Categories: Queen of the Age, sailed 16 November 1873.
Ann Maria Brown was born in about 1845. She was probably the daughter of William and Susan Brown.
Possible Christening Record:
Christening Date: 20 April 1845 - Chesterton, Cambridge, England
She married Tobias Harrison in 1862 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England when she was 17 years old.
Census 1871: Living with her husband and four children Edwin, Frank, Emily and Kate in Railway Place, Tower Hamlets, Mile End Old Town, London, Middlesex, England. Aged 25. Her husband Tobias was a Bootmaker.
Annie and Tobias had seven children, two of whom died at a young age. They made the decision to emigrate from England to New Zealand, setting sail with their five surviving children on the Queen of the Age bound for New Zealand on November 16, 1873. They arrived into Auckland on 2 March 1874.
She and Tobias had eight more children after their arrival in New Zealand (Henry who was born on 5 March 1880 in Cook Street, Auckland is my husband's great grandfather).
In 1891, at the age of 46, Ann began a relationship with a John Walker, Mariner of Wellington who was captain of the vessel Waiapu. It wasn't until December 1897 that Tobias, who was living in Alpha Street, Parnell, petitioned for divorce in the Supreme Court of Auckland, "on account of his wife Ann Maria Harrison comitting adultery with John Walker, Mariner of Wellington". The notice was publised in the Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 288, 11 December 1897, Page 2. The petition was for "a dissolution of marriage under painful circumstances". Ann was known to be going by the name Ann Walker at this stage. Tobias was granted a decree nisi.
Later that same month, on 28 December 1897, Ann's son Arthur James Harrison, aged 14 Years and 8 months, was accidentally shot during a rabbit hunting expedition to Motutapu Island. The article was published in New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10636, 28 December 1897, Page 3, under the heading FATAL CHRISTMAS TRIP.
Annie and John Walker were married in Sydney, Australia in 1913 and had a daughter together, Ruby.
She passed away in 1921 in Tasmania, Australia.
11 December 1921 - Carr Villa Cemetery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Area: Monumental, Location: B7, No.: 305.00
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