Harriet Clisby

HARRIET CLISBY Storm-centre of Two Continents SPENT CHILDHOOD HERE Harriet Clisby, whose death is announced, wore ringlets and frilled pantalettes when she arrived in Adelaide in 1837—but she had a brain that made her a storm-centre of two continents! There was nothing early Victorian about the woman, who left a pioneer music shop in Adelaide…

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Mahala Mills

Marriages in Hobart, 1837 RGD 36/1/1 George died 1849. Mahala Mills also took over the license of the Brunswick Wine Vaults/Hotel.   The Britannia and Trades’ Advocate, 25 October 1849   ORNITHOLOGICAL.—About four o’clock on the afternoon of Monday last, the 10th instant, as Mrs. Mills’ stage coach, between this town and New Norfolk, was…

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Mrs Kinsman

“Mrs. Fillia Kinsman and her coach,” State Library of South Australia Poor Mrs Kinsman was thus left to fight her own way in life, mysteriously bereft of her husband. With the little money she had, she purchased some cows and sold milk and butter. She realised that there was an opening for a passenger conveyance…

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Mary Ann MacDougall

Mary Ann took over the management of the Colonial Times after the sudden death of her husband in 1848, until 1855 when she remarried. The above from the Colonial Times, 1 August 1848 There is a compilation of information telling her story elsewhere so I’ll direct you there to read it. Colonial Times, 25 July…

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Fern Sellers – Christmas Eve

THE FERN SELLER—CHRISTMAS EVE. This is an original and characteristic sketch, in which perhaps our artist has sacrificed a little fidelity to nature. In this instance the object seems to have been to embody an idea thoroughly and faithfully rather than exhibit skill in the delineation of female beauty. What the holly is to the…

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Two women & their shops

This is just an excuse to share these two photos. Not your usual shops! (Gulgong & Hill End both started as gold towns, hence the rough & ready nature of the buildings.) Above: Woman and shop-house, Hill End (NSW) American & Australasian Photographic Company 1870-1875 From the Mitchell Library,State Library of NSW Below: Woman with…

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Feather Curlers & Cleaners

Sydney Gazette, 11 August 1825 Not an occupation I can find out much about. Feather curlers were used by milliners to produce suitable feathers for their hats. However, if you read down through these advertisements you’ll see they’re offering a different, if related, service. Bearing in mind here, hats were necessary fashion accessory, and if…

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Miss Beeton

This necklace of king maireener shells on two-stranded linen thread was probably given to James Peppiatt, the proprietor of the Old Brisbane Hotel in Launceston, by its maker Lucy Beeton. She was the daughter of Thomas (John) Beeton and Emmerenna (Tralwoolway Clan) Necklace & caption from The First Tasmanians: Our story gallery at the Queen…

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Whereas My Husband… Or, What’s Good For Gander

Sydney Gazette, 28 July 1821 This is sequel to 100 Years of Disappointed, Disgruntled, Discredited Husbands. I have transcribed the longer advertisements/letters where the text might be too small to read and included the image, except where it’s an ongoing debate wherein I have just included the text. TO THE PUBLIC.— WHEREAS Mr. Thomas Arkell…

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Mrs Hutton

Perth Gazette, 17 October 1835 Perth Gazette, 24 October 1835 Perth Gazette, 27 December 1850 Perth Gazette, 13 Jun 1851 The Inquirer and Commercial News, 2 April 1856 Perth Gazette, 11 April 1856 Perth Gazette, 14 August 1857 Perth Gazette, 12 November 1858 The Inquirer and Commercial News, 8 June 1859

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