HOGAN Family Tree

with links to British India

info from Frances Cronin <francescronin@hotmail.com>

?? HOGAN married ??, children:

  1. Edward Hogan

Next Generation

Edward HOGAN married Mary ?, children:

  1. Ethel Mary Hogan b. 1878

  2. CONSTANCE ISABELLA HOGAN b.1885 Ranikhet, West Bengal,

  3. EDWARD JAMES HOGAN b. 1880,



info submitted by Alex.Willis@cobham.com.au

Frank HOGAN married Kathleen Maud CORBET. Children:
1. Mitchell Leslie Hogan (b 1906 Calcutta)

Next Generation
Mitchell Leslie HOGAN (b 1906 Calcutta) married Mignon COLLARD (b 1907 Asansol). Children:
1. Leslie Maud HOGAN (b 1936 Calcutta)


Next Generation
Leslie Maud HOGAN (b 1936 Calcutta) married Henry Arthur WILLIS (b 1923 England). Children:
1. Alexander Victor WILLIS (b 1966 England)



info from Stanley Garrett HOGAN stanleyghogan@yahoo.com.au

I would be very interested to make contact with any of the descendants of James and Charlotte Hogan. I would love to share what information I have, with any of the existing extended family out there. Please make contact if you think you may know any of these family members? Regards,  Stan Hogan   stanleyghogan@yahoo.com.au      Australia N.S.W.  (02)49763442


Garrett HOGAN (born in Ireland) went to India as a very young man 18 to 20, he was "high jacked" into the army, he married a widow by the name of Ms Elizabeth FILBY. One offspring:

  1.  James Hogan, who may have also been known as Alexander Hogan. He went on to become a Chemist.

Next Generation
James HOGAN, who may have also been known as Alexander Hogan married Charlotte Maria JACOBI in Fort William 13th July 1863. some 13 children, roughly half boys and half Girls:

  1. Mary Hogan

  2. Alexandria Hogan (possibly the eldest)

  3. William Hogan (possibly second eldest)

  4. Charles Hogan

  5. James (Barney) Hogan

  6. Michael Hogan

  7. Ida Hogan

  8. Aileen Hogan

  9. Wedgebury

  10. Helen

  11. Nelly Hogan (possibly the youngest)

  12. (12) &

  13. (13) Two children died as infants?

(Charlotte Jocobi was the sole survivor of her entire family in the Cawnpore Massacre of 1857, which included her father Fredrick Jacobi, his wife and children, her Uncle Henry Jacobi, his wife and their children all died during this uprising, a number of the family members, were in fact brutally murdered - she was just 12 years of age at the time. There is some family talk that she was then raised by a family closely related to the Duke of Wellington, or possibly  a relative of the famous "Wedgewood" (fine china) family?? (we are not sure about these details)

James Hogan and Charlotte had a wonderful marriage, which is said to have produced some 13 children, roughly half boys and half Girls - hence the many different Surnames of the descendants. Not only did they produce many children, but they built up a large and very prosperous business with Chemist shops in Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Murree plus a big transport business (I think the expression was "toga" or something like that) Relatives claim they had seen money delivered to the family home, by the bucket loads?

Next Generation

William A HOGAN married Norah Muriel O'BRIEN, they had 5 boys. My grandfather William Alexander Hogan was also a chemist, and from all reports took over, ran and controlled the business, for the family, and the family interests - but that is another story.

  1. William A Hogan,

  2. Hubert S Hogan (my father)

  3. Melville Hogan,

  4. Cecil Michael Hogan,

  5. Norman St James Hogan (who died very young).

Next Generation

Hubert S HOGAN (my father) married Margaret Helen MOTT, they had 1 girl and 3 boys the girl died at 6 months of age.



My name is Stanley Garrett Hogan; I was born in Calcutta, India in 1946. I was the third child born to my mother and father. The eldest child a girl, Gloria died in early infancy at the tender age of 6months, and then there was my older brother Geoffrey James Hogan who was born in Calcutta, in 1945. We were the fourth generation of Hogan’s to be born in India.  My father was one of five boys. However only 4 went on to reach adulthood. My father was a Marine Engineer he worked for the Port Commissioners, in the Port of Calcutta. We lived in rented accommodation in a flat, 1/6 Remount Road. Alipore, Calcutta. Dad’s youngest brother Cecil Hogan joined the department of Customs and went on to become the Chief Commissioner of Customs for the Port of Calcutta, and retained this position right up to the time he retired. He never married, he stayed on and died and was buried in Calcutta, India.

My father and his family came from around the North West Frontier of India. He and his siblings were all born in and around Peshawar, Murree, Rawalpinidi, which is now part of Pakistan. Their father William Alexander Hogan was an Apothecary a Pharmacist/Chemist, the same profession as his father James. A. Hogan. William. A Hogan (my Grandfather) married a Nora Muriel O’Brien and they had 5 boys, William. A, Hogan (the same name as his father), Hubert. S. Hogan (my father), Melville Hogan, Cecil Hogan and Norman St James Hogan (Norman never reached adulthood). Their father, my Grandfather inherited a very prosperous Pharmacy Business, which included a number of Shop-front outlets, and a Transport Business (“A Toga business” I think is the Indian expression used to describe this Transport Business). This was all inherited from his father James Alexander Hogan, who was also an Apothecary. They had Pharmacy shops and outlets in Rawalpindi, Murree, and Peshawar, it was a Manufacturing Pharmacy, a Retail Pharmacy and a Distributing Pharmacy (see some of the pictures and label details from some of their products, ie: attached to this article). A number of different relatives, have relayed and confirmed many interesting stories, concerning the Hogan family and their lives in India. Some of these stories include some of the sad family history and also some of their extravagances in India. Some of these stories regarding the Hogan family history in India, relates tales of a number of sad and even tragic events and occurrences, it also shows that they built up and established a significant family business and wealth, and how it was somehow lost and/or squandered. There are many stories of money being delivered to the family home in carriages, and of it being transferred into the family home, by the bucket load, and of a new cars being left beside the road to be striped bare, because they had broken down and/or they could not be bothered having them fixed or repaired. There was one classic well-known story, of my Grandfather

 Hence the family, picked up what few belongings they had left and moved to Calcutta - the father and the four boys. Their mother had previously died, and the boys had all finally reached the point were they all had to work and/or find some kind of full-time employment? My Grandfather by this time was semi retired, but carried on with some form of part-time work, working from home manufacturing Pharmacy products, but on a very much smaller subsistence scale. All the boys found some sort of full-time employment. I have a copy of a letter, which was written not that long after the whole Business collapsed. This letter is about 100years old (it unfortunately has a few pages missing) but it was written to my Grandfather from one of his brothers, who was living in Calcutta at the time. He admonishes my Grandfather and all the other family members, for their carefree existence and their extravagant lifestyles etc. He goes on to explain how he was the only family member to have moved away from the family business and make something of himself and his life, purely by his own means and on his own merits, and not of the shirt tails or free hand outs from inherited family business etc., – like the rest of the family members, which was now all lost and gone – and what now of the “Hogan family name and it’s reputation etc” in the Punjab etc etc? It seems after the family business failed and the money dried up, there was some descent and disagreement amongst some of the family members, regarding the ownership of some of the shops and some the shelf stock left in the Pharmacies and warehouses – this seemed to include all the stock items in the shops and more importantly the secret recipes and formula’s etc., for all the, medications, concoctions, tonics and remedies etc, which all still had very good names, and still had large followings and substantial sales potential and markets. There was talk in the letter of being careful, and of protecting these “secret  recipes and formulas etc” for all these medical concoctions and tre

I will try as best I can, to start the Hogan family history, back at it’s beginning in Ireland. And explain as best I can with what little information I have been able to find and uncover from various sources. It starts in Ireland in the very early 1800’s, it is claimed that Garrett Hogan our first forbear to live in India, was born and bred in County Wicklow, in May 1800. It’s claimed Garrett Hogan was born on the 4th, 9th or 31st of May 1800. The story goes as a very young man Garrett Hogan went to the markets one day, selling pigs, he had sold his pigs and was returning home when he was “press ganged”, caught hold of and grabbed by a gang of men and put on a ship, and somehow finished up in India, in the English/India Army as part of the East India Company. This is where the story becomes even sketchier. He rose through the ranks in the Army and at sometime married the widow of the Sargent Major from his regiment. Her surname was Philby or Filby we are not sure if she had children from her previous relationship to the Sargent Major, and/or how many children she had with Garrett Hogan. But we do know they had at least one child James Alexander Hogan, my great Grandfather. There is little knowledge of Garrett Hogan’s rank and/or his actual time and life in the Army. The claim is his Regiment was the 1st Company, 1st Battalion of the Honourable East India Company. There is also some confusion regarding the date of his marriage, either 1825 or 1835. It is claimed he married Mrs Philby or Filby not long after the death of her husband, Sergeant Major Philby or Filby’s – this could be checked and confirmed through some of the old Army records, one would presume? It is further claimed that Garrett Hogan retired from the Army in 1840 and was given some sort of appointment as a high ranking officer in the Punjab somewhere near Gujrater Surbaee. It is stated that Garrett Hogan received some private information of the Sikh’s Army advance, and he informed Lord Gough, who it appears, was the Commander-in-chief of The British forces

There is no word or evidence that I can find regarding the Birth and/or Baptism of James Alexander Hogan. But I have discovered information of a “Garrett Hogan” having a son Alexander Hogan. There is however documented evidence of James Hogan’s service record, of him becoming an apprentice Apothecary and his progress up through the ranks to a full fledge Grade 1 Apothecary.

James Alexander Hogan married Charlotte Maria Jacobi at Fort William on 13th July 1863. Charlotte was said to have been born in Jhansie on the 19th February 1846. She was the daughter of Fredrick Ernest Jacobi and Sophia Matilda Jacobi. Fredrick was a Coach Builder and had a Coach Building Business and was one of the well known and respected Merchant of Cawnpore. He had a Brother Henry Jacobi who was a Watch Maker and Jeweller, also a respected Merchant of Cawnpore. James Hogan’s wife Charlotte Jacobi was an orphan, she lost her entire family when she was about 11 years old, her mother and father, her brothers and sisters, and all her relative died in the Cawnpore uprising and massacre of 1857. All her immediate family and all her relative perished. They all died and/or were murdered, during this uprising, a number were savagely knifed, butchered and murdered and then thrown down a well. These innocent people were not soldiers; these were just town folk, civilian, innocent men, women, and defenceless children. They were murdered because of the nothing else, but the colour of their skin – and from all reports it might not have necessarily been entirely all that white?

