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Anne Donnell was born on the 31st October 1875 in the foothills south of Adelaide at Cherry Gardens - the birthplace of one of the best this country ever had to offer. Her parents, William Donnell (1830-1881) and Fanny Jacobs (1846-1888), daughter of Isaac Jacobs, were married by Rev Mr Spence on 28th December, 1870. Anne grew up in Cherry Gardens, South Australia, one of five children of this marriage: Issac jnr (1871-1918), Elizabeth (1873-1934), Anne (1875-1956), Mary (1878-1948) and Henry (1881-1925).  The death of William left Fanny with a young family which included 10-month-old Henry. Fanny died seven years later in 1888 after a lingering illness, so the children were orphans by the time the oldest was eighteen.  Anne never married, but after returning from her war service, in 1936 she did adopt a baby girl who she loved very much.
Jacobs Cottage, Cherry Gardens

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Fanny Jacobs
William Donnell
Anne Donnell