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Harriet Sealy Raff (1821–1880)

We regret to have to announce the sudden death yesterday of Mrs. George [Harriet Sealy] Raff. The deceased lady rose at her usual hour yesterday morning, and afterwards lay down again. At breakfast time one of her sons entered the room and supposed that she was asleep and it was not until the housemaid went to call Mrs. Raff, half an-hour later, that it was discovered she was dead. The cause of death was ascertained by Dr. Mobba and Dr. Thomson to have been heart disease. The news of the sudden decease of Mrs. Ruff has been received with profound regret by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. To Mr. George Raff it must be a very severe blow, and the more so as he had left home on Saturday for Mackay in the Egmont, Mrs Raff being then in her usual health, and the first intimation of the melancholy occurrence would reach him by telegram. The funeral took place this morning, and, as may be readily supposed, the hearse was followed to the grave by a large number of friends.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Bourne, Harriet Sealy

24 April, 1821
Tahiti, French Polynesia


28 November, 1880 (aged 59)
Logan, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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