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Hayman, Mary Gertrude (?–1929)

St. Joseph's Convent,. Mount-street, North Sydney, has lost another link with the past by the death of a saintly pioneer, Sister Mary Gertrude Hayman, on the 13th ult.  She was one of the oldest members of the Order of St. Joseph, having joined it soon after its establishment in South Australia by Mother Mary of the Cross, more than 60 years ago. It was only in 1927 that the late Sister celebrated the diamond jubilee of her religious profession, on which occasion she was visited by the Apostolic Delegate, and received his blessing. She was born in England, and was a daughter of the late Mr. H. W. Hayman,who for many years was a superintending officer of the South Australian Railway Department. After years of valued service in different parts of South Australia, Sister Gertrude was transferred to Victoria, and thence to New South Wales. It is over 40 years since she made her bow to this State, and the intervening period has been marked with zealous and faithful work until 18 months ago, when an accident incapacitated her till death. During her residence in N.S.W. she was for a time Provincial of her Order. Beloved by all who knew her, she was specially dear to the children, on whom she lavished a motherly tenderness. A saintly disposition and mental brightness made her at once an edifying example, and the best of company. A Requiem-Mass for the repose of her soul was celebrated in St. Joseph's Church,Mount-street; on the 15th ult., by Rev. Father Carroll, following which the interment was made at Gore Hill Cemetery. The chief mourners were Mrs. P. Healy, of Muswellbrook (sister), Miss G. Lonergau (niece), Mr. C. Lonergan (nephew), Mrs. Lonergan, Mrs. J. Curchod, Mr. H. Curchod, Miss Gearing, Rev. Mother Lawrence and Sisters of Mount-street. Telegrams and messages of sympathy were received from Rev. Father Carroll (North Sydney), Right Rev. Monsignor Roche (Muswellbrook), and from many other parishes.

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'Hayman, Mary Gertrude (?–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hayman-mary-gertrude-23219/text32417, accessed 22 September 2020.

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