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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Mary Hayes
Name: Hayes, Mary
Also known as: Stratford, Mary
Date of Death: 1933-12
Place of Birth: Goodwood (S. Aust.)
Date of Birth: 1838-11-25
Place of Death: Wistow (S. Aust.)
Occupation: Pastoralist
Biographical notes: Mary and William Hayes as well as their children moved to Central Australia in 1884. They worked as contractors fixing fences and sinking dams on Mount Burrell and Owen Springs stations. They used horse and bullock teams to carry their equipment, belongings and steel telegraph poles which they used to replace the old wooden ones on the Overland Telegraph Line. Mary, William and their children's life was very nomadic, until Mary convinced William to settle in one place. They leased Deep Well Station and later purchased Mount Burrell, Undoolya and Owen Springs Stations. Twenty years later they became the most successful pastoralists in Central Australia. Mary as well as her two daughters Mary and Elizabeth learnt how to brand, drove, muster and slaughter cattle as well as build and maintain fences. Mary also reared a number of Aboriginal children whose parents were not able to provide for them. The Hayes family station was: 5,204 square miles (13, 478 kilometres) with 11,339 cattle, 1,316 horses, 1,192 goats and 400 sheep.
Related link: Women on the land – National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Alice Springs.
"Our Women in History", Centralian Advocate, 5 March 2010, p.38.
"Mrs. Mary Hayes", Chronicle, 14 December 1933, p.15.
Related Materials: Northern Territory dictionary of biography: revised edition Casuarina, Charles Darwin University Press, (2008). NTC 920.9429 NORT
"Our Women in History", Centralian Advocate, 5 March 2010, p.38.
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