Mary Ann O'HARE
Name Variations O’HEHIR, O’HERE, O'HEIR, HARE, O'HOARE, O'HEIRE, O'HEARE
Father Edward O'HARE b.c. 18151 m.c. 1845 d. 18742
Mother Mary RYAN or TOOHEY or CONNOLLY b.c. 18283 m.c. 1845 d. 18984
Sister Eleanor O'HARE b. 18465 m. 18636 John McADAM d. 18977
Brother Peter O'HARE b. 18488 m. none - d. 19499
Brother Patrick O'HARE b. 185010 m. none - d. 185511
Inmate Mary Ann O'HARE b. 185312 m. 1875 (see below) d. 193013
Brother Edward Albert14 O'HARE b. 185515 m. 188016 Annie GREEN d. 193517
Sister Winifred O'HARE b. 185718 m. 187819 Sidney Swan Charles WRIGHT d. 190220
Sister Margaret Georgina21 O'HEHIR b. 185922 m. (1) 188523 (2) 192124 (1) Rupert W. BEADEL (2) James W. EDMONDS25 d. 192826
Brother John Thomas aka Thomas O'HARE b. 186527 m. 189228 Catherine Amelia GODWORTH d. 193529
Sister Sarah Vere30 O'HEHIR b.c. 1867 m. 188631 Henry Thomas JONES d. 192932
Husband Thomas STANNARD b. m. 187533 d. 191334
Son Thomas Sydney STANNARD b.c. 1880 m. 190335 Edith Alice HARRIS d. 192336
Son Ernest Albert STANNARD b. 188637 m. none - d. 189138
Daughter Florence Maude STANNARD b.c. 1888 m. none - d. 188839
Daughter Violet Edith Edia STANNARD b. 188940 m. none - d. 188941
Daughter Violet Maude STANNARD b. 189042 m. none - d. 189043
Son Albert Herbert Gladstone STANNARD b. 189144 m. 190045 Marcie EVANS d. 196746
Daughter Adelaide Pretoria STANNARD b. 189547 m. (1) 191548 (2) 193349 (1) Reginald Baldwin RIGBYE (2) Joseph Christopher BETTS d. 196350

Mary Ann was fifteen when on 8 October 1869,51 in company with Sarah BLAKE, Sarah McDUFF, Sarah Jane JOHNSTONE, and Amelia and Sarah Jane JOHNSON, they appeared before the bench under the Industrial Schools Act. Constable THOMPSON stated that the previous night he had found the girls in York Street and one of them complained to him that they were all leading bad lives and sleeping out at night. They told him that they had left their homes on Sunday night and had slept in a place in Sussex Street that night. Monday and Tuesday nights they spent in a house in Hay Street. On Wednesday night they went to Ivory's stables in Bourke Street, Surry Hills, where they were going to sleep with a jockey but were turned out by the police. They had promised to go home but went instead to sleep in an empty kitchen in Kelly's Lane. Their parents complained that the girls left their homes and situations and went wandering about the streets in company with persons having no lawful visible means of support. Mary Ann’s father was in court and gave evidence that he had no control over her.52 The girls were ordered to be sent to Newcastle. The bench stated that they were of opinion that the whole of the blame of the present position of these children rested on their parents. Because the pages from the Entrance Book are missing for the time of Mary Ann’s admission, details for her family, education, religion and discharge are not available from this source.

In June 1870, about nine months after Mary Ann's admission, her father, Edward, requested her release from the school.53 The original correspondence has yet to be located. In August 1870, Mary Ann and Isabella COULTER were placed in solitary confinement after they had been found in bed together by CLARKE and Mrs. ELLIOTT.54

On 21 March 1871, Edward, again wrote requesting her release from Newcastle. He stated that Mary Ann was eighteen and that

from correspondence I have received from her she is thoroughly reformed and during her residence at the industrial school her conduct will bear favourable investigation. I am her father and getting quite advance in years would much like to have all my family around me.55

Three days's later, on 24 March, Mary Ann wrote to her father. This original letter may be found in the CSIL but it is stored separately from her father's request three days earlier. The original envelope remains. Mary Ann wrote:56

My dear Parants,
I now take the pleasure of writing to you hoping this will find you well[?] all my dear sisters and brothers in good health as it lives[?] me at present dear parents will you be so kind as to sent me some clothing down to come home in and allso my passage money dear parents Mr and Mrs Clarke has gon away from the school and we have got Mr Lucas over us now dear parents you must not give your self any truble for coming down for me for I can come home my self dear parents I will be seen safe on board dear parents I was glad to see Mr kelleard and allso with the things you sent me dear parents give my kind love to my dear sisters and recive the same your self dear parents I have not been in any rillakes[?]57 dear parents I have no more to say at present but remain your most[?]
Affectionate daughter
Mary Ann OHare
God bless you All58

Mary Ann was finally released into the care of her father in April 1871 just before the school moved to Biloela so she didn't transfer to the island. Edward died three years later at the age of 59.

