LONERGAN, William (1846-1919). William is the 4th of 6 sons born to Patrick and Ellen Lonergan of Knocknaboha, Mortlestown, Tipperary, Ireland. William emigrated about 1885 and headed to Western Queensland to manage Stores for his brother John at Stonehenge and Jundah. While at Stonehenge William was Secretary for the Stonehenge Races and Returning Officer for the Barcoo Divisional Board. By 1900 William had relocated to Augathella where his brother Michael lived and managed stores at Augathella and 27 Mile. Sadly William died at the Mater Misericordiae, Brisbane at the age of 72. (Thanks to Margaret Geraghty for this information).
LUYA, Abraham Fleetwood (1837-99): Luya was born at Liverpool, England, in 1837. He was a midshipman, travelling to India before arriving in NSW at the age of 18, and then moving to Queensland ten years later. He initially worked on the railways, overseeing the erection of the railway bridge over the Bremer River at Ipswich, and then headed to the Gympie goldfield in 1869. It was there that he began a 30-year association with the sawmilling industry, establishing the Cootharaba Sawmills and McGhie, Luya and Co., sawmillers and merchants with an office in South Brisbane. In the 1890s he was the managing director of the Queensland Milling Company. Luya also turned his hand to politics, serving two periods as MLA for South Brisbane (1888-93 and 1899), and a term as Mayor of South Brisbane (1896-98). He lived on Gladstone Road, and was a neighbour of Edward Deighton. Luya died of heart failure at home in July 1899, leaving an adult family of three sons and three daughters.