Friday, January 25, 2013

Margaret Hudson Australia Day 2013

I started my blog 2 years ago with an Australia Day post on John GALLIGAN, my first ancestor to arrive in Australia.

This post, inspired by Helen V Smith's 2013 Australia Day challenge will be about John's wife Margaret HUDSON, my first female direct ancestor to arrive in Australia.

Believed to be Margaret HUDSON
Margaret HUDSON was born 1 January 1867 in Ballinatray, Gorey, Wexford, Ireland.  Her parents were James HUDSON and Jane FITZSIMMONS.  I know Margaret married in Brisbane, Queensland in 1888 so I looked for an arrival prior to that date.  Her death certificate in 1942 indicated she had lived 60 years in Queensland.  Therefore she had arrived approx 1882.

I think that she most likely arrived on the Zamora which left Plymouth 1 April 1882 arriving Brisbane 14 July 1882 with the shipping list showing

  • Matthew HUDSON age 22
  • Ann HUDSON age 18
  • Margt HUDSON age 16
Margaret's wedding to John GALLIGAN in 1888 was witnessed by Annie HUDSON (and I've subsequently confirmed Annie was in Australia via her marriage to Thomas SKELLY & death certificate in 1919 which confirmed her parents and said she resided 39 years in Australia ie arriving 1880).  

But was there a brother Matthew?

The answer is yes and the Queensland police service file and insanity file at the Queensland State Archives have confirmed the family relationship. However,  I have found no trace of Matthew after 1888.

I wonder if Matthew knew John GALLIGAN who was also a constable in the Queensland Police?  There was certainly a period where they both served in the Brisbane city area.  Perhaps he introduced the couple.  Guess we'll never know.


  1. I am pleased to hear that you used insanity files as a source for your family history. If you haven't already done so, you should also check whether there is a Justice Department inquest file, and apply for access to the Goodna Asylum case book (described on my Web site).

  2. Thanks Judy. I'll see what more I can find.

  3. In the interests of paying it forward. I have found some useful articles onthe Zamora which may be of interest.

    1. Passenger Manifest:

    2. Image of the Zamora:

    3. Demographic breakdown of Zamora passengers by nationality, trade and occupation:|||l-australian=y

    4. Zamora Inquiry. The ship was subject to investigation in 1877 regarding rudimentary conditions and poor provisioning. It gives a useful snapshot to life on board during the voyage:

    Thanks, Adam Lees

  4. Thanks Adam, sorry was a bit slow to post. Great to see the photo & the occupation summary which is not on the shipping list itself.