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Maria McManus (1844–1925)

After spending a life of usefulness in serving faithfully her God, her family, and her country, Mrs. Maria McManus, of "Ivan," Archer-street, Chatswood, passed to her eternal reward on Sunday, 20th ult., aged 76. She was the widow of the late Thomas McManus, of the Education Department, who was well-known in South Coast and Newcastle districts, and who predeceased her by 17 years. Her father was the late James Gildea, one of the grand old pioneers of Moruya (South Coast). During her last illness she was nursed with loving care by her sorrowing family. Sisters of Mercy from several convents visited her, and her daughter (Sister Mary Borgia) journeyed from Junee to be with her during her last days. The Sisters of Chatswood Convent were at her bedside, rendering spiritual comfort in her last hours. The Rev. Fathers T. Barry and E. Parker were constant in their attendance, and the last rites were administered by Father Parker. The deceased lady is survived by four daughters and three sons — Sister Mary Borgia (Convent of Mercy, Junee), Mrs. J. J. Fernon (Walcha), Mrs. F. J. McAuliffe (Yass), Mrs. J. A. Ryan (Chatswood), and Messrs. James, Vincent and William. Vincent served in the Great War. Mr. George Gildea (of Port Macquarie) is the only surviving brother. The funeral took place on Tuesday, 22nd ult. The remains were interred in the Northern Suburbs Cemetery. Father Parker officiated at the graveside. — R.I.P.

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  • Gildea, Maria

11 November, 1844
Moruya, New South Wales, Australia


20 October, 1925 (aged 80)
Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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