• Born c1830, Halifax, Yorkshire

Born at Halifax, Yorkshire, England around 1830, Mary Walker married Francis Ackroyd at Halifax in 1846. A son, Alfred James, was born at Ballarat on 2 October 1854. Francis was then described as a 33 year old gold digger from Halifax, with two other living children. Ackroyd (Ackeroyd) was a miner who was inside the Eureka Stockade when the battle occurred on 3 December 1854. He was one of the pioneers who celebrated the 50th anniversary of Eureka in 1904. At that time he was living in Shepparton.

Leader 10 December 1904, p. 35; Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHS Publishing, 2009; http://www.eurekapedia.org/Mary_Ackroyd dottigee16, 2013.