Beyond the names, dates and places of my family's history, the most exciting part of my research is finding out information about my ancestors' personalities. Tonight I had a good "find" on TROVE. I found some articles about the death of my great-great grandmother, Ellen FLEMING (nee TORPY) who arrived in Australia in about 1853, from Windgap, in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
Mum and I were very pleased to have found her grave when we visited the cemetery back in 2010, 104 years after her death. At the time, we wondered how many people had visited her grave since she died and how they mourned for her when she died. It seems that she was a much loved person so I would imagine that many of her nine children who were still living when she died visited her grave often.
Ellen FLEMING (nee TORPY) died at the age of 73 years on 25 July 1906 at 3 Bartley Street, Chippendale.
A couple of days later, a return thanks notice was placed by Ellen’s family on page 10 of The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 4 August 1906.
One year after her death, her family placed a memorial notice in The Sydney Morning Herald on 25 July 1907 by two of her daughters, Ellen BALL (nee FLEMING) and Catherine SHEEHAN (nee FLEMING).
Ellen was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on 26 July 1906. Her grave is located in Section M1, Row N in grave 226 with one of her daughters, Mary GARRY (nee FLEMING) who died in 1897 (not in 1898 as the grave indicates).