m. 8 Jun 1856
Facts and Events
Peter Roney was born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland on 17th March 1828 to Peter Patrick Roney and Alice Cromby. Peter emigrated to Australia in about 1854.
It is understood that Peter left his ship in Melbourne and proceeded to the gold fields recently discovered around Bendigo, Victoria. There is a belief that he didn't have permission to leave however he hasn't shown up on lists for sailors who jumped ship. Another piece of information is that he changed his name at some point. Two things that potentially link into that is that the common spelling of Roney is actually Rooney with double "o". The other interesting bit of information is that Peter and Sarah's eldest few children had their births registered with Crombie which is Peter's mother maiden name.
Peter Roney met Sarah Brookman at a home near Kyneton, Victoria, Australia where they were married in the Church of England Parsanage on the 8th June 1856.
Peter and Sarah owned four buildings in Diggora near Rochester, Victoria including a Hotel and also land in at Pannamooloo. They ended up selecting land near Euroa Victoria, clearing and selling firewood to Melbourne and raising stock.
The Roney family would participate in local events and on at least one occasion they hosted the annual Diggora and Warragamba Ploughing Match. This event was on their farm and was described on page 9 of the Argus newspaper on Thursday 7 August 1884;
“Diggora Ploughing Match, on P. Roney's farm, about 10 miles from Elmore and seven miles from Rochester. The weather was fine and the attendance large. The ploughing was very good”