Margaret Mary Harmer1

F, #585, b. 10 November 1866, d. 14 October 1935
FatherJames Harmer1 b. 18 May 1834, d. 15 Sep 1875
MotherAnn Williams1 b. 29 Aug 1830, d. 20 Feb 1885
Relationship2nd great-aunt of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited5 Mar 2017
Birth*10 November 1866 Kingsley, SA, Australia;
When Born: 1866 November 10
Name: Margaret Mary
Sex: Female
Name and Surname of Father: James Harmer
Name and Maiden Name of Mother: Ann Harmer, formerly Williams
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Residence of Parents: Kingsley2 
Death of Father15 September 1875 Crystal Brook, SA, Australia;Harmer - On the 15th September, at Crystal Brook, of consumption, Mr. James Harmer, butcher, aged 41 years;Principal=James Harmer3 
Death of Mother20 February 1885 Mount Gambier, SA, Australia;
When Died: 20th Feby 1885
Name and Surname: Ann Harmer
Sex: Female
Age: Years 54 years
Rank or Profession: Widow
Usual Residence: Mount Gambier
Cause of Death: Heart Disease, Dropsy & Diarrhoea
Place where Death occurred: Mount Gambier
Signature, Description, and Residence of Informant: Samuel Dew, Undertaker, Mount Gambier;Principal=Ann Williams4 
Married Name1893 Simmons5 
Marriage*1893 VIC, Australia;Groom=George Simmons5 
Death*14 October 1935 Advie Private Hospital, Trundle, NSW, Australia;
Apparently in the best of health on Sunday, 13th October, Mrs. George Simmons, Sen., of Grassdale, Trundle, N.S.W., took suddenly ill on Monday, and being hurriedly conveyed to Advie Private Hospital, died in that institution about 8 o'clock the same night. The end was a very peaceful one, Mrs. Simmons lapsing into a state of coma before she died. The cause of death, it is understood, was heart failure.
The late Mrs. Simmons, who was 69 years of age, wan born at Allandale, South Australia, her maiden name being Margaret Mary Harmer. Her parents died when she was quite young, and she was reared by her uncle, the late Thomas Williams, of Moorak Station. She was married to Mr. George Simmons at Kaniva, Victoria, in 1893, and went to the Trundle (N.S.W.) district, where Mr. Simmons had taken up Grassdale several years before. Deceased leaves four sons—Ernest, Walter, George, and Leonard—and one daughter, Mrs. Noel Kramer, all of Trundle; and one brother, Mr. Harry Harmer, of Trundle.
The high esteem in which the late Mrs. Simmons was held was evinced by the exceptionally large attendance at the funeral. The procession of cars was one of the largest yet seen in Trundle, many people coming distances of 40 miles to pay their last respects.6 


George Simmons b. 1864, d. 26 Mar 1943


  1. [S1240] South Australian Birth Registrations 1842-1906.
  2. [S1558] South Australian Birth Registrations transcripts (Keith Bassett), Margaret Mary Harmer 1866.
  3. [S1396] Harmer Family Association - Cora Nunn.
  4. [S14] Death Certificate, Ann Harmer 1885.
  5. [S1710] Indmypast Victoria Marriages 1836-1942 Transcriptions, online, George Simmons & Margaret Mary Harmer 1893.
  6. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, The Border Watch, Thursday, November 7, 1935.
  7. [S18] Harmer Family Reunion 1990.