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Elizabeth Whalan (1810–1899)

from Cumberland Argus

Mrs. Elizabeth Whalan, relict of the late Charles Whalan, discoverer of the Jenolan Caves, died early on Monday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Hughes, at Harris Park. The old lady was in her 89th year, and had been over 60 years in the colony. In the interesting work on the Jenolan Caves, issued from The Argus office last year, the author says: 'Many early tourists to the Caves will remember this good old lady for her hospitality and kindness. Her husband's remains were interred in the family vault in St. John's, Parramatta, where his father's remains had reposed for many years. Mr. Charles Whalan's father was Sergeant Whalan, orderly to Governor Macquarie when the gubernatorial residence was in Parramatta. Mrs. Macquarie, who was fond of young Charles Whalan, had him educated with her son. It was Sergeant Whalan who defended Governor Bligh when the military revolted.

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Alternative Names
  • Harper, Elizabeth

20 October, 1810
Baglan, Glamorgan, Wales


24 April, 1899 (aged 88)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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