Ada Maud Florence Solberg (née Hall)

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Ada Maud Florence Solberg (née Hall)
Birth: , Roebourne, Western Australia
Parents: Lillian Helena Hall (née Bruce)
James Anderton Hall
Siblings: John Hugh Clarence Hall
    1861-04-21 – 1884-09-30
Mary Lucy Kate Hall
    1863-03-30 – 1875-10-24
George William Henry Hall
Eva Agnes May Hall
Ernest Anderton Frank Hall
Samuel Godfrey Boyd Hall
    1871-02-25 – 1945-07-21
Ada Maud Florence Solberg (née Hall)
Lillian Bertha Ella Hall
Edith Olive Wilson (née Hall)
Sydney (or Cecil) Randel Hall
    1887-06-24 – 1887-12-24
Hubert Sylvian Hall
    b. 1885, Roebourne; d. 1929 Moora.
James Herbert Edward Hall
    b.1880 Roebourne; d.1918 Roebourne.
Partners: Anton Solberg
Keywords: H.M. Wilson Archives
Wikidata: Q113960966
Wikitree: Hall-22141
FamilySearch: LDWF-B1Q
Ancestry: 312539150127

Ada Maud Florence Hall was born in Roebourne on 9 March 1875[1] to Lillian Helena Hall (née Bruce) and James Anderton Hall. She was baptised on 26 May 1878 in Roebourne, Western Australia.[2] She married Anton Solberg in Fremantle in 1893.[3] In June 1914 she was living in Elgin, Western Australia, and filed for divorce.[4]

The Daily News, 18 May 1916:[5]




Ada Maud Florence Solberg applied to Mr. Justice Booth in the Divorce Court this morning for the dissolution of her marriage with Anton Ludwig Solberg, a Norwegian sailor, on the ground of desertion.

Mr. F. J. H. Shaw appeared for the petitioner. The respondent did not appear.

Petitioner, in her evidence, said she was married to respondent at Fremantle in 1893. They lived in and about Fremantle for a couple of years, when her husband went to Fiji as a sailor, being away three years. He sent her no money, and she was compelled to earn her own living. While he was away he wrote her only one letter. On his return they went to Karridale, and lived there for 18 months, when a cousin of her husband's, who was captain of a sailing ship, then in Fremantle, offered him and his family a trip home to see his people. They went to Christiania, and a couple of months after arriving her husband took a timber contract. While they were in Norway the authorities asked her husband if he was going to reside in the country. He said no, as being a naturalised British subject he intended to return to Australia. The authorities later required her husband to undergo his military service, but he refused, repeating he was returning to Australia. Their first child was born in Australia, but a second was born in Norway. While she was in Norway she did not lead a very happy life, being a stranger in a strange land. Her husband also drank and gambled a lot, frequently starting on a Saturday afternoon and keeping it up until Monday morning. After being in Norway three years her husband said the climate was too severe for him after Australia, and desired to return. He had no money, and she secured the passage money for herself and eldest child from her people in Fremantle. Her husband had only sufficient money to pay his passage as far as Bremerhaven, saying he would ask the captain of the boat they were on, the Stuttgart, to allow him to work his passage out. The captain, however, did not do so, and he told her to come on to Fremantle with the two children, and he would work his passage out by the next boat. She came out and had neither seen or heard from her husband since then, which was in June 1904.

Mr. Shaw said service of the citation had been made by substitution, the requisite advertisements having been inserted in the local press and a daily paper circulating in Christiania.

A decree nisi, returnable in six months, with the custody of the youngest child, was granted the petitioner.

She remarried in 1917:[6]

CLARK-SOLBERG.-On April 5, at Perth, Charles Stanley Clark, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Clark, of North Perth, to Ada Maud Florence Solberg, oldest daughter of Mrs. F. W. Teesdale, West Leederville.

She died aged 66 in Perth in 1942.[7]


  1. Extract from birth entry for Ada Maud Florence Hall
  2. "Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792–1981", FamilySearch, accessed 8 August 2015), Ada Maud Florence Hall, 26 May 1878; citing Roebourne, Western Australia, Australia; FHL microfilm 284,852.
  3. Western Australian Registry of Births, Marriages, and Deaths (marriage in 1893). Fremantle district, registration number 196.
  4. Advertising (1914, August 25). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from
  5. BREAKING THE BONDS (1916, May 18). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 8 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved October 27, 2021, from
  6. Family Notices (1917, May 11). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 30. Retrieved April 30, 2024, from
  7. WABMD-Death-1942/100981. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Government of Western Australia, Department of Justice) Index entry for Ada Maud Florence Clark (Death registered in 1942; number: 100981; district: Perth). Accessed 2024-04-30. Record details: gender: F; father: Anderton HALL; mother: Lillian BRUCE; death place: Perth; age: 66.