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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Alice Stretton
Name: Stretton, Alice Anna
Also known as: Arthur, Alice Anna
Date of Death: 1897-02-06
Place of Birth: Encounter Bay (S.A.)
Date of Birth: 1857-01-11
Place of Death: Palmerston (N.T.)
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: Alice came to Palmerston before she married police trooper William George Stretton on 31 March 1876, aged 19. Between 1876 and 1895 she gave birth to ten children. She lived in Borroloola at the Police Station between 1888 and 1894 then moved to the heart of the Goldfields, Burrundie, where she lived until August 1896. Her husband was Chief Warden of the goldfields. On 3 June 1895 Alice Anna was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She was 38 when she registered to vote at Burrundie and her occupation was listed as “married woman”. Alice gave birth to the last of her ten children in November that year. The 1897 cyclone devastated the area. It is believed Alice died from the affects of malaria which was a common Top End disease in the late 1900s. She died at home on 6 February 1897. Alice’s friend, the school teacher Dorothy Pett, helped look after the eight living Stretton children after Alice’s death. She was survived by her husband, who died in 1919 in Oenpelli after becoming a Stipendiary Magistrate and living in the Territory one week short of 50 years.
Related link: “Death of Mrs W.G. Stretton”, Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 5 February 1897, p.3.
Picture NT: Lady/ WJ Barnes: picture of one of Alice’s twin daughters, Mollie.
“Family Notices”, Northern Territory Times and Gazette. 19 February 1897, p.3.
Picture NT: Stretton home in Palmerston in 1896.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 – 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 323.623 JAM
Northern Territory dictionary of biography: Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. NTC 920.9429 NORT
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