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Michael Bradley, (1861-1912), a stevedore and Catherine Bradley, nee Heffernan, (1886-1943)

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Michael Bradley, (1861-1912), a stevedore and Catherine Bradley, nee Heffernan, (1886-1943), who kept a shop, both from Ireland. Taken in the back garden of their home at No.327 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, with their children Tom, b.1895, Nora, b.1890, baby Michael, b.1904, May, b.1892, John, b.1897, and in the rocking chair, Catherine, b.1900. Michael Bradley came to England in the 1880s with the intention of going to America; he met Catherine Heffernan at an Irish Club and they decided to marry - but she would not go to America, so they settled in Millwall, Isle of Dogs, where she had relatives. Michael Bradley found work as a stevedore in Millwall Docks. ‘He was one of the lucky ones, he was in the union and nearly always in work, if there was any work to be had'.