Jane Hall was the Lady Mayoress of the City of Adelaide (married to the Mayor) from 1854-1855.

Jane Hall was Mayoress during her husband Joseph Hall’s term as Mayor of Adelaide from 1854-55. In the 1841 census they are listed as living at 41 Kermode Street, North Adelaide. They were likely to have arrived in the colony in October 1839 aboard the Dumfries from London. Her husband was a broker in the Waterhouse Chambers on the corner of Rundle and King William Streets, Adelaide. She left for London with her daughter aboard the barque Irene in January 1857. Her husband died nine weeks later after falling from a house balcony in North Adelaide, aged 51. He was suffering from delirium tremens and there was an inquest held at the Hotel to determine whether his death was an accident or suicide. He is buried at West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide.

Not much is known of the fate of Mrs Jane Hall.

By Steven Page, HerStory Project

The HerStory project came about to recognise and celebrate the lives and the achievements of Women’s work in South Australia and was initiated in 2015 on the 175th anniversary of the City of Adelaide, by Genevieve Theseira-Haese, Lady Mayoress of Adelaide. The stories collected offer a unique perspective of Adelaide and South Australia that form a different history to what is often heard. This community built initiative is supported by the City of Adelaide and the History Trust of South Australia.

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