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Dalton and Knibbs

Robert Jackson & Susan Jackson (nee Nibbs)

Susan Nibbs, daughter of the convicts James Knibbs and Mary Ann (nee Dalton) married a Hobart businessman, Robert Jackson. He ran what later became Jackson’s Newsagency in Liverpool Street Hobart, a prosperous business that stayed in the family until the 1960s.
Their marriage caused a rift in the family, with Robert’s mother Caroline threatening that she would never set foot in Robert’s house if he married Susan Nibbs. At one point Caroline travelled back to England to visit her daughter, inviting Robert to join her and to forget about marrying Susan. He refused and the relationship between Robert and his mother was never really repaired. Susan and Robert Jackson had a family of nine children.

Robert Jackson, book-seller and stationer, and ‘one of the oldest and much-esteemed businessmen in Hobart’, worked the family business for 62 years, beginning as a boy when it was his father’s shop.
Robert Jackson, book-seller and stationer, and ‘one of the oldest and much-esteemed businessmen in Hobart’, worked the family business for 62 years, beginning as a boy when it was his father’s shop.

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