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STEPHEN AND JANE SHERWOOD nee ARNOLD
Stephen and Jane Sherwood
Stephen was the ninth of Charles and Mary Sherwood's ten children. He was born in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire in 1850. He was 5 years old when he arrived with his parents in Port Adelaide in 1856.
He first appears in South Australian Post Office Directories in 1875 as a baker in Penola.
In 1876 he married Jane Arnold in Port MacDonnell, South Australia.
By at least 1881, he and Jane had set up as storekeepers and baker in Basset Town. Around 1882 they moved their business to Gawler where they remained until at least 1887. By 1890 they had moved to Adelaide where they worked as fruiterers and confectioners.
died of pneumonia in 1893. He was 42 years old. Jane died in
Adelaide in 1946.
1850: Born Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, England.
1856: Arrived age 5 in Port Adelaide, South Australia.
1875-78: Baker in Penola, South Australia.
1876: Married Jane Arnold in Port MacDonnell, South Australia.
1881-82: Storekeeper/baker in Basset Town, South Australia.
1883-87: Storekeeper and baker Gawler, South Australia.
1890-93: Living at Halifax Street Adelaide.
1893: Died King William Street, Adelaide.
1894: Confectioner and fruiterer, King William Street Adelaide.
1895-98: Living West Street Evandale, Adelaide.
1899: Living Opie Street Evandale.
Stephen and Jane Sherwood
I later discovered that Stephen Sherwood is listed in the Adelaide
Almanac Directory as a baker/storekeeper at Gawler, from 1883 through to 1887.
While I felt reasonably confident in my own mind that the couple in the
photo was Stephen and Jane Sherwood, I needed further proof.
In January 1984, Cheryl, Andrew and I
called in to see Phyllis Kelly. Phyllis
is Minnie Kelly nee Sherwood’s daughter and lives in what was once Minnie's
house in Wodonga. Looking through
one of several photo albums I came across a photo of a husband, wife and young
family. The name Stephen Sherwood
appeared on the back. The couple in
this photo bear an unmistakable likeness to the couple in Jean Sherwood's photo.
To my delight I now had two photos of Stephen and Jane Sherwood.
My run of luck continued as I also found photos of Minnie Sherwood nee
Fry, Allen and Melinda Sherwood, Harriet Jarvis (nee Sherwood) and family, and a
painting of Isaac and Eliza Fry.
The only information we have of Stephen and Jane Sherwood comes from
South Australian Post Office Directories and their marriage certificate.
The earliest reference to Stephen is in the Adelaide Almanac and
Directory for the year 1875. He is listed as a baker at Penola. His parents Charles and Mary Sherwood and a brother Charles
and his family were also living at Penola at about this time.
Stephen married Jane Arnold
at Port MacDonnell in 1876. Port
MacDonnell is on the South Australian coast about 80 km from Penola. On
the marriage certificate, Stephen gave his occupation as Baker and usual place
of residence as Penola. He also
appears in the 1877 and 1878 editions of the Adelaide Almanac and Directory as a
Baker living at Penola. In 1881 and
1882, Stephen appears again in the Adelaide Almanac and Directory, this time as
a storekeeper/baker in Bassett Town. By
1883, Stephen and Jane had moved once again, this time to Gawler where he is
listed as a storekeeper/baker in Cowan Street.
Stephen and Jane remained at this address up until 1887.
1888, the family moved to Adelaide. By
the following year they had established themselves as Bakers and Confectioners
in King William Street. Their
private address was Halifax Street. That same listing appears for the years 1890
through to 1893.
In 1894 the following entry
appears in the Sands and McDougall Directory of South Australia. "Mrs. S. Sherwood, confectioner and fruiterer, 191 to
193 King William Street." For
the years 1895 through to 1898 a Mrs. Jane Sherwood of West Street, Evandale
appears in that same directory. The
following year a Mrs. Jane Sherwood was living at Opie Street, Evandale.
It appears Stephen died about 1893.
Jane may then have sold the business and went to live in the Adelaide
suburb of Evandale.
© R J Sherwood. 2001
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