Dominic Harris was born on September 20, 1830 in Lubec, Maine, The youngest of four children of John and Betsey Harris.

Birth record for Dominicus Harris


He was a seaman and around 1850 emigrated to Welshpool, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. There he married Winifred Connor (born in 1834) at St. Patrick's Church in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on July 27, 1852. On August 6, 1863 they went to Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand on August 6, 1863, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Dominic Harris died on December 19, 1906 in Hampden, New Zealand and is buried at the Hampden Cemetery. Winifred Harris died on September 28, 1928 of heart failure.

One of the joys of discovering one's origins is that, along the way, you rejoin with family long lost. A few years ago, and an ocean away, the families of Maria Harris and her brother, Dominic, found each other after 150 years. To my wonder, I found many similarities in demeanor, physical characteristics and philosophies between the two branches which, again, goes to show "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree".

Read the story of the Dominic Harris Family, as told by Tony Harris, the Great Grandson of Dominic. (2011).


Children of Dominic and Winifred

1. F Child:         Mary Jane Harris
Birth:                27 Nov 1853                 
Death:              27 Jan 1854                 
2. F Child:         Mary Elizabeth Harris
Birth:                10 Apr 1855                  Place:   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse:            John Marston Le Fevre
Marriage:          12 Nov 1888                  Place:   Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
3. M Child:        John Thomas Harris
Birth:                10 Jun 1858                  Place:   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Death:              28 Jun 1946                  Place:   Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Spouse:            Ellen Le Fevre
Marriage:          23 Jan 1907                  Place:   Palmerston, Waitaki, Otago, New Zealand
4. F Child:         Catherine Frances Harris 
Birth:                Nov 1860                      Place:   Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Death:              24 Apr 1943                  Place:   Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Andersons Bay, Dunedin, Otago, NZ
Spouse:            James John Marlow
Marriage:          7 Jan 1889                    Place:   Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

                               James Marlow Family 1             James Marlow Family 2
5. M Child:        Alfred Dominic Harris
Birth:                7 Nov 1862                   Place:   Rosedale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Death:              15 Jan 1912                  Place:   Empire Hotel, Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Burial:               17 Jan 1912                  Place:   Pioneers Cem, Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Spouse:            Mary Josephine Fahey
Marriage:          19 Dec 1901                  Place:   Dunedin, New Zealand
6. F Child:         Helena Maria Harris
Birth:                10 Aug 1865                  Place:   Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Spouse:            David Edward Le Fevre
Marriage:          28 Apr 1891                  Place:   St, Josephs, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand