- Born: 23 Sep 1903
- Marriage: SHELBOURN, Robert George on 23 Mar 1929
- Died: 25 Aug 1989, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woodville South Australia at age 85
- Buried: Centennial Park, Adelaide SA
Ist Voyage to Australia
Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960 - findmypast.com
Gladys travelled to Australia departing London aboard the "Ballarat" on 23 May 1923. Oral family history indicates she travelled with her brother George (who died in Adelaide in 1924) and his wife Annie May (Nancy) Fribbins.
However the shipping records indicate that George and Annie May left Glasgow in 1920 aboard the Nestor disembarking in Melbourne.
The passenger list shows:
"Miss Gladys Burton of Hilltop Farm, Wyville, Grantham, aged 19 years" was passenger #751 on her voyage to Australia and her occupation was "Domestic".
Passenger #751 was "Miss Lily Sarah E. Goodwin of 3 Paradise Passage, Elsdale Street, Hackney" whose occupation was "collar ironer" 23 years of age.
It was most unusuaI for young women to travel alone in those days and I wonder if Lily may have been a friend of Gladys.
Gladys worked her way around South Australia not returning to England for several years. I do not have the record of her return voyage to date.
Return to England
Gladys returned to England late in the 1920's, possibly 1927 or 1928 and renewed her childhood acquaintance with Robert (Bob) George Shelbourn whom she would later marry (in 1929).
I am not sure if her mother's illness influenced her return to England but Rose Hannah died of breast cancer in October 1930, about a year after the arrival of Gladys first child, Rex Burton Shelbourn.
At the time of Gladys' arrival home, Bob was in hospital suffering from concussion sustained in an accident, while working Jim Burton at Hilltop Farm, Wyville, Lincolnshire. She was strongly encouraged, by her father, to visit Bob in hospital. Jim felt she was responsible for this injury, since Bob had been doing the farm work she "should" have been doing, instead of being in Australia.
The family oral history recalls that Jim also told, her that he had not had a "proper" night's sleep the whole time she had been in Australia.
First home after marriage
After their marriage Bob and Gladys set up home in North Witham, Lincolnshire and following the birth of their first two children Rex and Rosemary they moved to the small village pub. Gladys ran the pub while Bob worked in the nearby ironstone pits at Denton. During their time at the pub their third child Nina was born so Gladys certainly would have had plenty to keep her occupied.
Hilltop Farm, Wyville, Lincolnshire, England
Sometime after the birth on Nina Adelaide Shelbourn the family moved to Hilltop Farm to help Jim Burton who had been widowed in 1930, run the farm.
The family remained at Hilltop until early April 1939, moving to Walton Farm briefly whilst their new home, Brook Cottage at Gunby was redecorated. They were living at Brook Cottage when England joined the war in early September 1939
During the second world war Robert & Gladys won the pools after the war they bought a guest house at 56 South Parade, Skegness (1947). Gladys had always wanted to return to Australia and after the death of her father in 1948 she and Bob were orphans and felt less tied to England.
Return to Australia
In 1949 the family flew to Australia via Bombay (now Momby). Their son Rex had not been demobed from his war service when they emigrated but followed shortly afterwards.
They landed in Darwin in December in the middle of the wet season and following immigration processing there travelled to Adelaide.
SHELBOURN Gladys - At Q.E.H. on August 25, 1989. In her 86th year.
Beloved wife of Bob.
Loved and loving mum and mother -in-law and nana to:
Rex, Shirley and family
Rosemary, Mick and family
Nina, Steve and family
Lovingly remembered by her 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
May the Lord bring her peace and the comfort of His Spirit.
She gave so much love to others.
SHELBOURN Gladys -
The ashes of Gladys Shelbourn are interred at:
Acacia Court Gardens
Licence Number: 218594
Licence Expiry Date: 10.05.2014
Gladys married Robert George SHELBOURN, son of George SHELBOURN and Emma TINKLER, on 23 Mar 1929. (Robert George SHELBOURN was born on 2 Jul 1899 in Denton, Lincolnshire, England, died on 12 Jan 1990 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woodville South Australia and was buried in Centennial Park, Adelaide SA.)
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Marriages Mar 1929
Burton Gladys Shelbourn Grantham 7a841
Shelbourn Robert G Grantham 7a841