Cavanagh was born 24 August 1834 in Long Linn, Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath. He studied in the local primary school. At
17, he emigrated to Argentina in the William Peele.
Edward Wallace, family acquaintance and owner of estancia
El Rincón (San Antonio de Areco), employed him when he arrived
in the River Plate. He arrived with a ‘escopeta de retro-carga’
(Roberto Cavanagh) .
Wallace is listed in the Mulhall’s ‘Handbook of the River
Plate’ as the owner of more than 12.5 leagues of land in
Carmen de Areco and one league in Arrecifes. D. 1884 single
1854 Edward Cavanagh meets with Maggie Gaynor in the Gaynor’s
estancia Los Paraísos (Capilla del Señor). They marry on
10 January 1858 in Merced Church, Buenos Aires. Blessed
by Fr John Cullen, witnesses Edward Wallace and Elena Gaynor.
The go to live in Edward’s puesto in El Rincón (uncle Edward
Wallace?). Juan José b. 27 December 1858. Ana b. 28 May
1861. Eduardo 28 November 1865. María 20 November 1867.
Margarita 28 October 1869. Elena 15 September 1871 [26-27].
1869 buys more than 3,000 sheep .
1871, he has more than 10,000 sheep, more than 200 horses,
cows and some savings. During the first months of 1872,
he reads the advertisement for the remate in North Arrecifes,
by Benjamín Nazar & Cía. to be performed on 1 July 1872.
There are two parcels: 1 league and 617 milésimas of league,
respectively (total 4300 hectares). He does not have all
the money, but James Gaynor helps him (450,000 pesos at
8% interest p.a.). He paid 1,012,000 pesos per league. Payment
in three installments: 0, 6 and 12 months. Bought from Bernardino
A. and Antonio Benguria. The boleto was signed by the sellers,
Cavanagh and witnesses Miguel Brennan, and Miguel Duggan
(escritura 15 July 1872). He is 38 she is 36, and they have
six children. It is the estancia ‘Pilar del Tala’ .
Pablo b. 26 July 1873. Juana b. 9 September 1875. Tomás
b. 28 October 1877. José b. 26 January 1880.
1883, together with Mr. Doyle, Cavanagh bought land from
Eduardo Casey in Southern Santa Fe (El Quirquincho). The
negotiations were not easy, and a series of letters from
Casey to Edward Cavanagh let us know that Mr. Doyle was
not satisfied with the titles. Finally, Cavanagh went to
Buenos Aires and closed the business with Casey. On 30 October
1883, he bought plots number 7 and 8 of Casey’s allotment
in Santa Fe. On 6 February 1884, Cavanagh bought more land
from Casey (3.5 leagues in plots 4, 5 and 6) for 53,064.42
pesos m/n gold [31-33].
there were illegal tenants in this land, Edward’s son, Juan
José Cavanagh, will begin working in the Santa Fe camps
only in 1886 . He travelled with some sheep, loaded
carts, and rural equipment. Among his companions were Patricio
Seurrot, Patricio Ogan, Mr. Wire, and a shepherd Mr. Mullet
. Juan José named the estancia ‘Santa Margarita’, in
Santa Fe. By 1890, the railway arrived to Venado Tuerto,
and ‘Santa Margarita’ was already wired and well grassed.
The following year, Santiago Cavanagh begun working in Santa
Fe . In 1891, there was an important flock of sheep
brought from Arrecifes (‘Pilar del Tala’) to ‘Santa Margarita’
19 July 1899 Juan José married with Luisa Juana McKeon in
Buenos Aires, Regina Martirum church. The wedding is blessed
by Fr. O’Grady and Fr. Edmund Flannery.
1904 and 1906, Edward got a credit from the Belgium bank
Credit Fornier Sudaméricain for a total of 1,650,000
gold francs or 325,000 pesos oro sellado. With this funds,
he bought from Mr. Ledesma 8,775 hectares in Marcos Juarez,
Córdoba. The estancia was named ‘San Eduardo’.
28 January 1908 dies Margaret Gaynor Cavanagh, eighteen
days after celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of her marriage
with Edward Cavanagh . She was buried in the family
(bóveda) of Arrecifes. At that time, the family properties
represented more than 35,000 hectares.
1910, when the railway arrived to ‘La Chispa’ station in
Juan José Cavanagh’s land, the engineers decided to name
the station Cavanagh. There was an opposition from the owners
of La Chispa, and ‘Don Juan’ told them ‘you can name it
as you wish. I donated the land for the railway because
it means progress, not to put it my name. If you wish to
name it Cavanagh, you will find more land of the family
later’ . When the railway arrived to ‘San Eduardo’ the
owner Tomás Cavanagh donated the land for the future Cavanagh
5 April 1911, Murphy and La Chispa railway stations opened
their offices. The inaugural train arrived on 27 January,
departing from Carmen and passing through Murphy, La Chispa,
El Cantor (Santa Fe), Cavanagh, and Guatimozín (Córdoba).
Instead of donating the land to the railway company, Ana
Cavanagh Tormey sold them 30 hectares for the railway and
10 hectares for urban purposes. The land of Ana Cavanagh
Tormey (3,802 hectares) is finally (rematada) by the Banco
Hipotecario Nacional on 24 April 1927. Plot number 40 is
reserved for the Cavanagh town.
Cavanagh died at 81 years old on 16 December 1915. He was
buried in Arrecifes .
José Cavanagh begins playing polo in the 1880s in Arrecifes
and Santa Fe. On 16 July 1888, he was one of the players
in the inaugural match of the The Venado Tuerto Polo
and Athletic Club .
Harrington, Tomás Moore Cavanagh, Diego Cavanagh, Bernardo
Trébol 1939-1943. 1943: Juan L. Cavanagh, Roberto Cavanagh.
Lorenzo Cavanagh gets 10 goals handicap in 1954. He stop
playing in 1968, after a serious accident.
1962, 1963, and 1965, Juan Luis Cavanagh played in England
invited by Prince Philip .