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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Sally Feeney
Name: Feeney, Sarah
Also known as: Firth, Sarah
Jones, Sarah
Feeney, Sally
Date of Death: 1987-10-04
Place of Birth: Camooweal (Qld.)
Date of Birth: 1897-01-28
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Darwin General Cemetery
Occupation: Pioneer
Domestic Worker
Biographical notes: In 1904 Sally’s family left Queensland to work in Western Australia. They were on the road for sixteen weeks crossing Alexandria and Brunette Downs stations and on to Stirling Creek. Her sister became ill so they travelled to Newcastle Waters then on to Pine Creek. Sally went to the Pine Creek School until her 15th birthday. Her parents had established a boarding house in Pine Creek and Sally worked there. In 1916 she married William Matthew Jones manager of the Cosmopolitan Battery where Sally kept house and cared for their two children. The mine closed so the family moved to Victoria River Downs Station (VRD) 1920. Sally returned to Pine Creek for their third child in 1921 and in 1924 she was the first patient at the new Wimmera Home Australian Inland Mission Hospital where her fourth child was born. Back to Pine Creek the family moved then Katherine where her fourth child died. Sally decided she'd had enough of William drinking and not providing for the family so she travelled to Pine Creek and worked at the hotel for a year then on to Darwin and worked at the Victoria Hotel for ten years. Moving again to Pine Creek she was forced to evacuate by train in March 1942 to Alice Springs. In the December she managed to get a pass and returned to Pine Creek where she worked in the requisitioned by the army butcher shop owned by William (Bill) Feeney, in 1951, they married. Sally tended the troop’s domestic needs sewing up khaki shorts supplied to the local forces. Her husband passed away in 1964 and Sally moved to Darwin and raised two of her adopted grandchildren until they were adults as well as another ‘foster’ child. In 1972 she managed to buy her house, which she lived in until the last few months of her life.
Related link: Biographical Cuttings on Sarah Feeney, Well-Known Identity of Pine Creek, Containing One or More Cuttings from Newspapers or Journals
Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
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