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CECILIA ANN SHEPHARD, born GUMMO
The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria) Tuesday 16 June 1942
DIED WEEK BEFORE 106th BIRTHDAY
Mrs C. A. Shephard
Mrs Cecilia Ann Shephard, who died on Friday at 9 St. Bernard’s rd.,
Alphington, would have been 106 had she lived about another week to June
22. She was believed to be the oldest living Victorian woman when she
celebrated her 105th birthday last year.
Born at Truro, Cornwall, in 1836, she came to Australia 71 years ago
with her husband, the late Hannibal Shephard, and settled at Maryborough,
where her 2 daughters were born. Later the family moved to Fitzroy, and
then to Alphington. In her early days in Cornwall Mrs Shephard was a
keen oarswoman on the River Fal. Until late last year she was able to
read the newspapers, and although bedridden for some years she continued
to take an interest in world affairs, and was a good conversationalist.
Her unmarried daughter, Miss L. P. Shephard, died since her mother’s
105th birthday, when she was 80 years of age, but the other daughter,
Mrs C. G. Louis, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren are living.
Mrs Shephard was a sister-in-law of the late Sir William Hay Bart, MD,
and an aunt of Sir Walter Hay Bart, of Africa, who served in the AIF in
the last war. The funeral will leave St. Bernard’s rd. at 8.45 am today
for Coburg Cemetery.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) Tuesday 16 June 1942
Death Of Victoria’s Oldest Woman
MELBOURNE. Monday. – Mrs. Cecilia Ann Shepard, who died on Friday at
Alphington, would have been 106 had she lived until June 22. She was
believed to be the oldest living Victorian woman when she celebrated her
105th birthday anniversary last year. Born at Truro, Cornwall, she came
to Australia 71 years ago.
*Cecilia Anne GUMMO was baptised on 5 February 1837 at St Clement,
daughter of William GUMMO and Grace CORNISH.
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