Emma Frances Baker1

#14499, (20 November 1842-12 April 1868)
FatherReverend Edward Knight Baker1 (5 Jan 1805-20 Jan 1885)
MotherRuth Wayte1 (c 1802-9 Jun 1885)
ChartsWayte Family - descendants
Last Edited17 Jun 2020
A book of Emma's poems, published the year after her death by her husband.

Source: Google Books
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Emma Frances Baker was likely born on 20 November 1842 at Port Louis, Mauritius.2,3 She may have been born on 20 November 1842 at Madagascar.4,1 She was the daughter of Reverend Edward Knight Baker and Ruth Wayte.1 Emma arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, circa 1845 with with her parents.5

She evidently - based upon a poem she wrote - grew up at Australia.6

She married William John Anderson, son of John Anderson Esq., on Friday, 24 June 1864 She was 21 and her husband William was 22.4

William and Emma were both ill with a fever January 1867 and went to their daughter Euphemie to Grand River, in Port Louis, Mauritius.7

Early in 1868 Emma was "labouring under a sad nervous affection" after the death of her two young daughters, all in the space of a year. She wrote a melancholy poem called 'The Trial' in which she wrote:

'But life, not death
Is mine; like those steep mountains far away
The long years rise before me cold and grey,
To tread with panting breath.8'

Both of her children died young, perhaps giving rise to the suggestion that she died childless.4

Emma died on 12 April 1868 (Easter Sunday) at Souillac, Mauritius, at age 25 at home trying to give birth to a third daughter (another account gives her cause of death as epilepsy ('the most severe and complicated form').9,10,1,11 Her body was interred at Souillac Cemetery at Souillac, Savanne, Mauritius.3

A year after Emma died, her widower William published a book of her poems - 'Colonial Poems' - in London. In a preface, he describes her as "a pious, gentle and thoughtful spirit" and reports that she "expressed a wish that her fugitive and scattered verses, some of which had appeared in Australian Periodicals under the signature 'Frances', should be collected and presented in a permanent form to her parents and others whom she had loved".12


1842Birth-LikelyPort Louis, Mauritius2,3
1867Note memo only CR CRGrand River, in Port Louis, Mauritius7
Note memo only CR CR8
1868Note memo only CR CR4
1868DeathSouillac, Mauritius9,10,1,11
BurialSouillac Cemetery, in Souillac, Savanne, Mauritius3
1869Note memo only CR CR12


William John Anderson (22 May 1842-28 Sep 1917)


  1. [S864] E-mails from Carole Knight Baker to Tim Hill, 2015- 'Re: WAYTE families query' - 10 March 2015 at 14:49.
  2. [S974] Mauritius Death Certificate, Central Civil Status Office Savanne District Certificate 407 13/4/1868.
  3. [S966] Manuscript note by William John Anderson.
  4. [S865] Gwyn Campbell David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar” p.874.
  5. [S865] Gwyn Campbell David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar”.
  6. [S867] Emma Frances Baker Colonial Poems p. 83-84.
  7. [S1172] E-mails from Robin Lee to Tim Hill, 2020- On Wed, 17 Jun 2020 at 04:39 - 'RE: William John Anderson.'
  8. [S867] Emma Frances Baker Colonial Poems p. 105.
  9. [S974] Mauritius Death Certificate, Central Civil Status Office Savanne District Certificate 407 13/4/1868 (her death certificate states her mother's name was (firstname) Audrelia (surname) Ruth but this is almost certainly incorrect.).
  10. [S244] The South Australian Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1868 'Family Notices.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 20 June, p. 7, viewed 27 April, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39184031
  11. [S867] Emma Frances Baker Colonial Poems p. vi (for cause of death).
  12. [S867] Emma Frances Baker Colonial Poems.