Trove Tuesday: But Who is Mrs Richard Chambers?

Trove Tuesday: But Who is Mrs Richard Chambers?

Anyone who is even a semi-regular browser on Trove, will know the amazing stuff you can find. Articles, adverts, stories and photographs, as well as the family notices … and every one is an aid to someones research.

I’ve been focussing on my Randell family from Gumeracha recently, finding out more about what they did. [Note: Gumeracha, for those who may not know, is a tiny town in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia]. Anyway while browsing the old newspapers on Trove, I found something astonishing, and it actually creates a whole heap of questions.

Right there in an article titled DESTITUTE BOARD was my emigrant ancestor William Beavis Randell, appealing to the destitute board on behalf of Mrs Richard Chambers, to give her supplies.

extract from the Destitute Board article in the South Australian Register, 22 April 1856

extract from the Destitute Board article in the South Australian Register, 22 April 1856

But just who is Mrs Richard Chambers? I’ve not heard of her before. And it says that he paid for passage to Adelaide, but where from … England or interstate, or another country? Is she a sister, who married a Chambers? Could be, as I haven’t researched the family back in England yet. Is she someone from the same town in Devon? Once again could be.

This little entry has created so many questions, all of which will require further research. But I have no doubt that the answer will be an interesting one.

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