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Austin & Bridget MARINER from County Innis to South Australia.

Journal by vinsdotter

I discovered this newspaper clipping dated 1913 shortly after my grandmother died. It refers to my maternal great great grandmother Bridget Mariner.

'Mrs. A. Mariner died last week at the residence of her daughter - Mrs. J. Conlon of Clarendon (South Australia) aged 77 years.

She was born in County Ennis, Ireland in 1836 & was married to Mr. Austin Mariner in 1856. Two years later they sailed for South Australia in the barque Bee - arriving in Adelaide October 1858.

They settled at Happy Valley near the site of the present reservoir, but shortly afterwards moved to Clarendon where they lived for 45 years.

Her daughters are Mrs. Clark - Woodchester S.A., Mrs. Stubbins - London U.K., Mrs. Phillips - North Adelaide, Mrs. Excell - Henley Beach S.A., Mrs. Stone - Glenelg S.A. & Mrs. Conlon. The sons are Mr. John Mariner - Glen Osmond S.A. & Mr. James Mariner - Netley Station S.A.

There are 30 grandchildren & 6 great grandchildren.'

Bridget (nee O'Loughlin) died 8/9/1913 aged 77 years & Austin died 22/2/1914 aged 86 years. Both are buried in St. Marys Cemetery, Morphett Vale, South Australia.

P.S. I have tried to trace the children mentioned above & have found a variety of spellings of Mariner ie., Marrinan, Morrinan, Marnin & Merrinan. The daughters were Margaret 1859 - Mrs. Clark, Maria 1865, Anne 1868, Ellen 1870 - Mrs. Excell, Kitty 1872 & Rosina 1876 - Mrs. Conlon. I also found a daughter Bridget 1862 (who may have not survived) & son Austin 1866 who died as an infant. All children were born at Happy Valley or Clarendon.

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by jesaurai on 2012-04-11 07:14:45

I can help a little and perhaps you can help me. My great grandmother is Rosina Conlon (Nee Mariner)Who died at 90 in 1966 or 68 in Brighton SA. She had 7 chldren. But what I would love to know is there is this story about 4 gold soveriegns, an illigitamate pregnancy to a garder and that is why Bridget came to Australia. Is this true? and what of the family in Ireland, and what is her maiden name (Bridgets?)

by tonkin on 2012-04-11 07:27:15

Rosina CONLON.

Died 20 October 1967, Brighton Hospital, South Australia, aged 91 years.


by vinsdotter on 2012-04-13 07:34:55

Bridget - nee O'Loughlin - married Austin Mariner when she was 20 years old. I have no knowledge at all about her family or situation in Ireland before she came out to Australia. I have no idea how you would find out if these stories are true - it is a very long time ago.

My grandfather & my mother never spoke of any so called 'stories' you mention.


by dug99 on 2012-12-27 01:05:56

I asked my Dad about this story at Xmas, and there definitely seems to be something in it. Whether it's family folklore, a cover story, or just pure fiction - is hard to say after so many years.

Something interesting that came to light only recently was the discovery of someone who may have been another daughter of Austen and Bridget - Mary ( 1858 - 1946 ). This would make her the first born, predating the birth of John ( my paternal great grandfather ) by either 5 or 7 years, depending on your source. She married David Clark and kicked off the Clark branch with 7 kids.

As far as I can tell, my son Keir John is the youngest, and possibly one of the last Mariner heirs. I have a photo of him at one year old beside the graves of his direct ancestors, Austen and Bridget Mariner, in St. Mary's cemetary at Morphett Vale.

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