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Finding Margaret - tracing a family story

Thursday 17 November 2011
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Mosman Library  

Lorraine Purcell, Convenor of the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group, came across a poignant article in a 19th century copy of the Sydney Morning Herald concerning a young girl, Margaret Wilson.

In 1872 Margaret was employed as a servant by Dr & Mrs Carroll of Hill End in NSW and after only 4 months took her own life by overdosing on chloroform. She is buried in Tambaroora cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Lorraine said, “I felt sadness for this young girl, and wanted to find out what had led her to this desperate measure.”

“With only two letters produced at Margaret’s coronial inquest and which, in her own words, describe her circumstances I set about finding her story.”

This session follows Lorraine’s quest to learn more about Margaret.

Lorraine is a great story teller and her recounting of her journey to discover Margaret’s story is intriguing. Family history researchers will be fascinated by the process and appreciate the opportunity to learn new approaches to finding our more about their elusive ancestors.

This session is free.

Bookings essential, call 9978 4090.

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