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Clarence & Richmond Examiner, Friday 2 August 1929
On Tuesday last, at Harwood, death claimed a very old resident of the Clarence district in the person of Mrs. Lucy Ann McLeay, who had reached the age of 87 years. Born on the Hunter, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Young (who subsequently came to the Clarence and died at Lawrence many years ago) she married the late Alexander McLeay at Maitland, and their first child, Alexander, at present residing at Harwood, was born there. Shortly after this event the couple came to the Clarence, and at first settled at Carr's Creek, near Grafton, where the second child, Sarah Jane (now Mrs. R Purcell of Back Channel) was born in 1862. Eventually the couple came to the Clarence, and have resided at Harwood for many years.
There were thirteen in the family, as follows: Alexander (Harwood), Sarah Jane (Mrs. R. Purcell, Back Channel), Edward (Raymond Terrace), Lucy Ann (Mrs. A. Black, West Australia), John William (Maclean), Florence (Mrs. T. S. McMahon, South Grafton), Clarence Alfred (Crabbe's Creek), Ernest Herbert (Toowoomba), and Ibert Lancelot (Townsville.) Esther, Harriett, William and Georgina pre-deceased their mother. Although deceased had reached a ripe old age, she retained her faculties to a remarkable degree and death was really hastened by an attack of influenza. The remains were interred in the Presbyterian portion of the general cemetery at Maclean this morning, the service at the graveside being in the hands of Rev. R. Cordiner, M.A. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dugald MacDonald and Co., Maclean.
Submitted by: Robyn Arkinstall