Patrick, and his wife, Margaret, emigrated to Australia as assisted migrants on the “Panama” which left Plymouth on 6 October 1849 and arrived in Botany Bay on 12 January 1850.

The "Panama"
The “Panama”

They settled in the Irish immigrant community around Moruya.

Patrick Cunningham appears in the 1867 Post Office Directory as a road builder living on the Moruya Road; in the 1872 Directory he is described as a labourer. He may have been a worker on the large properties, “Kiora” and “Shannon View”, on which his children were born.

“Shannon View” at Mullenderree (2 km north of the present Moruya) was the property of Francis Flanagan, the first settler in the Moruya district. Flanagan leased farms to Irish migrants and established a Catholic school for their children on his property.

"Shannon View"
The one remaining of several cottages originally at “Shannon View” on Mullenderree Creek.

“Kiora” (4 km west of Moruya) was the property of John Hawdon, the second settler in the area, famous for his lavish entertainment of guests such as the poet Henry Kendall and the author Thomas Alexander Browne (“Rolf Boldrewood”).

"Kiora" (486 Araluen Rd, Moruya)
“Kiora” (486 Araluen Rd, Moruya)

NSW Death Certificate 4701/1879 (Name shown as “Cunninghame”)