Elizabeth (jacka) lewis

                             Elizabeth (jacka) lewis

 

 

 

Elizabeth Jacka (1827 – 1914) was William Jnr’s younger sister. Her relationships with three men, including marriages to John Giles and later, Henry Lewis, are described on pp. 249 – 252 of the book. The photo of a stoic-looking Elizabeth was taken in 1913 in Melbourne when she would have been aged 85 or 86 – about a year before her death.

 

 

 

The second photo is of the family of Elizabeth’s eldest daughter, Catherine Giles (1857 – 1923), the only child from Elizabeth’s marriage to miller, John Giles. This marriage was cut short by John’s death from tuberculosis. Catherine married Thomas Smith in Adelaide in 1879 and the family moved to Melbourne in about 1884. The photograph, taken in Melbourne about 1908, shows Catherine and Thomas with all their surviving children (familiar names and approximate ages in parentheses):

Back: Robert (21), Thomas (27), James (Jim, 25), Henry (Harry, 23). Front: Elizabeth (Bessie, 12), Catherine (28), Thomas Smith (65), Catherine (61), Joseph (Joe, 14).

                                                                                                            catherine (giles) smith's family

                                                                                                            catherine (giles) smith's family

Both photographs were provided by Wendy Walker and collected by Russell Stewart, who is a descendant of the younger sibling of William Jnr and Elizabeth, Joseph Jacka.