Mary Bird1

#18613, b. 1818, d. 15 May 1858
  • Father: (?) Bird

Individual's Timeline

Birth1818Mary Bird1
Marriagebefore 1839Mary Bird
Deathbefore 1845William Hicks
Marriage27 January 1845Mary Bird2,3,4
Death15 May 1858Mary Chugg

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Hicks.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Chugg.5

Research Notes

  • Research note 02: A Mary BIRD arrived in Tasmania on the Hindostani in 1839. She was sentenced to 7 years for stealing flour meat and butter from a clergyman in Kesteven, Lincolnshire on 15th Oct 1838, but her native place was Co Galway. She was a Roman Catholic and could read.

    When Mary married Richard in 1845, they had already had a couple of children, the first being Richard William in 1841, whose mother is named as Mary in the PR..
  • Research note 01: story to incorporate - Marriage 1
    Mary BIRD married William HICKS sometime before the birth of their daughter Emma Theresa HICKS in November 1839. There is no record of the marriage. They may have been married when they arrived in Tasmania.

    Richard CHUGG married Mary HICKS (nee BIRD) on 27 January 1845 in the district of Launceston at the Baptist Chapel, York Street. They were married by Henry DOWLING according to the rites and ceremonies of congregationalists in the presence of Harold BARKER (BOWLER?) and Samuel WARNES.
    Richard was a widower aged 45 years. Mary was a widow aged 23 years. Mary had previously been married to William HICKS who is presumed to have died, though there is no record of his death.
    Mary brought at least one child to the marriage; Emma Theresa was born in November 1839 and was five years old when her mother remarried to Richard CHUGG. Emma kept her father?s name of HICKS as Emma Theresa HICKS, aged 21 married Thomas GEE, aged 22 at Evandale on 14 December 1860.

    The headstone for Richard and Mary survives in Pioneer Park, Evandale, TAS. The headstone reads:
    the memory of
    the beloved wife of
    Richard Chugg
    who departed this life
    May 15 1858
    aged 40 years
    Richard Chugg
    who died
    April 8th 1841
    aged 64 years

    Mary died on 15 May 1858 in Launceston aged 40 years. Cause of death was inflammation of the chest. The informant was John SIMPSON, undertaker. Her death was registered on 18 May 1858.

    Mary arrived free to Tasmania some time before 1841. She is listed as arriving free on the 1842 Census for Richard CHUGG?s household..

Child of Mary Bird and William Hicks

Children of Mary Bird and Richard Chugg


  1. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  2. Tasmanian Archives database: Surname: CHUGG
    Given Names: RICHARD
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: HICKS
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: MARY
    Day: 27
    Month: 1
    Year: 1845
    Age: 45
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age: 23
    Spouse Sex: F
    Registration Place: LAUNCESTON
    Registration Number: 2238Q/1845
    Reference: RGD 37.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI),
    groom's name: Richard Chugg
    groom's birth date: 1800
    groom's birthplace:
    groom's age: 45
    bride's name: Mary Hicks
    bride's birth date: 1822
    bride's birthplace:
    bride's age: 23
    marriage date: 27 Jan 1845
    marriage place: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
    groom's father's name:
    groom's mother's name:
    bride's father's name:
    bride's mother's name:
    groom's race:
    groom's marital status: Widowed
    groom's previous wife's name:
    bride's race:
    bride's marital status: Widowed
    bride's previous husband's name:
    indexing project (batch) number: M13531-3
    system origin: Australia
    source film number: 1368287
    reference number:
    Collection: "Australia, Marriages, 1810-1980," Richard Chugg, 1845.
  4. Find my past web sites, online or, original doc accessed.
  5. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 2238Q.
  6. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1494.