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Most Certainly a Matriarch

Mary Ann Holland funeral card

Mary Ann Holland's (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

Mary Ann Holland’s (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

DESCRIPTION: funeral card for Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins)
DATE:
6 January 1906
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:
In the family ephemera I discovered this funeral card for Mary Ann Holland, but didn’t even know where the Holland’s fitted into the family. So after some research, I found out that Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins) was a sister to my great great grandma Phebe Randell (nee Robbins), both of who emigrated from England to South Australia with their parents (and other siblings) on the “Rajah” in 1849. I did find out that Richard Holland was also a passenger on the Rajah on that same voyage, but I haven’t found out if he came out with the Robbins family, or if he and Mary Ann met on the ship, so there’s still more research to do there. I did find out that Richard and Mary Ann married about a month after arriving in South Australia.
And judging by the death notice Mary Ann would have certainly been a matriarch of this family, having had 8 children, 53 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren. If they all got together, that would be an impressive gathering.

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