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Mary Jessie Maclellan (1872–1929)

Widespread and sincere regret has been expressed at the death of Mrs. Mary Jessie MacLellan, wife of Mr. John Maclellan, proprietor of the Big Store, Chapel street, Prahran. The deceased lady had been a patient sufferer of ill-health over a long period, and she passed away on Saturday at the family home, Langdale, Dandenong road, Windsor. She was the daughter of the late Mr Gibson, of the firm Foy and Gibson. She recently returned from a holiday trip to England, and while away underwent an operation. Mr. Maclellan and a son who is left have received innumerable expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement. Mrs. Maclellan was a woman of a lovable and charitable nature truly representative representative of the principle of the good life, with a mind considerate of the welfare of others, individually and generally. She associated herself with her husband in works of uplift that tended to the welfare of the community. By her gracefulness, kindness, and generous social qualities she had endeared herself to those of her sex who were privileged to know her intimately, and by her death the community has been bereft of a lady of true womanly instincts, who will be sadly missed, especially by those who were numbered amongst her more immediate friends who who revered her for her many splendid qualities. We desire to join in the expressions of condolence that have been extended to Mr. Maclellan and son in their bereavement. The stores and factories of Maclellan and Co. and Foy and Gibson, of Collingwood, were closed on the announcement of Mrs. Maclellan's death.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, the interment being at the Boroondara Cemetery. When the funeral moved from 'Langlands,' the deceased lady's late residence on Dandenong road, a large crowd of people were present to pay their last respects. A service was first conducted at the house, at which the Rev. A, W. Steveley, the family minister, took part. The cortege was a lengthy one, and so many were the beautiful wreaths forwarded that three cars were necessary to convey them to the cemetery. The Rev. Dr. S. J. Hoban and the Rev. J. H. Cain, of Wesley Church, the Rev. W. A. Steveley, of St. George's Presbyterian Church, East St. Kilda, and the Rev. G. Cousins, of Balaclava, conducted the service at the grave. Included amongst those who attended the funeral were the members of the Girls' Guild of Wesley Church and the Presbyterian Church. These were organisations in which Mrs. Maclellan had always taken a deep interest. Members of the session and board of manage ment of St. George's Church, and representatives of the firms in which Mr. Maclellan is interested were also amongst those present.

Kindly references were made in an address by the Sev. Dr. Hoban to the earnest and faithful endeavours in the cause of charity which Mrs. Maclellan had always displayed.

The funeral arrangements were in the hands of A. A. Sleight Pty. Ltd.

At the meeting of the Prahran Council it was decided, on the motion of the Mayor (Cr. A. H. Woodfull), to forward a letter of condolence to Mr. Maclellan on the sad loss he had sustained by the death of his wife.

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'Maclellan, Mary Jessie (1872–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Nottinghamshire, England


1929 (aged ~ 57)
Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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