Got back from a bird watch tour of AU and Babington related relative trip to NZ recently. Loved your fair country. My great grandfather was George Babington (1826-12 Jan 1901). His farm was in Knocknacran West, Magherclone Parish, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. George and his family left Ireland in 1885 for Canada. I have been able to confirm, through George's marriage record, that George's father was a John Babington (that is all I have on this John). The story in my Babington family is that George's brother, James Babington, went to Australia. Perhaps your friend is related to this James Babington?