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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Rosie Emma Stevens
Name: Stevens, Rosie Emma
Also known as: Foelsche, Rosie Emma
Date of Death: 1940-01-09
Place of Birth: Strathalbyn (S. Aust.)
Date of Birth: 1860-11-30
Place of Death: Tonbridge (England)
Cultural heritage: English
Occupation: Community Service
Business Woman
Biographical notes: Rosie arrived in the Territory in 1871 with her mother to join her father, who had become Inspector of Police in the Northern Territory. Rosie did most of her schooling in the Territory then more schooling in Adelaide. In April 1884 she married Hildebrand William Havelock Stevens and returned to Darwin with her husband in June 1884. Hildebrand is credited with starting the first live export of cattle from Darwin. Rosie’s first child, Mary Jane, was born in 1886 and a son Frederick in 1887, who died six months later (his grave is at Palmerston’s pioneer cemetery). Rosie had four more children while in the Territory, two of whom died young. On 24 April 1895 Rosie was one of the 82 Northern Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She was 35 when she registered at Palmerston and her occupation was listed as “married woman”. Rosie was known as a great hostess. Rosie and her family sheltered with her parents and sister’s family in the cable company offices after their Esplanade home was destroyed by the cyclone of 1897. Rosie and her children moved to Brisbane for 12 years to complete their schooling, then Sydney for three years. Rosie was with her father when he died in Darwin in 1914.
Related link: "Family Notices", South Australian Register, 5 Jun 1884, p.4.
"Death of Mrs. H.W.H. Stevens", The Straits Times, 12 January 1940, p.10.
Ex-Malayans' Death In Britain The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 12 January 1940, p.1.
Stevens, HWH, “Reminiscences of a hard case”, Singapore Lithographers Limited, 1937.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 – 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 323.623 JAM
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