Bridget Holmes

#916, (1826-7 May 1862)
Adoptive fatherWilliam Hyde Holmes1 (1794-1 Jul 1864)
Adoptive motherEllen O'Donnell2 (c 1806-11 Jan 1865)
     (For a brief history and context on the Holmes family see this page)

(For a brief history and context on the Hill 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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Bridget was born in 1826 at Limerick. She was probably born between January and May.3,4 She was the daughter of William Hyde Holmes and Ellen O'Donnell.1,2

Bridget emmigrated from Liverpool on 27 October 1841 on the 'Champion' with her adoptive parents and siblings (both biological and adopted).2,5,6,7 Bridget came out with the expectation of becoming a house servant.8 After a voyage of 108 days Bridget arrived at Sydney on 12 February 1842. During the voyage 5 sailors committed mutiny but were eventually released by the Attorney General.2,5,6,7

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.9

She married Henry Hugh Hill, a shop assistant in an ironmonger's, at St. James' Church of England on Monday, 20 January 1851 at Sydney. Witnesses to the wedding were William Hyde Holmes and Maria Holmes.10 Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their daughter Ellen Mary Hill on Thursday, 11 December 1851 at Sydney.11 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Wooloomooloo street, in Sydney, in December 1851. Also living in the house was their daughter Ellen. Shortly after, they moved to Princes Street, The Rocks (now demolished, but used to run between Upper Fort Street and Cumberland Street).12 Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their first son Henry Hugh Hill on Wednesday, 22 June 1853 at Sydney.13,14 Bridget Holmes and Henry Hugh Hill moved to Melbourne in 1854.4 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Great Bourke Street, in Melbourne, in 1856.15 31 January 1856 Henry and Bridget expressed an interest in purchasing, for cash "a Five or Six Roomed House, with small piece of land for garden." the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda However a year later the family were still living in Melbourne proper, this time in Latrobe Street.16,17

Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their second daughter Eliza Holmes Hill on Monday, 5 January 1857 at Melbourne.17 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Latrobe Street, in Melbourne, in 1858.18

For a short while they lived in St. Kilda before trying to sell the house with the following advertisement: on 12 October 1858:

"ST. KILDA -For SALE, a neat COTTAGE, with garden in front, five rooms, storeroom, kitchen, washhouse, and servants'-room, and good-sized yard, now occupied by the owner, and situated In Princes Street, corner of Burnett-street. Apply on the premises, or to Mr. Henry Hill, 113 Flinders-lane west."19

Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of son Joseph Hill in March 1859 at Victoria. However, Joseph only lived a year.20,21

Bridget died on 7 May 1862 at Ballarat East, Victoria, of gangrene of the lung.4,22 Her body was interred at The Old Cemetery Ballarat on 9 May 1862 at Ballarat, Victoria. She was buried at 3:30 with the procession moving from Henry's residence at Seymour St., Soldiers' Hill. She is buried in area AN, Section 2 Row - Grave 4.4

Children of Bridget Holmes and Henry Hugh Hill

Children
Last Edited20 Jun 2014
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes

Citations

  1. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Married - 25 Jan 1851, p.5.
  2. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion", arr. 12th Feb. 1842.
  3. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW.
  4. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1862 No.3526.
  5. [S327] Webpage My Early Pioneers and Their Lives (http://www.frankmurray.com.au) http://www.frankmurray.com.au/?page_id=787
  6. [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
  7. [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
  8. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion" arr. 12 Feb. 1842.
  9. [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.
  10. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vol.37A No.51.
  11. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vol.37A No.479.
  12. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vol 37A No.479.
  13. [S260] Queensland, Marriage Certificate, General Registry Office 1882 No.1271.
  14. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vol.39A No.248.
  15. [S353] Victoria - Electoral Rolls, Division of St. Patrick's,.
  16. [S336] The Argus, 1856 'Advertising.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), 31 January, p. 8, viewed 4 March, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4829567
  17. [S348] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, 1857, No. 8377.
  18. [S349] Unknown directory type, unknown date 1858 p.42-43.
  19. [S336] The Argus, 1858 'Advertising.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), 12 October, p. 8, viewed 21 January, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7302626
  20. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1860 No.1010 (index only).
  21. [S336] The Argus, 1860 'Family Notices.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), 11 February, p. 4, viewed 22 January, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5676970
  22. [S346] The Ballarat Star, 8th May 1862 p.2.
  23. [S355] Sands and McDougall Victorian Directories, various dates 1860, p.150.
  24. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1851 Vol. 37A No.479.
  25. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1853 Vol. 39A 248.