Thursday, November 24, 2011


It has just struck me that Ethel Governor must have been heavily pregnant when she was verbally abused by a woman at the Gulgong Show.
According to newspaper reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, the show was held on Friday and Saturday, 7-8 April 1899.
Ethel gave birth to her first child, a son Sidney, on Sunday 9 April 1899.
Being conspicuously pregnant to the part-black man she was with at the show, and at age 16, would have drawn more attention to her than normal.