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Mary Ann Biggs (1801–1858)

Mary Ann Debney married James Fletcher, a widower, on 8 April 1834 at St John's, Launceston. In 1835 as Mrs James Fletcher (formerly Miss Debney) she advertised that she would be resuming her 'Establishment for young ladies at her residence, no. 117 New Town Road’, Hobart Town. As previously, she was embracing 'the useful as well as the polished system of education’. Drawing was included in the 50-guinea boarding-school fee. In partnership with Miss Hilton, Fletcher announced the opening of a new girls’ school at Launceston in August 1842 which offered private lessons in 'Music, Dancing, Drawing, Needlework, &c.’. The partnership was dissolved within six months. She later travelled to Melbourne with her daughter — it is not known if her husband was deceased — where, in 1845, she married William Biggs. Following her death in 1858 her daughter married William Biggs.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Fletcher, Mary Ann
  • Debney, Mary Ann

London, Middlesex, England


1 April, 1858 (aged ~ 57)
Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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