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husband's desertion date
"The later years of the marriage were unhappy, Edmund had a number of business failures and became an alcoholic, leaving the family in 1884."
I changed this to 1885 to match page 37 of "Maybanke Anderson: sex, suffrage & social reform" book by Jan Roberts. there seems to be a contrasting date of 1884 on http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070061b.htm also
"Late in the 1870s the Wolstenholmes moved to the outskirts of Marrickville and by 1882 had built a large new home, Maybanke, in spacious grounds. Deserted by her unemployed husband in December 1884, she began to advertise a school next year. Over the next decade she built up a considerable reputation for Maybanke College through its modern teaching methods, the success of its pupils, especially in university examinations, and through her own public activities."