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Alma Margaret PickettAge: 7918831962

Name
Alma Margaret Pickett
Given names
Alma Margaret
Surname
Pickett

Alma Margaret Smede

Name
Alma Margaret Smede
Type
also known as
Given names
Alma Margaret
Surname
Smede
Birth 1883 27 24

Birth of a daughter
#1
Ivy Neah Smede
yes

Birth of a son
#2
Derick J Smede
yes

Birth of a sisterRuth Isobel Pickett
1885 (Age 2)

Birth of a sisterHilda Jane Pickett
1888 (Age 5)

Birth of a sisterBertha Grace Pickett
1892 (Age 9)

Birth of a sisterPhyllis Adelaide Pickett
1893 (Age 10)

Birth of a brotherVincent Henry Pickett
1895 (Age 12)

Birth of a brotherClifford Samuel Pickett
1897 (Age 14)

Death of a brotherClifford Samuel Pickett
1898 (Age 15)

Death of a paternal grandfatherSamuel Pickett
April 12, 1902 (Age 19)
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PASTORALIST COMMIT SUICIDE. Mr. Samuel Pickett, a well-known pastoralist, residing at Long Gully, about 14 miles from Rylstone, is reported to have committed suicide. Deceased, who was 76 years of age, had been suffering from ill health for the past four or five years, and had recently been much worried with fear that his stock would perish during the coming winter. He took a dose of strychnine, and refused any emetic. He had spent the greater part of his life in the district, and had reared a family of twelve, all of whom, with their mother, survive him. (Sunday Times, Sunday 20 April 1902, p. 8).

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LATEST NEWS BY WIRE. [Press Telegraph Association.] SYDNEY A SAD SUICIDE. Samuel Pickett, senr., aged 76, residing at Long Gully, near Rylstone, committed suicide by taking a dose of strychnine from a bottle kept in the house for poisoning dogs. He lingered several hours. Though evidently he underwent great agony, he resolutely refused to take an emetic. He had been in ill health for four or five years past; this, added to the fear that he would lose all his stock for want of feed during the coming winter, brought about a feeling of despondency. (Maitland Daily Mercury, Tuesday 15 April 1902, p. 3)

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AN OLD RESIDENT OF LUE. POISONS HIMSELF WITH STRYCHNINE. DEPRESSED BY DROUGHT. (from our Correspondent). On Saturday morning, the 12th instant, between 9 and 10 o'clock, Mr. Samuel Pickett, farmer of Long Gully near Lue, informed his wife and son that he had taken poison, but his statement was at first not believed. Some two hours afterwards symptoms of strychnine poisoning showed them-selves, Mr. Pickett having a fit, followed by another an hour and a half later, in which he died. Deceased, who was in his 77th year, was a native England, and had been residing at Long Gully for forty years, where he made a comfortable home for himself. Mr. Pickett reared a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom are married. During the past few years Mr. Pickett suffered from bad health, especially so for the last six months, and was often heard to say that he wished he was dead, as he was only a trouble to himself and those members of his family near him, but he was never heard to threaten to take his own life. The desolation of the drought had recently worried the deceased, who became much depressed as it became more and more evident that many of his stock would perish. A bottle with a small quantity of strychnine in it was kept on a shelf in the kitchen, for the purpose of poisoning dogs, and deceased must have taken this into his bedroom the night before he took the fatal dose, as he did not leave his room on Saturday until about half-past nine in the morning, when he made the statement of having taken the poison. A cup of tea had been taken to deceased by his wife early in the morning, and appearances indicated that he poured a portion of the tea into the strychnine bottle, stirred the contents and then drank it. Deceased was much respected in the locality in which he so long resided, and very general sympathy is expressed for the members of his family, many of whom occupy good positions in the district. An inquest held at Long Gully on Tuesday, before Wm. Taylor, J.P., Coroner, and a jury of five, when a verdict was returned, of death by strychnine poisoning self administered. The re-mains were interred at Lue. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative Thursday 17 April 1902, p. 11)

Birth of a sisterJemima Eliza West Pickett
October 3, 1902 (Age 19)

Death of a maternal grandfatherHenry Nipperess
1906 (Age 23)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Hilda Isabell Ann Smede
1908 (Age 25)

Birth of a daughter
#4
Rita Henrietta Smede
1910 (Age 27)

Death of a maternal grandmotherMargaret Cooper
1912 (Age 29)

Death of a paternal grandmotherAnn Drake
July 28, 1913 (Age 30)
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DEATH AT LUE.

