Ann Bath (nee Williams) was born in Wendron, Cornwall, England in 1827, the daughter of a farmer. She married Henry Bath there in 1848 and only months later they emigrated to Australia as bounty immigrants aboard the ship “Lysander”. Barely a month after they sailed, at just twenty one years of age, Ann gave birth to their first child, Jane, at sea.
They arrived in Port Phillip (Melbourne) on 13th January 1849 after a voyage of 104 days. They first lived at Newtown, Geelong but by 1853 had settled at 106 Yarrawee Pde, Ballarat where they stayed for the rest of their lives.
Ann was delivered of thirteen children but sadly lost four of them as babies. Times were hard. They also raised at least one of their grandchildren. Henry was a Carpenter & Builder who worked hard to support them. He built the original Bath’s Hotel for his cousin Thomas.
Ann’s signature can be proudly seen on the Women’s Suffrage Petition of 1891 so she was obviously a forward thinker.
She must have endured many hardships as a pioneer of this newly settled district that she called home. The climate alone would have been shocking to an young Englishwoman.
Ann celebrated her 60th Wedding Anniversary only months before her death and it was proudly stated in her Obituary that their descendants number over Eighty. I wonder how proud she would be to now see that number now has four figures. I am very proud to call Ann my 3 x Great Grandmother.
Extract from The Bendigo Advisor and also the Geelong Advertiser, Thursday 5th November 1908
The remains of Mrs Henry Bath or Yarrowee Pde, whose death on Tuesday severed a marriage union of 60 years,
were interred yesterday in the Old Ballarat Cemetery. Mr & Mrs Bath came out to Victoria from Cornwall shortly after
their marriage at the Parish Church, Wendron, Cornwall on 18th June 1848. Mr Bath built the first brick two-storied
Hotel in Ballarat. The deceased lady was 81 years of age-three days younger than her husband. The descendants
number eighty, including great grandchildren.
Tracey Reed, Lithgow NSW