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Moon, Margaret Stuart (1830–1928)

from Sydney Morning Herald

Leaving Edinburgh when a child of four years, Mrs. Margaret Stuart Moon, widow of the late Dr. John Moon, arrived in Sydney in 1834. Her death occurred on Sunday. She recently celebrated her 98th birthday. Almost up to the last Mrs. Moon enjoyed remarkably good health, having been able to manage her own house, sign her cheques, and up to a couple of months ago she was able to do beautiful embroidery work. Mrs. Moon left Edinburgh in January 1834, with her parents and two brothers, sailing in the North Briton. The family settled at West Maitland, where her father had been appointed manager of the first branch of the Commercial Banking Company. As a child she witnessed convicts working on the roads chained in couples to little carts containing blue metal, and she had recollections of seeing men punished in the public stocks. At the age of 15 Mrs. Moon held the first Sabbath school service at Wallerawang, and on one occasion, there being no minister in the district, she herself read the burial service. She was one of the first women to travel on the "Zig-Zag," which was one of the wonders of the Western railway. The funeral took place yesterday, the burial being made in South Head Cemetery.

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'Moon, Margaret Stuart (1830–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/moon-margaret-stuart-17488/text29179, accessed 22 August 2019.

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