Mary Ann Humphris

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Born Mary Ann Cox on 26 June 1830 at Shenington, Gloucestershire, England, she married Thomas Humphris in 1853. Two months after their marriage they sailed to Australia on the Medway arriving at Melbourne on 22 February 1854. The couple moved to Ballarat around June 1854 where Thomas mined for gold. The couple had nine children. Mary Ann, a member of the Salvation Army, lived her later years at Black Lead Post Office, and died on 5 June 1928, shortly before her 98th birthday. She is buried with her husband at Buninyong Cemetery.[1]

Gates to the Buninyong Cemetery, 2011. Photograph: Clare Gervasoni

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

According to family history Mary Ann Humphris and some other women went to the stockade to see what was happening when they heard shots on the morning of 3 December 1854. They sought shelter behind a large water barrel, and when Mary Ann raised her head to see what was happening a bullet perforated her sun bonnet.[2]

Post 1854 Experiences

In the News

MARRIAGE. JOYCE HUMPHRIS.-On November 12, 1906, at Stirling-street Wesleyan Church, Bunbury, by the Rev. John Tiller, James William, second son of the late William Joyce senior, of the Education Department, Perth, Western Australia to Hannah Maria, fifth daughter of Thomas and Maryann Humphris, late of Ballarat, Victoria, now of Albury, N.S.W. Valuable presents were received by the bride and bridegroom, from Mr. J. W. Joyce's staff in the public service, and many presents and telegrams were received from friends and relatives, and the happy couple left Bunbury for Perth by the 4 p.m. train. [3]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999; Courier 29 November 1979, p. 4
  3. West Australian, 30 November 1906.

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