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Mary Cockburn Dale (1836–1911)

The death occurred in the Adelaide Hospital recently of Mrs. Mary Cockburn Dale, relict of the late Mr. William Dale, of Stirling North, and mother of the well-known unionists in Broken Hill—Messrs. W. M. and George Dale and R. A. Dale, of the Islington Workshops. The deceased, who was the only daughter of Mr. Peter McFarlane, of Glasgow, was educated in that city and arrived in Australia in the ship Melbourne in the year 1859. She was married at Willochra, S.A. in 1861, and after the ruinous droughts of the middle sixties the family moved to Stirling North, where Mr. Dale died in 1886. The whole of the eight children still survive their names being — Messrs. W.M., George, and Douglas Dale of Broken Hill; R. A. Dale, of Adelaide, Mrs. J. Deakin, Petersburg; Mrs. S. T. Timms and Mrs. A. Bray, Port Pirie; and Mrs. G. J. Don, of Alice Springs. Twenty nine grand-children also survive. The chief mourners were Messrs. George and R. A. Dale, Mesdames Deakin and Bray (daughters) and R. A. Dale (daughter-in-law). The burial service afforded a remarkable coincidence in being read by the Rev. R. Mitchell, who also read the service of the late Mr. Dale 25 years ago.

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'Dale, Mary Cockburn (1836–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 July 2024.

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  • McFarlane, Mary Cockburn

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


21 June, 1911 (aged ~ 75)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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