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Title: Isabella Mary Norcock
Date of Death: 1908-01-13
Date of Birth: 1904-12-28
Place of Birth: Meerut, India
Place of Death: Adelaide (S.A.)
Place of Burial: Adelaide (S.A.)
Cultural heritage: English
Biographical notes: Isabella was born in India where her father, Major John Jenkins of the 11th Hussars, was stationed. The family returned to England where her father died in Brighton of a 'concussion of the brain' in December 1840, leaving behind a son and four daughters. In 1843, at 19, Isabella married George Lowcay Norcock of the Royal Navy in Plymouth, Devon. In 1845 they had their daughter, Mary, followed by son George William Henry in 1854. In 1869 George died, leaving Isabella a widow. She was in receipt of a pension from 'the Imperial Government' up to the time of her death. In 1872, Isabella's son arrived in Sydney as a midshipman on the Dunbar Castle. By 1879 George, still a mariner, was living in Palmerston, Northern Territory. He married Harriet Bridgeman in 1880. In 1891 George was appointed Deputy Gaoler at Palmerston. He eventually gained the title Keeper H.M. Gaol. It was during this time that Isabella came to Australia to live with her son at Fannie Bay. In 1895, she was one of the 82 Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Isabella, George and his family sailed out of Palmerston on 12 July 1904 on board the steamer Australian, bound for Adelaide, where George took up the post of Governor at H.M. Gaol Adelaide. Isabella died at 84 while residing at the Adelaide Gaol with her son. She was remembered as 'a lady to her fingertips – one of the old-fashioned type – and there were many in the Territory who will retain kindly memories of her gentle quaint old-time courtesy of manner'.
Related link: 1908 'Family Notices.', The Register, 14 January, p. 4
1908 'Death.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 17 January, p. 2
1908 'Family Notices.', The Advertiser, 14 January, p. 2
1904 'Shipping.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 15 July, p. 2
1904 'Electoral Code 1896.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 23 December, p. 4,
1921 'Death of Mr Norcock.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 19 April, p. 2
1841 'Latest English Intelligence.', Southern Australian, 30 March, p. 3
1879 'Law Courts.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 27 December, p. 3
Related Materials: England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
1891 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1891.
James, Barbara & Wilson, J. Helen & Os, Van Joanne. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894-96), B. James, Darwin, N.T, 1995. 324.623 JAME
Subject: Women
Northern Territory
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