Name: HEARN Mary Martha
Date of Birth: 1895
Maiden Name: WITTFOHT
Birth Location: Broken Hill, NSW.
Age at Burial: 63years
Date of Death: 23 December 1958
Death Location: Bunbury WA.
Date of Burial: 24 December 1958
Row/Grave: Row 6 Grave 26
BELOVED WIFE OF
FOND MOTHER OF
DIED 23rd DEC. 1958
AGED 63 YEARS
Father: William John Wittfoht born: 7 March 1871, Hamburg, Germany. Died: 11 December 1945. Buried Capel
Mother: Catherine Gaffney born: 25 June 1870, Cross Keys, Ireland. Died: 23 December 1949. Buried Capel
Grandfather (Father): Hans Heinrich Wittfoht born: 1835 Died: 1921
Grandmother (Father): Ida Auguste Kruse born: 1847 Died: 1882
Grandfather (Mother): James Gaffney born: 1826 Died: 1911
Grandmother (Mother): Mary Cullen born: 1832 Died: 1904
Frances Anna “Fanny” Wittfoht born: 1902 Died: 1980 Buried Karrakatta. Married: 1928 Bernard Stanislaw Horan.
Catherine Eustelle “Catie” Wittfoht born: 1904 Died: 2006 Buried Capel. Married: 1927 Frederick George Hutton.
Spouse: Thomas Starling Hearn born: 1896 Guildford. Died: 25 December 1972. Buried Capel
Children: William John “Bill” Hearn born: 18 November 1929. Died: 23 December 2012. Cremated Bunbury.
Occupation: School Teacher and Home duties.
Mary’s father was William John Wittfoht, born in Hamburg, Germany. He joined the Merchant Navy, arriving in Port Pirie, South Australia. Here he met Catherine Gaffney, of Irish descent. They were married 12 June 1892 and moved to Broken Hill to work in the mines there. Here Margaret Ida was born in 1893, followed by Mary Martha in 1895.
In 1897, when Mary was 2 years old, the family took up land, “Ardenvale” on the Capel River in Southwest, Western Australia, living in a tent until their house could be built.
Three more girls were born here. Frances Anna, in 1902, Catherine Eustelle, in 1904 and then in 1909, Alwina Theresa completed the family.
Mary had schooling with Mrs Yates and finally attended the Sacred Heart Convent in North Perth. She took her intermediate certificate and did a six month Teacher Training Course at Claremont Teachers College.
She taught at the Capel River School and rode a black pony called Bruce to and from the school. Her little sister Tessie rode on the back of the pony behind her. Mary taught at many country schools- Marybrook, Picton, Nannup, Calingiri, Perenjori, Goodwood, Wackenup and Dumbleyung.
Whilst teaching at Dumbleyung, Mary met and married Thomas Starling Hearn on January 19, 1929. They then moved to Hines Hill, near Merredin and bought a farm with money that Mary had saved and a bank loan.
Later that year, on November 18, 1929, Mary and Tom welcomed a son, William.
In 1936, after the depression, Mary and Tom had to walk off the farm with nothing. Mary’s father, William Wittfoht bought “Horseshoe” at Boyup Brook so Mary and Tom could continue farming.
Sadly, Mary’s father died in December 1945 and then in December 1949 her mother passed away.
Mary and Tom’s only child, Bill married Frances Margaret Pickering on January 10, 1953, in Margaret River. They also made their home at Boyup Brook.
The farm was sold in 1958, when Mary and Tom moved to Bunbury. Mary had cancer and lost her battle just before Christmas the same year.
Tom died in 1972. His funeral was arranged by his brother-in-law, Fred Hutton.
Compiled by Relatives of Mary Hearn. Research by CDCP.
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