Michael J McNamara married Frances Mary Lockwood (1876-?) at Moulamein in 1893 (record 4937). They had seven children, six of them registered at Hay and one, Frank, at Narrandera, NSW.

01. Florence M (b. 1894, d. )

02. William M J (b. 1896, d. )

03. Frank Arthur Leslie (b. 10 Mar 1898, d. 05 Dec 1976)

04. Kathleen M (b. 1900, d. )

05. Pearl E (b. 1901, d. )

06. Frances M (b. 1903, d. )

07. Arthur H (b. 1905, d. )

02. William M J McNamara was a WWI soldier, as reported in the Riverina Recorder on Wed 16 Apr 1919:

to Sergeant W. M. J. McNamara, D.C.M.

On Wednesday evening, 9th inst., the public turned out in great force at the Genoa Hotel to honour Sergeant W. M. J. McNamara, D.C.M. A comrade, Corporal James Simpson, M.M., of Barham, was among the guests. Mrs McNamara, the sergeant's mother, his brother, Mr. Frank McNamara, and sister, Miss Pearl McNamara, as well as Councillor W. R. Holmes, J.P., and Mrs Holmes, and Councillor W. C> Finlay, J.P., and Mrs Finlay, were present. Sergeant McNamara is a splendid specimen of the Australian soldier, both mentally and physically. Even as a boy he has always been able to read between the lines. In discussing the war, he is careful not to make sweeping assertions founded on his own experience. I fact, like President-General George Washington, of American fame, his modesty is equal to his valour. His military bearing and general alertness give the impression of an ideal soldier, so it is not be wondered at that he was much in request as a drill instructor. Though Sergeant McNamara was turned down as a result of his youth, his unlimited "go" and dash would not allow him to brook a final refusal. A pathetic feature is in evidence on account of the death of the soldier's father, Mr M. McNamara, late manager of Erindale station, who died last September. The large dining room of the Genoa Hotel was beautifully decorated by Miss Ettie Barkmeyer and Miss Rena Mitchell. A conspicuous feature was a large red banner, with white lettering, bearing the words "Welcome Home." ...

His father, Michael J McNamara, died in Moulamein in 1917, record 13622. His parents were Michael and Catherine McNamara.

Suzanne Ashmead recently contacted us with information on Frank Arthur Leslie McNamara. In 1921 he married Henrietta Matilda Barkmeyer in Swan Hill. They had one son, Kevin Francis McNamara, born about 1922 and died in Bray, Victoria, in 1963 aged 41 [Victorian record 21226]. The marriage did not last long. The Age reported on Sat 03 Aug 1929 as follows:

TO FRANK ARTHUR LESLIE McNAMARA, formerly of Swan Hill in the State of Victoria, but now of parts unknown. — Take notice that your wife, Henrietta Matilda McNamara, has instituted Proceedings against you for DIVORCE, on the ground of desertion. Unless you enter an appearance in the office of the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Victoria, at Bendigo on or before the 24th day of August, 1929, and file an answer thereto, on or before the 2nd day of September, 1929, the case may proceed in your absence and you may be ordered to pay costs.

COHEN KIRBY and Co., Solicitors, Bendigo,
Agents for J. S. ROWAN, LL.M., Swan Hill,
Solicitor for the petitioner.

The couple lived in Swan Hill certainly until 1926, as evidenced by the Australian Electoral Rolls:

Frank Arthur McNamara

Frank moved back to NSW in the 1930s (two men with his name appear in the 1930 Electoral Roll, one living at 118 Burton St, Darlinghurst West and the other at 24 Warner's Ave Bondi, both described as a carpenter). By 1932 a Frank Arthur McNamara, carpenter, lived in Sofala, near Bathurst, and was at the same address in 1936 rolls. Suzanne, who knew Frank well, mentioned that he didn't like the name Leslie and only used it when necessary. She wrote the following:

He apparently moved to Queensland where he met my father's mother, Edna Dorothy Maud Martin (nee Watkins)... They never married...  In Brisbane they lived at 26 Princhester Street, West End.  During that time he purchased a block of land at 9 Woodcock Street, Scarborough, Queensland where he had a shed built and then, in around 1960, the main house.  He died in that house on 5 December 1976.

Suzanne's cousin Maria Martin sent the following photo of Edna and Frank at Suzanne's wedding:

Frank McNamara

Edna Dorothy Maud Watkins had married Charles Edward Martin in 1920. The couple appear in the 1922 electoral rolls at Macrossan St, Childers, Queensland; he was described as a labourer. From 1925 to 1932 (at least) they lived in Andersen's Sawmill, Esk, 100 km north-west of Brisbane in the Darling Downs.