Margaret Holmes

#293, (circa 1827-1919)
Adoptive fatherWilliam Hyde Holmes (1794-1 Jul 1864)
Adoptive motherEllen O'Donnell (c 1806-11 Jan 1865)
ChartsDescendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited26 Jun 2021
     (For a brief history and context on the Holmes family see this page)

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Margaret was born circa 1827 at Ireland. She was the daughter of William Hyde Holmes and Ellen O'Donnell.

Margaret emigrated from Liverpool on 27 October 1841 on the 'Champion' with her adoptive parents and siblings (both biological and adopted.)1,2,3,4 After a voyage of 108 days Margaret 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 in a Presbyterian ceremony on Tuesday, 1 September 1863 the manse next to the church on the corner of Bolsolver and Derby streets at Rockhampton, Queensland.6,7,8,9

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.10 Margaret Holmes and Jane Holmes were found on a passenger list on 5 November 1863 from Rockhampton to Brisbane.10

Her adopted father died 1 July 1864 at the aproximate age of 70. Margaret was aged about 38 when this happened.

Her adopted mother died 11 January 1865 at the aproximate age of 65. Margaret was aged about 38 when this happened.

Margaret died in 1919 at the Sydney suburb of Randwick.11


1863Passngr listBrisbane10
1919Deaththe Sydney suburb of Randwick11


  1. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion", arr. 12th Feb. 1842.
  2. [S327] My Early Pioneers and Their Lives (
  3. [S344] The Australasian Chronicle, 1842 'Shipping Intelligence.', Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839-1843), 15 February, p. 3, viewed 20 February, 2011,
  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,
  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, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1863 No.94160.
  7. [S329] Central Queensland Family History Association Inc. (… ("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, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1863 'Family Notices.', Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861-1871), 8 September, p. 3, viewed 9 February, 2011,
  9. [S1253] Lorna McDonald Rockhampton: A History of City and District (for location of Presbyterian church).
  10. [S335] The Courier (Brisbane), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1863 'SHIPPING.', The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861-1864), 6 November, p. 2, viewed 9 February, 2011,
  11. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1919 No. 9449 (index only).