I was not sure when I first heard it what Fernie might be short for. But it didn't really matter as when browsing the Toowong Cemetery monumental inscriptions in my local library I found
- Beatrice JACKSON d 8 March 1914 aged 21, erected by Mother, Willie, May & Fernie
- marriage certificate of Mary O'BRIEN and John Thomas JACKSON at Roma, Queensland in 1882 showing Mary's parents as Michael O'BRIEN & Bridget Mackay ( surely the same as the way the Irish say MULCAHY)
- more recent release by Queensland Archives of the index to persons nominated as immigrants naming Mary's son-in-law John James MCKEW as nominator for Maria's brother Hugh & sister Bridget who arrived in Brisbane in1912
- Annie Easter Fern Jackson who married Thomas Patterson in 1908; and
- Harriett Esther Ann Fearn Jackson who married William Farrell in 1905 in Queensland.
Fernie became a dancing teacher and I have found several articles about her - she seems to be often mentioned in the social and advertising pages. It is her bridal picture in The Queenslander on 13 June 1935 that is the most impressive: