Caroline Ada Whiteman
A gentleman, named Albert Edward Leggo, has been missing from his home, in Point Piper-road, for some days past. He left home on a fishing excursion to Bondi Beach, on the afternoon of New Year’s Day, and nothing has since been heard of him. Mr. Leggo was 5′ 9″ high, and had a fair moustache and slight whiskers. He was dressed in a dark coat and waist coat, trousers of light check pattern, and a hard black felt hat.
Albert Edward’s fourth child, Florence, was born in February 1884, just weeks after her father’s disappearance.
Some months afterward Emily received an anonymous letter from Melbourne, notifying that her husband was living at a house in A’Beckett Street. Emily took out a warrant, and Albert was arrested and brought up in the Water Police Court, and charged with wife desertion. Miss Flegg said the respondent and the girl Whiteman came to live in her house, and continued to occupy the one room under the name of Mr. and Mrs. Eathwell, Senior-constable Lewis deposed that he arrested the respondent on a charge of wife desertion. He was in bed at the time with the girl Whiteman. The rule was granted, to be returnable in six months, with costs against the respondent, the petitioner to have the custody of the issue.
The following appeared in The Evening News:
Leggo v. Leggo.
Emily Ann Leggo petitioned for a decree nisi for a dissolution of marriage with Albert Edward Leggo, on the ground of his alleged adultery with one Caroline Ada Whiteman. The petitioner said that she was married to the respondent in Februrry, 1878. He was a carpenter by trade, and shortly after their marriage they went to live in Tamworth. There was a servant in their employment named Caroline Ada Whiteman, who was then 13 years of age. They left Tamworth in September, 1879, and came to Sydney to live. The servant accompanied them and remained with them for some time. In December, 1883, Whiteman left the witness’s house, alleging she was going to Noumea, and on January 1, 1884, the respondent left his home saying he was going fishing. He never returned, and she thought he had been drowned.
Emily and Albert were divorced with the decree absolute dated 14th December, 1886. Ada had a child to Albert out of wedlock. Their daughter Gertrude Grace Whiteman was born in June of 1886, before Albert’s divorce was final. Ada and Albert married in 1887 and went on to have 4 more children. They were:
- Albert Edward Leggo – b. 1887
- Elsie Maude Leggo – b. 1888
- Stella Constance Leggo – b. 1890
- Hilda Beatrice Leggo – b. 1893
Ada and Albert emigrated to South Africa, although Ada did make a journey back to Australia for a visit with family in 1909. She also corresponded with her mother Mary, and her siblings via postcards and letters.
I found numerous articles relating to Albert Edward’s disappearance athttp://trove.nla.gov.au/