Contesting a Will

In July 1889 Mary Jane Loades contested the will of her late husband in the South Australian Supreme Court. She was not successful. The will was upheld.

will contest
Newspaper report of will being contested.

Mary Jane Loades was the second wife of Edward Waller Loades. They were married at Trinity Church North Terrace in 1871.At the time of her marriage she was Mary Jane Blunt.

holy trinity churchHoly Trinity Church

Jane Loades nee Lawrence Edward’s first wife  had died of heart disease in 1865. Mary’s husband had passed away in 1869.

Both families are listed on the manifest for the Caroline that arrived in Adelaide in 1855. It seems highly likely that the families knew one another and had met while migrating. James Blunt a bricklayer had skills that the entrepreneur Edward needed as he moved from being a carpenter to a carpenter builder in Salisbury.

Mary Jane thought she deserved more than she had been bequeathed when she contested the will. In the will she had been granted the moneys payable on Edward’s death from then Wellington Lodge of Oddfellows Salisbury , as well as for her to be allowed to reside at his dwelling at Salisbury in her widowhood or until such time as she ceased to reside there. The remainder of his estate was shared amongst his children. Mary Jane wanted a third of the estate this was not granted and the original will was up held.

death certificate

Death Certificate Edward Waller Loades

Edward Loades had committed suicide by taking strychnine. The coroners inquest determined that he had committed suicide by taking poison while temporarily insane. At the time of his death he had left a letter stating that he was “almost mad” and “tired of life”. Newspaper reports state that he was getting on well with his wife at the time, although there had been a separation earlier.

coroner inquest

The coroners inquest also noted that Edward Waller Loades was an old resident of Salisbury and for many years had carried on the trade of builder as well as being very involved in public and political matters. He was the secretary of the Wellington Lodge and a curator of the Church if England Cemetery.

methodist cemetry

He was buried at the Hepzibah Primitive Methodist Cemetery in Salisbury with his first wife Jane.


Holy Trinity Church, c. 1900. Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B 30799,, Public Domain
South Australia Births Death and Marriage Records accessed online at Genealogy SA for:
Jane LOADES nee LAWRENCE death 3 Nov 1865, Adelaide 21/382
John Trew BLUNT death 20 Aug 1869, Adelaide 29/207
Mary Jane BLUNT (nee Seaton) and Edward Waller LOADES marriage  27 May 1871, Adelaide 87/502
Edward Waller LOADES death 17 Nov 1888  Adelaide 174/355
Caroline Passenger Lists 1845 – 1886 accessed online at State Records of South Australia
Coroners Inquest South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900), Monday 19 November 1888, page 7

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