Sarah Constance Lodge (née Leake)

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Constance Lodge (right, rear) with her six sisters in 1904.
Birth: 1 February 1860
Death: 15 May 1939
Parents: Rose Ellen Leake (née Gliddon) (?–1888)
George Walpole Leake (1825–1895)
Siblings: Sarah Constance Lodge (née Leake) (1860–1939)
George Leake (1856–1902) (1856–1902)
Blanche Edith Kelsall (née Leake) (1866–1950)
Partners: Thomas Soutter Lodge (1852–1938)
Children: Helen Rose Hall (née Lodge) (1888–1967)
Joan Soutter Lodge (1892–?)
Robert John Lodge (1894–1971)

Sarah Constance Lodge (née Leake, known as Connie) was born on 1 February 1860. She was educated in Perth (possibly for a time at The Cloisters) and later in Adelaide (where her mother was from).[1]

She married Thomas Soutter Lodge on the 15 September 1886[1] (her granddaughter Helen Margaret Wilson married her first husband Peter James Donegan exactly fifty years later, to the day[2]). After they were married, they lived on various farms in the wheatbelt, including Yangedan and Seaton Ross[1] (the latter near Beverley). Their first two children, Joan Soutter and Robert John Lodge|Robert John]] were born at Yangedan.[1]

The homestead of one farm had a thatched roof, and was burned to the ground. The only surviving items were a crayon portrait of Thomas Soutter Lodge ("a lovely study of a serious young man") and a crested fork and spoon with no bowl. These two were joined together as a memorial to the fire.

Lived in Grass Valley, near Northam.[3] (Sarah Constance Lodge advertising for a general servant just prior to the birth of Helen Rose Lodge.)

In about 1900 the family moved to Strelly in Busselton, where the children grew up.[1]

Other siblings: Jane Adam, Jessie Skinner, Lady Parker, Mary Parry, Rose Clifton.

Advertised for a general servant three weeks before the birth of their daughter Helen in 1888.[3]

Two other children: Joan and Jack.[4]

Known as Constance (and 'Gag' by her grandchildren).

The notice of her death, published in the West Australian, was as follows:[4]

LODGE.—On May 15, 1939, at her residence, 130 Broome-street, Cottesloe, Sarah Constance, beloved wife of the late Thomas Soutter Lodge, late of Strelly, Busselton, and loving mother of Helen (Mrs. Aubrey Hall, Carnarvon), Joan (Mrs. Norman Martin, Cottesloe), and Jack (Capel); forth daughter of the late George Walpole Leake, Q.C.; aged 79 years.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 C.B. Berryman family history, p.1
  2. H. M. Wilson, date unknown. Children of George Walpole Leake and Rose Ellen. https://archive.org/details/ChildrenOfGeorgeWalpoleLeakeAndRoseEllen
  3. 3.0 3.1 Classified Advertising. The West Australian 15 March 1888, p. 3. Retrieved 4 November 2014 from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3117302
  4. 4.0 4.1 Family Notices. The West Australian 16 May 1939, p. 1. Retrieved November 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46390957.