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Drought, Mary Lillias (1856–1941)

The death occurred suddenly on Monday of Mrs. Mary Lillias Drought, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Frederic Race Godfrey, a Victorian pioneer. She was born at Boort in 1856, being the first white child born in the Loddon district. In 1885 she married Rev. Charles Edward Drought, afterwards a canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, and for 18 years vicar of St. John's, Toorak. He died in 1917.

In addition to many parochial activities she was associated with the Community of the Holy Name from its foundation and for many years was on the council of the Church of England Mission to the Streets and Lanes of Melbourne. She was also an active worker of the Gentlewomen's Aid Society, Ladies' Benevolent Society, Mothers' Union, and Girls' Friendly Society.

The funeral service yesterday was held at St. Paul's Church, Malvern, being conducted by Rev. C .W. Meredith, assisted by Rev. J. Tyssen. Her elder son, Captain Charles Frederick Drought, died of wounds in France in 1915. Her younger son, Rev. John Smerger Drought, is vicar of St. Dunstan's, Camberwell. A brother, Mr. John Race Godfrey, and a sister, Miss Frederica Godfrey, are living in High st., Glen Iris.

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  • Godfrey, Mary Lillias

Boort, Victoria, Australia


3 February, 1941 (aged ~ 85)
Victoria, Australia

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