There is well documented evidence and narrative in Andrew Wards book – “Our Bones Are Scattered”, on the Cawnpore Massacre and Indian Mutiny of 1857. This book vividly depicts how individually all of the Jacobi family members died, or were butchered during this Massacre and Mutiny. It also has a photograph of Charlotte Jacobi as a young girl – about 11 years old. Her life was spared as she had been sent to Calcutta, Fort William, with an Ayer for medical treatment as she was very sick. There is some family talk that Charlotte was then brought up by the Wesley family in India, who were related to the Duke of Wellington. Another source suggests it was the famous Wedgwood or Wedgebury family, the pottery family? None of this information has been able to be checked or confirmed at this stage.

Charlotte and James Hogan went on and produced a large family some 13 children in all. They also started a very successful Pharmacy and Transport Bossiness which was then left and passed on to the children, which would have specifically included my Grandfather William Alexander Hogan, who like his father James was also an Apothecary ie: a Chemist and Pharmacist.

The Following details tries to cover the children of James and Charlotte Hogan and there offspring. This is a difficult task as families move away from each other, plus the girls marry and then change their names. But I have tried my best to be, as comprehensive as possible with what sources and details I have been able gain from different family members, to date. But I would love to hear from others if there are things that are wrong and things they can add to. This is hopefully an on going story.

This is a list of what is thought to have been the names of the children of James Hogan and Charlotte Jacobi, following their marriage on the 13th July 1863. This list has been compiled by word of mouth from the relatives of different families who were descendants of some of these children listed below. There is no known order to their births, or that this list of names is completely true or accurate.

                        James Hogan - Charlotte Jacobi

                            (1) Mary Hogan

                           (2) Alexandria Hogan (possibly the eldest)

                           (3) William Hogan (possibly second eldest)

                           (4) Charles Hogan

                           (5) James (Barney) Hogan

                           (6) Michael Hogan

                           (7) Ida Hogan

                           (8) Aileen Hogan

                           (9) Wedgebury

                           (10) Helen

                           (11) Nelly Hogan (possibly the youngest)

                           (12) & (13) Two children died as infants?

(1) Mary Hogan

Mary Hogan married a chap by the name of Greason. They had one son, who’s first name was Lionel. I have no further information of what happened to Lionel Greason, if he got married, had children etc? Any further information on this family would be of interest.

(5) James (Barney) Hogan

James (Barney) Hogan, married Maude Pritchard. They had no children, I have no other information on James (Barney) Hogan, other than he was the person ie: the son who penned the letter dictated by James Hogan about his father and his family, where and when he was born and also where James Hogan’s father Garrett Hogan was born, and how he came to be in India, and that Garrett Hogan’s father was Michael Hogan a Shoemaker from Wicklow in Ireland. The letter makes for interesting reading, but my concern is that James Hogan would have been a very (very) young child when his father Garrett Hogan died – so James Hogan’s information would have been passed on to him by word of mouth from someone else, and we all know too well how this information can be sometimes changed, misunderstood or possibly misconstrued?

The other piece of information I have regarding Barney Hogan is a letter he sent to one of his brothers W. A. Hogan (my grandfather), which is very interesting. It is written at the time where the Family Business W. A. Hogan & Co; Dispensing & Manufacturing Chemists are experiencing some sort of financial difficulties and also some sort of family rift, as a result of these difficulties. They have Shops or outlets in Rawalpindi, Muree, and Peshawar, plus there is some type of transport business. There seems to be some sort rift between W. A. Hogan, my grandfather, and one of the other brothers. There is also a special mention and message about looking after or taking care of one of the other brothers “Wedgebury” – Why I do not know? (This letter is very difficult to read and there is one page missing. But when I get the time, I will scan it and then try to decipher and transcribe it).

The other conflicting report is that Barney Hogan died young in the late 1800’s and another conflicting report is that he moved to Australia? Also is his “first name” “Barney” or “James” who knows?

(6) Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan. I have basically no information on him, only conflicting reports that he too died quite young in the late 1800’s and that he may have moved to Australia. There is also some family talk or family tradition, that one of the Hogan brother’s did go to Australia, but at this stage it cannot be confirmed or denied, nor is it known which one – if any? This is one area I could research and concentrated on, at a later date?

(9) Wedgebury Hogan

Wedgebury Hogan. I have no information on Wedgebury Hogan except with the specific mention of him in James (Barney) Hogan’s letter to my Grandfather William A Hogan regarding Barney’s concern for Wedgebury, regarding his well being or condition? Now I’m not sure if Wedgebury was sick at the time, or that he had some special physical or perhaps mental problem or some sort of impairment, which made him more vulnerable to any changes in the family’s financial circumstances? The other story is that he also died quite young?

(10) Helen Hogan

Helen Hogan. I have absolutely no information on Helen Hogan – I’m not even sure if she ever existed? Did she, who knows? Did she live long enough to marry and did she marry and if so who did she marry, and did she have any children? Who knows?

(12) & (13) Two children that died as infants

The two children that died as infants. There seems to be no information known or available on these two children, if they were girls or boys, or the age or the cause of their deaths? This is perhaps an area that could be checked out?

(2) Alexandria Hogan (I think she was the eldest child)

Alexandria Teresa Hogan married John Stanley Farrell (Jack Farrell) not his proper name; I think it was John Stanislaus Farrell. They had 6 boys, (1) Timothy, (2) Dennis (Jack), (3) Bryan, (4) Edward Terence (Uncle Teddy), (5) Thomas (my Godfather), (6) Christie. (Christie went to live with dad’s youngest brother Uncle Cecil in Calcutta, as he had fallen on hard times and died there).

(1) Timothy Farrell – Married Janet Stevens (from Burma), no children, they divorced. Then he had a relationship with a woman by the name of Jessie Drysdale and had a number of children. There is no more information known or available on this family?

(2) Dennis (Jack) Farrell– married Maude Cameron they had 6 children 3 boys and 3 girls plus they also raised Eric Hogan, who was one of Charlie Hogan’s Children. Their Children were (a) Denis, (b) Molly, (c) Colleen, (d) Peter, (e) Patrick, (f) Anne, plus (g) Eric Hogan.

(a) Denis Farrell married Christine ?? they had 1 adopted child Brian and their own daughter Eileen, plus a foster child Paul. Brian died tragically in a hang gliding accident in South Africa, Eileen is married and has 2 girls, they all live in Dundee in Scotland, and Christine has also passed away. They are all religious and I think practising Jehovah Witnesses?

(b) Molly Farrell married Percy Michael; they had 1 child Richard who never married. He passed away very suddenly in his early fifties, Percy died suddenly in his early 60’s, Molly’s health is not good, but she’s in her early 80’s, as is her older brother Denis above. Both are now deceased

(c) Colleen Farrell never married and died suddenly in her 60’s.

(d) Peter Farrell never married; he is retired from the public service and is in reasonable health. Peter is now deceased

(e) Patrick Farrell married a Spanish lady Maria they had no children, she died suddenly in her sleep one night in her mid 50’s to early 60”s. Patrick is now retired from the work force.

(f) Anne Farrell married John Bowden they had 2 children a boy and a girl. Both these children are married and have their own children. Anne and John are divorced, John has remarried, Anne has never remarried.

(g) Eric Hogan - This family also raised Eric Hogan as their own, this I believe was due to some sort of problem or financial strain on Charlie Hogan’s family - possibly made worse by his wife’s illness, a degenerative wasting disease of the muscles, or Charlie Hogan’s drinking habits? This is something that could be verified by one of the above family. Eric Hogan went on to marry Cecilia Pusspalm in Singapore, they had a son whose name was Steven. Nothing more is known of this family member.

(3) Bryan Farrell never married and I think he died relatively young

(4) Edward Terrance Farrell (Uncle Teddy). He married Marjorie Chalkley Glynn 9thJanuary 1929. They both lived into their 90’s. They had 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, (a) Shirley (later changed to Lee or Leigh?), (b) Martin (known as Marty) (c) Eleanor (known as Eli) (d) Jeffrey (known as Junn-oo).

(a) Shirley Farrell married quite late in life, a widow a very nice lady, her name is Erris. She had no children from her previous marriage, or from this new relationship. They live in Queensland on the Gold Coast, where they have a beautiful house, and run a news agency; Marty now lives there with them.

(b) Martin Farrell (Marty) never married, has had a few health problems recently, but seems to be coping alright. I correspond and write to him on a fairly regular basis, but he seldom replies, he occasionally would phone me, but he doesn’t do that now, since he’s moved in with his brother Shirley and his wife Erris.

(c) Eleanor Farrell (Eli) she married Len? They are divorced, and as far as I can remember there were 2 children both girls and both are married, one family lives in Queensland on the Gold Coast, and the other family lives on a small acreage just outside of Canberra. Eli has not remarried she has her own house, and also lives in Queensland on the Gold Coast. She works part-time for Shirley and Erris in their news agency.

(d) Jeffrey Farrell (Junn-oo) he married Sandra, this caused a few problems in the family initially, as they choose to marry outside the Catholic Church. They had two children a boy and a girl. I think the girl might be married, but I’m not sure about the boy? Jeffrey had a huge falling out with his mother and father and the other members of the family. The whole family have disowned him; he was not even mentioned as a son in his parent’s death notices in the newspaper. That gives you some idea, as to the depth of the hostilities between them? I do not know what has become of him – they say he lives somewhere in Sydney?

(5) Tomas Farrell. He married Muriel Metcalf they had 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. Tomas Farrell was my Godfather and I did finally get to meet him just before he died. I actually visited in hospital at Harrow on the Hill in England, and they kindly let me in “all covered up” as his room/ward was in isolation, because of a patients death in the bed across from him – I’m still alive so I obviously did not catch the bug, but I cannot say the same thing for Tomas Farrell. I think he died within two weeks of my visit, poor chap. The children’s names are (a) John, (b) Gillian, (c) Jennifer.

(a)     John Farrell married and had two girls, I’m not sure what his wife’s name was? But from all reports as a young girl she was a very good swimmer and from all reports was selected to represent England in the Olympic games in some swimming event. She and her daughters also had a great interest in horse riding, so much so they bought a property in Ireland?

(b)     Gillian Farrell moved from England to Canada – Vancouver Island, I think? She has never married and has no children and still lives in Canada.

(c)     Jennifer Farrell was the youngest and died quite suddenly as a teenager. This event caused a huge amount of stress and upset in the family.

 (6)Christie Farrell, he never married, in the later part of his life in Calcutta he fell on hard times and was living in a section of a home for old seafarers. Dad’s brother Uncle Cecil who was a retired Chief Commissioner of Customs took pity on him and moved him into his own flat, so Christie could live in some semblance of dignity for the rest of his life. For this charitable act he was later accused of fleecing Christie of what few possessions he had, if that was only true? The truth of the matter was Uncle Cecil would have used most of his own money to bury Christie after he died. The poor fellow had basically nothing to his name, except a few sticks of old furniture that were worth nothing? Poor Uncle Cecil would turn over in his grave if he had any idea that anyone would even suggest such a thing about him – he was a very kind and generous man, I have never heard a bad word said against him, in any family conversation. Christie’s brother Thomas Farrell was horrified anyone could make such a claim and at of all people, “Cecil Hogan”. Those uninformed family members, who suggested this scenario and made these claims and accusations, got an ear full from Thomas Farrell. Their claims were simply unfounded and untrue. Where were these “concerned” family members to help poor Christie, at his time of need?

(3) William Hogan

William Alexander Hogan (my Grandfather) he married Nora Muriel O’Brien on the 25th November 1895. They had 5 children all boys. The children’s names were (1) William A Hogan (called Slokom), (2) Hubert S Hogan (my father), (3) Melville Hogan, (4) Cecil Michael Hogan, (5) Norman St James Hogan. W. A. Hogan (my grandfather) was a chemist the same profession as his father James Hogan. From all reports James Hogan built up a huge reputation and a thriving business as a chemist, and had business outlets Chemist Shops in Rawalpindi, Muree and Peshawar. The business was both a family & dispensing chemist, also a dispensing and manufacturing chemist. This business must have been hand over to the family members? It is also claimed that they had some sort of transport business. My parents made the remark that when the business was thriving it was not uncommon to see the servants carrying in bucket loads of money, into the house – this same story has been confirmed by other members of the extended family? What happen to the business and where did all this money go? According to verbal family tradition from our side of the family, and it was not often spoken about. That my Grandfather W.A. Hogan lost his wife quite suddenly, and then seemed to lose interest in himself and his life, also his business and business interests. This was made much worse, as he developed some sort of serious infection in his thumb and/or hand. I’m not sure but I believe the infection became so bad that they had to amputate his thumb. The story goes that after his wife died and he suffered depression, and then this serious illness and infection and he lost interest in everything. The story goes he handed over the entire running of the business to a long term and trusted employee. This proved to be a disaster, as this employee had only recently been informed he had some form of terminal illness, and from what we were told he used this opportunity to live the good life at the expense of the company, and in no time flat spent all the profits and had

I have found a very old letter written to my grandfather William Hogan from his brother James (Barney) Hogan where it touches on some of the problems that the company was facing. It also mentions a rift between two of the brothers and the possible shame that any legal proceeding between the brothers would bring and the possible damage it would do to the family’s reputation and the name of “Hogan” in the whole of the Punjab etc., etc? It is interesting reading, but very difficult to read because of the untidy hand writing and the age of the letter, it’s nearly a hundred years old. But when I get the time I will scan it, and then try to decipher and transcribe it. I do have many of the actual labels from the many tonic bottles and concoctions etc., that family Chemist business manufactured, also some of the actual recipes detailing the ingredients, quantities etc., for the manufacture of many of these many tonics, medications etc., which is interesting.

(1) William A Hogan (nicknamed Slokom) was the eldest brother he married Dolly Cooney they had no children. From all accounts “Slokom” was a bit of a “ladies man”; Dolly was a very attractive lady, but certainly no brain surgeon. She had two cats, which she dotted upon and adored; she was a very kind and sweet person. Slokom had a very good position in the Jute business in Calcutta. I think he helped mum’s eldest bother’s son “George” get a job in the company he worked for, when he was looking for his first job after leaving school.

(2) Hubert Sinclair Hogan (my father, the second eldest) (Sinclair should have been St Clare but the priest misunderstood the pronunciation at his Baptism ceremony – hence the wrong middle name). Dad married Margaret Helen Mott (my mother) on the 11th June 1938 and they had 4 children a girl and 3 boys, in this order (a) Gloria, (b) Geoffrey, (c) Stanley (that’s me), and (d) Ken. They had a very happy marriage and relationship, I never saw my mother and father argue or say a bad word to one another, in all their married life. My father was a Marine Engineer and worked for the Calcutta, Port Commissioners. He worked as a maintenance tradesman here in Australia; he was very good with his hands and built most of the timber furniture in our house. My youngest brother Ken was the only child not born in India. We came out to Australia in 1948 and have lived here ever since. Uncle Teddy Farrell and his family were the only relatives here in Australia at the time. We stayed with them  at their house in Harbord a suburb of Sydney for 2 weeks, when we first arrived in Australia. We then move to the beach side suburb of Manly and live in a flat across the road from the beach. We lived there for 6 months, then we move to a suburb in the north west of Sydney called Denistone and rented a house there for 2 years. We then bought a house and moved to an adjoining suburb called Denistone East, and Ken was born there, not long after. Mum lived in that same house until her death and Geoffrey still lives in that family home. Dad got very sick when I was 10 and was admitted into hospital and died there some 2 years later. It was quite tragic, as a family we were left poor and basically destitute. Poor mum was left in a strange country all by herself with 3 young boys to raise, with no family help or support. What little savings mum and dad had, went in that 2 years period whilst dad was sick. It was spent on that new wonder drug at the time “cortisone” to treat dad’s  illness. He died of SLE ie: Lupus it was very sad thing for a child

(a)Gloria Valerie Hogan died at the age of 6 months old, both parents were devastated by her death. She died of a convulsion in an air raid shelter, during a bombing raid by Japanese aircraft over Calcutta during the second world war. She is buried in Calcutta.

    (b)Geoffrey James Hogan. Born in Calcutta, India on 11th February 1945. Geoffrey never married. He left school at 14 years of age and started an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining in the Railways, with the long term thought and prospect of going on to become a Marine Engineer. Whilst completing his apprenticeship he completed his Matriculation and University entrance course at night school. He completed his apprenticeship with flying colours and won many awards and prizes for his efforts. The top being the Commissioner’s Prize and the James Fraser Memorial Medal, which is awarded to the top apprentice in his final year and the student who has averaged the highest marks throughout his apprenticeship, Geoffrey won both awards. He then went on to enroll and to study Mechanical Engineering at night. Towards the completion of this course he applied and was promoted to the position of Assistant Engineer in the Lubrication Engineers section,  of the Railway Laboratories. It was during this time he badly fractured his ankle in a snow skiing accident, which required pinning. This made him re-evaluate his ambitions and his direction in life. At the same time the Education department was conducting a recruitment drive/campaign, looking for suitably qualified tradesmen and technical staff, interested in a change of career and/or direction ie: to retrain as High School teachers in the Technical Subject area of studies. Geoffrey decided to give it a go. It was a big decision as it was a full time course at Teacher’s College for a full year and no salary or pay. This was difficult as he had to give up his secure full time job as an Assistant Engineer, and the position also had good long term prospects. He also had to live and study away from home with no income, and he was not sure if he would pass or if he’d even like teaching after he’d completed all this study. Also the Teacher’s College he had to attend was in Newcastle about 100 miles from where we lived. So he would also have to

Anyway to cut a long story short Geoffrey graduated with a Diploma in Teaching but was the appointed to a bush school, out in the sticks, he had to appeal the decision on compassionate grounds, to get an appointment a little closer to Sydney, so he could live at home and assist the family with some sort of board payment to Mum. He was appointed to Camden High School which is situated on the south western tip of Sydney. He had miles to commute each day, but at least he could now live at home. He went onto further study at night as well as teaching all day and completed a Diploma in Industrial Arts, so as he could progress through the ranks and become a Head Teacher ie: a Subject Master. On completion of his Industrial Arts Diploma, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Macquarie University. Where he complete his Arts Degree majoring in psychology, he no sooner finished this degree, that he went back and completed a second Major only this time in Education. He finished this Major and then enrolled at the University of NSW and then went on and completed a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, MA.Ed adm. By this time he had progressed through the teaching ranks and was now a deputy Head Master of a High School. He then started further studies, this time at Sydney University and a Doctor of Philosophy a PhD and was well advanced into his studies when he was appointed as a High School Principal to a Special Technology High School in Sydney. He tried to continue his studies as he was so well advanced, but in the end he had to give his studies away and concentrate all his energies and efforts at the job at hand. He went on to become a much respected High School Principal and was an executive member of the High School Principals Council and President of the Institute of Industrial Arts, and has been honored as a life member. He was also selected and worked in Head Office as a Regional Education officer. He also was asked and worked part-time as a University Lecturer at Sydney University where he lectured to F

    (c)Stanley Garrett Hogan (that’s me) I was born in Calcutta on the 18th June 1946, and similar to Geoffrey had to leave school early at 14 years of age. Mum had to get special written permission from the Child Welfare Department before I could start my apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining in the Railways on the 19th December 1960. I also continued part-time study at night whilst I was completing my Apprenticeship, I completed courses in Electric welding and the following year Oxy/Acet welding and topped the class both years, I also completed my post trades course, which only a hand full of students went on to complete. I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship at the completion of my apprenticeship to study Mechanical Engineering, which I went on to complete. I also completed my University Entrance and Matriculation at night school and topped the college with my results. I then progressed through all the levels and grades of Assistant Engineer, Technical officers etc., right up trough the ranks to that of an Engineer, in the Railway, then on to become a Works Manager, and then higher again as an Engineer. Though this period of my life on 16th December 1967 I married my wife Julie Anne who was born on 7th June 1948 she was 19 years of age and I was 21 when we married. We had our first child, a boy Lloyd Cameron Hogan on the 5th January 1971 , then another boy Trevor Patrick Hogan born on the 13th September 1972, followed by a daughter Fiona Therese Hogan born 3weeks premature on the 22nd December 1973 and last but not least our daughter Selina Michelle Hogan born 12th March 1975. That meant we had 4 children under the age of 5, which was a big challenge and hand full for my wife at the time, when the children were young. But it has proved a benefit as they grew older, as they have similar friends and interests and they are all about the same age. At this stage we only have one granddaughter and her name is Sophia Julie Hogan, born about 4 weeks premature on 31st September 2002. our eldest daughter’s child

I took a redundancy package and left the Railways after 30 years of service, in 1991 at the age of 45 years. I invested my “pay out” wisely and had no further need to work. However after about 3 month at home, I found I needed to find something to do, to keep my mind and body active. I was looking for something menial and active a complete change in career and lifestyle ie: postman, meter reader etc. However I applied for many of these positions and I found I could not get to the interview stage? Anyway to cut a long story short I finally found a position as a General Assistant/Storeperson at the local Technical College in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. This was interesting as I was in fact a qualified Mechanical Engineer it was not long before my technical knowledge and abilities were recognized, and I began taking classes, and teaching part-time. It was not that long after I arrived at the College that the Technician in the section received a promotion to another College, and I applied for the position and was successful in replacing him. It was a few years after this that I had made a few more investments one being building a beautiful new house up North of Sydney, at a place called Summerland Point situated on beautiful Lake Macquarie. However it required a Special transfer if I wished to work in a College around that area. The other problem was my wife Julie had been promoted in her clerical position at the local Hospital and was now in charge of the Clerical side of the large X Ray and Imaging section in the hospital. Anyway after some effort I was fortunately able to gain a transfer in the same position and grade to an adjoining local College, not far from our new house on Lake Macquarie at Summerland Point. Julie was not so fortunate, she had to drop down about 4 grades as a Clerical officer to gain a transfer, and now works at one of the lowest Clerical grades, at one of the local hospital. In making this move she lost a lot of her accrued benefits, Superannuation and pension benefits, holiday

