Shoobridge, Anne (Annie) Isabella Mrs. (née Simpson)

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Mrs. Annie Shoobridge – postmistress at the Willunga Post Office (1901-1905).

Anne Isabella Simpson was born in 1841, daughter of Edward Simpson (1801-1855) late of Derby in England, who was a jeweller at North Adelaide. Annie, aged 25 years, married William Shoobridge (1842-1875), aged 24 years, (father Thomas Shoobridge) on 11 Dec 1866 at the Congregational Church in North Adelaide. William Shoobridge was an accountant for Acraman, Main, & Co., of Currie Street, Adelaide and he drowned, aged 32 years, in the sinking of Gothenburg on 25 February, 1875.

Annie Shoobridge subsequently worked as a postmistress for more than thirty years (1878-1910) in the Post and Telegraph Department that, at different times, included working as an agent for the Money Order Savings Bank and as the District Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. She worked at Riverton (1878-1883), Murray Park (Magill) (1884-1888), Angaston (1889-1900), Port Elliot (1900-1901), Willunga (1901-1905) and Echunga (1907-1910). Religion – Congregational.

She had three sons –

  • William Cecil (1867-1948) b. North Adelaide m. Edith Annie Wake on 11 Oct 1902 d. at Broken Hill.
  • Thomas Bartram (1869-1898) b. North Adelaide d. at Crystal Brook aged 31 years.
  • Frederic Blakeney (1871-1942) b. North Adelaide m Annie Julia Augusta Wallman on 28 Jan 1897, buried in the North Road (Nailsworth) cemetery.

In June 1878 her youngest son Frederic was severely burnt in an accident when a kerosene lamp broke when the table in the kitchen of the Riverton post office fell over. Also in 1878 Mrs. Shoobridge, Telegraph Station Mistress at Riverton, who was already a member of the Telegraph Electrical Society of Melbourne, was elected a member of the still more important Telegraph Electrical Society of Chicago in America. Mrs. Shoobridge was the Postmistress at the Post and Telegraph Station at 62 High Street in Willunga from 1901 to 1905.

Mrs. Annie Shoobridge died on 10 May 1920, aged 79 years, at Kensington in South Australia and she was buried in the North Road (Nailsworth) cemetery.


South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
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Ancestry (online)
SA Genealogy database (online)
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