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Pile, Jessie (?–1931)

The late Miss Jessie Pile, of Oaklands, Gawler, was a direct descendant of one of the founders of the pastoral industry of Australia.

She and a sister, both of whom had a distaste for publicity, lived mainly in retirement.

As Miss Pile had no brothers or sisters living, her large estate of more than £100,000 is bequeathed to her next of kin. In recent years the many appeals on behalf of charity made Miss Pile a recluse. However, any cause that did receive her approval was generously treated. Her donations were seldom less than £25. Miss Pile gave liberally to the various appeals in the war period, and also to Gawler carnivals for charities.

She was the youngest daughter of Mr. James Pile, who came to Australia in 1849. Mr. Pile took up large pastoral areas in several States during the exploration period, when the north and west of Australia were opened up. He died a wealthy man at Gawler.

An elder sister of Miss Pile married Mr. John McKinley, the Australian explorer. Mr. McKinley died at Gawler in 1872. After his death his widow lived with Miss Pile. Mrs. McKinley passed away a few years ago.

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'Pile, Jessie (?–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/pile-jessie-14306/text25372, accessed 18 August 2019.

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