Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Ireland, c.1840; died at a family residence in Roma, Qld,1872,
One of a large number of children, to Richard Keyes (c.1797-1862) and Sarah nee Saunders (c.1808-1870). The family migrated to NSW, and settled at 'Waddon' and 'Pemberton' estates, Parramatta. In 1860, Mary married Eric Sutherland Ross (1832-1910) of 'Redbank', 'Rocky Bar', 'Crackow' and 'Dyngie' stations, Qld, and they had six children.
Mary (mistakenly given as 'Miss Mary Ross') collected MEL specimens at 'Dyngie Station', 1866-1867.
Mary's husband collected specimens for William Woolls.
After catching a fever, Mary died at a family residence in Roma, Qld, aged 32.
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]