Happy New Year to you.
Many Thanks for the extra piece of information - its like a huge jigsaw that I'm struggling to put together.
I know that there was definitely no family over there as they had no idea what happened to him until a couple of years ago when I found out.
I'd love to know how he managed to get to OZ as its a long way from Monaghan in Ireland -I'm going to continue to search passenger and crew lists and hopefully I'll come across something that will be another piece in the puzzle.
Many thanks for the info you sent me