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Moncton Creagh (1862–1921)

by Chris Cunneen

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Moncton Creagh, or Monckton Craigh (1862-1921) pastoral worker, gaoled trade unionist and pearler

Birth: 1862 in Limerick, Ireland (and baptised on 11 January 1862 at St Munchin's Church in Limerick City), son of John Creagh, manager, and Mary, née Timmons also known as Tymons. Unmarried. Death: 6 July 1921 in Broome, Western Australia. Religion: Catholic. 

  • During shearers’ strike of 1891 Creagh was arrested at Augathella, on 30 March and charged with maliciously setting fire to crops at Lorne station.
  • The prisoners were then dispatched on a deliberately hellish journey. Held in custody in chains for ten days, he was then transported chained together and in leg-irons by Cobb & Co coach, on a two-day journey to Charleville, where the men were again held in gaol for ten days. Committed for trial at Rockhampton Circuit court, he was sent by train to Brisbane gaol and again held in gaol for 12 days. He was then shipped by sea to Maryborough and on to Rockhampton. And then to Jericho. He then spent 24 hours in the lockup before leaving by Cobb and Co coach for Blackall, a distance of 75 miles, taking thirty-six hours chained continuously.
  • The trial was set for 23 September, but with some of his fellow defendants he was released when no true bill was filed a week before the trial. He had spent nearly 6 months in custody without trial.
  • Worked as an itinerant pastoral labourer around Queensland, including at the San Jose, an old goldfield near Mount Morgan, Brandon, near Ayr, and at Camooweel,
  • Moved to Broome, Western Australia, about 1916, where his brother Rev Father John Creagh, C.SS.R. was vicar apostolic of the Kimberleys. Helped his brother purchase the land for erection of church to the Aborigines.
  • Died of pneumonia and empyema aboard the pearling lugger Karrakatta.

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Creagh, Moncton (1862–1921)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

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  • Craigh, Monckton

Limerick, Limerick, Ireland


6 July, 1921 (aged ~ 59)
Broome, Western Australia, Australia

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