Two days after Daphne Hampstead suddenly walked out on her husband Sidney and eight children in 1958 a letter in her handwriting arrived at his western Sydney home.
'My darling Sid,' the 39-year-old began the note. 'Oh darling what it is costing me to write this letter, you will never know.'
More than 60 years after that letter was written a coroner has ruled that Daphne Hampstead lived until she was 89, dying in Queensland without ever being found.
New South Wales Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott rule on Wednesday that Daphne had begun several new lives after fleeing her marriage and children.
Daphne caught a taxi from the family's dairy farm on Cowpasture Road at Bossley Park in the early hours of May 10, 1958 carrying photographs and most of her clothes.
Two days later her husband received the letter in Daphne's hand inside an envelope with a postmark from nearby Fairfield.
The disappearance of Daphne Pearl Hampstead (pictured) has been solved more than 60 years after she walked out on her husband and eight children. A coroner has found she had moved to Queensland and started several new lives before dying of cancer in 2007 aged 89
Two days after Daphne disappeared a letter in her handwriting arrived at his western Sydney home. 'My darling Sid,' the 39-year-old began the note. 'Oh darling what it is costing me to write this letter, you will never know.' The letter's words are reproduced in this image
'I left work today, I just can't go on,' she wrote. 'I thought there was no love left at home for me at all. But I have realised how wrong I was over the last week.
'I think it has been a week I shall never forget. I am going away for a while (by myself) don't worry about me, I will be okay.
'I know now I can always come to you for understanding I do wish I had known that before dear.'
Daphne also sent a letter to her daughter Daphne Lillian asking her to look after her father and her younger brothers and sisters.
Five years later Daphne somehow learnt one of her twin sons, 19-year-old Barry, was critically ill in hospital and wrote him a letter postmarked from Wyong on the NSW Central Coast.
She expressed concern for son but indicated she could not visit him, although she signed off 'from someone who loves you very much'.
Daphne was born Daphne Pearl Jones at Cootamundra in the NSW Riverina on July 13 or 15, 1918 and married local boy Sidney Hampstead in 1936.
The couple eventually had eight children: Leslie, Patricia, Marcia, Daphne, twins Barry and Clifford, Helen, and Janet.
They lived at Cootamundra, Tumut, Grafton, Taree, Oxley Island and Muswellbrook where they worked as share farmers before buying their own farm at Scone.
Financial difficulties forced the family to move to the Bossley Park dairy in 1956, by which time two of their daughters were married and living at Muswellbrook.
'Daphne was a loving mother who enjoyed cooking and was apparently social and engaging,' Ms Truscutt found.
Daphne Hampstead was 39 when she vanished from an old dairy farm on Cowpasture Road at Bossley Park in Sydney's western suburbs. Pictured: Cowpasture Road
'Daphne and Sidney are described to have had a loving relationship however Sidney was possessive and jealous and violent to Daphne.
'After leaving the farm in Scone and moving to Bossley Park the domestic violence became more frequent.'
Daphne worked in the city as a cook - under the name Daphne Hanson or Hamson - and would leave home in the early