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Title: Mary Costello
Date of Death: 1946-06-07
Date of Birth: 1905-02-10
Place of Birth: Mobel Creek (Qld.)
Place of Death: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Place of Burial: Waverley Cemetery, Sydney (N.S.W.)
Occupation: Pioneer
Biographical notes: Mary was the third child of John and Mary Costello, the first white child to be born in the Channel Country where her parents first settled after they had been driven from Warroo Springs by drought. From 1891, Mary Jane often lived alone with her sister, Kathleen and mother Mary Costello (nee Scanlan) at the family's home base, Lake Nash station near the Queensland border, while her father, John Costello was away at other properties or mustering cattle. In 1895 when Mary was 26, she was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Mary registered at the Warnardo polling place. Her occupation was listed as "spinster". Mary married David Flannery on 2 September 1905 at Orange in New South Wales, but the couple had no children. From the burial records at Waverley Cemetery it appears that Mary was David's second wife. His first wife was also called Mary. Mary died in 1946 at a Private Hospital in Petersham, Sydney. She is buried at Waverley Cemetery together with David and his first wife.
Related link: 'Life of John Costello.' The Central Queensland Herald, 13 February 1930, p. 12.
Related Materials: Costello, Michael M.J. To the Savage Land: the life of John Costello, Hesperian Press, Carlisle, W.A., 2002. NTC 636.2 COST
James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 - 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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