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Susan Power (1866–1941)

Mrs. Susan Power, who has died in Cobden, once entertained Ned Kelly, the bushranger, at tea, and was greatly impressed with what she described as his gentlemanly manner.

Mrs. Power was staying with her sister, the late Mrs. Mackrell, mother of Mr. Mackrell, Minister for Labour, at the time, and Ned Kelly went there looking for food.

Mrs. Power often spoke of the monster tree, in which the Kellys camped, this having the smallest outlet and being in a steep gully, so well hidden that even the horses could be concealed.

Mrs. Power was born at Barwon 75 years ago. She lived in Cobden for 55 years. She is survived by a widower, Mr. Martin Power, five sons, Messrs. Michael (Richmond), William (Sunshine), Joseph (Springvale), James (Cobden), and Private Sam Power (A.I.F.), and three daughters, Mrs. Gebbie (Castlemaine), Mrs. Lovell (Melbourne), and Mrs. Anson (South Purrumbete).

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Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia


February, 1941 (aged ~ 75)
Cobden, Victoria, Australia