AuCFHS code : PL232

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : ANNA SUSAN FISHER b October [06] 1818 d [31 July] 18[96]

Monument : Stone cross

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

The plinth in June 2020.

This small plinth is all that is left of the monument although the cross may be hidden in the grass nearby. It is located roughly 10 rows east of the lodge and 6 monument north of the south path. The carved inscription is very eroded but we know from the grave register that  Anna, Francis & Frances are all buried here.

Inscription

ANNA SUSAN FISHER b October [06] 1818 d [31 July] 1896

FRANCIS FISHER

FRANCES EMMA

Anna Susan Fisher (Annie) (née Rogers) (6 October 1818 – 31 July 1896)

Annie was born in Point de Galles, Sri Lanka and was the daughter of Richard and Susannah (née Mitchell) Rogers.  Richard was on the Board of Ordanance for the East India Company, and the couple had been in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) since 1817. Susannah died shortly after giving birth to their second daughter Mary in August 1819, and Mary also died two months later. Richard and Annie returned to live in Roegate, Hampshire in 1821.  Annie was baptised Anna Susan on 13 August 1822 at St Johns’ Church, Portsea, her middle name was in memory of her mother.  She went to school in Petworth before emigrating to New South Wales in 1835, when her father became Royal Engineer and Ordnance storekeeper in Sidney. She married Francis Fisher (1796-1882) on 20 June 1837 in Sydney, Australia.  Francis was originally from Cambridge, and was the Crown Solicitor of New South Wales (1835-1840) and then  Attorney General of New Zealand (1840-c.1848).

Fisher family.

Francis and Annie had six children: Francis (1839-1839), Anna Lucy (Annie) (1844-1850), William Rogers (1846-1910), Harriett Agnes (Agnes) (1847-1875), Frances Emma (Fanny) (1851-1864) and Louisa Ellen (Nellie) (1853-1939).  The first three children were born in Sydney, but by 1847 they had returned to live in  Cambridge.

In 1891 she was living with her daughter Louisa and son-in-law Frederick at 47 Hills Road.  Frederick was a doctor and the couple had six small children, and four domestic servants.  Annie died at Hills Road aged 77 years old.

Francis Fisher (7.8.1795- 1882)

Francis was born in Cambridge the son of Thomas & Sarah Fisher. He was baptised at the church of St Andrew the Great.
He had gone to Australia to work but the job was poorly paid and Francis decided to come back to England.  He also wanted to retrieve his share of an Australian estate.  He believed he was owed £23,403, 0s and 7d (£1.8m at 2018 values) from the estate of T.P McQueen and had been wrongly swindled of the money.  He returned to Cambridge in a dire financial state, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his claim on the estate.

The family lived at New Square (1847),  Ely Road, Chesterton (1851) and then at 12 Panton Street (1861 onwards). Francis died at home in August 1882 aged 87 years old leaving Annie a widow.

Emma Francis (1852 – 1864)

Emma was the 4th child of Francis & Annie. She died at the family home in Panton St.

More information on Annie’s grand-daughters can be read here.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

CFHS transcription of parish & grave registers

by Claire Martinsen

Many thanks to  Kate Mears, great-great granddaughter of Annie Fisher for her invaluable information.

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Anna Susan Fisher; Francis Fisher