Mary Sophia Day  (m. Axup), sister-in-law

The next generation …

Axup and Nevin daughters

From left to right: Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin’s daughter Minnie (Mary) Nevin,
Thomas Nevin’s sister-in-law Mary Sophia Axup nee Day,
Mary Axup’s daughter Eva Baldwin nee Axup,
and Thomas and Elizabeth’s Nevin’s daughter May Nevin.
Taken ca. 1938. Copyright © KLW NFC 2009 ARR.

Thomas Nevin’s sister-in-law, Mary Sophia Day, younger sister of Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day, and daughter of master mariner Captain James Day, was born on 9th March 1853, and died in Melbourne on 18th June 1941, aged 89 years. She was unnamed at birth but registered as Sophia Mary Day on April 11th, 1853:

Sophia Mary Day b. 9th March 1853 in the district of Hobart
Father: James Day, Master Mariner
Mother: Rachael Day, formerly Pocock
registered 11th April 1853
Archives Office of Tasmania

Her elder sister Elizabeth Rachel Day was born in 1847. Her father, Captain James Day (1804-1882), was brother-in-law to Captain Edward Goldsmith, also a master mariner, who married their aunt – also called Elizabeth Day – at Liverpool, England in 1829.The General Directory for Hobart, 1854, gives James Day’s address: “DAY, James, mariner, Bathurst Street” (NLA Ref: MCN 872).

Marriages at St George Derby Square in the City of Liverpool
Marriages recorded in the Register for the years 1813 – 1837

Mary Sophia Day married Captain Hector Charles Horatio Axup (1844-1927) on May 1st, 1878 at the Wesleyan Church, Kangaroo Valley (renamed Lenah Valley in 1922) where the Nevins lived on property in trust to the Wesleyan Church adjacent to the Lady Franklin Museum and leased an acre of land from Maria Nairn. Thomas Nevin’s father, John Nevin, occupied the schoolhouse and taught local children. Mary Sophia’s father Captain James Day was a witness at her wedding, along with John Nevin snr. It was Hector Axup’s second marriage.

Marriage Certificate details (per Axup family):

Mary Sophia Day married Hector Charles James Horatio Axup (b. 7 March 1843, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England) in the Wesleyan Church, Kangaroo Valley, Hobart Town Tasmania, on May 1st, 1878.

Witnesses were James Day; John Nevin; Margaret McGuiqua [McGuire]. The minister was Nathaniel Bennett.

Hector Axup was a harbour pilot and leading tower assistant at George Town, Tasmania. The Axups were listed on the electoral roll as residents at Oak Point in 1885. Hector Axup arrived in Tasmania in 1876, and died in Launceston in 1927. A few months before his death he published a “unique booklet” titled “The Reminiscences of an ‘Old Salt’ of 83 Years by H. C. Axup,” (Launceston, ca. 1926). The unattributed photograph below graces the front cover.

Hector C. Axup ca. 1880s. Unattributed.

More information about Hector Axup’s background and career can be viewed here on this site.

Hector and Mary Axup had five children:

  1. Rachel Frances Eva Axup b. 1878 at Hobart, Tasmania
  2. Sidney James Vernon Axup b.1882 at Hobart, Tasmania

  3. Edward Harold Leslie Axup b.1885 at Georgetown, Tasmania

  4. Patience Ella Mary Axup b.1889 at Georgetown, Tasmania

  5. Olive Lilian Ethel Axup b.1891 at Georgetown, Tasmania

Mary Sophia Axup nee Day with May Nevin on her left in fur (Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin’s eldest daughter),
and Mary Axup’s adult children ca. 1939-1940

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Photos courtesy of © John Davis and © Axup descendants 2007 ARR.

Mary Sophia Axup (nee Day) died in Melbourne on 18th June 1941, aged 89 years. Elizabeth Rachel Day, her elder sister by five years who married Thomas Nevin in 1871, died in Hobart on 29 June, 1914, aged just 67.

Obituary, Mrs M.S. Axup, The Mercury 30 June 1942
Courtesy Narelle Ogden © KLW NFC 2011


An old Hobart resident, Mrs. M. S. Axup, died in Northcote, Victoria, recently while on a visit to her son. She was in her 90th year, having been born at Lenah Valley in 1853. A daughter of the late Capt. James Day who sailed his own vessel, trading between Hobart and the Mainland before the advent of steam, she married a seafaring man, Capt. H. C. Axup, well known in shipping circles and the Launceston pilot until his death some years ago.
The deceased was interested in church and charity organisations until a few months ago. She left two sons and two daughters, and a great number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A feature of the funeral service was that the coffin was carried by four of her grandsons, all in uniform, representing the three services. The services at the church and graveside were conducted by her son-in-law, the Rev. P.W Baldwin. Toc H padre.

*Tasmanian Pioneers Index Reg.474 -37; Mary Sophia Day is listed in the Tasmanian Archives Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database as Sophia Mary Day, born in 1853 to Rachel Pocock and James Day, married Hobart 1841.
*Axup family descendants: Suzy Baldwin, John Davis et al.

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