Mary (Bingham) Bronte

Mary (Bingham) Bronte (1842 - 1914)

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Mary Bronte formerly Bingham
Born in Lacken, County Down, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Drumballyroney, Down, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jun 2017
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Categories: Pukekohe Cemetery, Auckland | Passengers on a Immigrant Ship to New Zealand | County Down | Wellington City, Wellington.


Ireland Native
Mary (Bingham) Bronte was born in Ireland

Mary Bingham was the daughter of John Bingham and was born in County Down Ireland in about 1842.

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Mary (Bingham) Bronte migrated from Ireland to New Zealand.
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New Zealand
Mary (Bingham) Bronte Lived in Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand.

She married at about the age of 17 to John Bronte. The wedding was on 29 August 1859. Her husband was a pharmaceutical chemist (and apparently a cousin of-sorts to the Bronte sisters).

The couple had children, including Alexander, born in 1866[1] and Joseph in 1869.[2] They also had a daughter, Catherine Mary Bronte.

They emigrated to New Zealand in 1887, arriving in Wellington on the SS Tainui. Mary Bronte would have been 45 years old, and her husband was in his fifties when they arrived in Wellington. Their children were mostly grown, and ready to take up occupations. Alexander became a doctor. Their daughter Catherine married a chemist a year after they arrived in 1888, and young Joseph Charles was about 17 or 18.

Mary and her husband moved to Pukekohe, near Auckland, probably to be near their son Alexander, who had a medical practice there.

Mary's husband John died in 1910 in Pukekohe, and Mary died four years later in 1914. She died at her son, Alexander's residence, in Pukekohe. [3] Mary is buried in the Pukekohe Cemetery.

The couple's headstone reads:

HIC JACET, John Bronte, Native of Lacken Co. Down, Ireland, Died on 11th August 1910 aged 76 Years, and his wife Mary Bingham, also native of Lacken, Co. Down, Ireland, Died on 1 September 1914 aged 72 Years.

At the time of her death, Mary considered her married daughter well provided for, and also did not feel the need to leave her estate to Alexander. Instead the whole of her estate of 654 pounds [4] was left to her other son Joseph Charles Bronte who was residing in Johannesburg at the time.


  1. "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Mary Bingham in entry for Alexander Bronte, 10 Jul 1866; citing DROMORE PARISH,DOWN,IRELAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 0496515 IT 6.
  2. "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Mary Bingham in entry for Joseph, 26 Mar 1869; citing Dromore, Down, Ire, reference 2:STJVM2; FHL microfilm 101,185.
  3. DEATH.,Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, Volume 3, Issue 226, 1 September 1914 [1] and NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LI, ISSUE 15703, 2 SEPTEMBER 1914 [2] accessed at Papers Past, National Library of New Zealand on 19 June 2017
  4. DEATH DUTIES.,Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2298, 4 November 1914 [3] Papers Past accessed on 19 June 2017
  • Ireland, Select Marriages - Ireland, Select Marriages, 1619-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Name: Mary Bingham; Gender: Female; Marital Status: Single; Marriage Date: 29 Aug 1859; Marriage Place: Drumballyroney, Down, Ireland; Father: John Bingham; Spouse: John Bronte; FHL Film Number: 101403; Reference ID: 447
  • New Zealand Death Index - New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Name: Mary Bronte; Death Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1914; Registration Place: Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand; Folio Number: 1804
  • New Zealand Cemetery Records - New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Name: John Bronte; Birth Date: abt 1834; Death Age: 76; Death Date: 11 Aug 1910; Burial Place: Auckland, New Zealand; Cemetery: Pukekohe; Spouse Name: Mary Binghan Bronte; Spouse Death Age: 72; Spouse Death Date: 1 Sep 1914
  • Australia & New Zealand Find a Grave Index Memorial #66016006 [4] Name: Mary Bingham Bronte; Death Date: 1 Sep 1914; Cemetery: Pukekohe Public Cemetery
  • New Zealand Electoral Rolls - years: 1911
  • Probate - "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 January 2017), Mary Bronte, 1914; citing Auckland, , record number 9709, Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office; FamilySearch digital folder 101386237.

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John & Mary Bronte headstone, Pukekohe
John & Mary Bronte headstone, Pukekohe

Will of Mary Bronte
Will of Mary Bronte


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