Henry was a vegetable grower, a market gardener, and they lived at South Ecklin west of Cobden, then Cobden, also Lismore and in the Rochester district of northern Victoria. Ecklin is good farming country now but in those days the farmers had to clear an awful lot of trees and undergrowth off the land before they could start ploughing - it was hard work. And Martha worked hard too because she produced eight children and raised them all successfully. In doing so she must have learned a lot about childbirth and put the knowledge to good use by becoming a registered midwife. As far as I can work out she was a midwife for well over twenty years, using her own home as a 'private hospital'.
|Martha Brown and Henry Taylor, 1893|
|Martha Taylor, Sylvester St, Cobden, with her chooks (chickens) and house cow. |
The house in the background was her private hospital.
|Victorian Government Gazette, 26 May 1930. |
It lists Martha Taylor as a registered midwife, her address, the date of her original registration (1918)
and the fact that she was involved in midwifery in 1913 (code 14b).
|Camperdown Chronicle 15 Sep 1917|
|Martha (2nd r) and Henry Taylor (l) with family members in mid 1930s.|
|Martha Taylor with her daughter Dorothy Wyllie, my grandmother.|