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Maria Ann (Brown) Bennett (abt. 1837 - 1912)

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Maria Ann Bennett formerly Brown
Born about in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
Wife of — married in Kapunda, South Australiamap
[children unknown]
Died in Moyhall, South Australia, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jul 2017 | Last significant change: 25 Oct 2018
04:07: Lee-Roy Harton edited the Biography and Birth Place for Maria (Brown) Bennett. (updated birth place) [Thank Lee-Roy for this]
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Categories: English Immigrants to Australia | Shackamaxon, sailed 4 October 1852 | Assisted Immigrants from Yorkshire.



  • England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983, entry for Maria Brown, volume 23, page 34, Dec Q 1837, Driffield district.



Shackamaxon which had sailed from Liverpool 4 October 1852 arrived Port Adelaide, South Australia 19 January 1853

Brown James, 39, Bricklayer, Yorkshire ( B-Index 187/3) Elizabeth, 32, died in port Ann, 13 Harriet, 9 Margaret, 1 Maria, 14, Nursemaid, York (listed under Single Women)

Sources: State Library South Australia, official passenger lists, mainly of immigrants arriving in South Australia under United Kingdom assisted passage schemes, 1847-1886 GRG 35/48a (formely ACC 313); Sydney Shipping Gazette; South Australian Register; The South Australian Government Gazette; Biographical index SA 1836-1885 (the B-index column indicates individuals who may be found in that index, with corresponding reference number for further research) ; FreeBMD ; 1851 UK census'

[2] The Ships List

Marriage : 1855 Maria has been registered under Surname of : Browne, 1855 24/158 BENNETT John BROWNE Maria Adelaide

[3] SA BMD

Wedding Anniversary : Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 16 September, 1905 p. 16.

Narracoorte : September. 11— Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bennett celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding on Saturday last at their residence, Bell View, near Narracoorte, where they held a reunion of relatives. They were married at St. John's Church, Kapunda, by the Rev. Father Fallon, and had a family of 14 children, nine of whom are still alive, while there are thirty-four grandchildren. Mrs. Bennett was born in Yorkshire, and came to Australia with her father and three sisters in 1853. Her father is 94 years of age. Mr. Bennett was born in Ireland, and came to Australia in 1849. He has just lately returned from a trip to his native land. In 1861 Mr. and Mrs. Bennett came to reside in the Mount Gambier district, and carried on business as a farmer and grazier for twelve years. He then removed to the Millicent district, where he was engaged in farming and stock raising for twenty years. Mr. Bennett held several public positions, being a councilor and member of the Drainage Board. Twelve years ago he came to Narracoorte, and had followed grazing here ever since.

[4] Trove Article

Obituary: TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1912. The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), 16 April, p. 2

Death of Mrs. J. B. Bennett.— Another old South-Eastern resident has joined the great majority in the person of Mrs. Maria Bennett, wife of Mr. J. B. Bennett, of Belle View, Moy Hall, near Narracoorte. The deceased lady had been in a poor state of health for some years, and during the past six years she had been bedridden with rheumatics, and had lost the use of her hands and feet. She passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75. Mrs. Bennett, whose maiden name was Brown, was born in Yorkshire, England, in the year 1837, and came with her parents to Australia in the year 1853, landing at Port Adelaide. The vessel took four months coming from the old country, and the voyage was remarkable for having 100 births and deaths among the passengers. The deceased lady went to reside with her parents in the Kapunda district, where they took up land, and in the year 1855 she was married to Mr. J. B. Bennett at the age of 18, her husband then being 21 years of age, so that they started life together in the bloom of youth. Mrs. Bennett came to the South-East with her husband in the year 1861, and settled at Mount Gambier, where they lived for ten years. Then Mr. Bennett took up land in the Millicent district, and followed agricultural pursuits for about 20 years. Some twenty years ago Mr. Bennett settled on country near Moy Hall, where he still follows grazing and farming. There was a family of 14 children, six of whom are dead. Her husband (Mr. J. B. Bennett), six sons, and two daughters survive, and there are 44 grand children. Mesdames Harding, of Unley (Adelaide), Bowen, of Broken Hill (N.S.W.), and Smith, of the Burra, are sisters of the deceased lady. The funeral will take place this afternoon, when the remains of the deceased will be laid to rest in the Narracoorte cemetery.

[5] Trove Article

Burial : Bennett, Maria Surname Bennett Given Names Maria Cemetery Naracoorte Plot/Grave/Niche 222 Last Residence Naracoorte Age at Death 75 Date of Interment 16/04/1912 Minister Officiating Father James Burial/Order Number 751

Section:1 Naracoorte - Old Section,Plot/Grave/Niche: 222

[6] Naracoorte Council Cemetery Search


Located following census :

Need to verify if this could be Elizabeths parents, and possibly Maria staying with her grandparents on Census night....

Household living at 6 Westgate, Great Driffield, Yorkshire (East Riding)

William Pickering, 45, laborer, born Yorkshire, England Hannah Pickering, 50, born Yorkshire, England Ann Pickering, 15, born Yorkshire, England Maria Brown, 3, born Yorkshire, England

England Census 1841, HO 107, Piece no 1217, Book 2, Folio 16, Page 25. Westgate, Great Driffield, Yorkshire (East Riding).


Mary Margaret BENNETT, b. 14 Mar 1858, Kapunda, SA, d. 10 May 1932, Coleraine, Victoria, Age 74

William Patrick BENNETT, b. 03 Nov 1859, Kapunda, SA, d. 16 Mar 1938, Naracoorte, SA, Age 78

James BENNETT, b. 30 Jan 1862, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 12 Jun 1909, Broken Hill, NSW, Age 47

John Michael BENNETT, b. 08 May 1863, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 22 Feb 1921, Naracoorte, SA, Age 57

Eliza Bell BENNETT, b. 12 May 1865, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 03 Mar 1866, Mount Gambier, SA

Thomas Bell BENNETT, b. 13 Jan 1867, Mount Gambier, SA,

Catherine Bell BENNETT, b. 15 Mar 1869, Mount Gambier, SA, d. 1958, Naracoorte, SA, Age 88

Edmund Bell BENNETT, b. 20 Mar 1871, Attamura, SA,

Ellen Eliza Bell BENNETT, b. 24 Mar 1873, Millicent, SA, d. 19 Nov 1895, Millicent, SA, Age 22

Patrick BENNETT, b. 15 Jul 1875, Mayurra, SA

Roger Bell BENNETT, b. 09 Feb 1878, Millicent, SA, d. 26 Jan 1895, Mount Gambier, SA, Age 16

Margaret Teresa BENNETT, b. 31 May 1880, Mayurra, SA d. 01 Feb 1912, Adelaide, SA Age 31

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