100 Years of Disappointed, Disgruntled, Discredited Husbands

Sydney Gazette, 16 October 1803 Sydney Gazette, 19 June 1808 Sydney Gazette, 12 February 1810 Hobart Town Gazette, 19 October 1816 Hobart Town Gazette, 12 August 1820 Sydney Gazette, 16 October 1823 Sydney Gazette, 23 October 1823 Sydney Gazette, 9 January 1826 The Australian, 10 September 1828 Sydney Monitor, 20 September 1828 Sydney Gazette, 21…

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Maria Lord

As time passes, most people fade into obscurity. Their names are forgotten, unless something is named after them or someone passes by their headstone. Their existence is forgotten until an ancestor digs them up (not literally, I hope), or a researcher starts poking around in the history of a place or object. Some people though…

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Midwives, 1820-1840

Hobart Town Gazette, 21 September 1822 These are first advertisements that I found for female midwives. They first appear in Hobart and in NSW in the late 1830s. (There is an earlier ad for a “surgeon & man midwife in 1819). They are interesting in the amount of information given about the advertisers: credentials, background, testimonials. Compare to advertisements…

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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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Mrs Kearney

ON Sale at Mrs. Kearney’s, Fresh Butter at 5s. per lb. where New Milk may be had every Morning at 7 o’clock, at 6d. per quart. Hobart Town Gazette, 7 November 1818 MRS. KEARNEY informs her Customers and the Inhabitants of Hobart Town, that she has reduced the Price of her Milk to 6d. per…

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Lady Franklin

Australian Dictionary of Biography Wikipedia “Sir John Franklin owes much to his wife Lady Jane for his Tasmanian legacy” (from the Mercury). UTAS Library Open Repository (letters, diaries etc) ———————————————————— Came cross the following article (which was undated but it’s from the Examiner, 7 November 1888) and the referenced note. ANOTHER RELIC OF THE PAST…

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Fanny

(Public domain image from Wikipedia Commons) Some sound… Australian Screen: Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs “These are the first and last recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.” Australian Dictionary of Biography 200 Australian Women Wikipedia Trove: Biographies FUNERAL OF FANNY SMITH. LOVETT, February 26. The closing scene in respect to the Tasmanian…

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Mrs Roberts

(Hobart Zoo, from a photo at the State Library of South Australia.) PERSONAL It is with regret that we have to announce the death yesterday of Mrs. Roberts, of ”Beaumaris” Hobart. She was in her 81st year. When well advanced in age, she developed a hobby for zoological studies, and established at her home a…

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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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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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