Study for The Abortionist.
Oil on board. 10x10cm
Sketch of Alma Henrietta Smith, aged 34.
She was identified as the abortionist for a young woman who later died. Interestingly a quick search of Trove reveals a child called Alma Smith was abondened by her mother in 1900 - which would make her similar in age to our Ms Smith.
Alma Henrietta Agnes Smith was convicted at the Armidale Quarter Sessions, before Judge Mocatta, on May 10 last, on a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of a young woman named Marion Florence Frazier, at Tamworth, on December 12, fol- lowing an illegal operation. She was sentenced to five years’ light labour, and applied for leave to appeal, on the ground that there was fresh evidence available in her case.