On 31 December 1887, Elizabeth Bauld, wife of James Byrne, left her home in the cool of the evening to visit her father, whose end was near. After spending a short time with her parents, Elizabeth complained of feeling unwell and notwithstanding the efforts of skilled aid she quickly passed away at the age of 43. John Bauld, who was unconscious at the time of his daughter’s death died two hours later.
Stereoscopic photo of grave and headstone for John Bauld and Elizabeth Byrne nee Bauld (TAHO NS2830/1/10: Atkinson Photographs)
The cause of Elizabeth's death was apoplexy. With their deaths occurring on the same day only within a few hours of each other, it sent shockwaves throughout the Table Cape community.
Both funerals were held on the same day and were followed by a large procession of people numbering around 800.
A month later, in describing the recent event, the Tasmanian News commented:
“A casual visit to the sacred repository of the departed a few days ago, prominently suggested to the writer the urgent necessity of the trustees making much needed improvements in the local cemetery.”
Does anyone know which cemetery this writer was referring to? And if so, does anyone know whether the Bauld grave still exist to this day?
Above right is a closeup of the headstone itself.