Catherine Maria SMEATON, ,daughter of Peter aSmeaton and Helen Stalker

Female 1861 - 1900  (38 years)


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  • Name Catherine Maria SMEATON 
    Suffix ,daughter of Peter aSmeaton and Helen Stalker 
    Born 17 Aug 1861  Creswick, Victoria.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Apr 1900  Cowra, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A descendant of Catherine was written: "Catherine was portrayed as the deranged one but this may have something to do with the position of women in society in the 1890s and who is believed in court". It is thought that her sister Anne (Swindle) may have looked after her after the divorce and the loss of her children.

      Catherine Riddle died in Cowra Hospital 6 April 1900 and is buried in Canowindra cemetery. It is recalled that she "died of a broken heart".(Ref:Smeaton Family by Neil Pollock)
    Buried Canowindra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24891  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2021 

    Family Walter Hogg RIDDLE, ,of Canowindra and South Granville,New South Wales,   b. 1858, Gisbourne.Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1933, Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1881  Victoria , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954) Saturday 19 February 1898 RIDDLE DIVORCE SUIT. [BY TELEGRAPH.] SYDNEY, Friday." In the Riddle divorce suit today, his Honor granted a decree nisi on the ground of cruelty. The Court granted the decree nisi to the petitioner on grounds that respondent, within one year of filing of petition, had repeatedly assaulted and cruelly beaten him. Costs to be paid by the petitioner. In this case the petitioner, Walter Riddle, a farmer and selector near Cowra, prayed for the dissolution of his marriage with Catherine Maria Riddle on the grounds of cruelty, and adultery with Stephen Stapleton, a young man who had been in his employ."

      Riddle family sources inform that "Walter was having an affair with the children's governess, Ada Badham, and insisted the last child be named after her. Because of the affair, Catherine threw acid in Walter's face - he sported a beard after that". Ada became Walter's second wife.(Ref:Smeaton Family by Neil Pollock)
    Children 
     1. Peter Smeaton RIDDLE, , owner and trainer of champion racehorse, Shannon,   b. 1885, Scone, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1947, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F8396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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