Saturday, November 09, 2013

Constance HODGSON

While looking at death notices on Trove I came across the following notice -

ARMSTRONG.-On the 14th February, at Hawthorn, Bulimba, Connie, adopted daughter of M. Armstrong, aged 3 years.

Family Notices. (1889, February 23). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 337. TROVE

Because I have ARMSTRONGs and HODGSONs on the tree and 'Connie' was only 3 years old, I decided to do a little research and this is what I have found.

Constance HODGSON died 14th February, 1889 and her parents were listed as William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND.

Constance HODGSON aged 2 years arrived on the Chyebassa in Brisbane 3rd March, 1888. She was listed in steerage and there doesn't seem to be any association with any other passenger; there were males in their 20s and 40s listed before and after her and none of the surnames appear to be connected with the name HODGSON

Constance was buried in the Balmoral Cemetery, Portion 1, #168
Then on 25th May, 1934, Mary Florence COOPER was buried in the same grave after she died the previous day and although I have not located her birth, her parents, James COOPER and Eliza MURRAY were married in Brisbane on the 29th of March, 1867.

I haven't been able to find any other mention of the couple William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND on passenger lists or in the Qld BDM index from 1829 to 1983. I thought that M. ARMSTRONG may have been Mary STRICKLAND but as I said previously, I have not found any connection.

I have posted this here in case someone is looking for Connie.

It was only a short life, and I can't imagine that it was very good.

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