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Maud Ethel Leggett (1876–1911)

The death occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning of Miss Leggett, M.A. (principal of the Stanley Private School), only daughter of Mrs and Captain Richard Leggett, a retired mariner of this town. It had been known that the deceased lady, who was only 35 years' of age was rather seriously indisposed, and under medical attention, but serious consequences were not expected. Deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and two brothers (Messrs. Walter and George Leggett) and on Wednesday flags were flying half-mast in the town as a token of sympathy. Miss Maud E. Leggett was a lady of exceptional scholastic ability. At 11 years of age she gained the first State School Exhibition Scholarship in 1887, and then attended Miss Hogg's school in Launceston. While there she gained distinction in two public examinations at the University of Tasmania, taking first place in 1889, and first-class and special prizes in the senior public of 1893. In 1894 and the two succeeding years she qualified for B.A. degree, and afterwards she gained the right to the degree of Master of Arts, being the first lady in Tasmania to achieve that distinction. She also matriculated with honors in French and German at the Melbourne University, and gained honors in 1890 for the musical examination of Trinity College, London. Her career was undoubtedly one that falls to the lot of only a few, and the residents of Circular Head showed their appreciation of her success by presenting her with two illuminated testimonials and souvenirs. Miss Leggett conducted a private school at Stanley for many years. She was a lady of unobtrusive disposition, but cultured and refined, and popular with all who knew her. Her old school associates, and friends, scattered in every part of the State, will regret to learn of the closing of such a brilliant career. The funeral takes place at the Stanley cemetery this afternoon. One brother, Mr. Geo. Leggett, is a teacher at the Grammar School, Geelong, and he was enabled to catch the ss Sydney from Melbourne on Wednesday in order to be present at the interment.

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'Leggett, Maud Ethel (1876–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia


16 August, 1911 (aged ~ 35)
Stanley, Tasmania, Australia

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