(3) Melville Hogan he married Phyllis Hogan, she was his first cousin, she was one of Charlie Hogan’s daughters. They had 4 children, 4 girls (a) Norma (b) Kathleen (Kitty) (c) Nora and (d) Leslie. Melville from all reports had great difficulty in holding down a steady job, and was continually helped out financially by his brothers, to keep both him and his family afloat?

(a)     Norma never married, and from what we were told her eye sight was so bad she was considered blind, for all intents and purposes.

(b)     Kathleen, Kitty as she was generally referred to, however much later in her life, she asked to be called “Kathleen” not “Kitty”. She married John LeStrange he worked as some sort of a Manager on a Tea plantation in India they had 4 children 2 boys and 2 girls (a) Jenny (b) Michael (c) Leslie and (d) Patricia (Patsy). They migrated out to Australia with our help following repeated requests from both Uncle Cecil and Kitty. John had lost his job they had no home, no money, and they turned up on Uncle Cecil’s door step in Calcutta and he took the whole family in. They were in desperate need of help, he was living on his retirement pension, which was not much from all reports – certainly not enough money to support 6 more mouths to feed and clothe. When they first arrived here in Australia they lived with us for about 12 months and then found their own accommodation. An interesting side-light to their story is all the paperwork and documentation Uncle Cecil had acquired over the years in research of the family tree, in India, England and Ireland was entrusted to John LeStrange to bring out safely with him when they came to Australia from India – he claims he was somehow robbed and lost everything. He has never fully explained the circumstances and I’m not sure if he ever informed Uncle Cecil of this loss? Anyway they all found jobs, John first as a process worker in a factory, it was not that long before he was promoted to a leading hand, and then to a foreman. I tried to find the two boy’s apprenticeships, but both boys had great difficulty reaching the educational standards, qualifications and requirements for an apprenticeship, and both had to settle for positions as process worker. They found work in the same factory as their father John; The eldest girl got a job as a receptionist. The youngest daughter was still at school, she finished school and went on to become a Legal secretary and did very well for herself. Kitty got a position as a cleaner in the local government school. Kitty sadly passed away early

     (c)Nora is married a very nice chap by the name of Len they only had one child a girl and she married an Italian chap and the have one child. I have tried to keep in touch with Nora and her family on my many visits to the UK, but I have the distinct feeling, her interest in continuing family ties is not there. She is in fact a first cousin but I’m not one to push myself on people if they are not interested - I have heard she has a grave fears and concerns that her daughter might hear or learn the truth about this hereditive degenerative disease in their family

(d)Leslie is married but I have never seen or met her husband and they have no children. They show no interest with regards any meetings or contacts and according to my mother they were nice friendly girls in India and my mother cared and looked after them and their mother when their mother was sick and was dying in India? But they do not seem to be interested in any family commutation or contact?

Cecil Michael Hogan (Uncle Cecil) he was my dad’s youngest surviving brother, they got on very well together as did the other brothers. Uncle Cecil never married, but he seemed to have plenty of lady friends, He came and lived with us for a while when we rented a house and lived at Denistone. He seemed like a generous and a very kindly man and in family conversations I have never heard a bad or nasty word said against him. He had an interesting life in the Customs office in Calcutta climbing up the ladder to the rank of the Chief Commissioner of Customs for Calcutta. He was a great amateur photographer and he took hundred of photographs of us as children growing up, Many set pieces with us dressed up as warfie with signs and placards “out on strike”, “on strike” etc. He was very kind to us and in the early days before he retired, he’d send us hockey stick etc., to play with. I don’t think mum ever properly explained to our plight or our poverty to him, as I’m sure he would ha
 ve tried to help us, if he knew the whole story. I think when he died what little money he had left, he left to our blind cousin Norma. After he die, he sent us all these manuscripts he been writing about his life and experiences in the customs. They are in a box and when I get some time I will try to read them. They are very badly written with carbon copy paper and hand written corrections, it tedious work trying to make out each word never mind trying to understand the context or the story line. He died of bowel cancer in India at the age of about 77.

Norman St James Hogan.  He died at a very early age; his date of birth was 4th December 1905

