Trove Tuesday: Slandering Sisters

Today I came across yet another interesting snippet in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate whilst searching for information about my Groves ancestors.

1892 'Advertising.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 1 January, p. 8, viewed 3 February, 2015,

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Gough [nee Hope] and Mrs Arthur Groves [Jane Ellen nee Hope] were sisters, the daughters of John and Margaret Anne Hope. I wonder what the argument was about and how many of the neighbours must have watched on as those "slanderous statements" were made.

It would have been a rather public display of animosity in a small mining community - according to J. Docherty, author of Newcastle, Making of an Industrial City, Pit Town (Wallsend) originated when the Newcastle Wallsend Coal Company build two rows of houses near its mine and rented them to its employees.

I hope the sisters made up in the end - certainly, just a couple of years later, the following funeral notice would suggest that the husbands at least were on speaking terms!

1894 'Family Notices.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 4 June, p. 1, viewed 3 February, 2015,

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