BiographyJames Martin Kerkin was born 24 February 1850 in Devoran, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom to Edward Kerkin (1809-aft1850) and Sarah Martin (1815-aft1850) and died 30 May 1918 in Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Mary Horn (c1861-1947) 1882 in Wingham, New South Wales, Australia.
According to the Harrington School Centenary book:- In 1889 teaching was continued on a house to house basis. During this period only a few children were concerned including the Kerkin family. Captain Kerkin was a respected person, he was a firm but capable pilot and a great lover of discipline. He took an active part in all school functions and helped with school picnics.
DEATH OF PILOT J. M. KERKIN.
The death has occurred of Captain J. M. Kerkin, late pilot at the Manning River, at his residence, The Laurels, College-street, Drummoyne. Previous to his appointment as pilot at the Manning River, 17 years ago, he traded for many years on the coast in charge of coasting vessels and steam tugs. Captain Kerkin was master of the Government subsidised tug boat Asis, and, later on, of the tug John Gollan, owned respectively by the late Captain Robert Langley and Captain Hector Gollan. He leaves a widow and eight children.
- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-), Thursday 6 June 1918, page 9.