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One of the stories from the NQR:
"Clara Jemima Hughes (1863-1955) was in service in London and agreed to marry William Johnson who was already in Adelaide. In 1884 Clara paid 10 pound for a ticket to Adelaide on the Orient line 'Sorata', one of the first steamships. It is believed the suffolk puff quilt was completed on the voyage out. William and Clara were married in 1886 and lived first in Broken Hill and in 1891 or 1892 the family, now including one child, George, moved to Jerilderie. William was a baker and pastry cook by trade but in Jerilderie he worked on a property as a useful and handy man and Clara as a cook and house maid. Three more children were born and all died. William drank heavily and Clara took in borders to make ends meet. A..."
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