First Lady to Hold a Miners Right

Lena Green was the first lady in the WA Goldfields to be granted a Miner’s Right. It was issued on the 20th August, 1894. She worked out in the field with her ten year old daughter dryblowing. She tried for a few years with her honest labour but had little success for her hard work in the heat and dust.

She discovered that selling sly grog would be more profitable than paying for the one-pound miner’s licence. She was prosecuted in January 1897 for selling liquor without a licence from a shop in Bayley Street. She was was fined thirty-pounds and received a month’s jail sentence. In March she was fined a further fifty-pounds plus costs for her second offence. According to Robert Maxwell of Coolgardie, she was persecuted ever since.

(Western Mail, [Perth] 26 March 1897, p17) (“Passing of the Pioneers”, The Sun, 28 October 1897, p17) (The West Australian [Perth], 12 Jan 1897, p5)

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