Mary Spiers

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Mary Humphry Spiers, born Mary Pollock, was the mother of John Pollock Spiers.



Mary Pollock married Robert Hunter Spiers in Scotland. Their son, John Pollock Spiers, was born there c.1855.[1]. The family emigrated from Scotland at the end of 1855. There is a record of them arriving as assisted migrants in Melbourne on the "Mermaid", and then going straight to Launceston on the "Femlia(?)" arriving on February 26, 1856.[2] They were among a group of Scots sponsored by A. Learmonth. John established Spier's Bakery at Learmonth, and later was elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Mary died in Ballarat on 24 April 1915:

SPIERS On the 24th April, at 420 Ascot street south, Ballarat, Mary Humphry Spiers, widow of the late Robert Hunter Spiers, of Miner Rest; in her 81st year. By request, no flowers Peace, perfect peace.[3]


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  1. Death Index Victoria, 1921-1985, 1930 Ref 3879, Macbeth Genealogical Services
  2. Archives Office of Tasmania; Tasmania, Australia; Descriptive List of Immigrants; Film Number: SLTX/AO/MB/141; Series Number: CB7/12/1/9-12.
  3. 1915 'Family Notices.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 26 April, p. 2 Edition: DAILY., viewed 23 February, 2015,

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