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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Rebecca Schunke
Name: Schunke, Rebecca Annie
Also known as: Thomas, Rebecca Annie
Date of Death: 1898-03-25
Place of Birth: South Australia
Date of Birth: 1854-11-11
Place of Death: Echunga (S. Aust.)
Occupation: Business Woman
Biographical notes: Rebecca was born to Thomas and Mary Martin. On 3 September 1879, Rebecca married Charles Masters at Echunga, South Australia and had a daughter Olive. Charles died in April 1881. Rebecca married Henry Emil Schunke, an Echunga blacksmith in December 1884. The family moved to the Territory in 1888 where Henry opened a blacksmithing business on Mitchell Street. In 1891 Rebecca and Henry moved to Union where they took over the lease of a hotel which had been built the previous year by Ellen Ryan. In 1894 they took over the Playford Hotel in Pine Creek. Daughter Olive died in June 1894 at age 14 of a malaria-related fit. In 1895 Rebecca was one of the 82 Northern Territory women enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She had just turned 41; she registered to vote at Pine Creek and her occupation was listed as "married woman". In November 1897 Rebecca and Henry went for a holiday to South Australia; Henry returned to the Territory in March 1898. On his arrival he received the news that his wife Rebecca had died from typhoid fever in Echunga on 25 March. She was buried with her first husband. Harry went on to marry Jessie Butterfield in 1899 and he died in Pine Creek in October 1927.
Related link: "Family Notices" Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 25 March 1898, p.2.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894-96). Darwin : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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