|Maria Elizabeth MULHOLLAND (1848-1924) (Photo: RDHS Wiki)|
Daughter of George MASON (1828-1913), wife of John MULHOLLAND (1845-1918)
(Source: RDHS Wiki)
Maria Elizabeth MASON was the eldest child of George and Anne MASON (nee WHITE) born in the village of Fulbourn, Cambridge, England in 1848.
(n.b Fulbourn is fast becoming a suburb of Cambridge which lies 5 miles to the north west).
Maria, with her parents and ten siblings, left Plymouth, Devon, on the 30th September 1857 on board the "Stebonheath” arriving in Sydney on the 27th February 1858. (see Sydney Morning Herald newspaper article, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13009091?searchTerm=stebonheath%201858).
Maria married John MULHOLLAND on 21st July 1868 at St James' Church, Rylstone. She had 11 children; just like her mother! (The MULHOLLAND family originated from the Manchester area).
[see Lisa Day's web page at http://genealogyregister.com/locations/australia/forum.cgi/read/9]
The MASON family were poor agricultural labourers living in the Fulbourn area of Cambridgeshire. Around a dozen other "Fulbourn" families left the village for Australia between 1840 and 1880. It is believed that they were encouraged to emigrate by the Government although official documentation to support this has not yet been located.
The MASON spouses (Sarah and Anne were also from Fulbourn;
William (Gillespie?) MASON and Sarah ROLFE + 6 children - Southampton 1853
and his son; George MASON and Anne WHITE + 11 children - Plymouth 1857
(Source: comment by Anonymous to original post)
George and Ann MASON (nee WHITE) came to Australia with only 4 children: Maria, Charles, William and Frederick. The remainder were born in Australia.
(Source: Gwen POTTER)