This week's episode of the Our History, Our Memories video series looks at the life of Alice Withycome.
The daughter of John and Mary Thompson, Alice was born in the Manning and later married English migrant Herbert Withycome in 1895.
When Herbert took over a hairdressing business in Port Macquarie, Alice joined him in the town as a dressmaker.
Life had its tribulations for the couple. Their daughter Nina died at a young age and the business faced financial hardship.
They soon moved around to live in numerous locations before settling back in the Manning.
The couple would divorce before Alice became an instructor of scientific dressmaking in the department of education.
This role took her to schools across the Manning and Upper Hunter. Alice became sick to an undisclosed illness.
After an unsuccessful operation in Sydney, she transported to the Mayo Hospital in Taree. She died on April 1, 1930.
She is buried alongside her sister Martha Schneider in Woola Cemetery.