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Margaret Farnell (1836–1899)

We regret to have to announce the death of Mrs James Squire [Margaret] Farnell, which event took place yesterday evening at 6 o'clock, after a few days' illness. The deceased lady was the widow of the late hon. J S Farnell, who held Ministerial offices on several occasions. She was of a retiring disposition, but took a keen interest in the politics of the day. Her life otherwise was spent in earnest work in connection with the Church, and in giving practical sympathy to those in distress. She was offered in 1888 a free pass over the railways for life in consideration of her husband's distinguished services to the colony. This she declined as well as some time prior to the decease of Mr Farnell refusing to accept the honour that would be conferred on her by her husband's acceptance of a knighthood. Mrs Farnell has left a grown up family of whom the late member for Ryde, Mr Frank Farnell, is one. Her remains will be interred in the family vault at Ryde to-day at 3 o'clock

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  • funeral, Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW), 27 May 1899, p 8

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Alternative Names
  • O'Donnell, Margaret

4 October, 1836
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


21 May, 1899 (aged 62)
Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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