Thanks to everyone for their most kind responses. This family is much bigger than I had imagined. I see the Toowoomba and Toowong (Brisbane) cemetery websites and I will have to check the QLD BDM fiche for more clues to the marriages of Ernest's daughters ....But thanks to you all this is the family ->
John Harding parents John Harding & Elizabeth Branch. baptised 20 Jul 1827 at St Brides-Super-Ely, Glamorganshire, Wales. married .........1853 in Vic to Mary Anne Watts. died 20 March 1867 buried at Toowoomba, QLD.
Mary Anne Watts parents Emmanuel Watts & Mary Ann Banwell born.........c1836 at Worle, Somerset. married 2ndon 4 Nov 1867 QLD to John Poole McLeish died 5 Jan 1903, buried at Toowoomba, QLD
Children M1 -
Mary Anne Harding born 1855 Brunswick, Vic, died 13 Aug 1938 buried Toowoomba QLD
Elizabeth Frances Harding born 1859 at Pentridge, Vic, died 1860 Vic aged 1yr.
Augustus Daniel Branch Harding born 1861 at Pentridge. died 1862 Vic. aged 1 yr.
Henrietta Elizabeth Harding born 12 Sep 1863 Qld. died 1865 Qld, aged 2.
Arthur John Harding born 16 Oct 1865 Qld died 25 Dec 1866 buried Toowoomba Qld.
Ernest James Harding born 16 Oct 1865 Qld married Maria Agnes Gorman.
Children M2 -
Florence Ann Gifford McLeish born 1871 QLD
John Emmanuel McLeish born 1873 QLD died 16 Oct 1875buried at Toowoomba.
William Alexander McLeish born 1873 QLDdied 25 May 1915 buried at Toowoomba
Isabella Margaret McLeish born 1877 QLD died 24 Nov 1877 buried at Toowoomba.
John Emanuel McLeish born 1881 QLD
Note - Henrietta's birth 1863/C000293 index gives her name as Henrietta Elizabeth Harding and the death index gives her name as Henrietta Branch Harding.
Mary Anne's family sailed from Plymouth on the ship Palmyra on the 14th April 1848, and arrived at Melbourne on the 19th July 1848. The Watts family settled in Coburg and worked on Thomas Barrett's market garden on the banks of the Merri Creek at Pentridge. Mary Anne, aged 12, became a nursemaid for Robert Robinson, a saddler of William St, Melbourne, with a 12 months contract at 3 pounds per annum plus rations. Mary Anne's parents signed the contract.
John married Mary Anne Watts in 1853. He is listed on the 1856 Electoral Roll as a mason and housebuilder, living on the Merri Creek, Pentridge Division, in the Coburg area of Melbourne. The family moved to Queensland about late 1862.
Mary Anne's 2nd husband John Poole McLeish died 11 May 1920 and was buried at Toowoomba, Qld. There were 2 stillborn children in 1869 and 1870 buried at Toowoomba.
Ernest James Harding (born 16 Oct 1865 QLD)married Maria Agnes Gorman (born c1866) in QLD on 1 Feb 1888. They had 10 children, 4 of them dying as infants. Ernest was living at Toowoombawhere 3 of their children were buried in 1888, 1893 and 1895. Their daughter Lily was buried at Toowong cemetery in Brisbane in 1897. Electoral rolls show Ernest as a draper in 1903 living at Stanley St in Toowong. In 1913 Ernest was a grading inspector living at Aston St, Toowong, with his wife Maria, home duties, and daughters Ruby, milliner, and May, dressmaker. In 1922 the family was living at the corner of Stanley Terrace and Duke St, Toowong. Ernest was still a grading inspector and his wife Maria and daughter Olive Ann were listed as home duties.
Maria was buried at Toowong cemetery in Brisbane on 17 Aug 1928 age 62 and Ernest James Harding was buried at Toowong on 26 Sep 1946 age 81.
Their children -
Florence Harding *born 6 Nov 1888 QLD, died 1 Dec 1888 buried Toowoomba
May Harding born 1890 QLD, married possibly to John Warren 6 Nov 1913 or Daniel Daly 3 Feb 1914. (possibly May Daly buried 1954 Toowong)
Ruby Harding born 1891 QLD, possibly married Douglas William Gibson in Brisbane 31 Mar 1917.
Arthur John Harding born 24 Jan 1893 QLD died 1 Nov 1893 buried at Toowoomba
Olive Ann Harding born 1894 QLD.
Ernest James Harding born 1895 QLD* died 12 Oct 1895 buried Toowoomba QLD
Lily Harding born 1897 QLD * died 1897 buried 6 Dec 1897 at Toowong, Brisbane, QLD