- 16 August 1847
Frimsley, Hampshire, England
- 1 August 1925
Mornington, Western Australia, Australia
- Boarding house keeper, Homemaker and Mother
- Alternative Names
- Thick, Caroline (birth name)
Caroline Andrews came to public notice in 1900, when she took her husband to court in Albany, Western Australia, and won a judicial separation with maintenance for their children. The case was heard under an 1896 act which provided that judicial separation was summarily available to a woman whose husband had been convicted of assault against her. A close reading of the court records suggests that she provoked her husband's assault in order to win the judicial separation. Her aim was to prevent him from returning to England with the profits of their joint business ventures, without making provision for his children.
Recent biographical projects have tended to focus on leading women whose activities had some impact on politics or society. Caroline Edwards' work was always within the frame of family, whether in family businesses or in care for her 13 children. The wealth of online resources now available for family history research makes it possible to tell the stories of women like Caroline Edwards whose victories and defeats were mostly private.