Hardiman Family in Galway


In 1754 Horace Walpole introduced the word Serendipity. It means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. He wrote a letter to a friend, and to explain an unexpected discovery he referenced a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip.

Do you believe in Serendip?   I do especially after this morning.  I opened Facebook and the very first post was by the Irish Genealogical Research Society containing an item about the Hardimans.   Why is this so noteworthy?  Just two days ago I posted on several genealogical Facebook pages asking if anyone was researching the Hardiman name from Galway.  My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Hardiman.  The family came to Australia in the mid-1800s.

The following is from a post I listed on 31/01/2016.Eureka!  I think I may have found the mass immigration mentioned in the document listed below.  The Fulwood arrived in Australia in 1854. Now I have the task of identifying the 40 first cousins  —   What a find

The placid waters of Lake Boga know the savage with his rude bark canoe no more. The kangaroo cloaks and the jagged fish spears may be found in the museums, the reversible hut has been superseded, and on the rising ground where the native village stood there is now to be seen a large, handsome mansion, tenanted by the tall chieftain of another and a different ” tribe.” This is Mr. Hardiman, who, in the dark days of ’47, left old Gcountygalway2alway far behind him, and, with no fewer than forty first cousins of his own in the same ship, sought a home in this country. In addition to those many ties of consanguinity, Mr. Hardiman is now the father of eleven strapping Irish Victorians. Thanks to his own industry, he has become the possessor of broad acres in this fertile region; but though fortune has richly favoured him under Austral skies, he still looks with an exile’s regret and an exile’s hope to the land of his origin.

[1] 1893 ‘MURRAYANA.’, Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954), 14 October, p. 17, viewed 26 January 2016.

Twelve months have gone by and I have not had the time to delve into the Hardiman family research. I think the universe is trying to tell me something.  This is the post – Interesting book free online 19th-century look at the history of Galway on galwaynet.


Now I have no excuse. I don’t know if this James Hardiman is any relation, but I guess there is a good chance.  Stay tuned for the next update because somehow over the next month I will find the time to do some more digging into the Hardimans of Galway.

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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  1. My grandmother was Anna Hardiman from Galway. She was born around 1899 and immigrated to NYC as a young teenager. Unfortunately, that’s all I know about her.

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    • Hi Allister- Thank you for making contact. I haven’t done much on the Hardiman part of my genealogy for some time. I would be delighted to know what you have managed to uncover. I am the great grand daughter of Thomas Hardiman. Thomas was the son of James Hardiman from Kerang. We are related to the Geelong Hardimans. I have around 10 photos male and female that belonged to my grandmother Etheldreda Elliman nee Hardiman, There are no names all I know is they are Hardimans would be more than happy to share what little information I have. my email is lmorse955@gmail.com and I live in Wonthaggi Victoria 0413009840 would love to have further contact Cheers Linda


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