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Sarah Tuckfield

1808 – 1854

Sarah Tuckfield neé Gilbart (c. 1808–1854), was the daughter of a Cornish farmer. She accompanied her husband, missionary Francis Tuckfield, to Victoria in 1838, conceiving her first child on the journey. While supporting Francis in his mission work by nursing and teaching Aboriginal people, she had five more children, one of whom died at the age of twelve months. Sarah had two more children while they lived in Geelong between 1848 and 1850. For the next three years they were in Sydney, where Francis ministered at the York Street Chapel. In the early days of the next phase of her husband’s career, in Maitland, Sarah died. Her death notice referred to a protracted and painful affliction, which she bore with exemplary patience. Francis Tuckfield married Mary Stevens in 1857, and fathered a further four children with her.

Updated 2018