The decades-long mystery of the mother who left her husband and eight children has finally been SOLVED
Decades of mystery of mother disappearing without a trace, leaving her jealous husband and eight children devastated, finally SOLVED – and the answer is not what you think
- Daphne Pearl Hampstead was 40 years old when she disappeared in Sydney in 1958
- Her clothes were gone and there were two letters for her husband and eight children
- A private investigator discovered that Hampstead was leaving Sydney for a new life in Queensland
- She changed her name and date of birth to make herself six years younger
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The mysterious disappearance of a mother who left behind her husband and eight children more than 60 years ago has been solved.
Daphne Pearl Hampstead was 40 years old when she disappeared from an old dairy farm on Cowpasture Road in Bossley Park, Sydney’s western suburbs, in 1958.
She left the family home before sunrise on May 10, and the next day her husband and children received two letters advising them to take care of each other and not find her, The Australian reported.
On Tuesday, the NSW Coroner’s Court heard that Hampstead is dumping Sydney for a new life in Queensland, where she changed her name and age.
The court was told that Daphne Jones was born on July 13, 1918 in Cootamundra, in the NSW Riverina, and that she became Daphne Hampstead after marrying local boy Sidney Hampstead in 1936.
Daphne Pearl Hampstead’s disappearance (pictured) has been resolved more than 60 years after she disappeared
The couple had eight children, Leslie, Patricia, Marcia, Daphne, twins Barry and Clifford, Helen and Janet.
The family settled in a site known as Crosby’s Dairy Farm in Bossley Park in the mid-1950s.
Sidney loved his wife to the ‘point of obsession’ and was known to get jealous. According to court documents, he became angry and attacked her.
Hampstead, described as a doting mother, cooked for farm workers, but also worked as a chef at Carl’s Restaurant in Sydney CBD.
No one saw Hampstead leave the farm on May 10, but when her husband came in from milking the cows, he found that most of her clothes were gone.
A 2012 investigation into Hampstead’s disappearance found that the mother of eight was likely dead, but it couldn’t be determined how and when she died.
Donna, one of Hampstead’s granddaughters, then decided to investigate her disappearance and hired private investigator Luke Athens to help.
In a report, Mr. Athens found that Hampstead changed her name to Daphne Pearl Oswald and changed her date of birth to make herself six years younger.
Hampstead was 40 years old when she disappeared from an old dairy farm on Cowpasture Road in Bossley Park, Sydney’s western suburbs, in 1958. In the photo: Cowpasture Road
She moved to Queensland and lived as a woman in her thirties before falling in love with a plantation farmer named Roy Shaw. She then went by the name Daphne Shaw.
Mr. Shaw died in 1972 and Hampstead began a relationship with his good friend Raymond Charles Jones.
After a ‘party’ with Mr Jones in 1973, Hampstead became known as Daphne Jones.
She became the stepmother of Mr. Jones’s children and maintained a relationship with them after his death.
Diann and Tyrone Green were listed as the next of kin of Daphne Jones when she died in 2007 at the age of 89.
After receiving the report, Donna met the couple. She was told her grandmother had a “magnetic, charismatic personality” and “disliked talking about her past.”
The family compared the photos and agreed that it was the same woman.
Fairfield Police Department Detective Senior Constable Michael Romano reviewed the file and told the court through Zoom that he believed Hampstead had changed her identity when she moved to Queensland.
“I believe that Daphne Pearl Hampstead, born 1918, who went missing from NSW in 1958, is the same person as Daphne Pearl Jones, who used the date of birth 1924,” he said Tuesday.
The report was also reviewed by Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott, who is expected to make formal findings on Wednesday.