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Mary (Gordon) Triffett (1799 - 1857)

Mary Triffett formerly Gordon aka Scattergood
Born in Norfolk Island, New South Wales, Australiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 14 Oct 1815 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Green Hills, Hamilton, Tasmaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jul 2013
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Mary was born on Norfolk Island to convict Janet aka Jane Gordon, in the time period for which Norfolk Island records have been lost. She was possibly the second child to Jane.

Her father is apparently recorded as Daniel Taylor, but fellow researchers have failed to locate a Daniel Taylor on Norfolk Island, and her father's name is believed to be John Taylor [1].

Early Life

Little is known of Mary's life on Norfolk Island, but in 1808, aged nine years, she embarked on the City of Edinburgh with her mother and one sibling as part of the Norfolk Island exodus [2]. Her mother is listed as Jano Gordon, an individual not holding land, with 2 children.

Mary's father remained behind on Norfolk Island.

Also on the City of Edinburgh in the same embarkation were James Triffitt and his wife and two sons, possessor of just under 42 acres of land, and William Scattergood, with no land.

Once in Van Diemen's Land, Mary's movements are difficult to trace, but by 1811 her mother married William Scattergood in New Norfolk [3]. After this, Mary seems to have taken her stepfather's name.

It looks as if William, Janet and Mary may have moved into Hobart at some point, but it is not known whether this occurred before or after Mary's marriage.


In 1815 in Hobart Town, Mary married Thomas Triffitt, son of James Triffitt of New Norfolk. Mary was aged about 16, Thomas was eighteen. Mary is recorded as 'Mary Scattergood'.

The couple settled down, either in New Norfolk or in the Districk of Hobart Town.


Five children - William, Thomas, Mary, Susan and Edward - were born to Thomas and Mary in the district of Hobart Town. [4].

A trial reported in the paper [5] refers to 'Thomas Triffitt, of New Norfolk', so it is possible they lived in New Norfolk with regular trips into Hobart Town.

A possible next child to the family was Charles, born in 1826, although this connection is not yet proven.

John Frederick was born in 1829 in New Norfolk, so the family were definitely there by this year.

Records are sketchy at best for these early years as the locals moved away from government support and became self-sufficient. It appears that Thomas and Mary, and their family, moved to Green Hills in Ouse, where more children - possibly Matilda and Thomas - were possibly born to them. Many Triffitts, aged 20-30, appear in the 1840s on as they are married, with no birth record to connect them to their family. It was not common for the parents' names to be recorded on marriage certificates.

Son's grave stone -

Son - John Frederick Triffitt BIRTH 23 Sep 1829 New Norfolk, Derwent Valley Council, Tasmania, Australia DEATH 12 Jun 1913 (aged 83) Richmond, Clarence City, Tasmania, Australia BURIAL Lawitta Church Cemetery Magra, Derwent Valley Council, Tasmania, Australia MEMORIAL ID 195634683 · View Source

Parents Thomas Triffett 1797-1867

Mary Scattergood Triffett 1799-1857

Siblings Thomas Triffett 1818-1839

Half Siblings Ignatius Osmond Leo Triffett 1867-1869


Mary died in 1857, aged 58, and was buried in Ouse, Tasmania, Australia

  1. one such fellow researcher has a website at
  2. Book Exiled - Three Times Over by Schaffer/McKay, St Davids Park Publishing, Hobart, 1992 page 225
  3. Tasmania Marriage record via Colonial Links website Archives Office of Tasmania
  4. These births are listed in the Archives Office' Colonial Links site, which provides year only
  5. Hobart Town Gazette 12 Oct 1822 page 2


Thank you to Irene Dillon for creating WikiTree profile Gordon-2513 through the import of OKeefeFam.GED on Jul 21, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Irene and others.

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