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Mary Fenton (c. 1827–1911)

Mary Golding/Golding (c.1827-1911), a farm servant, arrived in Sydney aboard the Sea in September 1849 as an assisted migrant, with her brother Robert who was described as a farm labourer.  Her religion was given as Church of England, and she could read and write.

Goulding married David Fenton on 21 June 1850 at Wollongong, New South Wales; they had four daughters and three sons.

Mary Fenton died on 15 May 1911 at Marrickville, Sydney. Her cause of death was given as cerebral thrombosis, bronchitis and heart failure.

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  • Goulding, Mary
  • Golding, Mary

c. 1827
Farahy, Cork, Ireland


15 May, 1911 (aged ~ 84)
Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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