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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Ruth Beckwith
Name: Beckwith, Ruth Agnes
Also known as: Manthorpe, Ruth Agnes
Date of Death: 1941-09-28
Place of Birth: Glenelg (S. Aust.)
Date of Birth: 1865-01-13
Place of Death: Nedlands (W. Aust.)
Occupation: Pioneer
Biographical notes: Ruth was born on 13 January 1865 in Adelaide to the Reverend Charles Manthorpe and his wife, one of six children. Ruth married Ralph James Beckwith in Adelaide on 15 January 1888. Their eldest son Ralph Norman Beckwith was born on 20 January 1888 in Glenelg. A second son, Kenneth, was also born in South Australia in 1889. In 1895, when Ruth was 30, she was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Ruth registered at the Howley polling place listing her occupation as “married woman”. Evidence in the local newspaper from 1900 indicates that the couple was in Port Darwin from this time. Ralph was promoted to Pine Creek as Postmaster in 1906 from his position as telegraphist and then to Burrundie where he was also appointed as JP. They had two children registered at Palmerston: Maurice Rodman born 12 May 1893 and Ruth born 24 February 1895. Ralph was appointed Postmaster at Saddleworth, South Australia in 1908. By 1910, the Beckwiths were at Streaky Bay in South Australia relocating to Port Lincoln possibly after Ralph’s retirement from the post office. Ruth died in Perth in 1941 aged 77 .
Related link: 'Family Notices', South Australian Register,14 January, 1865, p. 2.
1941 'Family Notices.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 30 September, p. 10
'Death of Mrs. R. A. Beckwith’, Port Lincoln Times, 2 October, 1941, p. 1.
'Commonwealth Gazette’, The Advertiser, 19 June, 1906, p. 11.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 – 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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