Mary Ann Devine

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Mary Ann Devine (Taylor)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Swellendam, South Africa
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Devine, Jnr
Mother of May Devine; Victor Bartlett Devine; Ethel Orpen and Grace Morkel

Managed by: Sally Ann McConnell
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About Mary Ann Devine

MRS. DEVINE, 1895-96 or earlier Of the Nurses' Home, 96 Main Street, according to the Bulawayo Directory and Handbook of Matabeleland, 1895-96, pp. 69 and 117. She is mentioned as nursing there by the Bulawayo Chronicle of 18/1/95, and the edition dated 22/2/96 says: "the Chartered Company have presented Mesdames Chapman and Devine with a stand in recognition of the services they have rendered to the people here. The two ladies intend to erect a substantial nurses' home on the stand, which is situated at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Main Street, rather above the English Church".

Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Devine started their own hospital on the stand given them about May, 1895.

Mrs. Devine did splendid work in the Bulawayo laager during the rebellion. When it was over, Earl Grey paid expenses for her to take a trip to the Colony (Cape) as a mark of his appreciation of her valuable services at the "Laager and Exchange Hospitals". Information, Bulawayo Chronicle, 13/6/96.

The family were told that Mary Ann Devine joined Cecil John Rhodes' entourage as a Nurse and went to Rhodesia when her children were young, never to return. Nothing more was heard of her. Her children were brought up by an aunt in Caledon.

The South African Archives reveal that she divorced John Devine in 1887

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http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA/2001-05/0988936808

MRS. CHAPMAN, 1894 Was in the Nurses' Home, 96 Main Street, according to the Bulawayo Directory and Handbook of Matabeleland, 1895-1896, pp. 69 and 117. The Bulawayo Chronicle of 18/1/95 mentions her as nursing there, while on 4/1/95 she was reported among the guests at the "Passing of the Year" dance, which took place in the Courthouse about 31/12/94. Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Devine started their own hospital on the stand given them about May, 1895. Mrs. Chapman was in the Bulawayo laager during the rebellion. The supplement to the Matabeleland News of 25/9/95 gives Mrs. Chapman's address as "corner of 6th Avenue/Grey Street".

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Mary Ann Devine's Timeline

1857
September 18, 1857
South Africa
November 18, 1857
Swellendam, South Africa
1879
April 27, 1879
- May 11, 1879
Age 21
Caledon, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1879
Age 21
1880
May 8, 1880
Age 22
Caledon, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1881
November 21, 1881
Age 24
Caledon, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1883
May 8, 1883
Age 25
Caledon, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1886
December 1, 1886
Age 29
Caledon, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1887
1887
Age 29

Cape Archives :
MHG 0 D353 DEVINE, JOHN. EGGENOTE MARY ANN (GEBORE TAYLOR). 1887

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