This week’s Sepia Saturday(SS) prompt is of a lady standing in a doorway. The main suggested theme is to share a photo of someone framed in a doorway but other suggested themes are windows, number 11, and small fat old ladies.
I won’t be insulting about the latter as the prompt photo is of the grandmother of Alan the SS administrator but I will write about my 3x great grandmother – a small fat old lady!
Mary Elizabeth LEWIS nee BLACKMORE (c1812-1898) was a remarkable woman. I would have liked to have met her.
In a nutshell: she was born in Devon,
married an Irishman in London,
emigrated to Australia in 1855,
was shipwrecked (and rescued) with eight of her ten children on the Schomberg,
settled in Melbourne and
outlived her publican husband by 27 years,
living to the amazing age of 86 years.
I’ve written a little about the shipwreck before here (and with this same photo) so in keeping a little with the theme, I’ll try to focus a bit on the locations of doors she would have walked through and perhaps stood in:
1837-51: Lambeth, Kennington, Surrey (on 1851 census, husband was a hairdresser).
1855: Schomberg set sail for Australia.
1859-60: Joiner’s Arms, Cardigan Street, North Melbourne.
1860-61: Royal Railway Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (husband granted the licence April 1860).
1861: Golden Age Hotel, La Trobe Street, Melbourne (husband gained transfer of licence December 1861).
1864-66: Mechanics Arms Hotel, Little Collins Street, Melbourne (husband the licensee).
1871: Curzon Street, Hotham (now known as North Melbourne) where her hotelkeeper husband, Robert LEWIS died.
1898: Leslie Estate, Were Street, Brighton Beach where she died. From what I can find, this was an estate of residences and villas developed in about 1887 on the site of Leslie House next to Brighton Beach railway station.
There are still a few gaps, but thanks to Trove and the digitised newspapers, I’m sure I’ll fill them all in eventually.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find photos of the pubs yet.