m. 8 Jun 1856
Facts and Events
George Patrick Roney was born on the 29th March 1876 in Diggora, near Rochester in Victoria, Australia. George was born tenth of twelve children to Peter Roney and Sarah Brookman.
George was a blacksmith by trade and he is described as Height: 187 cm, weight: 76 kg (1914), fair hair, blue eyes, fair complexion when he enlisted in Diggora, to the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles and sailed on the 15th February 1901 to the Boer War, where from March 1901 - March 1902 he was in east Transvaal and Natal frontier under Beatson then Pulteney, including a costly defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 were killed and 42 wounded, the heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent (12 June 1901), and a successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902). George returned to Australia on the 25th April 1902 on the St Andrew.
He is also known to have been in trouble stealing horses along with his brother Michael.
George also has his surname spelt Rooney throughout his life. When looking at information from Ireland Rooney is certainly the more common spelling of this name and this may be the reason for the change in spelling.