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Jessie Hay (1840–1929)

Mrs. David [Jessie] Hay, whose death was recently announced, was born at Cape Breton, Canada, 88 years ago, and was a daughter of the late Captain Angus McLeod. At the invitation of friends, she went to Auckland in 1862 and there married the late Mr. David Hay, who went to Auckland from Scotland with his friend, Sir Logan Campbell. Mrs. Hay accompanied her husband when he took up land about 100 miles out of Auckland, and quickly adapted herself to her new life. She learned to speak the Maori language fluently, and, there being no doctor within a hundred miles, was often able to alleviate the physical sufferings of Maoris in the district in which she resided. Upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Hay went to reside at Coolangatta, Berry, where a near relation, Sir John Hay, lived. She was buried in the private cemetery at Coolangatta. Mrs. Hay is survived by one son–Mr. Alec. Hay, formerly federal member for New England, and managing director of Coolangatta Estate, Berry–and seven daughters–Mrs. Alfred Foster, Auckland: Mrs. Howard Joseland, Sydney; Mrs. Nell Crowley, Melbourne; Mrs. P. Morton; and the Misses Mabel, Norma, and Daisy Hay, of Sydney.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 January 1929, p 12

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'Hay, Jessie (1840–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • McLeod, Jessie

Nova Scotia, Canada


30 January, 1929 (aged ~ 89)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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