Theresa was born at 5 Brand Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1886, the family was living at 260 Canongate (road) in Edinburgh. In about 1888, they moved to Kinghorn in Fifeshire. (In the 1891 census, her name was spelled “Treasa”.)
In about 1892, they moved to 60 St Mary’s Wynd, Stirling. The 1901 census shows the McFarlane family of ten living in a dwelling there with just 2 rooms with windows. At that time, Teresa was working as a domestic servant. They later moved to 1 St Mary’s Wynd and then to 23 Scott Street, Stirling.
Theresa migrated to Australia arriving on 10 September 1912 aboard the Rangatira. The ship carried 1,082 passengers, 900 of whom were assisted migrants; the remainder were mostly farm hands or domestics for whom employed had been pre-arranged. The Sydney Morning Herald described the voyage as “about the happiest and most contented that has landed in an immigrant ship for many a long day”.
After marrying Arthur Thorogood in 1914, she lived at “Kinver” 37 Onslow Street and later at 478 Old South Head Road, Rose Bay.
She died on 19 June 1960 in Sydney.
Theresa was born in April 1885. Her parents marriage was recorded in June that year.
The traditional Catholic teaching in Scotland (and everywhere prior to the Council of Trent) was that marriage occurred when the couple publicly exchanged vows. It did not require a priest or State celebrant. (The requirement for a priest to celebrate the marriage was introduced in Scotland in 1908.)
Most Catholics only officially recorded their marriage after their first child was born so as to secure inheritance rights. As a result, in the late 19th century, as many as 50% of Catholics were officially “illegitimate” at birth.
Theresa’s birth certificate records her name as “Teresa McFarlane Mullen”.
The Rangatira was built in Belfast in 1908 to take migrants to Australia and New Zeaaland and return with cargos of frozen meat. She weighed 10,118 tons and was 478 feet long with a speed of 13 knots. The passenger accommodation consisted of 1,000 steerage class. In September 1914, she was converted to a troopship in Sydney. She was wrecked in 1916 at Robben Island off South Africa.