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Title: Margaret Kirkland
Date of Death: 1929-11-28
Date of Birth: 1863?
Place of Birth: At Sea
Place of Death: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Occupation: Businesswoman
Biographical notes: Margaret was born at sea around 1863, but not a lot is known about her despite her marriage to a very prominent Territory business and newspaperman. She married Charles James Kirkland, Northern Territory newspaperman, in Paddington, New South Wales, in 1888. Charles had taken over from Mr Skelton as the manager and journalist for the NT Times and Gazette in December 1878. Charles was to stay until 1930. The couple took lengthy trips away from Darwin during the years they were based there, but Charles wrote lengthy contributions for the local newspaper from wherever they were based. The first evidence of Margaret being in Darwin at all was when she was listed in the shipping news as leaving in 1891. In 1895 when Margaret was 32 and a land-owner, 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". Margaret had a lot of illness throughout her marriage. She was sick and under treatment in Sydney for 12 months prior to her death in 1929 aged 65 years.
Related link: NT Place Names Register.
'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November, 1929, p. 12.
'Death of Mrs Kirkland', Northern Standard. 29 November, 1929, p. 2.
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
Subject: Women
Northern Territory
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