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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Elizabeth Darcy
Name: Darcy, Elizabeth
Also known as: Walden, Elizabeth
Hopkins, Elizabeth
Date of Death: 1944-10
Place of Birth: Wandi (W.A.)
Date of Birth: 1895-02-19
Occupation: Manager
Teacher
House duties
Builder
Horse-breaker
Biographical notes: Elizabeth was the second child of Elizabeth and James Walden. In 1912 Elizabeth married John William Hopkins. They had two children, Adelaide (Alice) and William Walter. Elizabeth’s husband died in September 1918. Elizabeth married George John Darcy after he escorted her to her mother after her first husband’s death. Elizabeth and George had 12 children including two sets of twins. When they moved to Mallapunyah Springs, Elizabeth built the house, furniture and toys while her husband was away earning money. Elizabeth was also the family’s teacher, as education was provided through correspondence from Camooweal. Elizabeth contacted the Department of Lands for their leases of land of approximately 4077 square kilometres. Although her husband would eventually work prominently on their land, Elizabeth proved she was as physically capable to work along side him, and still maintain the house hold. Elizabeth is also remembered for her positive attitude towards the local indigenous communities and her welcomed medical advice particular to new mothers. On 31 October 1944, Elizabeth and her son Mick did not return home while looking for donkeys. The search was offically abandoned on 29 November with the entry in the Police Journal reading as follows: "Despite combined efforts 10 whites and 30 Aboriginals, no trace of Mrs Darcy or son can be found.Has been suggested they caught quiet grey horse and rode away nevertheless I fear they have perished in rough hilly country south Mallapunyah where water limited. Have abandoned search."
Related link: Placename Registry : Darcy Court
A Big Country : The Darcys of Mallapunyah, 1981
Northern Territory Archives Service : Guide to Archives Relating to the Pastoral Industry
PictureNT : Ruins of old homestead, Mallapunyah Springs
Related Materials: Fiona M. Darcy, The Darcys of Mallapunyah Springs, Historical society of the Northern Territory, 1990.
Appears in Collections:Territory Women

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