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Mary Ann Burdekin (1806–1889)

The death is announced at the age of 83 years of Mrs. Burdekin, widow of the deceased Mr. Thos. Burdekin, and mother of Mr. Sydney Burdekin, the well-known and popular alderman of Sydney, and until the late dissolution, member for East Sydney in the Parliament of New South Wales. Mrs. Burdekin arrived in the colony in 1828, when the population only numbered 10,000 souls. She was an excellent and devoted wife and mother and was held in the very highest esteem by the very wide circle of friends which she had deservedly made for herself. She was remarkable for her great charities and kindnesses; yet this did not prevent her being a very acute woman of business, and of great acumen in the management of the extensive properties she controlled. Though she underwent a severe attack of illness some eighteen months ago, her intellectual faculties were remarkable to the last. She will be sorrowed for not only by her relatives and intimate friends, but by the hundreds and hundreds of persons whom her generous but purely unostentatious kindness has so frequently relieved.

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'Burdekin, Mary Ann (1806–1889)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Bossley, Mary Ann

5 May, 1806
Edensor, Derbyshire, England


24 January, 1889 (aged 82)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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