(4) Charles Hogan, married Rose Duncan they had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy there is another child in this family a boy named Reginald, who was not one of Charles and Rose’s offspring. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe Reginald was Charlie Hogan’s child, by another woman? Their actual children were (a) Irene (b) Phyllis (c) Maude (d) Eric and of course (e) Reginald (not Rose’s child). Now it was Rose Duncan who introduced that terrible genetic disease into the Hogan family, it was that muscular wasting disease. It killed Rose’s daughter (b) Phyllis Hogan then Phyllis’s daughter Kitty (Kathleen LeStrange) and has now attacked two of Kitty’s son’s, first Leslie and now Michael. Now I’m no sure if Rose herself died of this disease – I suspect she did? And then what happened to the other members of this family. There must have been something strange going on, what with this extra child (e) Reginald in the family, and then the fact that (d) Eric Hogan who I think was the youngest
 in this family, was brought up in another family, Dennis (Jack) Farrell in his family along with his own 6 children? There are stories I’ve heard but not fully confirmed by other family member that Charlie Hogan had a serious drinking problem, and was not much of a family man. There is not a lot known about this family as such. The first child (1) Irene Hogan married David Sherman and there is no more information on them or their offspring (2) Phyllis Hogan married her first cousin ie: Dad’s younger brother Melville Hogan they had 4 girls as I have previously mentioned one of the girls “Kitty” died of this muscular wasting disease the same as her mother Phyllis and now 2 of Kitty’s son are dying of this same disease. What a tragic condition and circumstance? The third child (3) Maude Hogan married a British Sergeant (no name) and no more is known of this particular family. Then the fourth child (4) Eric Hogan, he was the child raise in Dennis (Jack) Farrell’s family, he mar
 ried a girl in Singapore Cecilia Pusspalm and they had 1 child a bo

(7) Ida Hogan married Dr Percival (Percy) Munrowd they had 1 child, a girl her name was (1) Marie Munrowd. Ida’s first husband Percy Munrowd died; she remarried Dr Water Easdon or Easton. There were no children from this second marriage, it is not known if her second husband Walter had been previously married and/or had any existing family? Ida from all account was a wonderful artist also as it seems was one of her other sister’s Aileen. Ida’s only child Marie Munrowd married Walter O’Brien – I’m not sure or aware if Walter O’Brien was in anyway related to my paternal Grandmother Nora O’Brien. Marie and Walter O’Brien had one child (a) Patricia. Patricia married Captain James Elliott they had 2 girls, Jackie and Virginia, both are married and they both have 2 children. I think Virginia’s husband’s name is Martin? Patricia it seems also inherited her mother artistic skills and from all accounts was a very good artist and painter. (I would be interested to meet and contact any
 of these descendents as I can recall my mother and father talking about Aunt Ida quite often, in very friendly terms.

(8) Aileen Hogan (Aileen Charlotte Hogan) married John Nelson-Turner on 30th April 1894; they had 6 children, 5 boys and 1girl. (1) Bertie, (2) Leslie, (3) Cyril, (4) Alan, (5) Harold, (6) Aileen or Marie Aileen (who I have also heard referred to as Asthore?)

(1) Bertie Turner, he was a pilot and he was killed in an air crash during the war in 1915

(2) Leslie TURNER he was a Tea planter, he married an English woman who had a child, a girl by the name of Wendy. Wendy never married.

(3) Cyril Turner he never married, he worked in a gun and shell factory in Poona.

(4) Allen Turner he married an Italian girl, a refugee during the war, her name was Angelina? They had 3 children a boy and 2 girls (a) John Turner, (b) Frances Turner and (c) Mary Turner, no more information is known on this family.

(5) Aileen Turner or Marie Aileen Turner also referred to as Asthore? I’m not sure where this other name “Asthore” came from? Anyway Aileen or if you like Asthore, married Dr Fisher and the had 4 children 2boys and 2 girls (a) Gerald Fisher, (b) Edward Fisher, (c) Aileen Fisher, (d) Josephine Fisher.(a) Gerald Fisher married and had one child Simon, he has remarried and now lives in San Jose in California. He is deeply involved with horse and carriage displays and I have seen many photographs of him competing in events in America, on the internet. I can also see some family resemblances in his facial features from these many photographs.(b) Edward Fisher I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no information, perhaps those who know could fill me in on some of his details. Aileen Fisher married Michael Reagan she has 2 daughters Sarah and Louise both daughters are married and she has 2 grandsons Thomas and Joshua. We went and spent a day with Aileen and Mick in their home in Shepshed (Mick had recently not been well) but their warmth, friendship and kindness to us was overwhelming and it was certainly appreciated, as was some of the information on the family, which Aileen kindly shared with us on that day. I really appreciate any information on the family particularly photo copies of letters, births, baptism and marriage certificates or any other reference material associated with any of the extended family members. (d) Josephine Fisher did not marry she died in 1994, I do not have any more information on Josephine. However I would be appreciative of any information I can obtain on any of the extended family personal stories of their lives their hardship and achievement etc. Any information I receive I will document and record for history for all the future generation who are interested?

(6) Harold Turner married Betty Phillips; I think Harold was a school teacher. I have conflicting information on this family, but this is what I think the story is (I’d be happy to be corrected on this information). I also recall my mother talking about a Betty Philips? I understand Harold and Betty had 2 Children a boy and a girl (a) Jackie Turner (as far as my story goes is a Bishop in Calcutta)? (b) Isobel Turner who married I do not know her married surname, sadly died young, she had two children 2 girls Virginia and Margaret both girls unmarried? I’m sorry about the details and information I have on this family, but I would be grateful for contacts or any corrections, or other details or information, to keep the record straight?

Nelly Hogan was the youngest I think she married a Doctor Davies they lived in Rangoon in Burma and had to escape on foot, when Burma was taken over by the Japanese during the Second World War in 1942. They walk out leaving behind all the worldly goods and possessions. They had 2 children 2 girls (a) Barbara Davies and (2) Leslie Davies. Barbara Davies never married, Leslie Married and had 2 girls I think? Renee and Leslie, then there is the name Jim? Who I think married Leslie? More information on this family would be interesting? There is also the mention of 3 children, Doris, Vanessa and Leslie? This is only hear say any information from anyone would be gratefully accepted and appreciated.

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