We regret to have to record the death of a very old resident of Lue, in the person of Mrs. Ann Pickett at the advanced age of 88 years of age. Her death took place on the 28th July at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. Thompson, of the LueHotel, with whom she had resided since the death of her husband (Mr. Samuel Pickett) some twelve years ago. The deceased lady had been a resident of the district for over sixty years. She leaves a family of 4 sons and 8 daughters, besidesgrandchildren and great-grand children. The funeral was very largely attended. The Rev. Mr. Walker, of Rylstone, officiated at the graveside. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Thursday 14 August 1913, p. 23).

Death of a brotherVincent Henry Pickett
1915 (Age 32)

Note: Died after contracting anthrax while shearing a sheep.
Birth of a daughter
#5
Amelia Jane Smede
1916 (Age 33)

Birth of a daughter
#6
Winifred Esme Catherine Smede
1918 (Age 35)

Birth of a son
#7
Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede
about 1919 (Age 36)

Death of a sonDerick J Smede
1923 (Age 40)

Marriage of a childElijah MarskellHilda Isabell Ann SmedeView this family
June 28, 1935 (Age 52)
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WEDDING Marskell— Smede A QUIET but pretty wedding was celebrated at St. John's Church of England on the 28th ultimo. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. C. S. Walker, of Mudgee. The contracting parties were Hilda, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, and Elijah, son of Mr. E. Marskell of Alambi, Wollar. As the bride entered the church the wedding march was played. The bride looked charming in a frock of ivory satin and silver lame, and wore an embroidered tulle veil, which fell to the train of her frock and was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of arum lilies and roses and asparagus, fern and while streamers and wore a diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. Miss Ivy Smede, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid and was prettily attired in pale pink windswept crepe with kilted trimming of same shade and pale blue sash. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of pink and yellow tinted roses with blue streamers. Mr. Eric Marskell carried out the duties of best man. After the ceremony the wedding party left the church amid a shower of confetti to Miss Blackburn's refreshment room, where refreshments were partaken of and the usual toasts proposed. Mr. and Mrs. Marskell left by train en route to Sydney and thence to Brisbane, where the honeymoon is being spent. Their future home will be in North Queensland. The bride's travelling attire was of beige and brown flecked diagonal tweed costume, with brown accessories. The bride's present to the bride-groom was a pair of gold sleeve links set with rubies. Telegrams containing best wishes for their happiness were received at the reception, one of which was from Mrs. R. H. Dangar, of Turee Station, and one from the staff. Mr. and Mrs. Marskell were the recipients of many lovely presents (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 6 June 1935, page 11).

Death of a daughterHilda Isabell Ann Smede
1935 (Age 52)

Death of a motherJane Ann Nipperess
March 18, 1938 (Age 55)
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DEATH OF MRS S. PICKETT Mrs S. Pickett, of Autumn Hills, passed away on the 18th inst., and her remains were taken to Mudgee for interment on the 19th inst. Further reference to her life will be made next week (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 24 March 1938, page 11).

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DEATH Mrs. J. A. Pickett THE death occurred at her residence, "Autumn Hills," Turill, of Mrs. Jane Ann Pickett at the age of 79 years. Deceased was of a kindly and lovable disposition, and endeared herself to all those who knew her. Married at the age of 19 years, she resided with her husband for many years at Pyangle. She had always been a loving and capable helpmate to her husband, and shared with him the trials and joys of life on the land. Her interest and pleasure were always centred in her home and family, and she was always ready to help others in the time of need. Until her last moments she was considering the comfort of others. Deceased was an earnest church-woman, and her deep, unwavering faith lightened her hours of suffering. She passed peacefully away at 8.15 a.m. on March 18. The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the cemetery at Mudgee, after a service in the church by the Rev. Canon Walker. A husband and nine daughters are left to mourn a devoted wife and mother. Two sons predeceased her. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 24 March 1938, page 14).

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OBITUARY A very sad death occurred on Friday, March 20, when Mrs Mary Jane Pickett passed away at her home, "Autumn Hills," Turill. Deceased had been a resident of Turill for the past 22 years and had earned for herself a very large and loving circle of friends by reason of her pleasing and kindly manner to all. She was 79 years of age, and prior to coming to Turill, had been a highly esteemed resident of the Lue district. Deceased leaves a husband and nine daughters to mourn. To them the sympathy of the district is extended. They include: Mesdames E. Bayliss (Mudgee), C. Cooper (Appletree Flat), A. Byfield (Mudgee), L. Imber (Mudgee), H. Smede (Lowlands), A. Constable (Cassilis), R. Byfield (Cassilis), H. B. Milton (Turill), and Miss Gwen Pickett, (Autumn Hills). (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 31 March 1938, page 15).

Marriage of a childVincent John Roy PapworthWinifred Esme Catherine SmedeView this family
1940 (Age 57)

Death of a daughterAmelia Jane Smede
1943 (Age 60)

Death of a fatherSamuel Pickett
February 19, 1944 (Age 61)
Note:

Mr. Samuel Pickett One of the fine old pioneers, in the person of Mr. Samuel Pickett, died in the Mudgee Hospital on Sunday aged 88 years. His wife predeceased him by about six years. For a very lengthy period deceased resided at Turill, where he had a nice little property. He enjoyed excellent health up till a fortnight or so ago and, always active, shore a few of his pet lambs during the shearing period. A fine old type, heenjoyed the friendship of every-one in the district where he lived so long, and his passing will be universally regretted. Among those left to mourn is Mrs. L. Imber (daughter), of Mudgee South. The funeral took place to the Church of Englandportion of the Mudgee cemetery this afternoon, the Rev. A. G. Powell officiating. The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. J. C. Swords and Son. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 21 February 1944, p. 3).

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OBITUARY

The Late Mr. Samuel Pickett

Still another of our grand old citizens passed over the Great Divide when Mr. Samuel Pickett passed away at Mudgee on 20th February. He had reached the ripe old age of 88, and until a few weeks previously had been well and unusually, activefor a man of his years. Before residing at Cassilis he was, for many years, a resident of Pyangle. His long life was marked by industry and usefulness and his home was known to the borders for its ready hospitality; His wife pre-deceased him,also two sons. During his declining years he was lovingly cared for by his youngest daughter, Mrs. C. F. Clarke. He was a dear old father, loved and respected, and after his wife's death he insisted on keeping the home fires burning, and doinghis best for his family. Nine daughters survive, together with a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To them sincere sympathy is extended. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 6 March 1944, p. 6).

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Mainly About People The following daughters of the fine old pioneer, Mr. Samuel Pickett, of Autumn Hills (notice of whose death we recently published), are left to mourn, viz., Mrs. Janet Bayless (Bowenfels), Mrs. Alma Smede (Turill), Mrs. Ruth Cooper (Apple treeFlat), Mrs. Hilda Imber Mudgee):, Mrs. Bertha King (Kan-dos), Mrs. Phyllis Byfield (Kurra-jong), Mrs. Daisy Milton (Turill), Mrs. Jemima Constable (Cassilis), and Mrs. Gwendoline Clarke (Sydney). To the bereaved our sincere sympathy isextended. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 13 March 1944, p. 2).

Death of a husbandHenry John Smede
1952 (Age 69)

Death of a sisterHilda Jane Pickett
December 14, 1960 (Age 77)
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Obituary: HILDA JANE IMBER The death occurred in the Mudgee District Hospital yesterday of Mrs. Hilda Jane Imber, formerly of 165 Church Street, Mudgee. Deceased was 72. She leaves a sorrowing husband and son Ronald. The funeral was to have taken place at 3 o'clock this afternoon from St. John's Church of England with Rev. Barrie Close officiating. Mudgee Guardian Friday 15 December 1960

Burial of a sisterHilda Jane Pickett
December 15, 1960 (Age 77)
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Death September 14, 1962 (Age 79)
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Obituary Mrs. Alma Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, aged 79, died in the Daphne Bowman Hospital on Friday morning last. The late Mrs. Smede was born and reared in the district where she spent all her life. Her husband predeceased her by several years. This grand old lady endeared herself to many by reason of her pleasing personality and her kindness to all with whom she cme in contact. She assisted at most sports and other functions over many years and was greatly attached to her church. There was a family of nine, seven daughters and two sons, Misses. Ivy, Rita, Hilda (Mrs. Marskell) deceased, Alma (Mrs. Stan Constable), Millie (Mrs. Alva Nevell) deceased, Winnie (Mrs. Papworth), Mollie (Mrs. Ted Miles) Sydney, Athol and Roddy to whom we extend our sympathy. She was buried on Monday in the St. Columbas Cemetery at 3 pm. The Rev. Winder, of Denman, officiated at the church and graveside. Mudgee Guardian, 20 September 1962, p. 21

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Obituary: ALMA MARGARET SMEDE Mrs Alma Margaret Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, passed away in Daphne Bowman Hospital, Cassilis, on Friday, September 14. She was the widow of the late Henry John Smede. She is survived by the following family: Ivy, Rita, Alma, Athol, Winifred, Roderick and Molly. Her funeral will take place from St John's Church of England, Mudgee, on Wednesday, at 2 pm, for interment in the Mudgee Cemetery. Messrs Eastaugh & Carroll have charge of the funeral arrangements. Mudgee Guardian, Monday, 17 September 1962, p. 5

