Patrick MYLOTT was born in 1838 in Cloncormack, County Mayo, Ireland.
His wife Mary HEFFERNAN was born 15 Aug 1839 in Suirville, County
Tipperary, Ireland. They were married on 16 Nov 1864 in Broulee, NSW
Beyond the “Narrows” the rest of the headland had been
subdivided by the NSW Registrar General and the lots on the Tuross
Headland were purchased by Patrick Mylott with a loan from Colonial
Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd.
Patrick Mylott first lived at Trunkatabella as stated in an drowning
inquest he attended in May 1867.
The following is the evidence
taken at the inquest : —Patrick Mylott
saith as follows : I am a farmer residing at Trunketabella ;
about half-past 8 o'clock last night one Tom M'Manus
informed me that one William Southam had been drowned at Trunketabella
half a mile from my house
Patrick Mylott built “Tuross House” in 1870, on the ridge
overlooking Tuross Lake, Coila Lake and the Tasman Sea.
His daughter Eva was born
in September 16, 1875 in Tuross House.
Discovering his daughters rich contralto voice at a young age, Patrick
Mylott leased his farm in 1883 to George Smart and moved to Sydney
to invest in a wholesale liquor firm. Eva first went to Madame Christine,
an internationally known Canadian opera singer then to the teacher
Kowalski. Encouraged by the great Melba, Eva was to leave for Europe
Patrick Mylott built “Tuross House” high on the ridge
that overlooks Tuross Lake, Coila Lake, The Great Dividing Range to
the west and the Tasman Sea to the east.
Patrick Mylott died
at his home in Tuross Head,
on Sunday after a lengthy illness following a paralytic stroke.
Mr. P. Mylott of Tuross Heads died on Sunday last, death being the
result of a paralytic attack received some time ago. He had been ailing
for sometime, but it was not thought that his illness was of such
a serious character.
He married a daughter of the late Mr. E. Heffernan of Moggendoura,
near Moruya, and sister of Mrs. A. Tarlinton of Murrabrine. He has
a grown up family of sons and daughters, amongst whom is Miss Eva
Mylott, the gifted contralto. Before severe indisposition compelled
the deceased gentleman to keep to his rooms, he was a most active
business man, and universally liked. Much sympathy is expressed here
for the bereaved relatives.
Cobargo Chronicle Fri 21 Jul 1899
DEATH OF MR. P. MYLOTT, OF MORUYA.
On Sunday, July 16th, at his residence, 'Tuross,"
Moruya, an old and highly-respected identity of the district, in the
person of Mr. Patrick Mylott, passed over to the silent majority.
The deceased gentleman had been ailing some considerable time from
paralysis, though experiencing such indifferent health of late years.
In earlier life Mr. Mylott was a most active and energetic man, who
gained the esteem and respect of all. Deceased, who was born in Westport,
County Mayo, Ireland, arrived in the colony some 38 years ago, shortly
afterwards accepting a position of trust on the famous Bodalla estate,
where he was greatly respected and extremely popular with the employees.
Subsequently Mr. Mylott rented a farm a Trunketabella, about which
time he espoused a daughter of the late Mr. E. Heffernan. Later on
he removed to the Tuross Heads, being, in fact, amongst the first
to take up land in that vicinity under the provisions of Sir John
Robertson's Land Act of 1861.
He gradually increased his holdings until at the present time
the Tuross Estate may fairly claim a premier position as one of the
gems of the South Coast. Mr. Mylott took a great interest in the welfare
of the district, and some few years ago made strenuous efforts to
secure steam-boat communication between Sydney and Moruya, making
the Tuross a port of call. Unfortunately his efforts in this direction
were unsuccessful, making him a heavy loser.
Mr. Mylott for some years past, owing to failing health, has
been incapacitated from taking any active part in the management of
his estate. The deceased was about 67 years of age at the time of
his death, and leaves a widow and grown up family — two sons,
who manage the estate, and seven daughters, one of whom, Miss Eva
Mylott, is well-known in Australia as an artist of note in the singing
world. We understand the cause of death was pneumonia and paralysis.
The funeral took place at Moruya, and was followed by a large concourse
Journal Sat 12 Aug 1899
When Patrick Mylott died in 1899 his widow terminated George Smart’s
lease on the Tuross Head farm and henceforth worked it herself with
the aid of a farm manager, securing ownership from the bank in 1904.
The Mylott family, having held the 875 acres since about 1870, sold
it to Hector McWilliam in 1925.