Same Name – week 25

Margaret Ann REED commonly known as Mary. was the second child of that name born to John REED and Mary Ann CHAPMAN. When first researching the family there was a moment of confusion, especially when viewing the shipping records for the REED family and the 1851 Census Margaret Ann Reed’s age had deceased in the shipping records. Burial records helped to solve the mystery of two children born and named the same. it appears that it was a common trait in the north of England for the same name to be used if the child was deceased. This is the story of Margaret Ann REED born in 1854.

Born in 1854 in Bishopwearmouth, Durham England the sixth child of John and Mary Ann. Mary Ann bore 8 children, it appears that only four of them survived into adulthood. Margaret Ann was one of them.  The 1851 census record shows John and Mary with 3 of their children, John Henry, Thomas and Margaret. By the time the family

john reed 1851 census
1851 Census Record

left for the colony of South Australia in 1854, both Thomas and Margaret were deceased and Margaret Ann had been born. The family traveled to the colony of South Australia on the Dirigo, departing Liverpool on the 8th of August and arriving in Port Adelaide on the 22nd November 1854. Margaret Ann was a young babe at the this time. The baptismal records and the census records show the Reed family moving from location to location around Bishopwearmouth. John REED was listed at times as both a mason and a bricklayer, it was as a bricklayer that he is listed on the 1854 shipping record.

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Pictorial image of Gawler Town 1860’s

The records tell us that after arriving in the colony of South Australia the family moved out to Gawler. Work would have been easier to find outside of Adelaide. the land was opening up and the building trade was starting to boom. We know from the records that Mary Ann and John had several more children with at least one dying within 12 to 18 months of being born. Margaret Ann’s mother died when she was 12 years old. One can only surmise that it was her responsibility to care for the younger children in the family.

At the age of 21 Margaret Ann married Edward Waller LOADES junior on the 11 December 1875 at the Methodist Wesleyan Church, LeFevre Peninsula. Margaret Ann and Edward lived in the Salisbury, Islington and Prospect areas finally settling in Aldgate with four acres. They had 6 children, 2 boys and 4 girls. Their eldest son Lesley Howard LOADES drowned in the River Torrens opposite the rotunda in 1896 at the age of 16. All the other children lived to adulthood and married and had a number of children.

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River Torrens

Trove and the South Australian Police Gazette provides us with a glimpse of their life. Edward had a one month stint in jail for larceny, a story just waiting to be told and one that requires further investigation. Edward was also declared a bankrupt while farming at Islington at around the same time. One can only assume that life was difficult for the family as they struggled with financial worries along with the stigma of fathers committing suicide. The fathers of both Edward and Margaret Ann committed suicide between 1888 and 1891. That is the most interesting is the one of Margaret Ann going missing for a 3 day period. At the time the papers stated that “Mrs Loades suffered from a constitutional complaint which at irregular intervals caused mental derangement”. One is not really sure what that means. Eventually the papers tell us that she was found, but there is never a real explanation of what happened.

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Death Notice Edward Loades

Margaret Ann survived her husband by six years.

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Land Sale Notice

After the death of her husband she sold the land and buildings at Aldgate, and moved to her daughters Mrs Johns at Semaphore where she passed away in 1937.


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Funeral Notice of Margaret Ann LOADES



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Family Notices (1875, December 16). Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 – 1912), p. 2 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved June 17, 2018, from

GRG66/1 Register of insolvencies 1841-1928 accessed online at

A Missing Sailor. (1889, September 30). Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 – 1912), p. 2 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved June 17, 2018, from

BROWNING FATALITY. (1896, January 28). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), p. 6. Retrieved June 17, 2018, from

LAND AND BUILDINGS (1931, March 21). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1954), p. 12. Retrieved June 17, 2018, from 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Class: HO107; Piece: 2395; Folio: 205; Page: 15; GSU roll: 87073

Advertising (1937, October 15). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), p. 18. Retrieved June 17, 2018, from

AT THE ALTAR (1928, January 21). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1954), p. 15. Retrieved June 17, 2018, from

public domainRiver Torrens, looking South East. This photograph shows a rower in the river with the Rotunda behind, and the North Terrace buildings visible in the background. South Australia, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1862-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.

State Records of SA. Dirigo 16/1854. Accessed at

public domain Lithograph of ‘Gawler Town, S.A. from the south’, based on a drawing by James Shaw. Drawn upon stone & printed by Penman & Galbraith. It is a panoramic view showing the roads, buildings, fields and gardens of the township. A couple out walking wave to a man with his horse and cart. In the foreground a goat surveys the scene. [On back of photograph] ‘Gawler from the south / 1866-67’. The Gawler Institute has an oil painting of this scene.






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