Mary Ann Orphan

Mary Ann Orphan b. 13/12/1842 - d. 9/07/1915

Mary Ann Orphan Welham was born 13/12/1842 at Sydney, N.S.W, christened on 13/12/1842 at St Peters, Cooks River ( father Samuel listed as brickmaker, Sydney) and died on 9/07/1915 at Balmain South, N.S.W.  She married Thomas Eggleston ( b. 18/02/1835 Nottinghamshire, England; d. 1895) on 20/1/1863.  They had 10 children:

Florence Eggleston
b. 1864 Glebe, N.S.W. – d. 1926 Sydney, N.S.W.

William T. Eggleston b. 1866 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 1924 Paddington, N.S.W.

James B. Eggleston b. 1868 Newcastle, N.S.W – d. 27/7/1871 Market Wharf, Newcastle, N.S.W.

Ernest Albert Eggleston   b. 1871 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 1939 Newcastle, N.S.W.

Emily Annie Eggleston b. 1873 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 1913 Granville, N.S.W.

Maud M. Eggleston b. 1876 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 1919 Waverley, N.S.W.

Thomas Singleton E. Eggleston b. 1878 Newcastle, N.S.W. - d. 1945 Guyra, N.S.W.

Charles G. Eggleston b. 1881 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 1910 Newtown, N.S.W.

Blanche B Eggleston b. 1884 Newcastle, N.S.W.

Alice M. Eggleston b. 1886 Newcastle, N.S.W.

In 1865 Thomas Eggleston was operating as a Nurseryman at Lake Macquarie Road, Newcastle.  The following newspaper advertisement appeared in the Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter District News on 24th May, 1865.

Thomas Eggleston, Nurseryman, Seedsman, and Florist. All kinds of vegetable, farm seeds, flowering plants, trees, shrubs and fruit trees, a great variety, wholesale and retail. 
Agent for Horticultural Society's Magazine and Gardening Information. All orders entrusted to Mrs WELHAM, Hunter-street will be punctually attended to, or to the Nursery, Lake Macquarie Road, Newcastle.
Gardens Laid Out, Planted, and Kept in Order, by Contract or otherwise.
                                                                   THOMAS EGGLESTON.

(The Mrs Welham mentioned in the advertisement was his mother-in-law Elizabeth Welham (wife of Samuel) who ran the family pottery retail store in Hunter Street, Newcastle - see photograph on Home Page)

The following information has been kindly supplied by Jason Smith - a descendant of Mary Ann Welham.  

The young family must have experienced some difficult times financially. The NSW State Archives lists Thomas Eggleston in the Insolvency Index. The record states that he became insolvent in 1867 and at the time had been working as a Dealer in Singleton, NSW. At this time they had three children under six years of age.


The NSW State Archives also tell us that Thomas  and Mary Ann's sons, Thomas Singleton Eggleston and Ernest Albert Eggleston established a business  on the 17

July 1903. The business traded under the registered name of E T Eggleston and it was a “seedsman and florist “ business located at 85 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW.

Information kindly supplied by Lee Eggleston - a descendant of Mary Ann Welham.

As reported in the Newcastle Chronicle - Thursday 22nd June, 1871.

Thomas' business card

Mary Ann's Christmas Postcard

Back of Christmas postcard

To wish you all a Merry Xmas & a happy new year from your Loving Mother & Grandma. M.A. Eggleston.

Mary Ann Orphan's Death Notice

Maitland Daily Mercury Newspaper 14th July, 1915.

Florence Eggleston

FLORENCE EGGLESTON  b. 1864 Glebe, NSW, d. 1926 Sydney NSW. was the eldest child of Mary Ann and Thomas Eggleston.  She married William Henry Sudbury in Newcastle in 1892. William had come to Australia aged 23 on the Lusitania arriving in Melbourne in 1883.

They had 3 children: Cecil who was born and died as an infant in Newcastle, Henry Compton and Dorothy Florence Vera.

William Eggleston

WILLIAM T EGGLESTON (born 1866 Newcastle, NSW - died 2 Aug.1924, Paddington, NSW) was the son of Thomas and Mary Eggleston (Mary Ann Orphan Welham). He married Eliza Crane (born 1865 Maitland, NSW - died 1946 Parramatta, NSW) in Newcastle during 1895. They had one known child, Doris Lillian Eggleston, who was born in Newcastle in 1895.

