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Phoebe May Holland (1890–1951)

Quite a gloom was cast over Kurrajong and surrounding district when it became known that Mrs. Phoebe Ruth Holland, wife of Mr. R. Holland, had passed away on the afternoon of November 25 at the District Hospital, where she was taken after a sudden collapse at her home at Kurrajong only a few days before her death.

Although Mrs. Holland, who was 61 years of age, had not enjoyed good health for some time, her sudden death came as a great shock to her husband and relatives. She was one of the most respected and widely loved residents in the Kurrajong district to which she came with her esteemed parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, at the age of six years, and remained a resident until her death.

Most generous to those in need (her generosity at times being known to only a few friends), the late Mrs. Holland was ever ready with a comforting word for those in trouble, and the passing of this good lady will be keenly felt in all sections of the community in which she resided.

At the service in St. Stephens Church of England, Kurrajong, which preceded the funeral on the following day, the profusion of beautiful floral wreaths was a worthy tribute to the general esteem in which deceased was held, and to her lifelong love of flowers, and recalled her almost daily activity, with her husband, in the pretty little garden at their home.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Daniels, who paid tribute to deceased's truly Christian life and her devotion to her Church, and her inspiring example in the community generally. At the interment in the adjoining Church of England cemetery the C.W.A. branch, of which deceased was an enthusiastic and leading member, paid a touching tribute in providing a guard of honour outside the church, and later filing past the grave and each member dropping a sprig of rosemary on the casket.

As well as her husband, deceased is survived by three brothers, Ernest, George and Benson, and to these and other relatives is offered the heartfelt sympathy of district friends in their great loss.

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'Holland, Phoebe May (1890–1951)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Robinson, Phoebe May
  • Dunston, Phoebe May
  • Dunstan, Phoebe May

23 November, 1890
Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


25 November, 1951 (aged 61)
Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia

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