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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Ada Jolly
Name: Jolly, Ada Bella
Also known as: Hughes, Ada Bella
Gay, Ada Bella
Date of Death: 1939-06
Place of Birth: Bay of Biscay
Date of Birth: 1861-01-01
Place of Death: Adelaide (S.A.)
Cultural heritage: English
Occupation: Pioneer
Biographical notes: Ada Bella Gay was born to John and Christine Hughes and christened on 15 May 1861. Her mother remarried a sea captain, Captain W.E. Gay, after the death of her mariner husband and Ada’s father. The family arrived in Darwin Port on their hulk, the "Belle of South Esk" in November 1884. Ada married Alfred Ernest Jolly, businessman and joint owner of an importing and general store in Darwin, in 1886 on board her stepfather’s boat in harbour. They had three children, two sons (Alfred William born September 1886 and another born 1892 in Adelaide) and a daughter, Kathleen Ada, born soon after the May 1896 election. In 1895 when Ada was 34, she was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Her occupation was listed as “married woman”. Ada died in 1939 at her home in North Adelaide at the age of 80.
Related link: 'Death Of Mrs. Ada Jolly.' The Advertiser, 6 June 1939, p.13.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894 - 1896). Darwin : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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