Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bardwell, William H.

William H. Bardwell

Victoria, Australia

Taken 2 days after the wedding Dec 5th 1875
Alice Cornwall
Madame Midas

Miss Alice Cornwall was known as "Madam Midas" in boom time Melbourne.
Otago Witness, Issue 2710, 21 February 1906, Page 42

Not much has been heard lately in the City of 'Madam Midas,' the sobriquet of Miss Alice Cornwall, the Australian lady financier who achieved a celebrity for a season by succesfully floating the Midas Gold Mining Company, launching several other colonial ventures, and becoming the proprietress of the Sunday Times. Advices to hand form Melbourne announce the death of her husband, Mr John Whiteman, in his seventy second year. Be was a native of Warwickshire, emigrated to the goldfields, and established himself as a blacksmith in Melbourne in 1857. Being a good platfrom speaker he was elected for South Melbourne, and held the seat for a dozen years. He was a prolific contributor to Melbourne Punch, and the author of a volume of verses, both serious and humorous, under the title of 'Sparks and Sounds from a Colonial Anvil.' Miss Cornwall was his second wife, but the union did not prove altogether harmonious, and the lady resumed her maiden name.
Bush Advocate, Volume IX, Issue 729, 19 January 1893, Page 2

Miss Alice Cornwell (sic), or "Madam Midas," as she is called, who has business offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and other places, now proposes to open an office in Wall-street, New York, for the transaction of a general banking business. Through her own exertions and business ability, it is said, Miss Cornwall became a millionaire at 30. One morning, a few years ago, she appeared in Threadneedle Street as a promoter of mines. Almost her first success was floating the Midas. From that time her fortune was assured. Ever since her fortune would permit it she has owned a bright weekly paper in London. She is a regular contributor to its columns under the pen-name, " Mme. Midas." Wall Street is in a state of pleasurable excitement over the report. The coming there of anybody with money is always hailed with delight. It is believed that Miss Cornwell (sic) will also establish a branch office in San Francisco, as she has a penchant for mining shares.
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2913, 3 March 1893, Page 2

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