A reserve at Donovans Forest near Spencer, New South Wales which includes the public reserve area located between Wisemans Ferry Road and Mangrove Creek. The reserve was named after Elizabeth Donovan (1791-1891) who came out to Australia from Ireland in 1826 to join her husband who was a convict.
When Elizabeth Donovan and her daughter Mary Ann arrived in the colony of New South Wales in 1826, she discovered that her husband had remarried. It seems that this second wife was quickly removed from the situation and John and Elizabeth resumed their relationship which was so abruptly severed by his transportation in 1822. The couple farmed land at Mangrove Creek between Bedlam and Ironbark Creeks. Elizabeth was drowned in nearby Ironbark Creek at the age of 100 years and was buried in the cemetery of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Spencer, NSW.
This small reserve was officially assigned in October 1999 and lies within the Parish of Popran, County of Northumberland, New South Wales.
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