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Title: Amelia Kilian
Date of Death: 1926-11-22
Date of Birth: 1849-01-01
Place of Birth: Prussia
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Goyder Road Cemetery
Cultural heritage: German
Occupation: Businesswoman
Biographical notes: Amelia or Amilie as she was christened, was born to Ernestine nee Hellmscher and Samual Gunther in Prussia around 1849. She married Charles Frederick Kilian, a bootmaker, at Spring Creek in Victoria on 4 May 1869. Their son Henry Otto was born in 1870. Charles moved to Palmerston in 1873 and established a bootmaking business. Amelia and the children joined him after the birth of daughter Amelia Ernestine in 1874. On 23 April 1876, Amelia gave birth to twins Frederick William and Charles Francis, the first European twins thought to have been born in the Northern Territory. Tragically they lost their eldest, Henry Otto, to diabetes when he was almost 21. Amelia not only helped out with the bootmaking business and raised her family, but also operated her own retail business on the corner of Smith Street and the Esplanade. In 1895 when Amelia was 46, she was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Her occupation was listed as 'married woman'.
Related link: "Obituary", Northern Standard, 23 November 1926, p.4.
"Local Notes", The North Australian and Northern Territory Government Gazette, 16 May 1890, p.2.
"Local Notes", The North Australian and Northern Territory Government Gazette, 25 October 1889, p.2.
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"Shipping", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 10 July 1874, p.2.
Related Materials: Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. REF 920.9429 NORT
James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894 - 1896). Darwin : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
Northern Territory Women’s Register 1948-1988. Darwin : Northern Territory Women’s Advisory Council, 1991. NTC 305.4 NORT
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