There are many members of family searching for  information about her. We know she was born 22.12.1902 in Belfast Ireland. We know she went to Australia in 1923 aboard the Baradine, she was recorded as being a domestic. She returned to England aboard the Ormonde from Sydney in 1932 and  was recorded as being a trained nurse.

Then there is a difference in what the family know / think. Some family believe she returned to Australia in 1939, others that she returned aboard the Ormonde in January 1948. All we do know for certain is that she did return to Australia.

Florence was unmarried and some family members speculate that she may have become a nun, however we unable to find any records of her.

Can any one suggest a way forward please?

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on October 11, 2019 at 15:49

Regarding that possible return on the Ormonde in Jan 1948 - do you know which state that was as every state has separate BDM records

do you know her parents names?


Comment by Elizzbeth on October 11, 2019 at 17:18
In 1949 we think she arrived in Sydney. Her parents were William John Crawford Hunter and Mary Elizabeth Hunter nee McConnell, she died in Belfast in 1907 and he died in the 1950’s in England.

I’d appreciate any information or suggestions of how to find some information. Thanks
Comment by Elizabeth Allen on October 11, 2019 at 17:48

Eliz,   I can't find a death in NSW as far as I am able to check

The problem is if she became a nun then her death might be under the name she was given by the Order instead of her real Christian names

Hopefully another member of this forum will have other suggestions - not easy with a common name as we have no idea if she moved to another state or stayed in NSW


Comment by Elizzbeth on October 13, 2019 at 1:05
I truly appreciate you looking for me. Is there a way to get if she took citizenship?
Comment by Elizabeth Allen on October 13, 2019 at 14:54

Eliz,  I know that British citizens were not required to be naturalised but I am not sure whether Irish people needed to or not at the time

You could try searching Record Search under naturalization just in case


Comment by Sylvia on October 13, 2019 at 18:12


It easy to assume things, but could you confirm Florence's religion (in case she had become a nun)?

2 -

So she initially arrived in Sydney on the Baradine that sailed 1/2/1923:

And you suspect that she could have returned in 1949; Is this possibly the Miss F Hunter who went from Tilbury to Sydney on the Mooltan  (arrival Fremantle: 27-5-1949)?:

3 -

There is a probate application for a Florence Hunter on 26-10-1989. She was a spinster and had been living at 28/5 Gallimore Ave, East Balmain (NSW). Most likely she was the Florence Hunter who died on 23-09-1989 in Summer Hill. Unfortunately the BDM index data is not all in their right columns. Under "mother's given name" is the number 082. This would rule her out if it is her age.


Comment by Sylvia on October 14, 2019 at 11:53

If we go back to a 1948 voyage, she would have arrived somewhere in March 1948 (the Ormonde arrives on 27 Feb 1948 in Fremantle) and she’s given 35 Wilson street, Harbord (= "Freshwater" nowadays) as her address:

It might be useful if we could find out what/who was at that address in 1948.


Comment by Elizzbeth on July 7, 2020 at 18:00

Hi, I know this is a long shot - I originally posted on this site last October. I finally contacted the NAA in April this year and managed to get a few extra details about the Florence Hunter who emigrated in 1948. I now believe that this is my Great Aunt. Sylvia very kindly posted some information about the death of a Florence Hunter on 23.09.1989 in Summer Hill. I have been trying to order a copy of the death certificate, unfortunately I can't find any record of the death. Would anyone be able to advise me how to get more details? I have searched on this site and on the NSW BDM site with no luck. I'd be grateful for any information, many thanks


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