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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Blanch Gibson
Name: Gibson, Blanch Mary
Also known as: Little, Blanch Mary
Date of Death: 1939-05-17
Place of Birth: Robetown (S.A.)
Place of Death: Adelaide (S.A.)
Occupation: Pioneer
Biographical notes: Blanch was born August 1869 in Robetown, South Australia to JAG Little and Matilda Cecily Little (nee Johnson). The family moved to the Territory in 1872 where JAG took up a post in the Postal and Telegraph Department. Blanch went south to receive schooling, returning to the Territory in 1888, where she became an active member of society, singing at many of the town's musical functions and attending fancy dress balls. In 1895, when Blanch was 26, she was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after women were granted the franchise in 1894. Her occupation was listed as "spinster". At the home of her father in May 1899 Blanch married English born John Kennedy Gibson of the EEA and C Telegraph Company Ltd. Following their marriage Blanch and John Kennedy sailed for Hong Kong where John was to manage the Eastern Extension line. The couple lived in Hong Kong for many years before retiring at Linden Park, Adelaide. Blanch died 17 May 1939. John Kennedy remained in Adelaide until 1949, he then returned to England for a visit. He died in Leicestershire on 20 January 1950.
Related link: 'Family notices', South Australian Chronicle, 13 April 1939, p.25.
'Family notices', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 12 May 1899, p.2.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894 - 1896) : Darwin : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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