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On this day …….. 4th September 1922

The ‘people’s poet’, Henry Lawson, was given a State Funeral at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 4 September, 1922. Thousands watched the funeral leave for Waverley Cemetery. As the coffin was born from the Cathedral, an incident marking the popularity of the deceased attracted the attention of many members of the congregation. A typical countryman, tall, sinewy, and brown, stood like a gaunt statue as the coffin was borne towards the northern door. For a moment he wavered, and then burst into tears that flowed down his rugged cheeks – ‘the grief that must have way’.

 

On this day …….. 30th of August 1938

Evelyn Marsden, was born on the 15th of October 1883, at Stockyard Creek about 80 km north of Adelaide, in South Australia. As a youth, she learned to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River while visiting a farm at Murray Bridge, South Australia. Marsden was the only Australian female survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and was rescued in lifeboat 16. After the Titanic disaster She returned to that farm to thank the family for teaching her to row and handle a boat properly. Following the Titanic she married Dr William Abel James, who had worked for the White Star Line and moved to Bondi, Sydney, where my husband continued work as a Doctor. Marsden died on the 30th of August 1938, with my husband passing away soon after and we are both buried at Waverley Cemetery, Sydney. We had no children.

 

On this day …….. 4th September 1922

The ‘people’s poet’, Henry Lawson, was given a State Funeral at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 4 September, 1922. Thousands watched the funeral leave for Waverley Cemetery. As the coffin was born from the Cathedral, an incident marking the popularity of the deceased attracted the attention of many members of the congregation. A typical countryman, tall, sinewy, and brown, stood like a gaunt statue as the coffin was borne towards the northern door. For a moment he wavered, and then burst into tears that flowed down his rugged cheeks – ‘the grief that must have way’.

 

On this day …….. 30th of August 1938

Evelyn Marsden, was born on the 15th of October 1883, at Stockyard Creek about 80 km north of Adelaide, in South Australia. As a youth, she learned to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River while visiting a farm at Murray Bridge, South Australia. Marsden was the only Australian female survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and was rescued in lifeboat 16. After the Titanic disaster She returned to that farm to thank the family for teaching her to row and handle a boat properly. Following the Titanic she married Dr William Abel James, who had worked for the White Star Line and moved to Bondi, Sydney, where my husband continued work as a Doctor. Marsden died on the 30th of August 1938, with my husband passing away soon after and we are both buried at Waverley Cemetery, Sydney. We had no children.