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Ellen Frogley nee Brown

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Molong Express 10-4-1925

Last issue we briefly recorded the death of a pioneer resident of the Garra district, Mrs Ellen Frogley, relict of the late Mr Richard Frogley, which sad event occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs E. Burgess of White Flat, at an early hour last Friday morning.  The deceased lady was 85 years and 5 months [being born the same day and the same year as the late King Edward] and was a native of Hobart, Tasmania.

As an infant in arms she came to the state with her parents.  Her father, for a time worked on the railway construction works, then later they followed the gold diggings, opening a shop at Turon.

On 1 October 1857 she was married to the late Richard Frogley at Bathurst, by the Rev. Robert Maine.

After living at Lagoon [Bathurst] for eighteen years they came to this district and in the 1870s settled at Garra, where they carried out farming pursuits.

Some sixteen years ago, having done fairly well and having reared a large family, they gave up active work and retired to Orange to spend their declining years.  There, some four years ago, Mr Frogley died, and the deceased went to live with her daughter, Mrs E. Burgess, and resided with her until the end came.

The late Mrs Frogley was one of the sturdy pioneers who have done so much to make Australia what it is today.  With her husband she cheerfully faced the trials and hardships inseparable from life on the land, and with indomitable pluck assisted him to wrest a home from the wilderness and at the same time earned the lasting love and respect of all with whom she was associated.

She leaves an adult family of four sons viz: Richard Frogley [Sydney], Bertram [Parkes], Alfred [Suntop, Wellington], John [Wellington], Mesdames Hale and Russell [Orange], W. and E. Burgess [Molong].  She also leaves 34 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren to mourn their loss.
For further information see Manildra Memories folder at Manildra Library