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On this day… February 27

February 27, 2011

Rosina Hammond born: 27 February 1862

On this day, February 27, 1862, my great-great grandmother, Rosina Hammond was born in Bay Street, Brighton, Victoria, Australia.

Rosina was the only daughter of her parents, James Hammond and Rosina Lynch, who married in Melbourne on 13 March 1858.  Both James and Rosina had been married previously, and Rosina had another daughter with her first husband.  That daughter and her father are one of my mysteries.  You can read more about them here and here.

Rosina Hammond was a dressmaker.  She may have made the dress her daughter, Marion Hanna is wearing in the header photos (fourth photo from the left).  She probably shopped at Ruddles Drapery on the corner of Bay and Cochrane Streets in Brighton.

Rosina’s father, James Hammond was a plasterer.  Her mother had come to Australia as a ‘Bounty Passenger’ aboard the ‘Himalaya’, arriving on 30 September 1840.  She married her first husband, Elijah Ealden within a few weeks of arriving, on 16 November 1840.

Rosina Hammond married Frederick Greer Hanna on 13 March 1886 ‘at the house of Mrs Hammond’ in Bay Street North Brighton.  Rosina and Frederick Hanna continued to live in Brighton and had five of their six children there.  Rosina’s mother, Rosina (Lynch) Hammond died on 9 September 1892, the year their fourth child, Langford (‘Lanx’) was born.  Lanx is also in the header photo (second from the left).

Sometime prior to 1908, the Hanna family moved to Western Australia, where their last child, Frederick (‘Eric’) was born.  Frederick Greer Hanna ran the Kurrajong Hotel at Diorite King at least between the years of 1914 and 1919, when he died in Menzies Western Australia.

Diorite King was 554 miles from Perth, accessed by train to Leonora.  There were 13 names listed in Diorite King in the Post Office Directory of 1919.

Rosina had young children, who presumably had to go to school.  A goldfields hotel would not have been a very family-friendly environment for young children.  When her eldest daughter, my great-grandmother Marion Hanna (Kirwan) died of typhoid fever in 1910, Rosina also took in one of her small boys – Richard Frederick Kirwan who was born a year after Rosina’s youngest son Eric.  The boys used to go out to the Hotel in the school holidays and collect gold dust that fell from miners pockets, off the floor, so the family were still a family unit, but Rosina maintained a series of houses, recorded in the postal directories as her own address in the WA Post Office Directories.

Rosina died in Mt Lawley, Western Australia on 21 October 1936 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth in the same grave her daughter Marion had been buried in 26 years earlier.   She was 74 years old.

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