The latest in my occasional series of obituaries comes from Western Australia where the death of Michael J Heenan, in 1915 was reported in two local newspapers . One of them gives an extraordinarily detailed account of the last few days of a man described as “one of the most popular businessmen” in the town of Moora.
The chief mourners were the widow (Mrs Heenan); Alice, Lilly, and Violet (daughters), Michael and John (sons), Mrs. J. Heenan (mother), Mr. M. Heenan (brother), Mesdames McGregor, Dunham, and Doolan (sisters), Messrs Alex Dunham, McGregor, and Dorizzi (brothers-in-law), Mrs. Metzky (sister-in-law).
Born at Casterton 40 years ago, Michael Joseph Heenan migrated to this State full of health and hope, and as an industrious worker soon made his mark in Perth and on the goldfields. Of an ambitious turn and determined to do what no one else could do for. his family, “Mick” decided to enter business on his own account. This he established in Moora some four years ago, and during that time he gained the esteem of all. Bad times which the district has experienced, as with many others, upset “Mick’s” calculations some what, but of this it can be said that as a result of pushfulness, industry, and integrity, starting without the advantage which wealth and influence give, he was able to build up a business which had he been spared would assuredly have assumed large dimensions. His was an inventive mind, and a valuable patent, the product of his brain, should not be allowed’ to lapse without the grief-stricken widow receiving something commensurate with the many benefits; it affords. May his soul rest in peace.
The Midlands Advertiser , Friday, September 17 1915 page 4