Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Jane “Nurse or Granny” DE LOREAge: 89 years18631952

Name
Jane “Nurse or Granny” DE LORE
Given names
Jane
Nickname
Nurse or Granny
Surname
DE LORE
Married name
Jane MAYERS
Birth February 6, 1863 53 31
Citation details: 12636/1863 DELORE JANE JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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Publication: Word document
Birth of a brotherJohn Patrick DE LORE
about 1864 (Age 10 months)
De Lore - John Patrick
De Lore - John Patrick

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Citation details: 13934/1864 DELLORE JOHN P JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Note: The headstone for John is inscribed that he was 46 years old at the time of his death in 1911.
Birth of a brotherEdward A DE LORE
about 1867 (Age 3 years)
Citation details: 15111/1867 DELORE EDWARD A JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a sisterSophia H DE LORE
about 1869 (Age 5 years)
Citation details: 17055/1869 DELORE SOPHIA H JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a brotherJames Reuben DE LORE
about 1871 (Age 7 years)
Citation details: 16421/1871 DELORE JAMES R JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Mary DE LORE
about 1874 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: 17951/1874 DELORE ELIZABETH MARY JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
Marriage of a siblingFrancis James DE LOREBridget DORNEYView this family
about 1877 (Age 13 years)
Citation details: 4173/1877 DE FORE FRANCIS DORNEY BRIDGET PORT STEPHENS
Religious marriageJoseph MAYERSView this family
January 2, 1879 (Age 15 years)
Address: Presbyterian service
Citation details: 3615/1879 MAYERS JOSEPH DELORE JANE MAITLAND
Publication: Word document
Text:

Marriage: 2 Jan 1879, East Maitland, NSW. [Maitland 1879/3615] Married by the rev James Bonthorne according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. Witnesses: John Mayers and Annie M.L. Bonthorne. The consent of the Mother, Mary Delore, was given to the marriage of Jane Delore with Joseph Mayers, the said Jane Delore being under the age of twenty-one years.

