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Rowe (née Lewsey), Jane

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1856
Place of birth McLaren Vale
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1893
Date of death 1936
Place of decease Wallaroo

Jane Lewsey was born on 2 May 1856 at McLaren Vale (formerly Gloucester). She was the third daughter of Charles Lewsey (1819-1889) and Elizabeth Ann Ansell (née Brace) (1815-1905), both of McLaren Vale. Her parents had set sail on Anna Maria on 12 July 1849 and arrived in South Australia on 11 October 1849. Charles Lewsey and his family lived at Lot 2 in Gloucester (McLaren Vale). Charles and Elizabeth had four daughters, including Jane. Her elder sisters were Elizabeth (born 1851) and Alice (born 1854) and her younger sister was Alma, born in 1858.

Jane grew up and may have worked in McLaren Vale until she married widower Henry Rowe (1847-1913) at Trinity Church, Adelaide on 12 April 1893, when she was 46 years old. Henry's first wife, Isabella Elizabeth Jackson, had been born in 1851 and had died in 1889. Henry had six sons and two daughters from this marriage. He and Jane Rowe then had two children:

  • Nellie (1894-1989) was born and died at Wallaroo and was unmarried.
  • Leonard (1897-1945) was born at Wallaroo and was unmarried. He died in South Australia.

Henry and Jane lived in Stirling Street, Wallaroo. Henry was in charge of the stables at the Wallaroo Smelting Company and, later, was the librarian and caretaker of the Wallaroo Institute. He was an active member of the Loyal Orange Lodge and St Mary’s Church of England in Wallaroo. Jane was an enthusiastic member of St Mary's Anglican church for many years and, during World War 1, was an active member of the local branches of the British Red Cross and Cheer-Up Societies.

Henry Rowe, aged 66 years, died on 8 November 1913 at Wallaroo and Jane Rowe (née Lewsey), aged 80 years, died on 18 August 1936 at Wallaroo.

Jane Rowe appears with her three widowed sisters in the accompanying photograph, apparently dated to the late 1920s.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • The Advertiser 13 Nov 1913:18
  • The Register 20 Nov 1913:10
  • The Kadina and Wallaroo Times 26 Aug 1935:2
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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