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Collins, Hilda May (Lilla) (1901–1931)

The news of the death of Miss Hilda M. (Lilla) Collins was received in Burra and district on Sunday last with sincere expressions of regret. The youngest member of Mr and Mrs John Collins, well known Collinsville family, the young lady had endeared herself to a very large circle of friends and her early death must be a severe blow to the family. The deceased young lady possessed a most charming personality. Never of a robust nature, yet she in the sweetness and beauty of her disposition never once allowed her physical setbacks to affect her life. From a child she suffered from asthma and her devoted parents have tried the best that medical skill could devise with extensive travel and change of air. Frequently a measure of success was achieved and a return to perfect health hoped for, but without permanent results, now in the prime of her young womanhood, she has been taken. Although for some months her health was precarious it was only about a fortnight ago she was taken seriously ill and pleurisy and pneumonia supervening her delicate constitution gave way. The deepest sympathy is felt for her parents, her sister, Miss Eva Collins, and six brothers, Messrs Horace, Terowie; Fred, Toopereng; Melvin and Newton, Collinsville; Arthur, Mt. Bryan; and Lindsay, Booborowie in their great sorrow. The funeral took place at Kooringa on Monday afternoon when a large and representative gathering of friends were present at the graveside. The service was conducted both at Collinsville station and the cemetery by the Rev. G. F. Johnson, of Terowie, assisted at the latter by the Rev. F. J. Barnes, of Redruth. The Rev. E. S. Jew, of Hallet, was also present. The bearers were Messrs Arthur, Henry and Archie Dearlove of Ketchowia, station, Mr. D. B. Simpson, Terowie, Mr. Keith Hanlin, Willalo (cousin) and Mr. Darcy Dane of Kooringa, Mr C. Wesley Gare represented the Hallett District Council of which Mr Colons is a member. Many beautiful floral tributes were received. The late Miss Collins was a grand-daughter of the late well-known pastoralist, Mr Henry Collins of Mt Bryan and the late Mr and Mrs Fred Simpson of Aberdeen.

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'Collins, Hilda May (Lilla) (1901–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/collins-hilda-may-lilla-17051/text28903, accessed 26 April 2019.

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