Slate, Cora (nee Jacobs)

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Cora Mary  Jacobs was born at Willunga on 9 May 1895, daughter of Jacob Sydney Jacobs and his wife Mary Anniss. Cora was 19 years old when Australia entered World War 1 in 1914. She had attended Willunga Public school, and was mentioned in the press when, in 1909 as a senior student, she co-presented serviette rings from the students to the departing Head Teacher, Mr Hart. Later that year, she placed third in a race at the 21st Anniversary of the establishment of the Juvenile Oddfellows Lodge in Willunga. By 1910, both her parents, Sydney and Mary Jacobs (nee Anniss) had died, her father in 1898 and her mother in 1910. Her father had been a blacksmith employed by Mr Morgan at McLaren Vale. Cora went to live in Mount Compass with her father’s brother, Melphord, and his wife Emma (nee Anniss), probably her mother’s sister. They were early settlers in the Mt Compass area and leaders of the Congregational Church there. By 1916 she had lost her elder brother, 25 year old Sydney, known as David, in Egypt where he died of wounds following a skirmish in the desert. Cora’s second brother, Len, was away for four and a half years, fighting throughout the Gallipoli Campaign and then serving in France before returning in 1919.

Just before war broke out, Cora married Albert George Slater of Mount Compass at St Jude Church, Port Elliot on 18 July 1914. George, as he was known, became a police constable and worked as a traffic policeman in Adelaide before becoming officer in charge of Goodwood Station in 1923. They had two children, Mary Alice (1915) and Cora Winniefreda (Winnie) (1916). George retired from the police force in 1940 to open a shop, Slaters Pty Ltd in King William Street. They were living at Wayville when George died on 2 May 1940 at 46 years of age. She is last mentioned in the newspapers in August 1951 when she lived at Florence Street, Goodwood. Cora’s parents and paternal grandparents, James Sibley Jacobs and Sarah Jacobs (nee Edwards) are buried in the Willunga Anglican Cemetery. James was a quarryman who emigrated from Cornwall with his wife and family to Pennsylvania, later continuing to Australia in 1864, settling in Willunga.

Cora Jacobs, widow of Albert George Slater, died 29 May 1972 in hospital in Adelaide, noting her residence as Goodwood. She was aged 77 years.


Genealogy SA,

St Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, St Marys, South Australia,

1909 ‘THE COUNTRY.’, The Advertiser, 18 January, p. 8. , [Willunga]

1913 ‘SPORTS AT MOUNT COMPASS’, Daily Herald, 13 October, p. 3. ,

1940 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 3 May, p. 14. , [Albert George Slater]

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