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Matilda Rebecca Everingham (1832–1909)

from Windsor & Richmond Gazette

It is with profound regret that I have to chronicle the sad death of Mrs Matilda Rebecca Everingham (wife of Mr Thomas Everingham), who passed peacefully away at her residence, Central Colo, on Saturday night. Dec. 4th. Deceased had been suffering for a number of years from asthma, and at intervals from acute attacks of bronchitis. About a fortnight prior to her death, a very severe attack of the latter complaint came upon her, which affected her breathing to such a distressing extent that life became a misery to her, and it was really pitiful to see the poor old lady sitting up in her bed, simply gasping for breath. Verily, it was a good, compassionate angel who ended her sufferings by taking her to "that bourne whence no traveller ever returns." Her relatives, and especially her grandson, Luther Everingham, did all in their power, waiting on her as though she were a child, and Dr. Callaghan's assistance was also called into requisition; but it seemed as though her time had come, and consequently human power was of little avail. Deceased was 77 years of age, and had she lived till next July would have been married just 60 years. She was a daughter of the late Owen Cavanough, and was born at Upper Colo, and previous to her marriage she lived for several years on that farm now occupied by Mr Thomas Mitchell, of Lower Portland—'Peacock's farm'. Three sisters survive her–viz., Miss Cavanough (Lower Portland), Mrs Aspery (Sackville), and Mrs Chapman (Wyong). It would be difficult indeed to pick out any person in Colo who would be more universally missed in the neighbourhood than will the dear old lady who has just passed away. I feel assured that all of your readers, who knew her as intimately as I, will agree with me when I say that she was the very quintesence of true Christian virtue, benevolence and charity,— that she was in every sense of the word an exemplary woman. When in good health Mrs Everingham was of a sportive disposition, and was, for a woman, inordinately fond of cricket, and a most consistent, enthusiastic, and loyal barracker for the Colo Cricket Club. No matter whether she had relations playing in the Colo Club, or not— no matter whether she had relations playing in the opposing club— this made no difference to her unswerving loyalty to her own club. Many a time she has sat and watched matches on the Colo park for hours, and she was always in far better humour when they won than when they lost. The funeral took place at 11.30 on Monday, when the remains were laid to rest in the Methodist portion of the West Portland cemetery. The Rev. J. D. Brown carried out the the funeral solemnities. The funeral was a large one, and it must have been highly gratifying and consoling to the relatives to see such a large number of Colo people present—there being scarcely a family in Colo that was not represented.

Requiescat in Pace.

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3 November, 1832
Colo, New South Wales, Australia


4 December, 1909 (aged 77)
Colo, New South Wales, Australia

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