Mary Ann (Allen) Pearce

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Mary Ann Pearce (Allen)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent, England
Death: Died in Auckland, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Place of Burial: All Saint's Church, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Wife of Patrick Flynn and Patrick Pearce
Mother of Mark Pearce; Rhoda Priscilla (Pearce) White; Francis Thomas Pearce; James Patrick Pearce; Edward Pearce, Captain and 3 others

Managed by: Noelene Margaret Almond
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About Mary Ann (Allen) Pearce

She was born on the 17th August 1813 at Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent, England.

Brompton Barracks is the historic home of the Royal Engineers and is a self-contained military base built on the high ground overlooking Chatham Dockyard. The site lies within the defences of the Brompton Lines, built in the eighteenth century, and the later artillery defences built to defend the dockyard from landward attack.

North, South and West Blocks were built as an Artillery Barracks between 1804 and 1806, to the designs of James Wyatt. The barracks were the largest built by the Ordnance Board during the Napoleonic War, and originally housed some 1,300 soldiers in dormitories, with stables and gun carriage sheds nearby.

Her father was a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Sappers and Miners and her family did not approve of the marriage as Patrick Pearce was not a Commissioned Officer and she had been brought up to be "a Lady". According to their daughter, Rhoda, "when our mother married she did not even know how to wash and fold a handkerchief".

Mary (husband and oldest daughter) arrived in Van Diemen's Land in August 1838. She was still in Hobart circa 1847 when her daughter Mary Margaret was born. The early Settlers' Roll states that she arrived in Auckland on the 'Lady Franklin' in 1848.

She was buried with Patrick Pearce at All Saints' Cemetery, Howick. Block I, Row B, Plot 9 - Headstone reads "Sacred to the memory of Patrick Pearce d. 27 April 1861 aged 64 and his beloved wife Mary Ann d. 18 February 1891 aged 78".

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Mary Ann (Allen) Pearce's Timeline

1813
August 17, 1813
Chatham, Kent, England
1837
December 14, 1837
Age 24
Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
1840
January 24, 1840
Age 26
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
1842
January 13, 1842
Age 28
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
1844
January 3, 1844
Age 30
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
1845
June 20, 1845
Age 31
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
1847
October 5, 1847
Age 34
Saltwater River, Tasmania, Australia
1850
August 5, 1850
Age 36
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1852
November 4, 1852
Age 39
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1891
February 18, 1891
Age 77
Auckland, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand