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Matilda Pries (1825–1911)

Another of the pioneer residents of this district in the person of Mrs. Matilda Pries passed over to the great majority on Tuesday after a short illness, the sad news, notwithstanding her advanced age of 86 years, causing quite a shock. Of a particularly quiet and retiring nature, Mrs. Pries has not left her home for years, but this did not prevent her from being known and respected by a large circle of friends, nor did it lessen in any way a keen interest she always took in public matters in the town. By the older generation her long period of residence in Busselton is spoken of with nothing but eulogy, and regret of a widespread nature is expressed at the loss of one more of those who helped to bear the heat and burden of the early days. Mrs. Pries' husband (Mr. Robert Ferdinand Pries) predeceased her some six years ago, having reached the age of 84 years. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, the remains being first conveyed to St. Mary's Church, and subsequently to the Anglican portion of the Busselton cemetery. Rev. H. S. Needham officiated at both services, and there was a large and representative gathering present.

Amongst the floral tributes laid upon the gave were those from:— "Little Holland House"; "Reinscourt"; "Wonnerup House"; Mrs. Ed. and Misses Brockman; Mr B. J. Cookworthy and Miss Brockman; Mrs. S. E. McPherson ; Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Bignell; Mrs. McDaniel and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Bignell; Miss Bussell, Mr. Vines and Miss Johnston ; Mrs. Yelverton and Vie ; Mr. and Mrs J. Abbey and family; Mr. and Mrs. Scanlan; Florence and Rev. H. S. Needham; Mr. and Mrs. J. Holgate, sen.; Elsie; Mr. and Mrs. Buck; Mrs. Barker, sen.; Mr. and Mrs. R. Gale, Mrs. M. Lockhart.

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'Pries, Matilda (1825–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Peek, Matilda

London, Middlesex, England


17 October, 1911 (aged ~ 86)
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

paresis intestinal

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