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Frances Shaw (1830–1910)

Mrs Frances Shaw (80) relict of the late Mr John Shaw (in his day one of Australia's foremost journalists) died, after a long illness, on the 12th of December, Monday. Mrs Shaw was twice married. Her first husband was Mr. Weaver, a well known squatter, of Yass district. Of her first marriage there were several children, Mrs. R. S. T. Luscombe, of Parramatta, and Mr. Broughton Weaver, architect and builder (of the Southern district), being now among the survivors. Mrs. Shaw was of that type of the pioneers of Australia, so well known in the pastoral districts in the early days of Australia — a self-denying, big-hearted, capable, alert, and intelligent lady. In her life time she saw much of the vicissitudes through which Australia's 'backwood' folk have to pass very often, when battling in the interior to assist in the development of a country rich in 'milk and honey' in good seasons, though at times visited with afflictions of flood, and fire, and drought. Since the death of her second husband, Mrs. Shaw has been more or less of an invalid. Of her second marriage the issue was one daughter, now in New Zealand, and formerly known in Parramatta better, when unmarried, as Miss 'Bunny' Shaw. The funeral, the arrangements in connection with which were in the hands of Messrs. Wm. Metcalfe and Co., moved to tho C.E. cemetery, Rookwood, on Tuesday afternoon; and there, by the reverent hands of her friends, her body was laid to rest by the side, of our old comrade, Mr. Shaw. When living in Parramatta, Mrs. Shaw was for years a resident at Boundary-street, Parramatta South. Afterwards she and Mr. Shaw lived for a long time on the boundary line of Toongabbie and Parramatta, at 'Broughtonshaw,' near 'Hollywood' Mr, T. Brien's place. Many beautiful wreaths were sent as a last token of respect for the good old lady, including several of those connected with 'The Argus office. Mr. and Miss Pollock, and other old friends.

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'Shaw, Frances (1830–1910)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Broughton, Frances
  • Weaver, Frances

2 August, 1830
Campbelltown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


12 December, 1910 (aged 80)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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