Johanna Winslow left Borrisoleigh in County Tipperary when she was nineteen years old. She travelled to New South Wales on the Hilton in 1855. The notice of the ship’s arrival in the newspaper showed that Ellen Winslow was the depositor who paid Johanna’s passage to Australia. Ellen arrived on the Talavera in 1853.

Anthony Egan was born in 1831 in Ballinveny in County Tipperary. His parents were John Egan and Catherine Quinlan. He arrived in Australia around 1853. He entered the service of Sir Daniel Cooper, a merchant with substantial wealth and property in NSW.

Bitten by ‘gold fever’, Anthony went to Canoona near Gladstone in Queensland where the Port Curtis rush started in July 1858. Supplies were expensive and gold scarce. By the end of 1858, the fields were deserted. He returned to Sydney where he married Johanna Winslow in 1859.

Soon after they travelled to Swan Hill in Victoria, settling in nearby Moulamein in New South Wales. Anthony was employed as a storekeeper on Sir John Hay’s station at Welaregang, remaining there for four years.

Their first child, John, was born in Moulamein in 1860. Catherine was born in 1861 and died in Moulamein in 1862. Their next child, Mary Ann, was born in 1862 in Moulamein. Shortly after, Anthony and Johanna trekked from Moulamein to the Macleay River, settling on nearby Belmore River.

After experiencing the 1864 floods, they moved to the higher country around Sherwood. Their other children were Catherine, William, Michael, Johanna, Ellen Marie, Margaret Josephine and Anastasia.

When she was seventy-four years old, Johanna Egan died as a result of an accident that occurred as she was driving her buggy home in July 1910. Anthony Egan passed away in 1913 at his home in Sherwood.