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Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
, c.1850

by an unknown artist

hand-coloured photograph (frame: 14.1 cm x 11.6 cm, sight: 8.5 cm x 6.8 cm)

Mary Hassall (1799–1883) was the daughter of Richard Rouse (1774–1852) and his wife Elizabeth (née Adams, 1772–1849), who came to New South Wales as free settlers in 1801. Mary was born in England and made the sea journey to Sydney as an infant. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a governess for her father’s patron, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1819, she married Jonathan Hassall, the son of missionary Rowland Hassall. Mary had eight children before being widowed in 1834.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)
Accession number: 2009.121