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Catherine Blakefield (1811–1888)

On Thursday afternoon, about half-past one, the demise of Mrs. Catherine Blakefield took place at Charlemont, Copper Hill—the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dalziell, with whom de-ceased had lived for several years past. We learn from what we believe to be a most credible source that the deceased lady, whose age was 77 years, she having been born in 1811, was one of the eldest of Australian natives and was one of the oldest residents of the Molong district. Her health had been good, and her constitution, like that of early born Australians generally, robust during most of her life; but during the past nine years, age brought what might be regarded as a natural decline with it, and since then she was more or less troubled with the malady which in her case was the medium of death. For the past two years, her daughter—Mrs. Dalziell—bestowed the most solicitous attention upon her, and the deceased had also the frequent and kindly ministrations of Mesdames Bennett and Ormsby. We understand that Mrs. Blakefield leaves three daughters, a large number of grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. During her rather protracted illness, she is stated to have been most patient; but latterly the brain suffered through the strain of mental and physical suffering and delirium supervened; so that whilst her demise is regretted by her relatives—who constitute some well-known and respected families—her excission from suffering was doubtless to herself a happy deliverance.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Mortimer, Catherine

6 September, 1811
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


19 April, 1888 (aged 76)
Molong, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (eye)

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