Maria Duffin

Maria Duffin was born on the 16th July 1854 and lived to the ripe old age of 100! She married Adam Duffin in 1876 and they went on to have seven daughters and two sons. Her daughters Emma, Molly and Ruth also feature in this timeline.

Maria was a founding member of the Charity Organisation Society established in Belfast, which was set up to help poor children, widows and the elderly to restore their independence.

Her privileged upbringing did not distract her from the plight of the disadvantaged. Maria enjoyed art, nature and animals and was close to all her children who she encouraged to fly their own kites! She was a wonderful woman.

Researcher: Jeanette Steenson

PRONI Reference for Diary: D2109/19/8 (Thanks to Mr. Michael Duffin)

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Maria Duffin Diary Entries

29th September, 1952
Molly crosses tonight and I shall miss her…
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17th October, 1952
Dorothy was ruthless and drowned them all...
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12th November, 1952
Eleanor Sinclair’s sale of toys...
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9th December, 1952
Brief is life but love is long...
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11th January, 1953
I do not believe in personal sacrifice...
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19th February, 1953
Why we are poor...
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27th March, 1953
A lamb in the kitchen...
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27th April, 1953
Winston Churchill gets the Garter...
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20th May, 1953
Ruth, Norma and Emma went to see the garden...
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2nd June, 1953
D. had a television party...
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16th July, 1953
My 99th birthday…
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7th August, 1953
I feel rather sad for pussy...
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