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Sparkes - Mary and Rosanna

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SPARKES  MARY  and ROSSANNA  as provided by Geoff Sparkes


The original limestone buildings at the rear of the blockwork shops  (Lundstrom’s Fish Shop photo)  were originally  a boarding house run by Mrs. Mary Sparkes (nee Knighton). She died in 1901 and is buried at the Currency Creek cemetery.


 I visited Goolwa on a research mission and met with an elderly lady   named  Mrs. Shannon. She told me that she was delivered by Mary Sparkes and told me of some health issues that Mary had. Once I obtained Mary’s   death certificate I found this to be true.


Mary and her husband Edward Sparkes arrived in Goolwa in 1852 after sailing onboard the Omega sail boat. Edward was an engineer on the paddleboat   Providence which exploded in Menindie NSW in 1872 and he and all of the crew were killed. They owned 4 titles in Hay street and a small farm at North Goolwa  which I believe was common.

They had four children. Elizabeth Margaret (who made the journey as a one year old from England) , Emily Jane (born Goolwa and married a Mc Connachy)    Edward James (born Goolwa and married a Kennedy later Wentworth NSW) and  Rossanna who I descend from.   Rossanna had an illegitimate child.  Mary Sparkes  registered the birth at  Encounter Bay.  He was named Wilhelmine Knighton Sparkes. The name Wilhelmine is the only clue I have to the identity of the father. I have searched for a  Wilhelmine in the district around  Goolwa without success.


 If the above is of any interest , I could probably add to the story.


Geoff Sparkes




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