Back in the early 1900s, Edward Allan Smart was one of the largest landholders in the district, aggregating over 500 acres between Mt Hicks and Takone. His parents were Anthony Smart and Sarah Stinchcombe, who in 1855 sailed from England on the ship, James Bains, and arrived in Melbourne of that year. From there they went to Launceston on the Black Swan, and then by boat to Stanley, where they lived for some years before moving to Mt Hicks around 1865.
It is said that Anthony Smart and Sarah Stinchcombe travelled together with Thomas King and the Stutterd family. This raises the question whether Thomas King was the brother of Jane King, wife of Joseph Gardner Stutterd. Hopefully someone can help join the dots and provide me with some answers.
In the photograph above seated at centre is Sarah Stinchcombe celebrating her 87th birthday in 1919. She is surrounded by some pioneers of the Table Cape district. From left to right: Tasman Duniam, Mrs H Stutterd, Mrs Astell, Mrs Loveridge and Benjamin Gardner Stutterd.
At top: Sarah Stinchcombe together with her eldest son and daughter and grandchildren. Above: Sarah Stinchcombe with her children. She was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Louisa Smart, in 1905 and son, William Henry Smart, in 1909. She herself passed away just four months after the photos were taken.