Rediscovering Ginninderra: A database:
Isabella Hay Gillespie
Born: 1861; Died: 1938; Married: James Gillespie
Isabella Hay Jones (known as ‘Belle’) was born in February 1861, the daughter of Thomas and Isabella Jones (nee Donaldson) of Rocky Gully, Oak Hill (north of Mulligans Flat).
Belle had not been educated and was not able to read or write. She took much pleasure from her husband reading to her in the evenings. James, of course, was the Ginninderra correspondent of the Goulburn Eveneing Penny Post and wrote under the pseudonym of ‘The Wizard’.
Belle was a hard worker, rising early each morning throughout her life to milk the cows, separate the cream for the butter and bake the bread. She was also a keen gardener.
Her husband died in 1926. Belle died in 1938 and is buried at St Johns, Reid.
- Gillespie, L. L., Ginninderra: Forerunner to Canberra, Campbell, 1992
- Gillespie, N. J., A History of a Pioneer Family of the Limestone Plains: the Gillespie Family, Canberra, 2005
- Hams, R. A., The Donaldson Family in Australia, 1837-1987, NSW, 1987