Publication: Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser; Friday 2 August 1929, page 1
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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Death of a fatherJoseph DE LORE
1879 (Age 15 years)
Citation details: 6349/1879 DELORE JOSEPH AGE 69 YEARS DIED LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL
Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Birth of a daughter
#1
Gertrude Mary MAYERS
about 1880 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: 22941/1880 MAYERS GERTRUDE MARY JOSEPH JANE PORT STEPHENS
Marriage of a parentJames RENNIEMary “Granny” KELEHERView this family
about 1881 (Age 17 years)
Citation details: 4628/1881 RENNIE JAMES DELORE MARY EAST MAITLAND
Marriage of a siblingAndrew DE LORECharlotte AVERYView this family
October 9, 1882 (Age 19 years)
Citation details: 4824/1882 DE LORE ANDREW AVERY CHARLOTE WINGHAM
Birth of a daughter
#2
Jane MAYERS
about 1883 (Age 19 years)
Citation details: 19764/1883 MAYERS JANE JOSEPH JANE WINGHAM
Birth of a son
#3
Unnamed MAYERS
about 1884 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 21744/1884 MAYERS UNNAMED JOSEPH JANE WINGHAM
Death of a sonUnnamed MAYERS
about 1884 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 9940/1884 MAYERS MALE JOSEPH JANE TAREE
Birth of a son
#4
Thomas MAYERS
about 1886 (Age 22 years)
Citation details: 22992/1886 MAYERS THOMAS JOSEPH JANE TAREE
Marriage of a siblingJoseph T DUNNSophia H DE LOREView this family
about 1887 (Age 23 years)
Citation details: 34530/1892 DUNN CECELIA R JOSEPH T SOPHIA H TAREE
Birth of a daughter
#5
Margaret Ellen MAYERS
about 1888 (Age 24 years)
Citation details: 22043/1888 MAYERS MARGARET E JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Marriage of a siblingJohn Patrick DE LOREIsabella Emma PRIESTLYView this family
about 1889 (Age 25 years)
Citation details: 5000/1889 DE LORE JOHN P PRIESTLY ISABELLA E TAREE
Birth of a son
#6
Frederick F MAYERS
about 1890 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 32935/1890 MAYERS FREDERICK JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Marriage of a siblingEdward A DE LORELetitia MARTINView this family
about 1890 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 4715/1890 DE LORE EDWARD MARTIN LETITIA WEST MAITLAND
Death of a sonFrederick F MAYERS
about 1890 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 12275/1890 MAYERS FREDERICK F JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a daughter
#7
Josephine MAYERS
about 1891 (Age 27 years)
Citation details: 33409/1891 MAYERS JOSEPHINE JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a daughter
#8
Victoria MAYERS
about 1894 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: 32325/1894 MAYERS VICTORIA JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a daughter
#9
Pearl MAYERS
about 1895 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: 36952/1895 MAYERS PEARL JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a daughter
#10
Laura MAYERS
December 28, 1897 (Age 34 years)
Citation details: 7350/1897 MAYERS LAURA JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Publication: Word document
Marriage of a siblingJames Reuben DE LORELydia ROFEView this family
about 1900 (Age 36 years)
Citation details: 8086/1900 DE LORE JAMES ROFE LYDIA SYDNEY
Birth of a son
#11
Joseph Alexander T “Swampy” MAYERS
about 1901 (Age 37 years)
Citation details: 36183/1901 MAYERS JOSEPH A T JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a son
#12
John Joseph Delore MAYERS
about 1904 (Age 40 years)
Citation details: 16885/1904 MAYERS JOHN J D JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#1
Leonard W WHITBREAD
about 1904 (Age 40 years)
Citation details: WHITBREAD LEONARD W 27163/1904  WILLIAM J GERTRUDE M TAREE
Marriage of a childWilliam John WHITBREADGertrude Mary MAYERSView this family
about 1904 (Age 40 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 753
Citation details: 4998/1904 WHITBREAD WILLIAM J MAYERS GERTRUDE M TAREE
Death of a sisterSophia H DE LORE
about 1905 (Age 41 years)
Citation details: 10743/1905 DUNN SOPHIA H JOSEPH MARY TAREE
Birth of a son
#13
Francis Patrick Clare MAYERS
about 1907 (Age 43 years)
Citation details: 18422/1907 MAYERS FRANCIS P C JOSEPH JANE STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Mary K WATERS
about 1907 (Age 43 years)
Citation details: 40458/1907 WATERS MARY K EDWIN J MARGARET E STROUD
Marriage of a childEdwin John “Teddy” WATERSMargaret Ellen MAYERSView this family
about 1907 (Age 43 years)
Citation details: 2541/1907 WATERS EDWIN J MAYERS MARGARET E STROUD
Death of a motherMary “Granny” KELEHER
August 2, 1908 (Age 45 years)
Address: At her home. Rennies Island, Darawank
Cause: Accidently burnt
Citation details: 11497/1908 RENNIE MARY JOHN STROUD
Rennie - Mary
Rennie - Mary

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Citation details: 24 June 2010, Great Lakes VIP, Supplement, page 22.
Text:

GRANNY RENNIE Born Mary Keleher in County Clare, Ireland, in 1832, the woman who became known throughout the Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny Rennie immigrated to Australia in early 1850s. She was known as a healer and midwife and assisted with the birth of more than 1000 babies in the area.

She was first married to French migrant Joseph Delore, and after their marriage in Queensland they moved to the Williams River and then to the Myall. The couple had 11 children and when Joseph died in 1879 Mary married Charles Rennie, the owner of Rennies Island in the Wallamba River.

Her name became legend as a healer and in 1901 local residents presented her with a purse of sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.

Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright, said we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women Erin ever gave to Australia, describing her as trusty as steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother.

One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the first registered nurse in the area, and although she had no formal training local doctors granted her a medical certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.

