Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born, c.1834; died 2 November 1891.
The eldest daughter of William Lawrence of 'Kirkby House', 'Bruni'. In 1860, Mary married a master mariner, Edward Nash Spong (1818-1907), and they had at least five children. The Spongs lived at Cape Wickham, King Island between 1861/1862-1882 where Mary's husband was lighthouse keeper.
Mary collected MEL specimens at King Island, 1881.
Her husband also collected MEL specimens.
Mary died in her 57th year in 1891 leaving £10 to her husband.
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]