Married Women's Property Act, 1874
4. Married women's earnings to be their separate property
The wages and earnings of any married woman acquired or gained by her after the passing of this Act, in any employment, occupation or trade carried on by her and not by her husband,
and also any money or other property so acquired by her through the exercise of any literary, artistic or scientific skill,
and all savings from and investments of such wages, earnings and property, shall be deemed to be her separate property, and her receipts alone shall be good discharges for such wages, earnings and property.