|Name||Mary Ann Matilda Payne, female, called Polly|
|Birth Details||Date & Place||1862, Merri Creek, Victoria, Australia|
|Father||Charles Payne, born 1822, Axbridge, Somerset, England|
|Mother||Mary Ann Palmer, born about 1822, East Brent, Somerset, England|
|Death Details||Date & Place||9 June 1955, 66 Campbell Street, Ainslie, Canberra, ACT, Australia|
|Burial||Jun 1955, Woden Cemetery, Phillip, ACT, Australia|
|Cause of Death|
|Age at Death||93 years|
|Marriage Details||Date & Place||3 December 1879, Chiltern, Victoria, Australia (aged 17)|
|Spouse||Matthew Matthias McGann, born 7 April 1854, Sydney, Australia|
|Religion||Protestant, married in Roman Catholic Church as groom was Irish Catholic. This means Polly must have taken instruction and promised to bring up the children as Catholics -- given the attitude of the Catholic Church to Protestants at the time|
Mary Ann Matilda (Polly) was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Canberra in 1954 when she opened the Australian Parliament. Polly was the oldest Canberran at the time.
Margaret Gentle (of Western Australia) was working in Canberra during the last years of Polly's life and they met regularly, mostly on Saturday mornings, to make artificial flowers. Polly was at this time in her 90s.
© Claire M. Hughes 2006, genealogy research Claire Hughes & Debby Dolgner-De L'Eyre, website assistance Lindsay Brown