Mary Grigor: A remarkable life exhibition

In 1868, Mary and William established Bankfoot House in the Glasshouse Mountains

Women of Bankfoot House

Mary Fenwick met William Grigor during the voyage to Australia on the William Miles.

Mary was governess to the family of Captain John Wickham at Newstead House in Brisbane. She accompanied the Wickham family to England, on the Duncan Dunbar, and assisted with the birth of their second child during the sea voyage.

In 1861 Mary sailed alone from England to Melbourne on the ship Oithona. After travelling from Melbourne to Queensland, Mary took up a position as governess at Durundur Station near Woodford.

Mary and William Grigor became reacquainted, and married in 1863. The couple’s first home was north of the Mooloolah River, close to what is now Alexandra Headland. In 1868, Mary and William established Bankfoot House in the Glasshouse Mountains.

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