Mary or Ann Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher
Mary or Ann Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher
Date of Birth unknown
Place of Residence 71 Frederick Street Launceston Tasmania Australia
Spouses Name Mary: James Delmer
Childrens Names No children

This could be either Mary or Ann Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher, daughters of William Henry Fletcher (1842-1899), a white calico merchant, and Elizabeth Grindrod (1847-1934) who were married in 1867. The couple and their six children migrated to Australia on the Brahmin in 1881. The children were Mary, born 1868; Ann Sarah Elizabeth, 1870; John William Grindrod, 1873; Sarah, 1875; Frances Christina, 1878; and William Edward, 1880. Four more children were born in Tasmania: Katherine Waters, 1882; Joseph Francis Grindrod, 1884; Winifrede Isabel, 1886; and Madeline Tasma,1888.

Mary Fletcher, born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, in 1868, would have been 23 at the time the photograph was taken. She married James Delmer on 15 Nov 1906 at Ilfracombe. Mary died in the Launceston General Hospital on 23 Feb 1925 and was buried at Carr Villa. At that time she was the widow of Captain James Delmer, late Deputy Harbour Master and Sub-Collector of Customs at Beauty Point.

Ann Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher was born in Manchester in 1870 and would have been 21 at the time of the Exhibition. She was a resident of Dilston on the East Tamar at the time of her death in the Launceston General Hospital on 7 Jan 1950 and is buried at Carr Villa.

Miss Fletcher and her sister Sarah were sopranos in the Tasmanian Exhibition Choir in 1891-92. They may have been taught to sing by their aunt Elizabeth Munnew who is also pictured in the Family Album together with their sister Sarah Fletcher and aunt Mary Ann Fletcher. See The Examiner 16 Sep 2006 p. 33 for a more detailed story of the family.

Marion Sargent & Ruth Genda Nov 2008, Barbara Valentine Feb 2009