Patrick Mylott
Tuross Head settler


Patrick Mylott [1838-1899]

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 ferry, about
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 in 1902


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.

The Cobargo Chronicle Fri 21 Jul 1899

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 of people.
Source: Freeman's 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.

You can learn of the life and times of Patrick
Mylott in our "Tuross Head - a brief history"

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