Jane Sophia WEBB
Also known as: née White
Document - The Little Mother of Mount Riddock
Ernestine HILL wrote this article in the 1930s when the journalist was in Central Australia.
Ernestine HILL; from NPWHF Jane WEBB file
Petrick, Jose. (2010, November). The History of Alice Springs through Landmarks & Street Names. St Marys, South Australia: Openbook Howden Design and Print. pp. 188-9.
Benjamin (Ben) Mark Webb and his sons, Quinton, Kilmot and Bennett jnr --- Pioneer pastoralists.
In 1908 he with his bride Jane, and brother Joe, travelled to the Winnecke and Arltunga Goldfields after the rush. From the Oodnadatta railhead they went by horse and dray to the remote mining area.
Jane, a Methodist deaconess, tended the men in illness and injury; she was one of the few women among the many prospectors on the gold field.
Ben had a wedding ring made for his bride from Arltunga gold studded with three Arltunga garnets, originally thought to be rubies. The ring became a treasured family possession.
Jane had five children, Quinton, Kilmot, Elva (Mrs Joe Webb), Bennett snr and Joy (Mrs Anderson). She went to Oodnadatta for the birth of Quinton but for her other children, was tended only by her husband and a loyal Aboriginal woman. Pioneer women accepted this way of life.
Jane, who devoted her life to her family, rarely saw another European women.
Following a long illness, suffered at the station, she died in 1933. She was survived by Ben, who died two years later, and their five children.
Under shade trees in the Mount Riddock cemetery, lie the graves of Jane, Ben, Quinton, Bennett snr, Bennett jnr, Natalie (Mrs Kilmot Webb) and prospector Jack Saxby, from New Zealand.