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Mary Ann Lines (1855–1937)

Mrs. Mary Ann Lines, who died last week, was born at Reedy Creek, near Angaston, on February 12, 1855, and was the only daughter of the late Rev. Ephriam Evans, Baptist minister of Angaston. She was educated at the private school, Angaston, conducted by her step-mother, "Maud Jean Franc," the well-known South Australian authoress. Her two step-brothers (predeceased) were well known in journalistic circles in Adelaide. Mr. Harry Congreve Evans for many years was associated with The Advertiser and Mr. Will Evans at one time editor of Quiz. In 1869 Mrs. Lines went to England and remained there for nine years. Returning to South Australia, she moved north to Tarcowie, assisting her brother, Mr. Ebenezer Evans, in a general storekeeping business. She remained there until her marriage with the late Mr. J. W. Lines in 1882. During her residence in Tarcowie she took an active part in promoting the welfare of various organisations of the district, especially in connection with the Methodist Church, of which she was the first organist. Also she was the first promoter in raising funds towards the erection of the Tarcowie Institute. In 1910, with her husband and family, she removed to Hornsdale, and later to Jamestown, and for the last 16 years had resided in Milner street. Prospect. Her husband died six months ago. A family of four daughters and two sons survive:—Mesdames H. R. Lines (Laura). W. S. Ninnes (Tarcowie). E. J. Catford (Caltowie). E. T. Hollitt (Mount Barker): Messrs. R. L. Lines (Wasleys), and H.  J. Lines (Prosnect).

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'Lines, Mary Ann (1855–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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12 February, 1855
Reedy Creek, South Australia, Australia


9 February, 1937 (aged 81)
Mount Barker, South Australia, Australia

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