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Arnold, Helena Augusta (1854–1935)

On Friday, 17th inst., the long and saintly life of Mrs. Helen [Helena Augusta] de Lauret Arnold ended at the age of eighty years. The second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. de Lauret, of Goulburn, she was born there in 1854. Her education began in the day school of the Sisters of Mercy of that town. Later she went to the newly established Dominican Convent school, West Maitland, and was the seventh boarder enrolled there. She married Mr. W. M. Arnold, of 'Stradbroke,' Paterson, son of the well-known Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in early Parliamentary days, and was a truly devoted wife and mother. She lived after her marriage principally in Sydney, and for some time in her beautiful home, St. Michael's, Goulburn. Later she presented this to the Sisters of Mercy for a Novitiate House. Seven children survive her — two nuns, Mother M. Joseph, Cootamundra; Mother M. Arnold, Religious of the Sacred Heart, 'Sancta Sophia' Women's College, University, Sydney; two married daughters, Mrs. Adele Dalglish and Mrs. Bowyer, Willow Tree, N.S.W. ; Mr. A. de L. Arnold, solicitor, Sydney; Mr. F. Arnold, Tanri, Bathurst; Mr. D. Arnold, Warra, Queensland; also twin sisters — Mother M. Joseph, Santa Sabina, Strathfield, and Sr. M. Clare, All Hallows' College, Bathurst.

In St. Canice's Church she was a well-known figure, attending Mass and approaching the altar every morning. The Rev. Father Donovan, of St. Mary's Cathedral, in charge of St. Canice's, attended her in her last illness, and a nursing Sister from Lewisham Hospital was with her towards the end. — R.I.P.

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'Arnold, Helena Augusta (1854–1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 September 2020.

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  • de Lauret, Helena Augusta

23 October 1854
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia


17 June 1935
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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