Max Laidley's Tickner book reveals the following about Mary Ann :
Later Years of Mary Ann Tickner
When Peter Tickner died in 1854 his wife Mary Ann, was still quite young at age thirty-six and, for reasons not discovered, she left Camden on 15 March 1855 to travel to Albury with her three children, a journey that took five weeks and three days. There she bought a forty-seven acre farm, ran out of money, was assisted by Mr George Butt and his family, married William Butt on 26 April 1856 and moved to Bungonia where her sons Edward and Richard, and daughter Charlotte and William Butt, in partnership, bought another farm. The source of this information (and more) comes from a letter written by Mary Ann to the executors of the will of Peter Tickner. It is quite amazing that such a letter has survived and has been preserved on microfilm. The letter is reproduced below. From other correspondence it is apparent that Mary Ann terminated the leases of the land that Peter had farmed and sold the stock, etc. [Peter had leased two farms from the Macarthurs. They were "Westford" (43 acres of arable land) and "Eastford" (sixty acres of arable land)] The executors of the will then held the money in trust for Mary Ann and the children.
The Mr George Butt who helped Mary Ann at Albury was the father of the William Butt she married
George Butt, with his wife Charlotte and six children, including William who was then only nine years old, were imported by the Macarthurs. They arrived aboard the "Brothers" which reached Sydney on 8 April 1837. They came from Winterborne Strickland, Dorset.
The "Brothers" was the first ship chartered by the Macarthur brothers to import free men and their families to work their estates at Camden.
It is likely that William Butt was known to the Tickners before Peter died. It usually was a practical necessity for widows with young children to remarry in those days. She had no children by William Butt.
Mary Ann died on 16 September 1897 and William Butt died on 6 July 1910. Both were buried at Bungonia. They were known to some of the Tickners as grandmother and grandfather Butt.
A Letter by Mary Ann Tickner
Albury, April 25th 1855
I write to inform you that we have arrived in Albury safe and well after a long journey of five weeks and three days.
Sirs I received your kind letters in Berrima and I thank you for your kindness. There is no Commissioner staying in Albury at present so the Magistrate has to sell the land when there is any to be sold. Almost all the land handy to the township of Albury has already been sold.
Mr James has bought a farm a few miles out of Albury but that would not suit me. He gave five pounds an acre for it. He gave more than I could give. A gentleman in Albury bought two farms adjoining to Mr Butt a few days before we got to Albury and Mr Butt letting hom know I was trying to buy a piece of land as near the town as I could, the gentleman came to Mr Butt to see me. He said I could have the farm at the same price he gave for it. That is one pound nine shillings per acre. There is forty-seven acres in the farm and that will be as much as we will be able to manage. Mr Butt knows the land very well and he says it will suit us very well.
Everything is very dear in Albury. Flour is eight pounds, tea is ten pounds a chest, and sugar is four to five pounds a hundred. I have found very kind friends in Albury thank God.
I am staying in Mr Butt's yard till I can get a little money up to put up a bark place. Mr Butt has paid for the forty-seven acres of land until I can get it sent up. I was short of money before I got to Albury and now am quite pennyless. Mr Butt is keeping me and the children until I can get a little sent up.
Sir I have bought the land in Edward's name as he will be the manager of it.
Sir please oblige me by sending me the sum of 130 pounds. It is as little as I can do with or I shall not get any wheat in this year. Edward and Mr Butt's lads are clearing a piece of land to put in a little wheat if we can but I cannot carry on business without money.
Sir please send it as soon as you can as we are in want.
Sir I remain your obedient servant
(signed) Mrs Peter Tickner.
[This letter was addressed to the executors of her husbands will, Henry Thompson and John Quirke. They arranged to send the money]
Updated : 11 Jul 2011