Alice Victoria Lawson

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Alice Victoria Lawson is associated with lyons street, balarat, victoria located at these coordinates -37.4786698, 143.801584

Date of Birth: September 1855
Date of Death: July 1918
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User Tags: 1891 women's suffrage petition, ann kennedy, alice victoria winchcomb, robert henry lawson

Alice Victoria Lawson (nee Winchcomb) was living at 511 Lyons Street South, Ballarat Victoria in 1908 (Electoral Roll: Ballaarat, Ballarat West, VIC 1908), and was probably at this same address when she signed the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition: page 245, line 27.

Alice was born on the goldfields of Ballarat in September 1855, to Stephen Winchcomb and Ann Winchcomb (nee Kennedy).
Her father Stephen Winchcomb was a mariner servicing passenger ships to the colonies. He was the Chief Officer on the "cheapside" arrived Port Phillip in August 1848.

At the beginning of the goldrush in 1852, when the crew deserted his ship in Melbourne, he left his ship and also headed to the goldrush.
He wrote home to his wife and children and later arranged for them to emigrate to Victoria.

Alice Victoria Winchcomb, was their only child born in Australia, on the goldfields.

Alice married Thomas Lawson in the Free Church of England Parsonage, in Ballarat, on 3rd February 1874, and had 10 children between 1875 and 1897.
In April 1898, at the age of 42, she suffered the loss of her husband aged 47, leaving her alone to bring up a family of ten childen, aged from 24 to 10 months.
In 1915, she also suffered the loss of a son Robert Henry (Bob) Lawson, who was killed in action on 26th April 1915, at Lone Pine, Gallipoli Turkey, during the first World War.

She died in July 1918, at her home in Lyons Street, Ballarat. At the time she was survived by five sons and three daughters, and 14 grandchildren.

Lawson FAM c1895 alice.jpg

Alice Victoria Lawson. Photographed as part of a large family photo, about 1895.

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