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Griffiths, Phoebe Emily (1840–1922)

In Mrs. Phoebe Emily Griffiths who died at Ethelton on Friday, one of the earliest-born South Australian natives passed away. Born at Buck's Flat, Glanville, on September 20, 1840, she was married in 1856 to the late Mr. John Griffiths, who was closely associated with the early educational institutions of the State, and was for many years head master of the Walkerville Public School. The late Mrs. Griffiths had 11 children (five sons and six daughters). Two only survive her, Mrs. E. Willet (Warrnambool), and Mr. L. H. Griffiths (manager of the State telephone branch). Two of her sons (Ainslie and John), and one grandson (Lieut. Westerfield Baker) made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. In addition to the surviving son and daughter, the late Mrs. Griffiths has left 13 surviving grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Despite her advanced age she was an indefatigable worker in the Red Cross movement from its inception.

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'Griffiths, Phoebe Emily (1840–1922)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 28 November 2020.

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