Mrs Smith

Years ago, when the sports gallery at the museum was being created, Louise (collections manager) wanted to know a bit more about Mary Smith, so I found this article by Irene Schaffer. Mary is another widow who continued on managing her property after her husband died, but of more interest, she trained and raced horses…

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Women of Hobart

I’ve been a bit slow with my “Random Women” posts lately and I noticed some ads for various women’s businesses while I was looking for something else, so I thought I’d share some. All from Colonial Times, 14 December 1849; via Trove. (The last/fifth one is interesting.)      

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Mary

Considering the idea of the Victorian woman as submissive, chaste and obedience, with a case study: Mary Townsend, who in middle of the century lived in Launceston, with her husband William. Mostly. CAUTION– I hereby caution the public against harboring or giving credit to my wife Mary Townsend after this date she having left her…

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Isabella

Here’s a couple of memos from the overseer at the Cascade Female Factory (which was the city women’s gaol by then, but with the same name). Cascade Factory 10 Sept 1858 Sir I have the honor to bring under your notice that the Soldiers are constantly prowling about the Hill in the rear of the…

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Mrs Cox, the beginning

This too far longer than I thought. I had a couple of news stories, but I thought I’d have a quick look to see if there were any more. Just a few 🙂 I left out those that complaining about the state of the road or fares, or short references to accidents and some repetitive…

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Mrs Hood

Writing in 1888, a columnist in the Launceston Examiner had the following paragraph. Evandale has sustained a further loss of good old Mrs. Hood, perhaps better known as Mrs. Morrison. When, as such, she went home to England in 1853 she assisted several persons from her native place(Leicester) to emigrate to Tasmania, and also imported…

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