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Ellem, Mary (1832–1917)

Mary Allingham arrived in New South Wales in 1849 aboard the Inchinnan. Her parents had died during the Irish famine. According to the ship's indent she was 16 years old, was born in County Fermanagh, belonged to the Church of England and could neither read nor write. Her occupation was given as nursemaid. A cousin, William Allingham, lived in the colony. Mary was placed in the employ of John Walter Drysdale at Gosford and in 1852 married John Ellem.

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  • Allingham, Mary

Belleek, Fermanagh, Ireland


8 December 1917
Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

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