At some point after this, he emigrated to Oz and married an Irish lady, Mary Ann Roche, in 1859 in St Francis' Cathedral, Melbourne. This is the oldest Catholic church in Victoria and predates the Gold Rush of 1851. John 'Red' Kelly, Ned Kelly's father, who had been transported from Ireland in 1841 for stealing a couple of pigs was married there in 1850. Perhaps he was a neighbour ?
They had 6 children including two who died as infants.
The decision to return to Blighty may well have been connected with the death of his father in January 1870.
On 14th January 1871 the pub licence was transferred into the name of his wife and she and the family were still living at the pub on the 1871 census with the Australian servant who they brought back with them.