Mary Ann married Thomas STANNARD59 in 1875 in Sydney. The couple settled in Queensland where the births of all their children, excepting Adelaide, were registered. Mary Ann STANNARD is linked to the O’HARE family in the death notice for her sister, Margaret EDMONDS, in 1828.60 Thomas STANNARD died in Queensland in 1913 and Mary Ann died there in 1930 at the age of 79. Her place of birth, her father's name and a mother’s maiden name of TOOHEY are recorded in in Queensland BDM Index. This maiden name is thought to be in error. Mary Ann STANNARD's obituary which does contain some errors reads:

The death occurred at her daughter's residence at Hermit Park on November 6 of Mrs. Mary Ann Stannard, one of the old identities of Charters Towers, at the age of 80. Mrs. Stannard was the wife of the late Thomas Stannard, who ran a confectionery and refreshment business in Mosman Street, better known to old Towersites as "The Psychologists' Domicile." The deceased lady arrived on the old goldfield in 1868, and lived there till a few years ago. Pneumonia claimed her a victim after an illness of ten days. She leaves a son and daughter, Mr. Herbert Stannard, Adelaide and Mrs. Rex Rigbye, Townsville, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The kindly old lady will be missed by a wide circle of friends.61

Family

Mary Ann was the daughter of Edward O'HARE and Mary RYAN,62 TOOHEY63 or CONNELLY.64 No record of any marriage or any arrival of Edward and Mary can be confirmed in NSW. No appropriate people with the surnames O'HARE, O'HEIR and O'HEHIR can be confirmed and no clarification of who they were can be found. Records connected with Mary Ann and online trees for her known siblings provide evidence of contradictory names on the available documents. It must be considered that both Edward and Mary were convicts who had assumed different names but their identity is unknown.

Mary's baptism by the Rev. John MEAGHER was in the Catholic church in Sydney on 22 March 1853. She had been born on 12 February 1853, and her parents lived at Woolloomooloo.65 Because it is a Catholic baptism, her mother's maiden name of RYAN was recorded. The baptism of Mary Ann's brother, Edward Albert, in 1855 also confirms RYAN as his mother's maiden name.66 Other available baptisms for Mary Ann's siblings are yet to be read. It is hard to imagine that a Catholic would have lied to their priest at a baptism so this surname for Mary is considered the most likely of the three linked to her.

Edward's death registration indicates that he married May[sic?] CONNOLLY in Sydney and the first recorded child of the couple was in 1846, suggesting that their relationship began around this time. There is no doubt that this death registration is that of the father of the Newcastle admission because his place of death, 432 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, exactly matches the address on the envelope of the letter written by Mary Ann O'HARE from Newcastle on 24 March 1871. This address is confirmed by Edward in his application for Mary Ann's release.67 Sand's Directory indicates that in 1869 and 1870 Edward was at this address, recorded as O'HEIR, and was a gardener.68 When Mary Ann's brother, Peter, died in 1849, the family were recorded to be living in Surry Street, Sydney,69 and in 1865 and 1866 Edward was living in Langley's Lane, off Liverpool Street, but no occupation is recorded.70 At the time of his death Edward was recorded as a fencer.71 The year after his death a man of this name at the same address was recorded as a carpenter but it is thought that this record refers to son, Edward, who had possibly moved into the same residence.72

Edward described himself as aged when he applied for Mary Ann's discharge73 and he died on 18 October 1874. The registration indicated that his father was also named Edward and that three males and six females were still alive in 1874 but that one son had died. Edward's two dead sons were Patrick and Peter but this error by the informant is considered unusual. The informant was a friend, Edward DAVEY.74 It is unknown why Edward's wife was not recorded as the informant but there may be a simple explanation for this however it may be that the couple weren't living together. The registration documents that Edward was buried on 19 October 1874, at Haslem's Creek Cemetery75 but his Funeral Notice appeared in the SMH on 20 October under the name Edward O'HEIR indicating that he would be buried on that day.76 Although Edward was dead he is referred to as 'esquire' at the time of his son's marriage in 1892. It is not considered likely that Edward would have been considered of high enough standing as a gardener to be referred to as an 'Esquire'. No references to Edward appear in gaol records as all these references refer to an Edward O'HARA who is not likely to be the same person.

Mary O'HARE, the "relict of the late Edward O'HARE", died at the age of seventy in late December 1897 or early January77 1898. Her parents were recorded on her death registration as Timothy and Mary.78 The marriage announcement for Sarah Vere O'HEHIR indicates that she was their sixth and youngest daughter79 Only two sons, Edward and John Thomas, were named in Mary's funeral notice.80 Mary is not thought to be the Mary O’HARE who was often before the courts during the 1850s and early 1860s as this woman was probably a convict who had arrived on the Surrey in the 1830s so would have been far too old to be Edward's wife.

Updated February 2014

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