Today I came across an article that I think everyone here will find interesting. It is a rather poignant story that appeared in the Launceston Examiner in 1889. So far I have not found any reference, at least on the Internet, to this rather fascinating character.
"I have hardly the courage to say that last week we buried an old woman who had not only been present at Waterloo but had a distinct recollection of the events of 1798, a year so fraught with disaster to Ireland. Jane Scott, according to her own account, was born in County Down, Ireland, and was 14 years old when the battle of Vinegar Hill took place. Jane married a soldier name Luck, which in some way accounts for her presence at the field of Waterloo, where the Great Napoleon’s star set for evermore.
"Subsequently Jane Luck found her way to Van Diemen’s Land in the capacity of servant to Lady Franklin, and finally died a pauper at Circular Head, at the age of 105 years. The funeral was attended by five adults and as many children, which would seem to imply that it is a mistake to live too long or to die too old in this part of the country.
"In a case of such longevity I am sorry I cannot give more authentic information, but as regards age, I can only learn that forty years ago Jane Luck was regarded as an aged woman at Circular Head. She left here a long time ago, and returned about two years back, since when the old woman has been supported by the charity which is never wanting in this community."
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