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Isabella Allen (1848–1939)

As briefly mentioned last issue, the death occurred in Sydney on Monday morning of Mrs. Allen, widow of the late Mr. Frank' Allen, one of Grenfell's earliest pioneers.

Deceased, who had reached the great age of 90 last September, was a lady with a charming and happy disposition, and in the years of long ago had a very wide circle of friends in Grenfell, most of whom, alas, have also passed on.

Her husband predeceased her in 1904.

Surviving children are, Mr. Kelsey Allen (Queensland), Mr. Vic. Allen (Manly), Mr. Fred. Allen (Queensland), Mrs. Webb (Narromine), Mrs. Low (Lake Cowal North), Mrs. Marshall (Sydney), Mrs. Low (Sydney). Two daughters, Mrs. Gray (Hazel), and Mrs Sillar (Annabelle) predeceased her.

A son-in-law, also decased, was Mr. John Walker Sillar, who was manager of the Bank of Australasia at Grenfell in 1890 and afterwards at Dubbo, where he died.

Members of the family present at the funeral were Messrs. Victor and Fred Allen and Mr. Ralph Sillar. Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Low — the latter formerly Miss Ida Allen — and Mr. Dav Low arrived from Cowal North. Wreaths were forwarded by Fred, and Ada (J.); Mr. and Mrs. Clark (Sydney); the Jones family (Sydney), Ralph and Marjorie (Mr. and Mrs. Sillar); Evelyn Webb; Eleanor and Jim Pigott; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Webb; Vic. and family; Isabel and Jean Sillar (Sydney); Chris. Allen; Kels and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Marshall (Sydney); Howarth family.

The funeral left the railway station at 8 a.m. for the Presbyterian cemetery, the Rev. John Richardson officiating at the grave. Deceased was buried beside her husband.

The late Mr. Frank Allen was associated with the late Mr. Ralph Halls in business at Lambing Flat (Young) and Grenfell, he having been a member of the firm of Hill, Halls and Allen in the roaring days of Grenfell. Afterwards he owned Lake Cowal West and Binda Stations.

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'Allen, Isabella (1848–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Clarke, Isabella

25 September, 1848
Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia


16 January, 1939 (aged 90)
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Religious Influence

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