Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Perth, 22 October 1838, died at Northam, WA, 21 April 1921.
One of ten children, to Charles Thomas Farmer (1799-1845) and Margaret Ann nee Spencer (1811-1848).
Mary married John Thorpe (b.1856). In 1868, she married a second time, to Alfred Thomas Vile Eaton (1844-1921), and they had seven children. The family lived at Youndegin, where they kept an inn.
Mary Ann collected MEL specimens (as 'Mrs Eaton') at Swan River, 1888, and east of York, 1889.
Mary Ann died in Northam in 1921 aged 82.
Source: extracted from: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references]