Mary Jane Nicholson1

#286, (23 July 1852-2 October 1934)
FatherDonald Nicholson (12 Jan 1812-3 Nov 1899)
MotherMargaret Brown (14 May 1818-22 May 1874)
Mary Nicholson
Olliver family headstone
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Mary was born on Friday, 23 July 1852 at Yass, New South Wales.2 She was the daughter of Donald Nicholson and Margaret Brown. She was baptised on Sunday, 10 October 1852 at Yass, New South Wales. She was baptised in a Presbyterian ceremony.2 In her early childhood Mary presumable lived with her family in Yass, and later at Limestone Creek. In her early teens her family lived in Forbes, where she met her husband-to-be.3,4,5 She lived with her parents at Limestone Creek, in the district of Yass, New South Wales, in January 1859.6 She lived with her parents at South Lead, in Forbes, New South Wales, in October 1865. Donald and Margaret were to remain residents of the town for at least three years.7 She moved with her parents to Bushman's Lead, New South Wales, in 1871. They made the move just after gold had been discovered, when the town 'consisted of a butcher's shop, a bakery and a few houses which the hardy pioneers had constructed from the timber around them.8,9' She lived with her parents at Bushman's Lead, New South Wales, in September 1872.8

She married Henry Olliver, son of William Olliver and Ann Grubb, in a Presbyterian ceremony at her father's house on Sunday, 8 September 1872 at Bushman's Lead, New South Wales. She was 20 and her husband Henry was 21. Henry was a local blacksmith.. Witnesses to the wedding were Susannah Alletta Nicholson, Donald Nicholson and Margaret Brown.8

Her mother died 22 May 1874 at the age of 56. Mary was aged 21 when this happened.10,11 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Victoria Street, in Parkes, New South Wales, circa 1889. Henry and Mary were to remain there for another 45 years (after having lived in three other houses in town).9,5

Her mother died 3 November 1899 at the age of 87. Mary was aged 47 when this happened. A family photograph circa 1920.
Photograph by User
She and Henry Olliver celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 8 September 1932.
Henry Olliver and Mary Nicholson - Diamond wedding anniversay


Mary died on 2 October 1934 at 14 Victoria Street, in Parkes, New South Wales, at age 82 following a short illness.12,9 She was buried at Church of England cemetery, in Parkes, New South Wales.13

Mary was memorialised in an obituary on 8 October 1934:
" ...Of a deeply religious nature Mrs. Olliver attended the Presbyterian Church regularly until recently, and brought her family, to whom she was devoted, up in a way which made, them honored throughout the district.
The family, of whom two are deceased, is as follows: William (Dundas), Margaret (Mrs. F. P. Goudge, of Parkes), Alexandria (Mrs. A. McDougall, Sans Souci), Hughie (New Zealand), Arthur (Sans Souci), James (Bondi), Hilton (New Zealand) and Jack (Young). There are also 30 grandchildren and 17 great, grand children.14

Children of Mary Jane Nicholson and Henry Olliver

Children
Last Edited16 Aug 2013
ChartsBrown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Four generations

Citations

  1. [S452] Private Nicholson Source, Genealogical Notes, unknown date p.4 (middle name).
  2. [S248] Parish Registers - Parish of Yass, 1788- 1856 Vol. 51 entry 1305.
  3. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1870 No.9613.
  4. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1859 No.14301.
  5. [S645] The Western Champion, 'Diamond Wedding' September 1932.
  6. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1859 No. 14301.
  7. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1865 No.2533.
  8. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1872 No.2094.
  9. [S644] The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, 1934 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1948), 8 October, p. 3, viewed 3 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112820901
  10. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1874 No. 4743.
  11. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1875 No. 10,895.
  12. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1934 No.21,853.
  13. [S646] A photograph by Mary Martensz taken early 2013 of early 2013.
  14. [S644] The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, 1934 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1948), 8 October, p. 3, viewed 3 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112820901 ("GENERAL NEWS
    OBITUARY.
    MRS. MARY OLLIVER.
    One of Parkes' pioneer ladies, Mrs. Mary Olliver, wife of Mr. Harry Olliver, of Victoria-street, passed away in her home early on Tuesday morning, following a short illness, at the age of 82 years.
    Born in Yass, Mrs. Olliver came to Parkes in 1871, just after gold had been discovered, and the town, then known as. 'The Bushman's Lead,' consisted of a butcher's shop, a bakery and a few houses which the hardy pioneers had constructed from the timber around them. In 1872 she was married to Mr. Olliver who had also recently arrived in the town, and together they set about making a living following farming pursuits in the district. Mr. Olliver was able to build a comfortable home in Victoria-street in 1889, and they, have resided there ever since.
    Of a deeply religious nature Mrs. Olliver attended the Presbyterian Church regularly until recently, and brought her family, to whom she was devoted, up in a way which made, them honored throughout the district. The family, of whom two are deceased, is as follows: William (Dundas), Margaret (Mrs. F. P. Goudge, of Parkes), Alexandria (Mrs. A. McDougall, Sans Souci), Hughie (New Zealand), Arthur (Sans Souci), James (Bondi), Hilton (New Zealand) and Jack (Young). There are also 30 grandchildren and 17 great, grand children.
    There was a special service at the Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday afternoon, when the Rev. H. S. Bunn gave a brief, but very fine address. At 3 o'clock the funeral cortege moved off to the cemetery where the Rev. Bunn again officiated.
    Deep sympathy is felt for the family and the aged widower in their loss of one of whom it could truly be said, 'She was one of God's good women.' — 'Champion-Post.'
    Many friends in this district extend their sympathy to Mrs. McDougall and Mr. J. Olliver.").