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|
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.