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Read, Cecilia Cuthill (1855–1925)

"I was lying in bed with a candle on my chest, reading. I must have knocked the candle over and caught alight," Mrs. Cecilia Reid [Read] told Dr. H. C. M. Delohery, when he was called to her home about 8.16 p.m. on November 10. She was a widow, 70 years old, and owned the house, in Gale-street, Woolwich, where she lived. Cecil John Knott, a machinist, was passing the house when he heard screams. He ran in and found Mrs. Reid, with her clothes alight, in the hall. He pulled the remainder of her burnt clothes off and put her to bed. She died, however, some hours later at the Balmain Hospital. The City Coroner to-day recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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'Read, Cecilia Cuthill (1855–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 8 April 2020.

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Alternative Names
  • Gale, Cecilia Cuthill
  • Cunynghame, Cecilia Cuthill
  • Wood, Cecilia Cuthill

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


11 November 1925
Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death