Burial September 17, 1962 (3 days after death)
In Memoriam September 27, 1963 (12 months after death)

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In Memoriam SMEDE, - In loving memory of our dear mother and grandmother, Alma Margaret, who passed away on the 14th September, 1962 - aged 79 years. ‘The golden gate stood open on that unhappy day, With farewell words unspoken you sadly passed away. Our hearts still ache with sadness, Our eyes shed many a tear, God alone knows how we miss you, As it ends the first sad year.’ So sadly missed by her loving daughters, Ivy and Rita, son Roderic, daughter-in-law Josie and grandchildren. Mudgee Guardian Friday 27 September 1963, p. 2. In Memoriam, Alma Margaret Smede.

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  1. Generation 1
    1. Alma Margaret Pickett, daughter of Samuel Pickett and Jane Ann Nipperess, was born in 1883 and died on September 14, 1962 in Daphne Bowman Hospital, Cassilis, New South Wales, Australia at the age of 79. She married Henry John Smede, son of John David Smede and Catharine Pickett.

      Children of Alma Margaret Pickett and Henry John Smede:

      1. Private
      2. Ivy Neah Smede (1980)
      3. Winifred Esme Catherine Smede (19182006)
      4. Private
      5. Derick J Smede (1923)
      6. Amelia Jane Smede (19161943)
      7. Hilda Isabell Ann Smede (19081935)
      8. Rita Henrietta Smede (19101995)
      9. Private
      10. Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede (19191993)
  2. Generation 2
    1. Winifred Esme Catherine Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1918 and died on March 11, 2006 at the age of 88. She married Vincent John Roy Papworth in 1940. He was born about 1914 and died on September 18, 1979.

    2. Amelia Jane Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1916 and died in 1943 at the age of 27. She married Alva Myers Nevell, son of Henry Nevell and Clarice N A Myers.

      Amelia Jane Smede and Alva Myers Nevell had 2 children.

    3. Hilda Isabell Ann Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1908 and died in 1935 at the age of 27. She married Elijah Marskell on June 28, 1935 in St John the Baptist Church, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia. He died on June 14, 1988.

    4. The details of this family are private.
    5. Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede, son of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born about 1919 and died on November 6, 1993. He married Jessie Wright.

      Roderick Osborne Samuel Smede and Jessie Wright had 7 children.

  3. Generation 3
    The details of this generation are private.
Death

Obituary Mrs. Alma Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, aged 79, died in the Daphne Bowman Hospital on Friday morning last. The late Mrs. Smede was born and reared in the district where she spent all her life. Her husband predeceased her by several years. This grand old lady endeared herself to many by reason of her pleasing personality and her kindness to all with whom she cme in contact. She assisted at most sports and other functions over many years and was greatly attached to her church. There was a family of nine, seven daughters and two sons, Misses. Ivy, Rita, Hilda (Mrs. Marskell) deceased, Alma (Mrs. Stan Constable), Millie (Mrs. Alva Nevell) deceased, Winnie (Mrs. Papworth), Mollie (Mrs. Ted Miles) Sydney, Athol and Roddy to whom we extend our sympathy. She was buried on Monday in the St. Columbas Cemetery at 3 pm. The Rev. Winder, of Denman, officiated at the church and graveside. Mudgee Guardian, 20 September 1962, p. 21

Death

Obituary: ALMA MARGARET SMEDE Mrs Alma Margaret Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, passed away in Daphne Bowman Hospital, Cassilis, on Friday, September 14. She was the widow of the late Henry John Smede. She is survived by the following family: Ivy, Rita, Alma, Athol, Winifred, Roderick and Molly. Her funeral will take place from St John's Church of England, Mudgee, on Wednesday, at 2 pm, for interment in the Mudgee Cemetery. Messrs Eastaugh & Carroll have charge of the funeral arrangements. Mudgee Guardian, Monday, 17 September 1962, p. 5

In Memoriam

In Memoriam SMEDE, - In loving memory of our dear mother and grandmother, Alma Margaret, who passed away on the 14th September, 1962 - aged 79 years. ‘The golden gate stood open on that unhappy day, With farewell words unspoken you sadly passed away. Our hearts still ache with sadness, Our eyes shed many a tear, God alone knows how we miss you, As it ends the first sad year.’ So sadly missed by her loving daughters, Ivy and Rita, son Roderic, daughter-in-law Josie and grandchildren. Mudgee Guardian Friday 27 September 1963, p. 2. In Memoriam, Alma Margaret Smede.