Maria Hardy Batchelor

Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Maria Batchelor (Hardy)

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 21, 1892 (49)
Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Timaru, Timaru District, Canterbury, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Chas Jas Frederick Hy and Sarah Ann Hardy
Wife of John Sloper and Henry Batchelor
Mother of Emily Sloper; Frank Batchelor; Harry Batchelor; Jane Smith (Batchelor); Charlie Batchelor and 4 others
Sister of Charles Frederic Edwin Hardy; Mary Hardy; Sarah Hardy; William John Hardy and Joseph Dearlove Hardy

Managed by: Pauline Maree McCaffrey
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About Maria Hardy Batchelor

MARIA BATCHELOR (nee Maria Dearlove Hardy) 1843 —1892

HER EARLY LIFE Maria Hardy, born on 15 February 1843, at 74 Carlisle Street, Lambeth, London, County of Surrey, England. Her parents were Frederick James Hardy, a baker, and Sarah Ann Hardy, formerly Dearlove. (Frederick married his employer's daughter). Maria had two brothers much younger than herself (and other siblings), whom she felt claimed all the attention, so at the age of 16 she ran away from home, having somehow acquired the ticket of one of the maids in her father's house. Ten girls, including Maria, came to New Zealand on the "Mary Anne" leaving England on 26 April 1859 and arriving at Port Lyttelton on 4 August 1859 at a cost of £165 to the Provincial Government. The story goes that although Maria was listed as a domestic, when she was asked to scrub a floor she started at the outside and ended up in the middle of the room with the bucket. On another occasion, not being able to find the pudding bag, she used a stocking. HER FIRST MARRIAGE The role of domestic servant couldn't have pleased her for she filed an Intention to Marry on 10 October 1859, giving her age as 18 — a minor (there was no-one in the colony to consent to her marriage). She married John Sloper, a warehouseman, in the Registrar's Office, Lyttelton, the next day. He was 25 — 9 years her senior. A daughter, Emily, was born on 13 September 1860 and was baptised on 21 October. Nothing more is known of Emily, but that she died in Christchurch Hospital of enteric fever on 11 March 1880, aged 19. By this time her father was dead and her mother had moved to Albury. The Slopers moved to Oxford when Kenrick and Quin moved their mill there in 1860. John was one of the sawmillers and when he applied to be put on the electoral roll he gave as his qualification a 30 acre bush section No. RS2791, which H Kenrick had bought at Oxford. When the sawmillers and their families arrived in Oxford there were no shelters for them and heavy rainfall added to their discomfort. They lived in very poor conditions. Maria must have been very unhappy because after six years, she left John and went to live with Henry Batchelor. Typical of families in those days, this part of our history was never talked about, so the present generation was unaware of this until a notice was discovered in the Lyttelton Times. The notice dated 25 September 1865 read as follows: "My wife, Maria Hardy Sloper, having left my house without any known cause or provocation and now cohabiting with one Henry Batchelor, of Oxford; from this date I will not be answerable for any debts she may incur." John Sloper died in Christchurch Hospital. The records state that he was a bushman at Lees' Sawmill, was a resident of Oxford, belonged to the Church of England and was an Australian. HER SECOND MARRIAGE Whether from lack of concern on her part, lack of co-operation from John Sloper or simply a lack of money, Maria never obtained a divorce. Maria and Henry Batchelor's first five children were born before they were officially married which they did after John Sloper's death. John died on 2 August 1875; Maria and Henry were married on 20 October of the same year.

"NOTICE - MY WIFE, 'Maria Hardy Sloper, having left my house without any known cause or provocation, and now cohabiting with one Henry Batchelor, of Oxford; from this date I will not be answerable for any debts she may incur. JOHN SLOPER. Oxford, Sept. 25, 1865"

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Maria Hardy Batchelor's Timeline

1843
February 15, 1843
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1860
September 13, 1860
Age 17
New Zealand
1866
May 1, 1866
Age 23
Oxford, Waimakariri District, Canterbury, New Zealand
1868
1868
Age 24
1870
October 1, 1870
Age 27
West Eyreton, Waimakariri District, Canterbury, New Zealand
1871
August 1871
Age 28
Flaxton, Waimakariri District, Canterbury, New Zealand
1875
March 5, 1875
Age 32
Ohoka, Waimakariri District, Canterbury, New Zealand
1877
1877
Age 33