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Brooker, Elizabeth Willison (1821–1916)

from Illawarra Mercury

To have seen the first load of coal shipped from Wollongong and to live until the early days of 1916 was the privilege of Mrs. Elizabeth Willison Brooker, who passed away last week at Gosford, aged 95 years. The deceased lady, who was a direct descendant of one of the old Irish families, was born in St Patrick-street, Cork, in 1821, and came to Australia (Melbourne) in 1849, in the ship Duke of Bronte, commanded by Captain Bartlett. She married Mr. James Brooker, of Wollongong, at Christ Church, St. Lawrence. Mr. Brooker died 15th March, 1880, leaving a family of two daughters and one son who survive their parents. Mrs Brooker's sister is still alive at the age of 96. The deceased lady had been an invalid for years. Prior to leaving the old country, Mrs. Brooker was associated with the Deaf and Dumb Institution at Claremont for five years. She was present at Dan O'Connell's funeral, and being highly educated and of considerable ability, her reminiscences of early day happenings were always interesting.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wood, Elizabeth Willison

Cork, Ireland


3 January 1916
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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