Edward Henry Amos Ibbott was born in Campania, Tasmania on 17 Aug 1857. His birth was registered in Richmond as there is no registrar in the Midlands. Edward was the eighth of ten children born to George Pirkis Ibbott (1817-1894) and Sarah Devine (1823-1896). He grew up on his father’s property, “Colebrookdale,” in Lower Jerusalem, north of the Coal River (Present day Colebrook). His father farmed and bred horses including show horses. His ancestors originated from England (87.5%) and the remaining 12.5% is currently unknown. Edward grew up in a large family with many brothers but only one sister.
Mary Ann Margarite Goodwin was born on 4 Sep 1861 at her parent’s property, “Mangaton” in Black Brush, Van Dieman’s Land. Black Brush was a small town situated between Brighton and Baghdad. Sometime later, Black Brush was renamed to Mangalore after an Indian city. It currently has a population of about 1000 residents. Mary Ann was the first of thirteen children born to Edwin Walter Goodwin (1839-1923) and Margaret Isabel Chaplin (1845-1900). Her ancestors originated from England (75%) and Scotland (25%).
Edward (21) and Mary Ann (17) were married at “Rose Bank” on 11 June 1879 by their long-time friend, Rev R.B. Tinning. The marriage was of the Congregational Church denomination and Rev Tinning was a minister for the Church in Richmond. This is most likely where Mary Ann’s family had gone to church when she was growing up.
Edward and Mary Ann remained in Lower Jerusalem for over a decade and all of their children were born in the Campania-Colebrook region. Their children were registered in Richmond, and Rev Tinning acted as the informant of the births on the parents behalf in most cases, however, this may have attributed to discrepancies in the spelling of the children’s names, as the official birth records for most of their children are different to how they spelt their names later in life.
The six children of Edward and Mary Ann Ibbott were: Leyland Edward “Bertram” (1880-1943), Myntie Evelyn Mary (1881-1958), Florence Lilian May (1882-1973), Nellie Gertrude Ada (1883-1966), Edward Alphonso “Arthur” (1885-1961) and Rosa May “May” (1887-1971).
Edward spent his early adult years farming in Lower Jerusalem. He suffered from a major back injury at the age of 23. This occurred while he was unloading his produce at the Main Line Railway Station at Jerusalem, which was to be delivered to Hobart. While unloading grain, a truck struck the door of the goods shed, which caused it to fall upon him. The impact almost knocked him unconscious, and he became confined to his bed for nine days. He gradually began to walk and ride again while recovering but could not return to work for another six months, however, he did not make a full recovery as his injury caused spinal damage. This weakened his limbs as well as reducing his strength and mobility and it caused him to endure great pain.
When seeking compensation for his injury in June, 1884, Edward wanted £2,000 (Approximately worth $240,000 in 2016). After a three day trial, Edward received £450 (Approximately worth $54,000) in damages from the M.L.R. Company.
Long draughts set into the region in the late 1880s. The land was described as having the appearance of being burned and ploughed. River levels were low, and water had to be carted around to farms over distances of up to four miles (6.5 km) for domestic use. Crops were stalled and livestock were thin.
Most likely fed up by the droughts, and possibly keen for a sea-change, Edward and his family sold up and departed the region in early 1899. They headed north and settled in “Lincoln Grove,” Exton, where Edward continued to farm in the greener pastures.
Edward enjoyed cultural shows and won second prize for his yearling stallion draught horse in the Western Agricultural Association Annual Show in November, 1899.
Sometime between 1901 and 1914, Edward, his wife and unmarried children relocated to Reedy Marsh, which is located just North of Deloraine via River Road.
Edward (68) died on 06 Jun 1926 (registered in Launceston). He was buried in the Deloraine general cemetery located at 203 Emu Bay Road.
After her husband’s death, Mary Ann stayed at the Reedy Marsh property for a couple of years, where her son, Arthur, continued to farm. She later moved with Arthur and his family to Thurseton, where she lived in the 1930s. Sometime in either the late 1930s or the early 1940s, Mary Ann moved to “Blackberry Farm,” Cam Road, Somerset to live with her daughter, Nellie Richardson, her husband, Norman and their family. Norman died in 1944 but his sons, Hec and Ern, continued to maintain the farm.
Mary Ann was known as “Grandma Ibbott” to her great-grandchildren. Joyce recalls that Grandma Ibbott kept busy and would often be sitting in the large kitchen on her “Easy Chair” either crocheting or tatting. She was cared for on the Cam Road property for the rest of her life.
Mary Ann (89) died on 06 Sep 1950 at the Cam Road residence after a short illness. At this time, she was recorded as having 30 grand-children, 71 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. She was buried in the Somerset General Cemetery not far off the George St boundary near her son-in-law, Norman Richardson.
Their Granddaughter, Clarinda Mary “Clarice” Inglis nee Cooper (1912-1986) was a popular Christian gospel singer and produced several records.
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The photos scanned on this page belonged to my Great-Grand Aunties: Floss Powell nee Richardson & Lorna King nee Richardson. I am grateful to the those who wish to remain anonymous, who have inherited their belongings, for allowing me to scan these photos for all to enjoy.
J. Edwards, I grew up in North-West Tasmania in the 1990s and I have a passion for learning about history and how it ties to my family. Roughly half of my family is from New South Wales, and the other half is from Tasmania, which makes this all the more interesting for me. Stay tuned, as I plan on writing short biographies on all of my known Australian ancestors (Great-Grandparents and beyond).
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