitioned the Victorian Legislature for assistance.

He states that he accompanied the expedition to Cooper's Creek, a point in the then unknown country, and went halfway across the Sandy Desert with Wills. The petitioner adds that he did his duty to the satisfaction of everyone, including Mr Burke, 'who named the first creek on his track McDonogh's Creek after your petitioner.'

Mr McDonogh returned to Victoria with the remnant of the expedition, being one of the four survivors of the original members, and subsequently went to the New Zealand goldfields. He is now the sole survivor of the party, and being in indigent circumstances he asks for consideration from Parliament, and reminds members that Mr Burke said, when the expedition was setting out, 'that the colony would not see any or them in want.'

 

Where McDonough went on the expedition

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