SARAH JANE BARKER (known as “Jinny, Jennie or Jeanie”)

SARAH JANE BARKER was born in Clowne, Derbyshire, England in 1872 and the birth is probably the one registered in the March Quarter of that year in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, some seven miles distant from Clowne. She arrived in Australia, aged 13, with the other members of the Barker family on board the “Aberdeen” in 1885. At the time of arrival she was still a school girl.

In 1887 when she was only about 16 years of age she married Daniel Lehane Willis at “Tarrion”, Brewarrina, NSW. Sarah Jane and Daniel did not have any children. “Tarrion” was a property about twelve kilometers south of Brewarrina which was leased by Daniel’s somewhat notorious brother William Nicholas Willis. Daniel died in the Brewarrina Hospital on 24 December 1907. A daughter of Sarah Jane’s sister May, in a letter written to one of the Rea family in 1992 recalls that Daniel Willis died as the result of being thrown from a horse. This appears to be consistent with the cause of death which was primary, and then secondary, compression of the brain which he suffered for three days. Daniel was buried on 24 December 1907 in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Brewarriana, NSW. He was born in 1860 in the district of Mudgee, NSW, the fourth child of Australian born parents John Willis, a blacksmith, and his wife Margaret, née Lehane.

“Jennie” Willis, wife, was the informant of details on Daniel’s death certificate and gave her maiden name as Jennie Magdaleon Barker. The second given name Magdaleon has not been found in any other documents.

Sarah Jane must have maintained contact with the Willis family as two floral tributes were sent when Sarah’s mother died in 1922, one from Mrs. Willis and family and one from a Dorothy Willis.

Sarah Jane married a second time in 1920 at Ashfield, Sydney, NSW. She married Goulden Jackson who was the son of Henry William and Maria Jackson. Sarah Jane and Goulden did not have any children.

Sarah Jane lived at 36 Bedford Street, Willoughby, NSW and it was here that she died suddenly on 29 April 1941 from a Cerebral Haemorrhage she was 69 years old. Bedford Street is close to Rosewall Street, Willoughby, where Sarah’s mother and sisters Lilly and Rachel had lived. She was buried on 30 April 1941 in the Roman Catholic section of the Northern Suburbs Cemetery, North Ryde, NSW, in a plot with other members of her family.

Goulden, or Gould, as he was known did not die until 1965, his death was registered at Parramatta, NSW.

The above information kindly provided by Kelvin Rea.