Mary Jane "Barrossa" Telfer

Mary Jane Barrossa Telfer was the third born child of Joseph and Sarah Telfer. 


She was born at sea on in the English channel between the isles of Scilly and Portsmouth on May 15, 1839 presumably aboard the "Barrossa" transport ship. 


Why at sea? Well Joseph Telfer was in the Royal Artillery. We assume he served on these ships with his family as Mary Jane's sister Elisabeth was born in Up Park camp Jamaica (and one of her brothers in northern Ireland. 


Why Barrossa and nor Barossa or Barrosa - well the newspapers of the day show the double S and the double R spelling - however, many of Mary's records have the Barossa spelling. It's time to correct the record.


Mary was a very interesting woman in my opinion. I know nothing of her directly - no stories from the family and my gran (Vera Jane Barrow) was born in Nyngan, NSW (1910) only a few years before Mary Jane died in Bourke NSW (1919). 

 

 


We believe this is a photo of Virginia Jane White (born Lee) who later married Thomas Miles Barrow with Mary Jane Barrossa Telfer. (if not her then Eliza mailes her mother in Law?) This photo would be taken in Bourke NSW. 

Highlights

1839

Born on the 'Barrossa' in the English Channel. 


The Barossa went onto convey convicts from the UK to Australia

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So why was her mother on this boat?

What was this boat doing in the English Channel? where was it going and why? 

Who else was on the boat?


1841 Census. 

Cholic Lane, Woolwich, Greenwich

Home is with her mother Sarah, father Joseph, and older sister Elizabeth (who had been born in Jamaica). Cholic lane no longer exists but is mentioned in the historical notes about the Royal Artiliary.

1851 Census

Home was in Barnfield Road, Plumstead, Kent. These appear converted or lost but the cottages in the adjacent Barnsfield Gardens are still standing. 


Mary now shows on the Census as Mary Jane B (11) This is the first appearance of the 'Barossa' reference in relation to her. 


Home is with Mother Sarah (40), Father Joseph (45) who is now a pensioner from the Royal Artillery (the housing here is British Army owned and used to train Artillery). Her sisters Elisabeth (14), Sarah Ann (3), Isabella (2) and Brothers George Dalton (9), William John H (7), Richard Henry (14 days). All Children listed as scholars so attending school. 

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