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Jackson (née Lewsey), Elizabeth

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Fast Facts
Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1851
Place of birth McLaren Vale
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of death 1947
Place of decease Willunga

Elizabeth Lewsey was born at North Adelaide on 7 June 1851 and baptized on 30 July 1851 at Christ Church, North Adelaide. She was the eldest daughter of Charles Lewsey (1819-1889) and Elizabeth Ann Ansell (1815-1905) of McLaren Vale.

Elizabeth, aged 24 years, married George Jackson (1848-1883), aged 27 years, on 24 August 1875 at the residence of Mrs Rowe at McLaren Vale. George was the youngest son of the late William Jackson (1801-1859) and Jane Philipson (1801-1891) of Willunga.

George and Elizabeth Jackson had four children:

  • George Francis Brace (“Frank”) (1876-1924) was born at McLaren Vale and married Rosetta Rowland (1888- ) on 7 April 1913 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They lived at Wiloo Farm near Kimba. George died of pneumonia at the Jervois Family Hospital, Cowell, SA.
  • Thomas Philipson (“Tom”) (1878-1962) was born at McLaren Vale and married Maud Theresa Rose Conlon (1882-1965) on 26 December 1904 at St Paul’s Retreat, Glen Osmond. Thomas worked for the Commonwealth Public Service at Adelaide. He died at Kings Park, SA.
  • Archibald Neill (“Archie”) (1880-1962) was born at Hawker. He married Adeline Jane (“Lena”) Martin (1879-1967) on 19 March 1908 at Willunga and they had four children. Archie died at Malvern, SA, and is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery.

Before 1880, George and Elizabeth Jackson and their two eldest children, Frank and Tom, moved to the Hawker district in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, where their two youngest children, Archie and Nell, were born. George was granted a storekeeper’s licence in early 1881 and he entered into a partnership with his brother, Thomas Dennis Jackson. Thomas operated the Craddock store and George operated the Hawker store.

George Jackson was aged just 35 years when he died unexpectedly of “Hepatitis with complications” on 24 October 1883 at Hawker. This left 32 year old Elizabeth a widow with four children, aged from baby Ellen to 7 year old George junior. In the week ending 27 November 1883, George Jackson’s will was probated. He left to his wife, Elizabeth, a total of £500, comprising of all his property and money, which included funds due from the National Mutual Life Association.

Two years later, on 15 December 1885, Elizabeth Jackson, described as a widow of Willunga, purchased the land and cottage at 19 St Judes Street (Lot 92) from Elizabeth O’Brien, widow of coach-driver Andrew O’Brien (1882-1870). Her four children grew up in the cottage and, between 1904 and 1913, they all got married. Elizabeth lived in the cottage for more than sixty years (1885-1947) and she outlived two of her four children, Frank and Nell.

Elizabeth Jackson (née Lewsey), aged 96 years, died on 8 November 1947 at Willunga and she is buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Public Records GRS 1334/1 Probate Files (Wills) File 6886 Book 33 folio 191 (19/11/1883)
  • Genealogy SA online database
  • Evening Journal 9 Sept 1875:2
  • The South Australian Advertiser 25 Oct 1883:5
  • South Australian Register 28 Nov 1883:5
  • The Advertiser 26 Oct 1911:8
  • Chronicle 2 Jan 1930:35
  • The Mail 8 Nov 1947:14
  • News 8 Nov 1947:3
The Lewsey sisters, From left, Alma Couchman, Jane Rowe, Elizabeth Jackson & Alice Jackson
The Lewsey sisters, From left, Alma Couchman, Jane Rowe, Elizabeth Jackson & Alice Jackson

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