Hello Debra, the family story was Annie May was killed on the Solomons in a native uprising, and her husband then married the nanny, Mrs. Austen.
In doing some research, there is a 17 May 1906 passenger list showing Mrs. Manchip and infant, Mrs Austen and Master Manchip all headed from Sydney to the Solomons. Then there is a newspaper article from 12 Jan 1907 in The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.: 1866-1939), page 8. A special Commissioner wrote about visiting the Lever Plantation at the Russell Group where Mr. Manchip is the manager, and identified in the article are Mrs Manchip, two children, and Miss Austen, a relative. Next is a return passenger list from the Solomons to Sydney for 28 Mar 1907. On this list is Master Manchip with a note under his name "+ Two in Steerage". There are no further references to Annie May or infant Phyllis after this date.
There are several newspaper articles regarding south sea murders by natives which I found at trove.nla.gov.au. for the time period between 1906 and 1908. There are 3 articles in particular where Mr. T.A.Manchip is interviewed regarding the murders and identifies several white settlers who lost their lives by name. Of all the names he identified, he never mentioned having lost his wife or infant child in this way, and I would think if this had been the case, he would have.
Mr. Manchip married Mrs Austen on 22 March, 1909, and their daughter Nellie May Manchip was born 28 May 1909, as stated on Nellie May's birth certificate.
I don't have a copy of their marriage certificate as you asked, to see whether he is listed as a widower. However, I don't know I'd trust such a declaration at this point.
Going back to the listing of "Two in Steerage" on the inward passenger list, it makes me wonder if the two unidentified passengers associated with the 6 year old boy were his mother and infant sister, Phyllis M. Manchip.
All the passenger lists are listed as citations, and the newspaper articles can be located there as well. Otherwise you can go to the url I listed above and type manchip/ murders. Thank you
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