Mary Helena FORTUNE, ,nee Wilson

Female Abt 1833 - 1910  (~ 77 years)


Personal Information

  • Name Mary Helena FORTUNE 
    Suffix ,nee Wilson 
    Born Abt 1833  Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1910 
    Notes 
    • Mary Helena Fortune (circa 1833 - circa 1910) was an Australian writer, under the pseudonyms Waif Wander and W.W. She was one of the earliest female detective writers in the world. One of the earliest women to write detective fiction, and probably the first to write from the viewpoint of the detective. Mary Fortune was born around 1833 in Belfast, Ireland,daughter of George Wilson. She travelled with her father to Canada. In Canada, she married Joseph Fortune on 25 March 1851 and had one son. When her father left Canada for the Australian goldfields, she followed him, leaving her husband behind and travelling to Australia with her son. She arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, on 3 October 1855. In November 1856, she gave birth to a second son. In January 1858 her elder son died. On 25 October 1858, Mary married Percy Rollo Brett (possibly bigamously) at Dunolly, Victoria.

      She died an alcoholic, the date and place still unknown - somehow fitting for this pioneering woman of mystery. Her death passed without public notice, in part because she wrote under pseudonyms.
    Person ID I25812  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2014 

    Family Percy Rollo BRETT, ,Mounted Constable and Coroner, of Urana,NSW,   b. 21 Jul 1838, Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1900, Albury, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1858  Dunolly, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This marriage was most likely bigamous as Mary had never divorced her first husband Joseph Fortune.
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F8707  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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