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
Last Edited22 Apr 2022
WikiTree ID:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Holmes-19507.
     (For a brief history and context on the Holmes family see this page)

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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

The family soon became parishioners at St. James' Church of England, thought of as the principal church in the city and one which "the congregation usually includes the family of the Governor, and a large proportion of the leading members of society. It is also decidedly the favourite resort for the more aristocratical among the votaries of Hymen". How this sat with the Holmes family isn't known, but perhaps it sat well with William and Ellen as they contemplated the future for the eight young women under their charge. With space to seat a congegation of 1500, it would have made for a bustling centre of the community.6 She presumably lived with her parents at Sydney in January 1851. in Macquarie street.7

She may have attended the wedding of her sister in the marriage of Henry Hugh Hill and Bridget Holmes at St. James' Church of England on Monday, 20 January 1851 at Sydney. Bridget and Henry went on to have four children together.7,8

She may have attended the wedding of her sister in the marriage of William Patrick McMunn and Albina Hyde Holmes at St. James' Church of England on Monday, 17 January 1853 at Sydney. William and Albina went on to have some 10 children together.9,10

Jane and Margaret Holmes attended the wedding of Henry Hugh Hill and her sister Maria Holmes in a Presbyterian ceremony on Tuesday, 1 September 1863 at Rockhampton, Queensland. They also signed the marriage certificate as witnesses. The manse next to the church on the corner of Bolsolver and Derby streets.11,12,13,14

Maria's younger sisters Margaret and Jane stayed in Rockhampton with the new Hill family until two months after the wedding, returning in early November.15 Jane Holmes and Margaret Holmes were found on a passenger list on 5 November 1863 from Rockhampton to Brisbane.15

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 1896 at at 225 Forbes St. in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. The two-storey five room house, made of brick with a slate roof, was owned by Elizabeth Buchanan.16 Jane lived in 1900 at Darlinghurst.17 Jane and Maria lived in 1901 at Darlinghurst. The owner of the house was an Elizabeth Buchanan and was leased by 'J. Holmes.18,19' Jane lived in 1901 at Darlinghurst. Also in the house was her sister's son Joseph.20

An auction notice described the house at Darlinghurst to be sold:
No 225 FORBES STREET - 2 story Dwelling House, built of brick with slate roof and containing 1 half hall 4 rooms, kitchen, bathroom, balconies and verandah at present occupied six Miss Holmes

and further describe the house as having a frontage of 15 feet to Forbes Street and a depth of 54 feet to a lane at the rear.21

The house at Darlinghurst sold for £420 in October 1905.22 Jane lived in 1908 at at 196 Bourke St. in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.23 She was a dressmaker in 1908.23 She was described as doing domestic duties in 1913.24 Jane lived in 1913 at 140 Forbes St., in Darlinghurst.24 Jane lived in 1913 at at 163 Cathedral Street in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.25

Jane died on 12 May 1918 at the Sydney suburb of Balmain South.26,27 Her body was interred at Field of Mars cemetery on 14 May 1918 at the Sydney suburb of Ryde. Presbyterian, E, 314.28

Citations

  1. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion", arr. 12th Feb. 1842.
  2. [S327] My Early Pioneers and Their Lives (http://www.frankmurray.com.au) http://www.frankmurray.com.au/?page_id=787
  3. [S344] The 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] The 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. [S1335] Joseph Fowles Sydney In 1848 Chapter VII.
  7. [S271] Parish Registers for St. James, Vol.37A No.51.
  8. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1851 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 25 January, p. 5. , viewed 19 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12924347 (Interestingly, the newspaper stated that Bridget was the second daughter of William and Ellen).
  9. [S271] Parish Registers for St. James, Vol.39C No.913.
  10. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 21 January, p. 2, viewed 17 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12943044
  11. [S260] Queensland, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1863 No.94160.
  12. [S329] 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.).
  13. [S331] The Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 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
  14. [S1253] Lorna McDonald Rockhampton: A History of City and District (for location of Presbyterian church).
  15. [S335] The Courier (Brisbane), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1863 'SHIPPING.', The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861-1864), 6 November, p. 2, viewed 9 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3166706
  16. [S1272] City of Sydney - Archives and History Resources City of Sydney Archives and History Resources, (https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/) Assessment Books 1896 Fitzroy Ward 225 Forbes Street p.54.
  17. [S31] Sand's Directory,NSW, Australia (various dates), 1900 p.52.
  18. [S370] Australian Census 1901 County of Cumberland, City of Sydney, Ward of Bligh.
  19. [S1272] City of Sydney - Archives and History Resources City of Sydney Archives and History Resources, (https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/) Assessment Books 1901 Bligh Ward 225 Forbes Street p.40
    https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/assets/display/…
  20. [S31] Sand's Directory,NSW, Australia (various dates), 1901 p.52.
  21. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1904 'Advertising', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 5 November, p. 20. , viewed 04 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14643916
  22. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1905 'PBOPERTY MARKET.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 21 October, p. 15. , viewed 04 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14739931
  23. [S367] Australia - Electoral Rolls, Division of East Sydney, Darlinghurst Polling Place 1908.
  24. [S1336] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1893-1949 - MyHeritage, Division of King, Subdivision of Plunkett-Street 1913 p.30.
  25. [S367] Australia - Electoral Rolls, Division of East Sydney, Subdivision of King 1913.
  26. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1918 No.4703 (index only).
  27. [S1078] 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).
  28. [S1078] Northern Cemeteries (Sydney) (https://northerncemeteries.com.au) Field of Mars, Holmes     Jane, 12/05/1918, 14/05/1918: Presbyterian, E, 314.
  29. [S254] Wises Post Office Directory,New South Wales, Australia (various dates), 1906 p.53 & 932.
  30. [S254] Wises Post Office Directory,New South Wales, Australia (various dates), 1907 p.954.