Ellen Veitch was born at Sharps Creek near Adelong, a goldfields town in New South Wales. Her mother died when she was 9 years old and her father a year later. After her parents death, Ellen and her brother, Thomas, were cared for by her mother's relatives. It is presumed that the children moved to Young in New South Wales, another goldmining area, with their great aunt and uncle, Ellen and Henry Lent, but it is likely that she also spent time with her great aunt Elizabeth Fahl, her daughter Ernestina Fahl and Ellen's cousins Isoline and Septima Wignall who had moved down to Leichhardt in Sydney by then. At the time of her marriage in 1897, Ellen was living in Howlong, maybe as a domestic servant. However she and Robert travelled all the way to Sydney to marry at the residence of her cousin Isoline on 28 Oct 1897.
In the latter years of her life, Ellen was a farmer's wife. The housework for the week was very structured. The laundry and bathroom area was a separate building known as the wash-house and water for both baths and the washing would be required to be heated in a large copper. On Sunday night the fire would be set and on Monday all the washing for the week was done; Tuesday was ironing day with the irons being heated on the fuel stove; Wednesday was cooking day when cakes and biscuits for the whole week were made; Thursday was cleaning day and Friday would be the big day out when they went 20 miles to Albury to do the shopping. Saturday was free for tennis or other sport and the occasional ball or dance at the local hall or a nearby town and Sunday was Church day to which one travelled in a horse and sulky.
Ellen's cupboards were always full of jams, chutneys and preserved fruit. Nothing was ever wasted. The main meal of the day was at mid-day and tea consisted of bread with jam and thick cream.
Ellen was a person with strong religious beliefs and was a pillar of St.Thomas's Church of England at Howlong. She died on the 3rd May, 1957 at the age of 82, and was buried at Howlong.
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