The Sydney Morning Herald - 4 August 1924, death notice for William Eggleston

James B. Eggleston

The Sydney Mail - Saturday 5th August, 1871

James B. Eggleston, a boy about four years old, was the victim of a terrible accident at Dempsey Island, near Newcastle, on the 22nd ultimo, and died on the 25th.  The tale is told in the evidence of the mother, who is the wife of a farmer.  She says, on Saturday morning, the 22nd July, about half past 7 o'clock, I left the deceased playing with his brother and sister on the bed, in the bedroom; while I went to the kitchen to get some water to give the children a bath, and from there to the yard to bring in some wood to put on the fire, and whilst I was picking up the wood, I heard a scream, and immediately ran into the house, when I met the deceased at the door with his night gown and little shirt which he had on in flames; I wrapped him in my dress and extinguished the fire; I applied some oil and flour on the injured parts, assisted by my mother; he appeared to progress favourably until Tuesday, at 1 o'clock, when I noticed that a change had taken place, as he seemed much weaker; his father at once sent for Dr. Harris, who returned in the boat with the messenger; deceased expired about ten minutes to 6 o'clock, shortly after the arrival of the doctor; the fire is in the sitting-room, which is the next one to where I left the children; there was only a small fire which had just been lighted; I could not have been absent more than ten minutes.  Dr Harris found the boy suffering from a severe burn on the neck and over the stomach, and had only time to dress part of the wound when the child was seized with convulsions and died within twenty minutes.  

Emily Annie Eggleston

EMILY ANNIE EGGLESTON'S marriage notice as recorded in the Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate 30th October, 1897.  Emily was the 5th child of Thomas and Mary Anne Eggleston (nee Welham).

Thomas Singleton Eggleston

Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser - Tuesday 8th March, 1921.

Mr T.S. Eggleston, Guyra, has been informed that he has been appointed by the Minister for Labour and Industry as a sub-agent of the Labour Exchange.  He will arrange to meet the needs of employers and employees communicated to him.  It is proposed by the Minister to establish sub-agencies in every important town in the State, in order that a net-work of sub-agencies may be established.

Emily Annie Brewer (nee Eggleston)



  A suit for the restitution of conjugal rights was brought by Alfred Henry Brewer, a chemist, of Newcastle, against

Emily Annie Brewer, formerly Eggleston.

The marriage took place in October, 1897, at Newcastle, according to the rites of the Australian Independent Presbyterian Church.

The petitioner, for whom Mr Flynn appeared, said they lived happily together at Hamilton until November, 1905.  In previous months he came to Sydney as his business was failing, and on his return his wife suggested that they should sell the furniture and live on the proceeds until he could get work. The furniture was sold on November 7th, 1905, and the respondent who received the proceeds, suggested that they should come to Sydney. They afterwards stayed at the homes of their respective parents.  In February, 1906, the respondent proceeded against him at the Glebe Police Court for maintenance, and he heard her say in her evidence that for a couple of months before the sale he refused to speak to her.  He had also heard her say “I am not willing to live with my husband; under no circumstances will I return to him.”

His Honor:  Did she say why? – She said I treated her like a dog, that I ill used and abused her, that I starved her, and that I was a drunkard and addicted to morphia.

Mr Flynn:  Did you ever take morphia? – Never.

Did you ever hear her say “On the morning of the sale we had breakfast together at his parents’ place?” – Yes.

Was there an order made against you at the police court? – Yes.

For how much? – Pd 1-0-0d a week.

What became of that order? – It was set aside by the Full Court.

His honour remarked that this was apparently another attempt to obtain a divorce by ashort cut by virtue of the Act of Parliament.  He had called attention to the matter over and over again. It was a standing disgrace to allow such a clause to remain.  A person, under it, could get a decree for restitution of conjugal rights, and then a divorce upon the ground of desertion.  Were he to make a decree for restitution of conjugal rights according to the law in this State, and that decree were disobeyed, the person who obtained it could get a divorce on the grounds of desertion, although three years had not elapsed.  “I have called attention to this matter over and over again,” continued his Honor, “ but the clause is allowed to remain.  It is a dreadful state of the law, and it should not be allowed to remain. I merely mention the matter now in the hope that something will be done to put an end to such a state of things.”

The answer, which was addressed from Inverell, began: - “Mr A Brewer: Sir, - As you must be well aware, the differences between us are many, and of a serious nature.

The woman who is the cause of our separation is still on intimate terms with you.

You have been seen frequently with her, and keeping company with her.”

The respondent concluded that

she would not entertain his proposal of again living with him until he “discontinued his friendship with the woman before referred to.”

Petitioner went on to say that he had written to the respondent, and had received an answer.

To this the petitioner replied that he was surprised at the tone of her letter, and said he thought her statement about impropriety with another woman was cruel.  He denied being familiar with any woman, and told her that her mind had been poisoned against him by someone.  “No one,” he wrote “could have been more proper in his conduct than I have been.  With regard to a woman being the cause of our separation, I deny that absolutely.”

A decree was granted as asked.

(Newcastle  Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate – 18th June, 1907).

Lee Eggleston 19.07.2016 10:09


As there is a 'Mary Orpen' (b.30 Aug 177

in the family tree, should it be 'Mary Ann Orpen' rather than 'Orphan''? Possibly transcribed incorrectly?

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No worries. Regards Lee