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Sarah Anne Sawford (1855–1952)

In 1873 Sarah Anne Powell married William Sawford, son of the convict John Sawford. A year later, her sister Eliza married William’s brother John, and later still another sister Ellen married William’s nephew.
Sarah Sawford was a stalwart of the Oatlands, Baden and Parattah communities, recognised for her fundraising, dance events, and euchre evenings. On 14 June 1951 the Mercury newspaper reported her remarkable story.
Parattah's Oldest Resident Now 96
Mrs. Sarah Anne Sawford, of Parattah, oldest resident in the Oatlands municipality, celebrated her 96th birthday anniversary on Wednesday.
Eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Powell (Whitefoord) she was born at Swanston. She married her childhood sweetheart, William Sawford, who died 36 years ago. She has five children living, and lives in her own cottage next door to her daughter, Mrs. E. Cornish.

A sketch of ‘Mr. Parramore’s Cottage, Bagdad’ is representative of houses in the region where Sarah Sawford lived.  The sketch is attributed to the lithographer, etcher and engraver Mary Morton Allport, considered Australia’s first professional female artist.
A sketch of ‘Mr. Parramore’s Cottage, Bagdad’ is representative of houses in the region where Sarah Sawford lived. The sketch is attributed to the lithographer, etcher and engraver Mary Morton Allport, considered Australia’s first professional female artist.

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