Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.
Like many other immigrants who came out to Australia Martha immigrated a second time leaving Western Australia to settle in the Victorian Colony. Now that her sister was married there was nothing to hold her in Western Australia. Her reputation must have been tarnished by the two court cases in which she was involved. The first case had been for assault and the second had been aa a witness in a case brought against the matron of the hospital where she had worked. It may have become difficult to find decent work and working in a tavern or public house was probably not something that she would’ve liked to do.
Many people in Western Australia bemoaned that “after we have paid the passage of emigrants here, we have no legal power to prevent their going on at once to the other colonies.”
They felt that they felt Western Australia was merely becoming a stopover for immigrants on their way to Melbourne or Sydney, after being offered inducements by the larger eastern cities.
|Photographer J. Latimer, Studio portrait of Martha Sarah Ellis taken circa 1891 in Western Australia, digital image, Jim Bennett's Private Photo Collection currently held by Dorothy Bennett|
Martha was living in Hawthorn near Melbourne in 1892 when she married her husband Walter Todman who also living in the same area.
Was it love at first sight or a marriage of convenience? We will probably never know.
To Read more about Martha's life for articles previously posted for the A to Z Challenges click the Letters below:-
 Goldsmith, F., 'CORRESPONDENCE.', Western Mail, 15 February 1890, p. 10. , viewed 17 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32728296
 Anon, 'The Western Mail PERTH, SATURDAY, FEB. 8, 1890. IMMIGRATION.', Western Mail, 8 February 1890, p. 18. , viewed 17 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32726911; Anon, 'The Inquirer. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1891 Thr Immigration Scandal.', The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901), 22 April 1891, p. 5. , viewed 17 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66232691
 Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, marriage certificate 345 (1926), Walter Todman-Martha Sarah Ellis.