Publication: Online Book
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Marjorie May WATERS
about 1909 (Age 45 years)
Citation details: 41995/1909 WATERS MARJORIE M EDWIN J MARGARET E STROUD
Death of a brotherJohn Patrick DE LORE
July 21, 1911 (Age 48 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 9023/1911 DE LORE JOHN P JOSEPH MARY BALMAIN SOUTH
De Lore - John Patrick
De Lore - John Patrick

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Birth of a granddaughter
#4
Melba J WATERS
about 1912 (Age 48 years)
Citation details: 10031/1912 WATERS MELBA J EDWIN J MARGARET E STROUD
Marriage of a childThomas MAYERSMary Lavina SALTERView this family
about 1912 (Age 48 years)
Citation details: 7455/1912 MAYERS THOMAS I SALTER MARY L STROUD
Marriage of a childJoseph GRAYVictoria MAYERSView this family
about 1912 (Age 48 years)
Citation details: 15845/1912 GRAY JOSEPH MAYERS VICTORIA STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#5
Alphonsus Bede MAYERS
about 1913 (Age 49 years)
Citation details: 21339/1913 MAYERS ALPHONSUS B THOMAS MARY TAREE
Birth of a granddaughter
#6
Mona E WATERS
about 1914 (Age 50 years)
Citation details: 37354/1914 WATERS MONA E EDWIN J MARGARET E STROUD
Death of a brotherJoseph DE LORE
about 1916 (Age 52 years)
Citation details: 18509/1916 DELORE JOSEPH A JOSEPH MARY WEST MAITLAND
Marriage of a childWilliam H SUTHERLANDJosephine MAYERSView this family
about 1918 (Age 54 years)
Citation details: 3823/1918 SUTHERLAND WILLIAM H MAYERS JOSEPHINE CANTERBURY
Text:

There is also this reference:

9823/1918 SUTHERLAND WILLIAM H MAYERS JOSEPHINE GOSFORD

Note: Their marriage appears to have been registered in both Canterbury and Gosford.
Marriage of a childJohn George BULMERLaura MAYERSView this family
December 31, 1919 (Age 56 years)
Citation details: 4582/1920 BULMER JOHN G MAYERS LAURA TAREE
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 425
Death of a sonFrancis Patrick Clare MAYERS
October 9, 1924 (Age 61 years)
Cause: Meningitis
Citation details: 20748/1924 MAYERS FRANCIS P C JOSEPH JANE TAREE
Publication: Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser; Friday 2 August 1929, page 1
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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Mayers - Francis Patrick Clare
Mayers - Francis Patrick Clare

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Marriage of a childJohn Joseph Delore MAYERSLily B STEINView this family
about 1925 (Age 61 years)
Citation details: 17661/1925 MAYERS JOHN J DEL STEIN LILY B TAREE
Death of a brotherFrancis James DE LORE
about 1925 (Age 61 years)
Citation details: 7486/1925 DELORE FRANCIS J JOSEPH MARY NEWCASTLE
Marriage of a grandchildFrederick Charles BURNESMarjorie May WATERSView this family
about 1929 (Age 65 years)
Citation details: 4639/1929 BURNES FREDERICK C WATERS MARJORIE M TAREE
Death of a husbandJoseph MAYERS
June 29, 192921:00 (Age 66 years)
Address: At home in his bed.
Citation details: 17444/1929 MAYERS JOSEPH THOMAS MARY A TAREE
Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane

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Publication: The Wingham Chronicle, previously published as The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer, is a daily newspaper originally published in Wingham, New South Wales, Australia, now in Pyrmont, New South Wales by Fairfax Media.[1]
Citation details: Friday 5 July 1929, page 2.
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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Note: Found by his son Joseph.
Burial of a husbandJoseph MAYERS
July 1, 1929 (Age 66 years)
Address: Anglican portion N 16.
Cemetery: Forster General
Publication: The Wingham Chronicle, previously published as The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer, is a daily newspaper originally published in Wingham, New South Wales, Australia, now in Pyrmont, New South Wales by Fairfax Media.[1]
Citation details: Friday 5 July 1929, page 2.
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane

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Marriage of a childJoseph C DE LOREGertrude Mary MAYERSView this family
about 1933 (Age 69 years)
Citation details: 8107/1933 DE LORE JOSEPH C WHITBREAD GERTRUDE M NEWCASTLE
Marriage of a childJoseph Alexander T “Swampy” MAYERSFrances Rita AMATOView this family
about 1937 (Age 73 years)
Citation details: 13895/1937 MAYERS JOSEPH ALEXANDER T DE L AMATO FRANCES RITA TAREE
Marriage of a grandchildAlphonsus Bede MAYERSRose Jean EVESView this family
about 1947 (Age 83 years)
Citation details: 27550/1947 MAYERS ALPHONSUS BEDE EVES ROSE JEAN EAST MAITLAND
Death of a brotherAndrew DE LORE
August 11, 1947 (Age 84 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 27621/1947 DELORE ANDREW JOSEPH MARY TAREE
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew
De Lore - Ethel and John and Andrew

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Death November 21, 1952 (Age 89 years)
Address: "St. Keleher" Peel Street
Citation details: 31247/1952 MAYERS JANE JOHN MARY TAREE
Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane

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Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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Publication: Word document
Burial November 22, 1952 (1 day after death)
Address: Anglican portion N 16.
Cemetery: Forster General
Publication: Word document
Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane

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Obituary November 27, 1952 (6 days after death)
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: Moreton Bay (Brisbane), , Queensland, Australia
brother
elder brother
Joseph DE LORE
Birth: about 1857 47 25Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1916West Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
elder brother
2 years
herself
23 months
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
Sophia H DE LORE
Birth: about 1869 59 37Port Stephens, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1905Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
brother
sister
Mother’s family with James RENNIE - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: about 1881East Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
Family with Joseph MAYERS - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: January 2, 1879East Maitland, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
4 years
daughter
2 years
son
Unnamed MAYERS
Birth: about 1884 25 20Wingham, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1884Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
3 years
daughter
3 years
son
Frederick F MAYERS
Birth: about 1890 31 26Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1890Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
4 years
daughter
Victoria MAYERS
Birth: about 1894 35 30Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1960Newtown, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
Pearl MAYERS
Birth: about 1895 36 31Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1972Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Laura MAYERS
Birth: December 28, 1897 39 34Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 5, 1980New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
4 years
son
4 years
son
Francis Patrick Clare MAYERS
Birth: about 1907 48 43Stroud, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 9, 1924Taree, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthD - Births Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 12636/1863 DELORE JANE JOSEPH MARY PORT STEPHENS
BirthObituary - Mayers - Nurse Jane
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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BirthDocument - Mayers Clarke Syron
Publication: Word document
MarriageM - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 3615/1879 MAYERS JOSEPH DELORE JANE MAITLAND
MarriageDocument - Mayers Clarke Syron
Publication: Word document
Text:

Marriage: 2 Jan 1879, East Maitland, NSW. [Maitland 1879/3615] Married by the rev James Bonthorne according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. Witnesses: John Mayers and Annie M.L. Bonthorne. The consent of the Mother, Mary Delore, was given to the marriage of Jane Delore with Joseph Mayers, the said Jane Delore being under the age of twenty-one years.

MarriageObituary - Mayers - Joseph
Publication: Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser; Friday 2 August 1929, page 1
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary
Mayers - Joseph - Obituary

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DeathM - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 31247/1952 MAYERS JANE JOHN MARY TAREE
DeathHeadstone - Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane
Mayers - Joseph and Jane

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DeathObituary - Mayers - Nurse Jane
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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DeathDocument - Mayers Clarke Syron
Publication: Word document
BurialAustralian Cemeteries Index
BurialDocument - Mayers Clarke Syron
Publication: Word document
ObituaryObituary - Mayers - Nurse Jane
Publication: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, Thursday 27 November 1952, page 7
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary
Mayers - Nurse Jane - Obituary

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