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Arabella Clotilda Collins (1857–1931)

Arabella Collins, n.d.

Arabella Collins, n.d.

State Library of Queensland, 15577

The death of the late Mrs R. M. [Arabella Clotilda] Collins which occurred at her home Tamrookum yesterday afternoon removes a member of one of the oldest pioneer families of the Upper Logan district. The late Mrs. Collins, before her marriage, was Miss Arabella Clotilda Bowles Smyth, younger daughter of Mr. Christopher Smyth, of Cork (Ireland) and her marriage took place in Ireland in 1879. Later in the same year Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Collins arrived in Queensland and after spending a fortnight at Mundoolun, the old home of the Collins family, they made their home at Tamrookum in the Beaudesert district. In 1880 Glenville Kingsley, youngest son of Rev. Charles Kingsley, the famous writer, was the guest of Mr. And Mrs. Collins, which led to his purchasing an adjoining property which was afterwards taken over by the late Lord Henry Phipps. On the death of Mr Grenville Kingsley, which occurred in 1898, by his expressed wish he was buried in the Memorial Churchyard at Tamrookum. The deceased lady was the mother of seven children–six daughters and one son. The last named, Mr. Christopher John Collins, died in 1919, and the daughters are Mesdames Henry Bruxner (Jelbyn, near Tamrookum), Colin Philp, J. W. Ralston, De Burgh Persse (Tabragalba, Beaudesert), Douglas Harris, and Douglas Fraser (Mundoolun). The funeral will take place at the private cemetery at Tamrookum tomorrow afternoon, at 4 o'clock.

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Arabella Collins, n.d.

Arabella Collins, n.d.

State Library of Queensland, 15577

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Smyth, Arabella Clotilda

9 May, 1857


21 October, 1931 (aged 74)
Tamrookum, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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