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Johnston, Elizabeth (1826–1894)

The death of Miss Elizabeth Johnston, a resident of Pitt Town, took place at the age of 68 years on Saturday evening last. Deceased was the third daughter of Mr W. Johnston, of Pitt Town, and was born at Collingwood Cottage, Portland Head. Deceased belonged to a family well-known and respected in this district, and perhaps one of the oldest here, her grandfather, the late Mr. Andrew Johnston, coming to the colony with his five sons (amongst whom was deceased's father) in the year 1802. They settled at Portland, and founded that portion of the Hawkesbury settlement, calling it after that part of London (namely Portland-street) from which they came. Deceased lived the early portion of her life at Portland, excepting such time as she was at a Boarding-school, being educated at Miss Hadley's Academy, York Lodge, Windsor, where Mr George Robertson is now residing. Miss Hadley afterwards left Windsor and opened a school in O'Connell-Street, Sydney, and here deceased accompanied her. Deceased had never been a traveller, and lived with her father until his death about 16 years ago. Her father left Portland to reside at Pitt Town, and here deceased had lived for over 40 years. Death was due to inflamation of the lungs with a tendency to asthma, followed by a severe attack of influenza. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, and was largely attended, the cortege leaving deceased's late residence at 11 o'clock and proceeding over the ferry to Ebenezer, arriving at the old Presbyterian Church about two o'clock. The Rev J. Ayling conducted a short funeral service in the church, and referred to the several deaths that had occurred in this portion of the district of late. The speaker touchingly alluded to the deceased as a kind Christian woman, whose goodness was known in Pitt Town among the poor. Deceased was a regular attendant of the Presbyterian Church at Pitt Town. Mr Ayling then concluded the service at the grave. Deceased was a connection of the Hall family—in which family death has been very busy of late—her mother being a Miss Hall. The principal mourners were a large number of relatives, too numerous to give their names, principally members of the Johnston, Hall, and Tuckerman families, and Messrs Beard and G. and S. T. Greenwell (Windsor). During deceased's sickness, she was attended by Dr Gibson. The Rev J. Ayling will conduct an "In Memoriam" Service on Sunday afternoon in respect to the memory of deceased. Some nice floral tributes were sent by friends as a last mark of respect to the memory of deceased. Mr T. Collison conducted the funeral arrangements.

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'Johnston, Elizabeth (1826–1894)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/johnston-elizabeth-15290/text26499, accessed 11 December 2018.

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