Timothy Thomas O'DONNELL
(Abt 1826-1884)
John George O'DONNELL
Elizabeth Amelia LAYMAN
John Layman O'DONNELL of Wahroonga


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Margaret Robena JACKSON

John Layman O'DONNELL of Wahroonga

  • Born: 1893, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Married: 1 Nov 1919, St. Stephen's Church, Macquarie St., Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1
  • Died: 26 Feb 1961, Wahroonga, Sydney, N.S.W, Australia 3 4

   Research Notes:

The A.I.F. Project (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=227402)

Age at embarkation: 23
Next of kin: Mother, Mrs Elizabeth Amelia O'Donnell, Rosemount Wallace Street, West Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date: NO ENTRY
Rank on enlistment: Lieutenant
Unit name: 18th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/35/1
Embarkation details: Unit embarked from s, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll: Captain
Unit from Nominal Roll: 18th Battalion
Fate: Returned to Australia 13 March 1918
Family/military connections: Brothers: 288 Pte Harold Gordon O'DONNELL, 5th Company, Machine Gun Corps, died of wounds, 21 June 1917; 3586 Pte Alexander Thomas O'DONNELL, 54th Bn, killed in action, 20 July 1916.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Electoral Rolls...

In 1930 John Laymen O'Donnell, journalist, and wife Margaret Robena O'Donnell, were at Hollywood, Coonanbarra Rd., Wahroonga.

In 1936 John Laymen O'Donnell, journalist, and wife Margaret Robena O'Donnell, were at 58 Burns Rd., Wahroonga.

In 1949 John Laymen O'Donnell, journalist, and wife Margaret Robena O'Donnell, were at 58 Burns Rd., Wahroonga. Also there were [children] John Layman O'Donnell junior, clerk, Kathleen O'Donnell, precision worker, William Jackson O'Donnell, clerk.

In 1954, John Laymen O'Donnell, sen., industrial consultant, and wife Margaret Robena O'Donnell, were at 68 Junction Rd., Turramurra. There also were [children] John Layman O'Donnell, newspaper representative, Kathleen O'Donnell, dental nurse, William Jackson O'Donnell, sales representative.


John Layman O'Donnell, late of Wahroonga, died aged 70 years [sic].

   Marriage Information:

John married Margaret Robena JACKSON, daughter of William Henry JACKSON and Margaret Annie, on 1 Nov 1919 in St. Stephen's Church, Macquarie St., Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1. (Margaret Robena JACKSON was born about 1898 and died on 24 Mar 1975 in Wahroonga, Sydney, N.S.W, Australia 5 6.)

   Marriage Notes:


Captain John Layman O'Donnell (late 18th Batt., A.I.F.), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. O'Donnell, Rosemount, West Kogarah, and Miss Margaret Robena Jackson (Maisie), only daughter of the late Mr. Willlam Henry Jackson and Mrs. Jackson, of Riccarton, Rockdale, were married on November 1, at St. Stephen's Church, by the Rev. John Ferguson.

The bride was gowned In palliette and georgette, designed with a Court train. Her shower bouquet was of white carnations and sweet peas, tied with the bridegroom's battalion colours. She wore a wreath and veil. The bridegroom's sister, Miss Bessie O'Donnell, and Miss Vera Pendergast, were the bridesmaids. Their frocks were of maize-tinted georgette and pale pink silk net, with black tulle picture hats. They carried bouquets of pale pink carnations. Tho bride was given away by her brother, Pte. W. J. Jackson, late 18th Batt.,A.I.F. The bridegroom's attendants were Cpl. H. E. Ellis and Warrant-officer G. Crane. An arch of steel was formed by the brother officers of the bridegroom as the couple left the church. After the ceremony one hundred guests were entertained at the Voluntary Workers' Cafe in Elizabeth-street, where the bride's mother received the guests in a gown of black cashmere do soie, with a black hat. The bridegroom's mother also wore black cashmere de soie and black hat en suite." 7


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 11308/1919.

2 NSW Registry BDM (births), 269/1893.

3 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 2746/1961.

4 The Ryerson Index, citing SMH, 28 Feb 1961. death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

5 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 7733/1975.

6 The Ryerson Index, citing SMH, 26 Mar 1975.

7 The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 6 December 1919.

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