These are my great-grandparents, David & Charlotte. I love their wedding photo and that they had other photos taken throughout their life.


The text reads: (top left page) David William Dowd (1858-1941) married Charlotte Augusta Seal (1859-1924) on 27 November 1884 in Pekina, South Australia. David was born in County Cavan Ireland and came to Australia as an infant with his parents Andrew & Elizabeth (nee Smith), his older sister Daphne and his grandfather David. They sailed on the ‘Escourt’ in August 1859 and the trip via Plymouth to Port Adelaide took 100 days. Charlotte’s father, George Seal (1807-1876) was born in Sussex and was a convict who was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) for 12 years, for petty larceny. After serving his sentence, he moved to South Australia and married Hanora Ganley (1824-1884) in 1852. She was born in County Clare, but emigrated to South Australia as a 22yr old young woman on board the ‘Elgin’, arriving in 1849.
(bottom left page) David & Charlotte started their married life in Yednalue, but once land opened up, they were able to purchase acreage of farm land in the Canowie Belt area. Their family thrived and they were blessed with 12 children - 6 daughters & 6 sons. My grandfather, David Patrick, was fourth youngest. After Charlotte’s death, David went to live with their daughter Molly.
(top right page) While raising her large family, Charlotte was also the local mail contractor for 14 years. When her contract ended, she was presented with a cheque for £7 13s and commended for her prompt & obliging attention to messages and parcels and that there has not been a single complaint either from the postal department or from the people she served.
(bottom right page) Dowd Family: Back Row L-R: George, Bill, Bede & Nora; Middle Row L-R: Jim, Kay, Grandma Charlotte, young Charlotte, Grandpa David holding Jack & young David; Front Row: Nelly & Molly


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