What happened to Augusta Blight, nee Meissner? (Australia)

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Was my great grandfather a bigamist? In 1865 Richard Blight married Augusta Meissner at Wistow, near Mt Barker, South Australia. They went to Wallaroo, where Richard worked in the mines. The district they lived in was called "Sunnyside". They had one or two children whose names I haven't discovered. The marriage did not go well and the couple went their separate ways. In 1878, Richard married again and had many children, one of whom was my grandmother.

However, I haven't found any record that he divorced Augusta, or that she died. Was Richard a bigamist? What happened to the children of Richard and Augusta? Did they keep the surname Blight or revert to Meissner?

Any clues to where Augusta went after leaving Wallaroo would be much appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Augusta Blight
asked in Genealogy Help by Anne Tichborne G2G6 Mach 3 (33.2k points)
edited by Anne Tichborne
I've ransacked all the usual online sources. If there's any more information it will be somewhere that's not available to the rest of us, such as family records.

2 Answers

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Any help? From Findmypast 

Fredericka Augusta Henrietta
Last name Meisnerr
Gender Female
Status Child (under 16 years of age)
Birth year 1855
Death year 1863
Death date 02 Feb 1863
Age at death 8y
Residence Callington
Place Callington
District Strathalbyn
State South Australia
Country Australia
Registration number 16/60
Informant Father
Informant's first name(s) George Henry
Informant's last name Meisnerr
Notes
Spelling variations between Certificate entries and signatures
Record set South Australia Deaths 1842-1972
Category Life Events (BDMs)
Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials
Collections from Australasia

answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
There are a couple more child deaths with father George Henry and they are als at Callington, SA
Good try, but these are Augusta's siblings. Frederika Henriette was born 1855 and died 1863 Two other children died in 1863 - Fredericke Caroline Mary and Gustav. You've got to wonder what happened for them to lose three children in the same year, also why they called two children Frederika?
When I took a quick look at the profile there were no siblings under her name, so I thought you had no sources for them.
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All I could find was a marriage

1865 62/493 BLIGHT Richard MIZNER Augusta Mount Barker

at

https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

answered by Leslie Cooper G2G6 (7.9k points)
Correct.
Blight v. Blight-Wife desertion.
Mrs Blight-Had not heard from her hus
band in compliance with the order made for
maintenance.
1869 'LOCAL COURT—PORT WALLAROO.', The Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1865 - 1881), 6 January, p. 3. , viewed 06 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110480744

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