Bridget Holmes

#916, (1826-7 May 1862)
Adoptive fatherWilliam Hyde Holmes1 (1794-1 Jul 1864)
Adoptive motherEllen O'Donnell2 (c 1806-11 Jan 1865)
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited21 Apr 2022
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(For a brief history and context on the Hill family see this page)

(For a brief history and context on the Holmes family see this page)

Bridget Holmes may have been born circa 1823 at Ireland.3 She may have been born in 1826 at Limerick.4,5 She was the daughter of William Hyde Holmes and Ellen O'Donnell.1,2

Bridget emigrated from Liverpool on 27 October 1841 on the 'Champion' with her adoptive parents and siblings (both biological and adopted.)2,6,7,8 Bridget came out with the expectation of becoming a house servant.9 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.2,6,7,8

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.10

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.11

Bridget attended the wedding of William Henry Bardwell and Elizabeth Conway at St. James' Church of England on Monday, 19 August 1844 at Sydney. They also signed the marriage certificate as witnesses.12 She presumably lived with her parents at Sydney in January 1851. in Macquarie street.13

She married Henry Hugh Hill, a worker in an ironmonger's shop, at St. James' Church of England on Monday, 20 January 1851 at Sydney. The wedding certificate was also signed by Maria Holmes. Others who attended include William Hyde Holmes as father of the bride; it's likely that Ellen O'Donnell attended as mother of the bride. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Ellen Holmes, Margaret Holmes, Charlotte Holmes, Frances Hyde Holmes, Albina Hyde Holmes and Jane Holmes. Bridget and Henry went on to have four children together.13,14 St. James was the second Anglican church in Sydney, constructed between 1819 and 1824, and in constant use between then and the present. It was completely designed and built by convict labour. Henry and his family continued to use this church even when they had moved out of the Parish.15

It isn't known how Henry and Bridget met, but they were both members of the congregation at St. James' Church of England, Sydney.

Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their daughter Ellen Mary Hill on Thursday, 11 December 1851 at Sydney. It is possible that her christian names came from the names of her grandmothers, Ellen O'Donnell and Mary Hill.16 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Woolloomooloo street, in Sydney, in December 1851. This was a stone house with a shingle roof, valued at £26 owned by John Meredith. Also living in the house was their daughter Ellen.17,18

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.19,20

Henry (represented by a Mr. Roberts), a tenant of Joseph Meredith, was brought to Police Court concerning unpaid rent in Sydney. The case was heard by Mr. J.S. Dowling and Dr. Huntley at the Police Office. It was alleged that the Hill family occupied it under a weekly tenancy. In turn, Henry said that he had taken residence for six months with a monthly tenancy. The rent had been raised but the family had agreed to the increased rent as the place suited them.21

Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their first son Henry Hugh Hill on Wednesday, 22 June 1853 at Sydney.22,23 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at 123 Princes Street, in Sydney, in 1855. This house was an eight room, two storey stone house with a shingle roof with a gross annual value £150.24,25 Bridget Holmes and Henry Hugh Hill were found on a passenger list on the the Wonga Wonga on 29 December 1855 from Sydney to Melbourne. Also on board were their two children, and a Miss Holmes, most likely one of Bridget's sisters travelling to help establish the family in a new city.26,27 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Great Bourke Street, in Melbourne, in 1856.28 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.29,30



Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of their second daughter Eliza Holmes Hill on Monday, 5 January 1857 at Melbourne. Her middle name was her mother's maiden name..30 She presumably lived with her spouse Henry at Latrobe Street, in Melbourne, in 1858.31

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."32

A 'Miss M. Holmes' travelled to Melbourne from Sydney on the City of Sydney - perhaps this was Maria visiting her sister Bridget for the birth of her son Joseph.33

Bridget and Henry Hugh Hill became the parents of son Joseph Hill in March 1859 at St. Kilda. However, Joseph only lived a year.34,35,36
Bridget Holmes - obituary


For reasons that are unclear (but may be related to Bridget's declining health), Henry announced: "H. HILL and CO. beg to inform Carpenters, Builders, Contractors, and others, that they are now selling off their entire stock at cost price, as they are leaving the colony in as short a time as possible". The advertisment, written on the 21st of April, then went on to list an extensive range of ironmongery.37

Bridget died on 7 May 1862 at Ballarat East, Victoria, of gangrene of the lung (which was however reported by her Sydney family as peurisy)..5,38,3 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 4.5,39

A Sydney obituary honoured her memory:
May 7th, at Ballaarat, from an attack of pleurisy, Bridget, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry Hill, for many years a resident of this city, in the fortieth year of her age, leaving a husband, three children, and a large circle of friends and relatives to lament their loss.

Puzzingly, another obituary in the Melbourne Argus stated her name as Margaret and claimed she was 36.3,40

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
Family
1823Birth-CandidateIreland3
1826Birth-CandidateLimerick4,5
1,2
1842Note memo only9
1851MarriageSt. James' Church of England, in Sydney13,14
Note memo only15
Note memo only CR CRSydney
1853Note memo only CR CRWoolloomooloo street, in Sydney21
1853Residence-hide at Princes Street in the Sydney area of The Rocks23
1855Passngr listMelbourne26,27
1856Note memo onlythe Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda29,30
1857Residence-hideLatrobe Street, in Melbourne30
1858Quotation type 2 at corner Princes and Burnett Street in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda32
1860Residence-hide at Princes Road in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda35,41
Residence-hideLydiard Street, in Ballarat, Victoria42
1862Note memo only CR CR37
1862DeathBallarat East, Victoria5,38,3
1862BurialThe Old Cemetery Ballarat, in Ballarat, Victoria5,39
Quotation type 33,40

Family

Henry Hugh Hill (c 1827-27 Jul 1878)
Children

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