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Ballard, Mary Ann (1791–1852)

Mary Ann Mitchell arrived in Sydney, from Norfolk Island, in 1793 with her mother and twin sister, Susannah, aboard the Kitty. In 1797 they were living in Parramatta. By 1808 she was living with John Holgate. No marriage has been found. The couple moved to Tasmania in 1819 aboard the Glory of Richmond with their children and in 1820 were recorded as living 'on stores'. In the 1825 Muster her occupation was recorded as 'midwife'. She was working due to Holgate's chronic illness. She was still working as a midwife in 1828. Following Holgate's death she married Thomas Ballard on 27 September 1832.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Holgate, Mary Ann
  • Mitchell, Mary Ann

February 1791
Norfolk Island, Australia


5 March 1852
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

lung disease

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