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|Date of Death:||1944-06-18|
|Date of Birth:||1862-10-10|
|Place of Birth:||Mt Barker (S. Aust.)|
|Place of Death:||Mile End (S. Aust.)|
|Biographical notes:||Elizabeth Jane Messenger was born at Mt Barker, South Australia, to Sarah (nee Smith) and Robert Buffham on 10 October 1862. At 26, Elizabeth married 29 year old engineer Thomas William Messenger in January 1889 at Mt Brown, South Australia. The couple arrived in the Territory in 1890; Thomas was employed by the railway. In 1895, when Elizabeth Jane was 32, 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". The couple stayed in the Territory for seven years; by the time they left their family consisted of seven children. Two of the children, Vera and Ruby, died in 1917 within weeks of each other; their deaths were said to be the result of hookworm. Thomas died on 1 August 1934 at Mile End, South Australia, aged 75. Elizabeth died aged 81 at the Mile End, Warraweena Hospital, South Australia.|
|Related link:||'House of Assembly', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 2 September 1898, p.4.|
'Family Notices', South Australian Register, 1 February 1889, p.4.
'Family notices', South Australian Chronicle, 9 August 1934, p. 45.
|Related Materials:||James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 - 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995.|
|Appears in Collections:||Territory Women|
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