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Johnston, Margaret (?–1918)

As a result of an accident which occurred at Caulfield on Monday morning, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, wife of Brigadier-General G. J. Johnston, died at her home, Yerangle, Hawthorn road, Caulfield, yesterday. Mrs. Johnston who was probably one of the best horse women in Australia, was riding a horse near her home early on Monday morning, when the animal shied and fell, Mrs Johnston being thrown on the road. It is thought that struggling to again get on its feet the horse kicked Mrs Johnston, for she was rendered unconscious. She was taken to her home and medical aid was summoned but she died without regaining consciousness. Mrs. Johnston was a most fearless and accomplished rider over fences and regularly followed the hounds. She was actively associated with various patriotic movements and participated in a number of Purple Cross processions and ? saddle appeals. She leaves two sons and a daughter, Miss Gwen Johnston, who though only 14 years of age has already distinguished herself as a horsewoman, having won a number of trophies in riding competitions. Mrs Johnston was a sister of Captain C. E. Hobson, master of the Oatlands Hounds, who recently returned from the front. Brigadier-General Johnston, who returned from active service in France a few months ago, has been appointed administrator of Rabaul, in succession to the late Sir Samuel Pethebridge.

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'Johnston, Margaret (?–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 8 July 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hobson, Margaret

25 March 1918
Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident