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Parkes, Maria (1824–1891)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

The obsequies of the late Miss Maria Parkes, sister of Sir Henry Parkes, took place at the Faulconbridge Cemetery on Monday, and were conducted in a very unostentatious manner. As the passenger train from Sydney arrived at the platform the cortege was seen to have started from the residence, preceded by the Rev. E. G. Cranswick, the incumbent of the parish, who officiated. The remains were borne from the residence to their final resting place, about 200 yards distant, by six railway laborers, headed by Ganger Brady. The coffin, which was plain, was covered with beautiful flowers. Amongst those present were the Premier, his son (Mr. Varney Parkes), his nephew (Mr. Parkes), his sons-in-law (Messrs. Murray and Hiscox), Dr. O'Connor, the Hon. Chas. Moore, Messrs. Chas. Moore, F.L.S., W. Neill, W. Pritchard, M. Chapman, Hugh Taylor, M.P., P. Smith, and a few other residents and visitors. The interment, which was conducted by Mr. Charles Kinsela, took place in the family grave within the cemetery, and the ritual was most impressively rendered by the incumbent.

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'Parkes, Maria (1824–1891)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/parkes-maria-16605/text28512, accessed 24 November 2017.

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