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Caroline Jane (Thick) Andrews (1847 - 1925)

Caroline Jane Andrews formerly Thick
Born in Frimsley, Hampshire, Englandmap
Wife of — married 18 Mar 1865 in London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mornington, Western Australia, Australiamap
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Caroline (Thick) Andrews was born in Hampshire, England.
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Caroline (Thick) Andrews migrated from England to Australia.
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Caroline (Thick) Andrews came free to the Colony of Western Australia (1832-1900)

Caroline was born in 1847 and christened on the 14th of November, 1847, in Hawley, Hampshire, England.[1] She was the eldest born child from a family of 11 children.

In 1861 Caroline lived in Hampshire with her family and was a scholar aged 13[2].

She came out to Australia on board the convict ship Racehorse with her husband who was a warder. [3] Caroline and Edward had 13 children in total. In November 1900 11 were still living. [4] In 1916 and 1918 on Alma Edward Andrews (her son) military records she is listed as his next of kin and her address is listed as 170 Collins Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

In 1900 she took her husband Edward to court for a judicial seperation and maintenance for her young children under the Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act 1896 [5]. Caroline was the first woman in Western Australia to take her husband to court under this Act and was also the first woman to win.[4] It is for this reason that she is considered an important woman in Western Australian feminist history and has her biography published online at the Australian Women's Register. [6]

For an in depth analysis of the Andrews v. Andrews case, and the domestic abuse charge the preceded the win see article Marital seperation family heroines on the Australian Women's History Network site.

It was a requirement of the Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act 1896 that a wife needed to have a previous assault charge on the husband with serious consequences having resulted for the husband before the courts would accept the act to be invoked. A detailed account of the prior assault charge made against Edward by Caroline can be found on trove. [7]

Caroline lived in England, (where she was born); South Australia (3 of her children born there); Albany, (many kids born there); Kalgoorlie, (Alma's records from military); and also Perth, as recorded in her obituary:

"Mrs. Caroline Andrews, a former well-known resident of Albany, died at Mornington Mills on August 1. She was a colonist of 61 years and had a family of 13 children"[8]

She passed away in 1925 in Mornington, Western Australia. [6] [3]

Birth Registration (1847) Farnham, Surrey, England Christening (14 NOV 1847) Hawley,Hampshire,England Fact: Residence (1861) Hanley, Surrey, England


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Caroline Thick, 14 Nov 1847); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 991,711.
  2. England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Caroline Thick in household of John Thick, Hanley, Surrey, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  3. 3.0 3.1 OBITUARIES (1925, September 6). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954), p. 3 (First Section). Retrieved April 25, 2019, from
  4. 4.0 4.1 Domestic Infelicity. Albany Advertiser, Friday 30 November 1900, page 3.
  5. Legislation: 60 Vic., No.10 Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) 1896, 1896,
  6. 6.0 6.1 Marian Quartly, "Andrews, Caroline (1847 - 1925)," biography, The Australian Women's Archives Project, The Australian Women's Register : Accessed and printed 18 May 2018.
  7. 1900 'LOCAL NEWS.', The Albany Advertiser (WA : 1897 - 1954), 27 November, p. 3. , viewed 21 Sep 2018
  8. 1925 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 11 August, p. 4. , viewed 20 Aug 2018,

See also:

  • "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch : 1 October 2014, Caroline Thick, 1847; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast : 2012; citing Birth Registration, Farnham, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch : 11 February 2018, Caroline Thick, 14 Nov 1847; citing HAWLEY,HAMPSHIRE,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 991,711.

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