Lucy Singer (1863-1873)
At the age of twenty, on 16 October 1863, Lucy met and married a Swiss immigrant, John Singer. Their first child, Charles Leopold, was born at Whim Holes in the District of Buninyong in 1865; Lucy Caroline was born in 1866 and Agatha Katherine in 1872.
By the time of Agatha’s birth, John Singer had applied for and been issued licences to occupy two adjoining allotments of land in the parishes of Yarrowee and Lynchfield. Under the Land Act 1869, he had to fulfill certain requirements of occupation and cultivation.
On 16 June 1873, John Singer died suddenly of a strangulated hernia, leaving his widow with three children, one a small baby. Lucy’s position on the land was complicated and uncertain as John Singer had died without a will.
John Singer’s application for an allotment of land, including a survey of the land, in the Parish of Yarrowee.
PROV, VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files, sections 19 and 20, unit 78, item 4127/19.20
John Singer’s application for an allotment of land, including a survey of the land, in the Parish of Lynchfield.
PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, section 31, unit 174, item 15159/31
Lucy Bell, dressmaker, married John Singer, a 28-year-old sawyer from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, at the Presbyterian Manse, Ballarat on 16 October 1863.
Marriage Certificate. Reproduced with kind permission from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Lucy gave birth to her first child, Charles Leopold Singer, on 8 March 1865, at Whim Holes in the District Buninyong, south of Ballarat.
Birth Certificate. Reproduced with kind permission from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Ernest Decimus Stocks, Buninyong from Bowen Hill, 1875.
Reproduced with permission from the La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria