born 22 September 1863, died 12 June 1936
Alice Mary Biggs, was born on 22 September 1859 at Snails Bay, Balmain.1 She was the 3rd child and daughter of Stephen Biggs and Margaret Henderson.
With a sister who was an invalid and her mother bearing another child almost every two years like her older sister, Ellen, Alice remained unmarried and also assumed domestic duties and the role of child care and nurse for her family. In the 1920s, along with her younger sister Emily, she also assumed the care of two of her nephews. One of those nephews was my father, Charles, who always spoke of them with respect and gratitude for their care during his childhood.
She died on 12 June 1935, at the family home at 50 West Street, Petersham at age of 71.2
She suffered from arteriosclerosis and had suffered a cerebral thrombosis. According to the death certificate, she had this condition for four years, so it is likely that she suffered from the debilitation that accompanies a stroke during this period. A brief death notice appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 13 June 1835. She is buried at St Thomas Church of England Cemetery, Enfield.
- Birth Certificate for Alice Mary Biggs, 22 September 1863, Registration No. 1863/002528, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, New South Wales. Certified copy in possession of author.
- Death Certificate for Alice Mary Biggs, 12 June 1935, Registration No. 1935/007429, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, New South Wales. Certified copy in possession of author.