Mabelle Gertrude Darby

#126, (circa August 1882-after 1916)
FatherGeorge Leonard Darby (c 1850-3 Jul 1926)
MotherMartha Alice Miller (3 Nov 1850-22 Dec 1921)
Mabelle Darby c1900
     (For a brief history and context on the Darby family see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Mabelle Gertrude Darby was also known as Mabel.1 Mabelle was born circa August 1882 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.1,2 She was the daughter of George Leonard Darby and Martha Alice Miller. She lived with her mother at 103 Oxford Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, in April 1884.3

Mabelle emmigrated from London on 25 December 1885 on the R.M.S. 'John Elder' with her mother and two sisters. They were on their way to join their father who was already in the colony. Mabelle was about 4 years old.4 Mabelle arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 9 February 1886.1

On 5 December 1892 there was a visit by legislators (including an M.P.) to the Darby property at Mylor, South Australia where someone noted that George and his family had the best house in the district. There was perhaps a suggestion that this was inappropriate give George's position in the Land Office. Later that night, George and his wife and daughters contributed items to the programme of the concert in the evening.5 A suggestion that the Darbys had the best house in the district was refuted by a T. Murphy who said that Mr. Hughes had a much finer house and that the Darby House was only 2 stone rooms, like several other houses.6



In January 1898 there was a bushfire in Mylor that affected the Darby's place. This occurred on a hot and windy day, and there were about 35 people fighting the fire, which saved the house, trap and horse. In all, about 100 acres were burned. Whilst initial reports said that fruit trees, sheds, clothing etc were destroyed, another correspondent said about a dozen fruit trees were burnt. On the contrary, the worst sufferer seemed to be a Mr. Wake who had moved some of this things to the Darby's that day.7,8
Mabelle Darby c1905 with an unknown person (thought to be a 'Lola Breach' but may in fact be her mother or other close family member)
(source: collection of M. Willson)


The Darby's sufferred another unsettling incident on 4 May 1902:
"SERIOUS VEHICLE ACCIDENT. Mr. G.L. Darby (chief clerk of the Woods and Forests Department), whilst driving to his home from Aldgate station on Monday evening with his daughters, met with a serious accident. The horse stopped suddenly, and in doing so broke a portion of the harness. The animal then bolted round a curve at the foot of a steep hill, throwing out all the occupants of the vehicle. Mr. Darby's ankle was broken, and he was removed to the Adelaide Hospital. His daughters received a severe shaking and abrasions."9


Mabelle and Patty lived in 1904 at Stanley Street, in Adelaide.10 Mabelle Gertrude Darby was a witness at the wedding of James Smith and her sister Elsie Florence Darby at "Kiliora"(?) Stanley St. on Thursday, 22 December 1904 at Adelaide.11

On 21 January 1908 fire threatened the Darby home, but a number of fire fighters come to the property and it was saved by back-burning.12

She married William Walter Gilbert, at Manthorpe Memorial Congregational Church on Tuesday, 18 February 1908 at the Adelaide suburb of Unley.13

Mabelle died after 1916.

Family of Mabelle Gertrude Darby and William Walter Gilbert

Last Edited12 Oct 2013
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Fairclough Family - descendants
Leonard Family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby

Citations

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  2. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births Jul Qtr Chorlton Vol.8c (index only).
  3. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1884 Book 137 No. 263.
  4. [S336] The Argus, 1885 'EUROPEAN TELEGRAMS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 31 December, p. 5, viewed 7 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6078638
  5. [S244] The South Australian Register, 1892 'THE MYLOR HOMESTEAD BLOCKS.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 5 December, p. 7, viewed 17 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48557693.
  6. [S244] The South Australian Register, 1892 'CORRESPONDENCE.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 17 December, p. 4, viewed 17 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48555401.
  7. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1898 'THE COUNTRY.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 24 January, p. 6, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35103487
  8. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1898 'TO CORRESPONDENTS.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 27 January, p. 4, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35103716
  9. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1902 'SERIOUS VEHICLE ACCIDENT.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 8 May, p. 4, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4917238
  10. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No. 1183.
  11. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No.1183.
  12. [S458] The Register (Adelaide), 1908 'FIRE AT BLACK HILL.', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 21 January, p. 6, viewed 24 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56980262
  13. [S338] Website Ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) South Australian Marriages Vol.234 p.315.