Friday, May 4, 2012

A Mother's Anguish

150 years ago today Ellen Curry, my 1st cousin 3 times removed, died tragically aged just 16 months. I cannot image the torment her mother, Mary O'Reilly, felt as she saw her toddler running towards her on that fateful day.

I found the following report of Ellen's death via Trove in The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (Page 3 Tuesday 13 May 1862).

Tuesday 13 May 1862
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Shelley Crawford said...

How horrific, not something you would ever get over.

Helen V Smith said...

Unfortunately burns were a common injury not only in children but a very common cause of death for women. Long skirts and open fires don't go together very well.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

What a tragic and horrendous accident. Her mother would have been distraught and I imagine have felt guilty.

Fi said...

Heartbreaking.Such a tragic, sad story.


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