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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1877 - 1927 (49 years)
||Annie Sophia RAGGATT |
||17 Oct 1877
||Carchap State School |
||Meningitis as a child. |
||Mt Arapiles Vic
|'St Mary's' Station Domestic staff |
|Baille St Horsham Vic |
||16 Sep 1927
||Strathalbyn SA 
||Christina and Donald McLean
||14 Jan 2018 |
||William RAGGATT, b. 10 Mar 1850, d. 18 Oct 1936 (Age 86 years) |
||Mary MCDONALD, b. 30 Jul 1857, Finnis Point SA , d. 28 Apr 1935 (Age 77 years) |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
DEATH OF MRS RAGGATT.
Lived Under Four Reigns.
Mrs. Ann Sophia Raggatt died at
Strathalbyn on Friday at the age of 99
years and 6 months.
To have lived under four reigns, to re
member the death of William IV and the
crowning of Queen Victoria, were the ex
periences the late Mrs. Raggatt could
claim. To the last she retained a lively
memory of the tolling of the bells for her
sovereign William IV., and possibly aneven clearer one of the white dress, with
white rosettes, which she wore for the
celebration of the young Queen's corona
tion. She was born at Marshfield, Glou
cestershire, and after her marriage to Mr.
Thomas Raggatt in 1818 came to try her
fortune in the young province of South
Residence in Strathalbyn.
Travelling with her husband in the ship
Baboo, Mrs. Raggatt arrived at Port Ade
laide in December, 1848. They lived for
atime in Adelaide, where, owing to the
scarcity of houses rents were abnormally
high. One room, divided by a partition,
often accommodated two families. Mr.
Raggatt worked for some years in the
Macclesfield district, and afterwards went
to the Wheal Ellen Mine, near Strathal
bvn whence he removed to Strathalbyn
50 years ago. For several years he was
librarian of the local institute.
Mr. Raggatt died in 1900 at the age of
74 vears. Mrs. Raggatt spent the re
mainder of her life in the same house in
Murray street, which she occupied in all
for more than 50 years.
There were 11 children, nine of whom
survive. They are:-Mr. William Rag
gatt (Victoria), Miss Mary Elizabeth Rag
gatt (Strathalbyn), Mrs. Ludlow (Angas
ton), Thomas Raggatt (New South
Wales), Mrs. J. Farrant (Hyde Park),
Mr. Ernest Raggatt (Strathalbyn), Mr.
Albert E. Raggatt (Hawker), and Miss
Hannah Raggatt (Strathalbyn). There
are 54 grandchildren, 66 great grandchil
dren, and one great-great-grandchild.
The Changing Times.
A representative of The Register, who
interviewed the old lady on her ninety
ninth birthday, wrote:? 'Mrs. Raggatt, in
spite of her great age, enjoys fairly good
health, failing eyesight being her greatest
trouble, although she can still move from
room to room. Her intellect is wonder
fully keen, and she can converse spiritedly
not only on early day events, but present
'She is not quite convinced that times
have changed for the better. In her
youth she was fond of a pretty dress, and
she is convinced that women in those days
looked comlier. 'Even 20 yeare ago,
she said, 'women looked better dressed
than they do to-day. Do I like the pre
sent fashions? No, I do not! Such low
necks and short skirts, and this terrible,
sh rt hair! When I was young crino
lines were not invented, but we wore
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