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Title: Sarah Ann Beasley
Date of Death: 1921-12-21
Date of Birth: 1839-07-01
Place of Birth: Carlisle (England)
Place of Death: Darwin
Occupation: Storekeeper
Accommodation House Manager
Biographical notes: On 12 September 1864 Sarah married John Beasley, a carrier in Bowen, Queensland, to whom she had five children, all born in Queensland. Sarah came overland from Queensland to the Northern Territory with at least two of her sons in about 1887. By September 1887 she had the licence for the Grove Hill Hotel near Pine Creek, which she managed for several years before moving to Maud Creek, where she had a storekeepers licence in 1889 and then to Edith Falls, where in 1891 she had an accommodation house. By 1895 she was at Springvale where she enrolled to vote. She became one of the 82 Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. By 1895 she was a widow and had married Territory teamster William George Aston who was at least ten years younger than Sara. The couple were living in Pine Creek when William died in 1904. Sara continued to live in Pine Creek for several years until moving to Darwin where she died on 12 December 1921, at 82.
Related link: "Palmerston Licensing Bench", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Saturday 10 September 1887, p.2
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894-96). Darwin, N.T. : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAM
Subject: Women
Northern Territory
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