Given names: 
Mary Ann
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Sheet No: 435
Hawke's Bay

Biographical information provided by Stefanie Lash for the He Tohu exhibition:

Possibly because of her unusual married name, Farmery, resulting in mis-transcription in the public record, Mary Ann Farmery is difficult to trace before her marriage to Charles Farmery before 1882. The pair had eight children. Two died as babies.

The family were members of the Wesleyan (Methodist) Church in Napier and Mary Ann often catered for church functions. Charles worked as a roading contractor.

Mary Ann died in 1918, aged 59, not living to see her two sons return from the War. Her family inserted In Memoriam notices in the newspaper in the years after her death 'in loving token of a good Christian wife and mother'.

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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'Mary Ann Farmery', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 11-Sep-2017

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Michelle Wood

Posted: 18 Sep 2020

Mary Ann's maiden name was SANDS. Her birth date was 29 Dec 1858, and she was born in Lincolnshire, England. She and husband Charles FARMERY emigrated in 1879 to NZ. Her parents were Thomas SANDS & Hannah CROW.