Hughes, Catherine (“Kate”) Mrs. (formerly Lawrance, née Malpas)

Date of Birth/Death:

1856/1940

Catherine Hughes (formerly Lawrance, née Malpas) – wife and mother.

Catherine Malpas was born on 11 March 1856 at Willunga. She was the first daughter of Henry Malpas (1823-1910) and Mary Anne (née Allen) (1832-1912). Catherine grew up in Willunga. Catherine, aged 20 years, married (1st) Charles Lawrance (1846-1888), aged 30 years, on 17 April 1876 at St Stephens Anglican Church, Willunga. They had 5 children:

  • Henry Malpas (1877-1957) b. in Adelaide, m. Marion Jane Hogg (1878-1958) on 30 Dec 1909 in Willunga, d. in South Australia.
  • Edward Vinrace (1878-1953) b. in Adelaide, m. Mary Allen Louise Lordon (1878-1955) in 1902 in Perth, WA, 3 children, d. in Katanning, WA.
  • Millicent (1880-1888) b. & d. in Adelaide
  • Charles Wilfred (1882-1888) b. & d. in Adelaide
  • Nellie Ruth (1885-1888) b. & d. in Adelaide

They lived at Stanley Villa in South Terrace, Adelaide (at least between 1877-1885) and Charles worked as a minor government official in the Audit Office. There was a family tragedy in 1888 when Charles Lawrance, aged 42 years, murdered their three youngest children – Millicent (8), Charles (6) and Nellie (3) and committed suicide himself.

Catherine, aged 37 years, married (2nd) James Arthur Hughes (1867-1938), aged 26 years, on 8 March 1893 at the Cape Borda Telegraph Station on Kangaroo Island. James worked as a minor official in the Post Office and Telegraph Department and as an agent of the Savings Bank of South Australia in the 1890s. He was an auditor of the Willunga District Council elections in 1905, 1908, 1923 and 1925. J.A. Hughes is listed in the SA Directories from 1900 and in 1911 James was described as a “gardener “ of Willunga suggesting that James and Catherine lived in Willunga for many years, probably in Willunga House at 1 St Peters Terrace.

When their father Henry died in 1910, her brothers Edward and James Stanley Malpas inherited the house and land at 1 St Peters Terrace (Willunga House) and lot 22 at the corner of St James & Bridge St. Edward immediately transferred both properties to James Stanley who placed an encumbrance on these properties in 1913 in favour of his sister Catharine Hughes which he lifted in 1916.

James Arthur Hughes died in 1938 and Catherine, aged 84 years, died on 7 Aug 1940 at her son’s residence (Henry Malpas Lawrence) in Victor Harbor & they are both buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.

References:

South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
Willunga National Trust Blue Folder – Family Histories Vol. 40-12 M
Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
SA Directories 1900, 1905, 1910
Ancestry (online) https://www.ancestry.com.au/
SA Genealogy database (online) https://www.genealogysa.org.au/
SAILIS (online) https://sailis.lssa.com.au/ CT 43/27, CT 1740/55
1876 ‘Family Notices‘, The Express and Telegraph 20 April, p. 2. (SECOND EDITION), viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1877 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail 30 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1877 ‘APPOINTMENTS‘, Evening Journal 19 October, p. 2. (SECOND EDITION), viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1880 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Register 23 November, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1882 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Register 4 September, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1884 ‘PARLIAMENTARY INSPECTION OF THE PROTECTOR‘, Evening Journal 11 October, p. 7. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1885 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Register 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1888 ‘A SHOCKING TRAGEDY‘, South Australian Weekly Chronicle 18 August, p. 23. , viewed 10 Jan 2024,
1893 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Register 15 March, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1911 ‘WILLUNGA RAILWAY‘, Observer 12 August, p. 53. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
1925 ‘WILLUNGA‘, Chronicle 20 June, p. 53. , viewed 15 Jan 2024,
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