Barbara Thaw Martin
Barbara Thaw Martin is associated with Bond Street, Ballarat, victoria located at these coordinates -37.5746162, 143.8545095
|1891 women's suffrage petition, catherine thaw martin|
| I believe that these names should be shown as Mrs D Martin and C T Martin of Bond Street. I have compared the writing of these people on the petition with that which I have in the Martin family bible and am convinced that they are the same people. Mrs Martin always made her “D” with an extra squiggle at the base of the D and Catherine’s “T” was always as shown in her signature on the petition, so I am sure that the “W” shown by the transcribers was in fact a “D” and that the “Y” was in fact a “T”. I can send a scan of the bible entries if you need further proof. I do not know how much information you would like on these petitioners so here is a brief account of their story, there is more if it is required.
Mrs David Douglas Martin, maiden name Barbara Thaw Gray was the daughter of William Gray an Inn Keeper (born 1795 at Canongate Edinburgh) and Catherine Thaw of Mid-Calder Scotland. She was born at Kirknewton Scotland in 1830. Barbara Thaw Gray married David Douglas Martin in Kirknewton, Scotland in 1855. David Martin was a Joiner and the son of William Martin a Spirit Dealer, born 1802 at Kirknewton and Elizabeth Douglas.
David and Barbara Martin came to Australia in the hope that Barbara's health would improve. They arrived in Australia on the SS Great Britain in Sept 1860 with their daughter Catherine and son William. Also on the Great Britain with them was Barbara's brother John Gray. When they first arrived in Victoria they went to Creswick where their third child was born. By 1863 they were in Ballarat and they lived there for the rest of their lives. David Martin bought the property at 92 Bond Street in 1865 and John Gray bought the property next door at the same time. Barbara and David had 9 children in all from 1857 - 1876 including my Grandfather John Martin who was born in 1865. Their children were Catherine Thaw, William, David Douglas, Thomas Thaw Gray and Elizabeth Jane (twins), John, Matthew Gray, Elizabeth Jane and Ellen (Nell) Jane.
Barbara Thaw Martin died in 1892 Ballarat East and David Douglas Martin died at Ballarat East in 1907. Their daughter Catherine Martin lived at the Bond Street house until her death in 1927.
(Information courtesy of Julie Walsh great grand-daughter to Barbara Martin)
|Has coordinates||37° 34' 29" S, 143° 51' 16" ELatitude: -37.5746162|
Longitude: 143.8545095 +Google maps
|Has death date||1892 +|
|Has keywords||1891 women's suffrage petition + and catherine thaw martin +|
|Has person name||David Douglas Martin +, Barbara Thaw Gray +, William Gray +, Catherine Thaw +, William Martin +, Elizabeth Douglas +, John Martin + and Barbara Thaw Martin +|
|Has related resource||http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/WomensPetition/ +|
|Located in||Bond Street, Ballarat, victoria +|