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Thursday's Tragic Event: Death of Ethel May Jones

Ethel May Jones the daughter of Joseph Robert Jones and his wife Harriet May Jones (nee Guymer) was born in 1887 at Goulburn.  She died at Tumut Hospital in December 1909 after entering hospital on 28th November 1909 with appendicitis.  Ethel was buried in the Methodist Portion of the Tumut Cemetery on the 6th December 1909.  Tragically she was due to be married to Mr. Walter Maher on the 7th December 1909.  My connection to her is that she is my great great aunt.

Source: Death of Miss Ethel May Jones. (1909, December 7). The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925), p. 2 Edition: Enlarged Edition. Retrieved August 19, 2014, from


Death of Miss Ethel May Jones.

A sad and distressing end of a promising life occurred in the case of Miss Ethel May Jones, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Jones, of Adjungbilly, and niece of Mr. Guymer, of Adelong, at the early age of 22 years, at the Tumut Hospital, the cause of death being appendicitis and abscess supervening.  The young lady entered the hospital on November 28 last, suffering from appendicitis, and was operated on by Drs. Mason and Browne.  It was subsequently discovered by the surgeons that an abscess had formed at the seat of the trouble, and a second operation was inevitable and was performed on Thursday last ; but the trouble was too aggravated, and the poor sufferer passed quietly away.  What makes the matter exceedingly sad is that full preparations had been made for her wedding with Mr. Walter Maher, and was (had the trouble not intervened) to have taken place today.  She had all her life enjoyed the best of health, and was robust and strong prior to meeting with the trouble that resulted in her demise.  She leaves behind her a disconsolate lover, a fond father and mother, five sisters (Ada, Amy, Grace, Lily and Vera) and five brothers (Joseph, Albert, James, Desmond and Harold) to mourn their irreparable loss.

Weep not loved ones for your loss,
But think of Jesus and the cross ;
He gave himself our souls to save,
He rose to lead us from the grave.

The burial took place yesterday, the remains being interred in the Methodist portion of the new cemetery, Mr. James Elphick was the undertaker, and Rev. W.N. Lock (Methodist) officiated at the grave.  We tender the bereaved ones our deepest sympathy in their very sad bereavement.

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