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Eliza Rebecca Small (1828–1921)

Mrs. R. [Eliza Rebecca] Small, whose death at the age of 92 years, was recently announced, was a member of one of the oldest families in Australia.

Her grandfather, Mr. John Small, accompanied by his wife, arrived by H.M.S. Sirius, in 1788, as a military officer and doctor's dispenser, and later attended on Governor Phillip. Shortly after the arrival of the "first fleet," the wife of Mr. John Small gave birth to the first white girl born in Australia–the late Mrs. Oakes, of Parramatta.

The late Mrs Small was born at Richmond in 1828, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hughes. Her mother was a sister of the late Mrs. Oakes–her maiden name being Mary Small.

Mrs. Small's father was connected with the pioneering history of Richmond, and for many years filled the position of schoolmaster to the children of pioneers' families. The late Mrs. Small married a cousin, Mr. Robert Small, who ultimately became cashier of His Majesty's Customs, and predeceased his wife 12 years ago.

Mrs. Small, who lived for many years at Ryde, and later at Willoughby, has left a family of two sons and four daughters, including Mrs. J. B. Youdale, Mrs. J. W. Moore, Mrs. J. Scott, Mrs. A. H. Ford, and Messrs. Charles Robert and Arthur W. Small.

At the time of her death there were also 30 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.

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'Small, Eliza Rebecca (1828–1921)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Hughes, Eliza Rebecca

1 November, 1828
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia


1 May, 1921 (aged 92)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia