Born: c. 1820; Married: Caleb Flude
Irishwoman, Mary Foley, was born around 1820, probably in Templemore in Tipperary.
She arrived in NSW as a bounty migrant on her own via the Champion in October 1840. In the assisted passage records her father is reported as ‘deceased’ and her mother as living in Manchester, which suggests that the family had sought employment in England. Mary’s calling is described as ‘general servant’.
Mary appears to have worked at Jerrabomberra straight after her arrival. Convict, Caleb Flude, sought permission to marry her in 1841. His marriage application was successful and they were wed in 1842.
They lived as tenants on Ginninderra Creek and appear to have worked on a number of stations throughout the district. Caleb and Mary had three children (two of whom survived infancy: Sarah and Hannah).
Caleb Flude and his daughters moved to Victoria by the early 1860s, where they may have been attracted as part of the gold rush. It is not known when or where Mary died.
- Gillespie, L. L., Ginninderra: Forerunner to Canberra, Campbell, 1992
- Meyers D. (ed. K. Frawley), Lairds, Lags and Larrikins: an Early History of the Limestone Plains, Pearce, 2010
- Immigration records