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Jane Cavanagh (1864–1946)

The death occurred at her late residence at Ginninderra on Monday night at the age of 82 years, of Miss Jane Cavanagh, after a brief illness.

Known affectionately over a wide district as "Aunt Jane," she was born at One Tree Hill, Ginninderra, in 1864, and was one of the family of nine sons and two daughters, of whom only five are now living—James (Newcastle), George (Attunga), Patrick (Tennant's Creek, N.T.) and Earin (Ginninderra).

Her parents were among the early settlers in the district, her father, the late Patrick Cavanagh, being a migrant from Ireland, whilst her mother was born only one day out from Sydney on a ship coming from Ireland.

"Aunt Jane" devoted her life to her family. Her kindness of heart and generosity were proverbial amongst all early settlers and until the time of her death visitors continued to come to her home and pay their respects, as they had been doing for the past 60 years.

For a radius of hundreds of miles from Ginninderra, "Aunt Jane's" activities were always discussed by travellers. Her devotion and indefatigable efforts for her church won the respect of all denominations.

Her house on the Mulligan's Flat road was the port of call for all members of the community. A constant visitor in other times was the Rev. Galliard Smith, for many years rector of St. John's Church of England, Canberra.

Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul will be offered by Monsignor Haydon at St. Christopher's at 9 o'clock this morning and the funeral will leave at 3 p.m. for the Canberra General Cemetery.

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'Cavanagh, Jane (1864–1946)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Ginninderra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


18 March, 1946 (aged ~ 82)
Ginninderra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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