Mary Burrows

A widow with two children, Mary Burrows was, for many years, an usher at the James Theatre. Her torch and frequent requests to young cinema goers to get her something as the shops are well remembered.

Father Michael Bourke

Born Limerick, 1896, arrived Dungog March 1920, retired 1975, died August 1982. Having arrived in Australia as a young man, Father Bourke spent his entire life as first the Assistant and then Parish Priest of Dungog.


Reported to have been born in the 1830s and lived until 1905, having witnessed the destruction of his entire people as a separate group within his life time. Brandy was thereafter declared to be ‘the last of the Gringhi’.