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Sarah Roche

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Sarah Roche (nee Hanslow) was born 16 April, 1861 at St George, Queensland.

In December 1880, she married Michael Roche, in Sydney.

Sarah was the Licensee of the Royal Cricketers Arms from approximately 1892 to 1902.

Family historians record that she was a widow and ran pubs or boarding houses or cooked in big hotels all her life.

Michael Roche is recorded as being the Licensee at The Prospect Inn 1891 – 1892, so maybe she became a widow at this time and took up the Licence of the Royal Cricketers Arms as a way of supporting her family.

An article in The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 31 May, 1902, shows what high regard the Prospect people had for her.

SEND OFF: - On Wednesday, an enjoyable social was held in Watts’ Hall by way of a send-off to Mrs. Roche, who has given up the Royal cricketers’ Arms Hotel, to Mr. Wilson, a Sydney gentleman.  There was a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen, and a spirited dance was kept up til a late hour, Messrs. J. Thornley and B. Neilan being the M’s.C., and Mr. Bell the musician.  On behalf of the residents, Mr. Jacob, after a highly complimentary speech, presented Mrs. Roche with a purse of sovereigns, as a mark of the esteem in which she is held. Messrs. Furniss and B. Valle also bore testimony to Mrs. Roche’s many admirable qualities, and Mr. Fitzsimmons suitably responded on her behalf.

Her son Joseph Roche married Nell Tuck and lived in the Seven Hills area all his life.

Sarah Roche died in May, 1946.

Source: Coral Sly