Charlotte

I found this one on the wall of the tea room at Franklin House, a spinster and governess!* Charlotte’s brother ran a boys school at Franklin Village, but she “was forced to gain employment. This she found at the Archer family house of Northbury near Longford” (pictured above). At first she worked as “a governess…

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Mary Sullivan: female searcher

Adelaide Observer, 7 December 1872 Express & Telegraph, 1 August 1873 South Australian Register, 14 November 1873 Express & Telegraph, 31 January 1873 South Australian Chronicle, 21 November 1874 South Australian Chronicle, 4 November 1874 Express & Telegraph, 17 May 1882 Adelaide Observer, 23 July 1892 South Australian Register, 1 August 1893

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Miss Milne

Jeannette Milne Photo from TAHO (Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office), record, available Flickr Jeanette Milne was a nurse from Edinburgh who came out to Australia during the time when the “Nightingale system” of nursing was still being introduced, hospital standards were generally poor and nurses rarely received formal training. (That’d be 1880s and later for most…

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Mrs Dobson

Hobart’s “Grand Old Woman” The keen sense of loss that will be felt by a large number of Tasmanians at the passing of Mrs Henry Dobson at the ripe age of 91 years must be tempered by a feeling of pride in her almost unequalled record of service and achievement and thankfulness that she was…

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Dolly

Sherwood Hall at Latrobe, home to “Thomas Johnson, a pioneer and settler who began life in Van Dieman’s Land as a convict and his wife Dolly Dalrymple Briggs, the first part aboriginal”. Australian Dictionary of Biography Bridging the cultural divide with Dolly Dalrymple

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Ladies of the bush: interlude

A slight detour on the way to NSW. I found this account in the back of a book, of the capture of Captain Melville. So, Victoria 1852… Having had a good dinner at the Corio Street pub, Melville and hie mate, leaving their horses in the stable, strolled along past the police. station, down a…

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Ellen, Bridget & Kate

I thought this would be easy. I could do a brief summary and then link to a web page. Of course that required finding a suitable web page. So then I thought I’d just do a short post with the little that I already knew, and that would do. But first, it wouldn’t hurt to…

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The Maids of the Mountains

The Maids of the Mountains In the wild Weddin Mountains There live two young dames; Kate O’Meally, Bet Mayhew Are their pretty names; These maids of the mountains Are bonny bush belles; They ride out on horseback, Togged out like young swells. They dressed themselves up In their brothers’ best clothes, And looked very rakish…

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Mary Ann

I am cheating here, but all I know of this lady is what I’ve read on other web pages and I don’t see any point in regurgitating what other people have said better. Of the many web pages about Mary Ann, the Wikipedia article does seem the most comprehensive. Although the best thing to read…

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Maggie

She married William Skilling/Skillion in 1873. They had two children. Then a few years her later, her husband is arrested and sent off to gaol for six years, and at the same time, her mother is also gaoled. So at 21, Maggie is left looking after her own children, her mother’s young kids, and running…

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