Hi Peter Thanks for your reply.Nice to find a possible connection, even if only a remote chance.I have very little to go on; age and place of birth as indicated previously from death certificate.
Two of her children died in NSW, as adults, and mother is listed in both as Margaret nee Leary. I have additional confirmation of her name from birth certificates of children.
The death cert of the child born in Dungarvan, actually says Dungarvan Bay - which has been interpreted by others as being the Dungarvan in Waterford.Does the "Bay" pin it down? I'm being lazy, I could look on a map!
Her husband William Dawson, deserted the family in South Australia after he left the army, and so I can't try to track her through him.
The only other information I have comes from an email on a internet mailing list, listing the couple and their children and saying her father's name was John and she was born in *Waterford*. I was unable to contact the person who put the email on.
I also wonder if she also came from an army family - in which case the family origins could be anywhere.
There is another Margaret nee Leary in South Australia married to a William Trotter, having children from 1849. By the way, there are also more than 20 marriages in SA in the first 70 years of settlement where the father of bride/groom is listed as Patrick Leary.
I am eagerly waiting for more of the Irish parish record indexes to go on-line and also the British archives to put on more soldiers records - I need more information before they will do a search for me. I will also check the records for William at the state archives in South Australia when I get there.That is about all I can think of that might give enough information to sort them out.I'll be back if I find anything.