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Sophia Margaret Mowle (1834–1917)

Mrs. Sophia Margaret Mowle, widow of Mr. Stewart M. Mowle, whose death was announced on Saturday at the age of 82 years, was the sixth daughter of the late Rev. William West Simpson, M.A. She arrived in the colony with her family in 1840, at the age of 6 years, the voyage being made in the ship Earl Gray, and occupied many weary months. She lived for about two years at The King's School, Parramatta, where her father was acting as headmaster during the absence in England of the Rev. Dr. Forrest. Subsequently, in 1843, the family moved to Wiseman's Ferry, were Mr. Simpson was rector of the parish for about 10 years. Upon Mr. Simpson finding the work beyond him the family was transferred in the old King William IV. to Dapto. Here the late Mrs. Mowle was associated with the work of her father's parish. She was married in 1865, and in the early 'Seventies found opportunity for philanthropic labours amongst the sick and poor at Randwick, where she resided. Doctors were few and far between, and trained nurses almost unknown. Up to the day before her death she was engaged on garments for the Children's Hospital. She was in full possession of every faculty, and read and sewed without glasses, and she took an active interest in everything around her. She leaves behind her one son, two daughters, and a large circle of friends.

The funeral took place on Saturday at the Waverley Cemetery, and was largely attended. The chief mourners were her only son, Mr. William S. Mowle (Clerk of the Legislative Assembly), and her stepson, Mr. T. B. Mowle. Other members of the family present were Messrs. P. C. Mowle, E. Mowle, and E. C. Haylock. Amongst those who also attended were the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Mr John J. Cohen), Messrs. S. G. Boydell, H. L. Harnett, W. L. Moore, and S. McGowen, the Clerk of the Parliaments (Mr. W. S. Cooper). Messrs. C. Calvert, H. R. Charlton, and F. Walsh, Dr. P. E. Walton-Smith, Captain Shardlow, and Messrs. R. Yeomans, J. A. Murray, F. Walcot, F. A. Mackenzie, E. Mackenzie, F. Chaplin-Pritchard, W. Rush, G. Gannon, and O. Ryner. The services at Spencer Lodge and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. S. G. Fielding, Rector of St. Matthias' Church, Paddington.

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  • Simpson, Sophia Margaret

18 November, 1834
London, Middlesex, England


25 May, 1917 (aged 82)
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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