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Varley, Eliza (1826–1914)

An old colonist, Mrs. Eliza Varley, died on Saturday morning. Mrs. Varley was born in Yorkshire in 1829, and with her husband (the late William Varley) she landed in Sydney in 1852, and she has resided in the city ever since. In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. Varley celebrated their golden wedding, and 31 members of the family were present. Shortly after the death of her husband in 1900, Mrs. Varley, though well over 70 years, visited England and the scenes of her youth, returning to her home at Rookwood, where she lived until recently. Her mental and physical faculties were unimpaired until shortly before her death. She leaves three generations, all Australian-born. The late George H. Varley, a well-known Newcastle business man, was her eldest son. Other sons are: Mr. W. A. Varley, postal inspector, Armidale; Mr. James Varley, Postal Department, Broken-hill; and Mr. A. A. Varley, now resident in the Straits Settlements. The three daughters are Mrs. L. McKinnon, Mrs. Lahiff, and Mrs. R. Stark. There are 42 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Varley was buried in the Church of England grounds, Rookwood.

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Alternative Names
  • Ashton, Eliza

26 May, 1826
Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England


16 May, 1914 (aged 87)
Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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