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Mary Ann Hillier (1839–1929)

Born on the ship Moffatt on October 9, 1839, as the boat was pulling into the wharf at Port Adelaide, Mrs. Mary Ann Hillier, who claimed to be the oldest colonist in South Australia, has died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. Cowley, of Kadina. Her husband, Mr. John Foach Hillier, died in 1886. The couple were married in 1865 at Holy Trinity Church. Mr. Hillier was in the composing room of The Register for nearly 40 years. Mrs. Hillier was the daughter of Mr. James Menpes, and a sister of the famous artist Mortimer Menpes. She has left 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Her surviving children are—Mrs. E. C. Cowley, Kadina; Mrs. S. C. Kent, Prospect; Mr. F. L. Hillier, Kent Town; and Mr. B. M. Hillier, Ardrossan.

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'Hillier, Mary Ann (1839–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 July 2024.

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  • Menpes, Mary Ann

9 October, 1839
Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


2 May, 1929 (aged 89)
Kadina, South Australia, Australia

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