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Annabella Syme (1837–1915)

Great regret will be felt amongst a large number of personal friends, and particularly by old colonists, at the announcement of the death of Mrs. Annabella Syme, widow of the late Mr. David Syme, proprietor of the Age and Leader newspapers. Mrs. Syme had been in bad health for some time past, and she died last night at her residence, "Blythswood," Kew. Mrs. Syme came to Victoria in April, 1853, by the sailing ship, Africa, with her father, the late Mr. John William Johnson. She was married to the late Mr. David Syme in 1858. Mrs. Syme was of a very retiring disposition, but her activity in connection with charities extended over a very wide circle. The institutions with which she was particularly associated were the City Newsboys' Society, the Women's Hospital, the Austin Hospital for Incurables, and the Girls' Training Home at East Melbourne. She was a native of Yorkshire, and was in her 78th year.

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  • probate, Argus (Melbourne), 22 October 1915, p 6

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'Syme, Annabella (1837–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Johnson, Annabella

Yorkshire, England


30 August, 1915 (aged ~ 78)
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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