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Mary Frances Collins (1881–1952)

Mrs. Mary Frances Collins, aged 71 years, died in the Cairns Base Hospital early Tuesday morning. The late Mrs. Collins was born in Townsville, where her father, Mr. J. Parker was a contractor on the Charters Towers railway. At the age of 10 she moved with her parents to Cairns, where her parents took over the old Post Office Hotel and afterwards lived on a cane farm at Freshwater.

In 1907 Mrs. Collins married in Cairns and after her marriage lived for six years in Brisbane, where her husband was an employed in the G.P.O. After her return to Cairns they took up residence in Lake Street, until the loss of her husband in 1940. After her husband's death, Mrs. Collins went to live with her only daughter, Mrs. Bert Butler of 394 Draper Street, Cairns, where she had resided ever since.

The funeral moved from St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon en route to the Cairns Cemetery. Rev. Fr. O'Connor officiated in church and at the graveside.

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'Collins, Mary Frances (1881–1952)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 5 March 2024.

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia


17 June, 1952 (aged ~ 71)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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