Harriet Elizabeth Betts and Edward Frank Vaux
Harriet Elizabeth Betts was born in 1876 Collingwood Victoria, oldest daughter of George
Betts and Bertha Elizabeth Atto and sister to my ancestor George Thomas Betts.
Edward Frank Vaux was born 22nd July 1877 [as Edward Frank VAUT per Tasmanian Birth
Registrations] son of John Vaut [sic] a gardener of Launceston and Maria Lindus.
Marriage: Harriet Elizabeth Betts, a spinster aged 22, a general servant married Edward
Frank Vaux a bachelor aged 22, a labourer on 9th September 1899 at Lauceston according to
the rites of the Wesleyan church. Witnesses were G.T Betts of Latrobe [Harriet's older
brother] and E.M Davis of Launceston.
Death of Edward Frank Vaux: Edward died on 23rd March 1902. Cause of death was
accidently falling down the face of the corporation quarry.
The Launceston Examiner dated 25th March 1902 carried details of the inquest.
A precious family keepsake retrieved from near destruction
In October 2016 I was contacted by Anne Ivey to say she had found a memorial card for
Edward Frank Vaux at her local refuse centre. Rather than see the keepsake destroy she
took it home and set about finding family who might want the card. She found my website
and I suggested she check with any possible Vaux relatives. As none of those she contacted
were interested, Anne very kindly passed the memorial card on to me to preserve for all
descendants. I am pleased to display it below. Many thanks to Anne for her kindness.
Second Marriage: In 1903 Harriet married for a second time to Samuel Hutton. Samuel's
first wife Annie had died aged 51 on 19th March 1903. Samuel was the father of William
Hutton who would marry Harriet's sister Bertha in 1905.
After her husband's death, Harriet was granted a pension by The Corporation. The Mercury
Hobart dated 17th June 1902 reported: