Jane Holmes

#292, (circa 1837-12 May 1918)
FatherWilliam Hyde Holmes1 (1794-1 Jul 1864)
MotherEllen O'Donnell1 (c 1806-11 Jan 1865)
ChartsDescendents of Robert Holmes
     (For a brief history and context on the Holmes family see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Jane was born circa 1837 at Ireland.1 She was the daughter of William Hyde Holmes and Ellen O'Donnell.1

Jane emigrated from Liverpool on 27 October 1841 on the 'Champion' with her parents and siblings (both biological and adopted.)1,2,3,4 After a voyage of 108 days Jane arrived at Sydney on 12 February 1842. During the voyage 5 sailors committed mutiny but were eventually released by the Attorney General.1,2,3,4

She presumably lived with her parents at Princes Street in The Rocks, in Sydney, in 1843. It is not clear that the entry refers to this family, but is a reasonable speculation given that Bridget and her husband claimed to live in this same street ten years later.5 She was a witness at the wedding of Henry Hugh Hill and her sister Maria Holmes at the manse in a Presbyterian ceremony on Tuesday, 1 September 1863 at Rockhampton, Queensland. The wedding between a widow and his deceased wife's sister may have been a practical arrangement, but it was regarded by many as deeply morally suspect within the Church of England.6,7,8 Jane Holmes and Margaret Holmes were found on a passenger list on 5 November 1863 from Rockhampton to Brisbane.9

Her father died 1 July 1864 at the approximate age of 70.

Her mother died 11 January 1865 at the approximate age of 65. Jane lived in 1900 at at 225 Forbes St. in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.10 Jane and Maria lived in 1901 at Darlinghurst.11 Jane lived in 1901 at Darlinghurst. Also in the house was her sister's son Joseph.12 Jane lived in 1908 at at 196 Bourke St. in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.13 She was a dressmaker in 1908.13 Jane lived in 1913 at at 163 Cathedral Street in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.14

Jane died on 12 May 1918 at the Sydney suburb of Balmain South.15,16 Her body was interred at Field of Mars cemetery on 14 May 1918 at Ryde. Presbyterian, E, 314.17


  1. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion", arr. 12th Feb. 1842.
  2. [S327] Webpage My Early Pioneers and Their Lives (http://www.frankmurray.com.au) http://www.frankmurray.com.au/?page_id=787
  3. [S344] Australasian Chronicle, 1842 'Shipping Intelligence.', Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839-1843), 15 February, p. 3, viewed 20 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31735058
  4. [S344] Australasian Chronicle, 1842 'News and Rumors of the Day', Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839-1843), 3 March p. 3, viewed 20 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4232218
  5. [S640] New South Wales, Australia Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1843, Civilian Roll for Gipps Ward, in the City of Sydney, for the year 1842-43.
  6. [S260] Queensland, Marriage Certificate, General Registry Office 1863 No.94160.
  7. [S329] Website Central Queensland Family History Association Inc. (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~auscqfha/index.htm) http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~auscqfha/… ("Early in May, 1861, Rev. Samuel Kelly, formerly of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, arrived in Rockhampton and on May 28 a public meeting, under the presidency of John Jardine, Police Magistrate, resolved to take steps to establish a church. In September a grant of an acre of land was received from the Government and a small church was built." It was during this time that they were married.).
  8. [S331] The Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser, 1863 'Family Notices.', Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861-1871), 8 September, p. 3, viewed 9 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51559212
  9. [S335] The Courier (Brisbane), 1863 'SHIPPING.', The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861-1864), 6 November, p. 2, viewed 9 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3166706
  10. [S31] Sand's Directory, Sydney & NSW 1900 p.52.
  11. [S370] Australian Census 1901 County of Cumberland, City of Sydney, Ward of Bligh.
  12. [S31] Sand's Directory, Sydney & NSW 1901 p.52.
  13. [S367] Commonwealth of Australia - Electoral Rolls, Division of East Sydney, Darlinghurst Polling Place 1908.
  14. [S381] Commonwealth of Australia - Electoral Rolls - East Sydney - King, Division of North Sydney, Electorate of King, 1913 p.74.
  15. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1918 No.4703 (index only).
  16. [S1078] Website Northern Cemeteries (Sydney) (https://northerncemeteries.com.au) Field of Mars, Holmes     Jane, 12/05/1918, 14/05/1918: Presbyterian, E, 314 (for date of death).
  17. [S1078] Website Northern Cemeteries (Sydney) (https://northerncemeteries.com.au) Field of Mars, Holmes     Jane, 12/05/1918, 14/05/1918: Presbyterian, E, 314.
  18. [S254] Wises Post Office Directory, Sydney & New South Wales 1906 p.53 & 932.
  19. [S254] Wises Post Office Directory, Sydney & New South Wales 1907 p.954.