Rose was the daughter of two Irish immigrants, both hailing from County Cavan, Ireland, Rose was the youngest of nine children, all of whom were born in South Australia. The young woman's father, Patrick Smyth, was born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1841. He married Margaret Dowd in 1869 in Mintaro, South Australia. Their family of nine included fouorn 1871; Patrick born 1873; John Joseph born 1875; Michael Francis born 1876; David Ambrose born 1878; Mary Josephine born 18r girls and five boys, of which Rose was the youngest, born in 1885. The others were Annie Philomena born 1870; Bridget born 1880; Andrew Aloysius born 1881.
At some stage between 1885 and the turn of the century, the family moved to Boulder. Patrick Smyth died 1901 in Fremantle (Death Registration 1093/1901, Fremantle - in the name Smith) and his wife died 30 March 1907 in Perth. Henry Oliver Savage died in 1952 in Northam.