- Born: 30 Aug 1843, Oswald, Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia 552
- Marriage: Edmund James LONSDALE on 17 Jun 1868 in Oswald, Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia 520,547
- Died: 9 Mar 1919, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at age 75 553
- Buried: 1919, Methodist Section Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
General Notes: The Methodist- 21 may 1919. Mrs.E. Lonsdale. It is now a month or two since Mrs. Edmund Lonsdale " fell on sleep". But a life so good and gentle as was hers and a character that was so largely the product of the grace of God ought not to pass without a word of appreciation from the Church whose membership she adorned and of commendation of her to others as an example in all respects worthy of immitation. Mrs. Lonsdale was a daughter of one of the early and old-style class leaders in the Maitland Circuit. "Daddy" Lambert was well-known and widely revered in the Hunter River district over half a century ago. He was regarded as the patriarch of Oswald; and while he lived, there were few communities in which there was more old-time Methodism-- in other words, of warm and spiritual religion-- than that in the cosy nook of the extensive Hunter River Circuit. Brought up under such influence, it is not to be wondered at that Mrs. Lonsdale's conversion occurred in early life, and that her consecration was characterised by what Principal Fletcher once described as the quality of which St.Paul's religion, viz., simplicity, intensity, and persistency. Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Lonsdale removed, with her husband, to Armidale. There she resided for 35 or 40 years; There all her children were born; and there, during all those years, her life and influence both in the home and the church and the community were as "the sweet presence of a good diffused, and in diffusion ever more intense". Her husband was a public man, and as such was much in evidence in church and civic affairs. But Mrs. Lonsdale's sphere was pre-eminently the home. Quiet, serene, and trustful, and amid the many vicissitudes through which her husband passed, she never deviated from the path of duty; never faltered in her divinely-given task of ordering her household; never ceased in her quiet testimony to the power of Divine grace and in the comfort of the Divine help; was always in her place in the house of God at hours of worship and in spheres of qeiet Christian service. She outlived her husband by several years, and bore the trials of sorrow and widowhood with the same Christian serenity and trustfulness that had characterised her married life for nearly half a century. The love and care of a loving daughter and the homage of a family of sons who worthily bear an honoured name, were a consolation to her in her declining days, and a tangible testimony to the quality of the influence she had brought to bear on the making of their manhood and womanhood, Being dead, she yet speaketh. (Courtesy Ken Herne)
THE METHODIST- 5th June 1919. CHURCH TRIUMPHANT- Mrs. E. Lonsdale. The notice of the late Mrs. Lonsdale's decease in The Methodist 21st ult., was the cause of surprise and sorrow to me. I cannot allow it to pass without my testimony to the truth of all said in that communication, having been stationed at Armidale when Mr. and Mrs. Lonsdale were in middle life with their family of sons and a daughter. They were a happy family, to whose interest and influence our Church owes much. And sure I am that the father and the children, for such they then were, felt that it was largely owing to the consistent and holy life of the wife and mother. Mr. Lonsdale took a keen interest in politics even then; but he was ever true to his Church, strove for its prosperity and peace, and I can say was always the minister's friend. His advice about about church matters was freely given, and valuable in every instance that I can remember. We all knew him as a man ready to stand in the front when the need might arise. But I also knew that his steadfastness to his Church made him content to take a back seat when he felt he could best serve from that position. It was a beautiful thing to see. But it was not to be wondered at. For Mrs. Lonsdale was a saint, exemplary in all the relations of the family, church, and social life. This, I write, not only out of respect for her memory, but to encourage the thought amongst the mothers and daughters of our people, that the life of the righteous can never be forgotten, and that its effects do oft-times remain in their descendents. It is not many years since I attended a church service, expecting, from a pulpit notice, to hear the late Mr. E. Lonsdale preach. He did not come. The pulpit was filled by one of his sons, who gave a sermon sound in doctrine, energising, and comforting in spirit, edifying throughout, and worth any minister's while to hear. On seeing the father afterwards I could not but tell him that such a son was a credit to his parents. It is more of Such like that our Church needs to-day.---WILLIAM GLASSON. (Courtesy Ken Herne)
Death of Mrs. E. Lonsdale.
We regret to record the death of Mrs. Lonsdale, widow of the late Mr. Edmund Lonsdale, for many years member for Armidale in the State Legislature, and who died, respected and honored by all classes of the community, in 1914 (says the Armidale "Chronicle"). Mrs. Lonsdale died on Sunday. She was 75 years of age, and was a native of Oswald, near Maitland. She was a member of the Lambert family, one of the oldest and best known in the early days of the Hunter. Not long after her marriage to Mr. Lonsdale, the family came to Armidale where they resided until about ten years ago. There are three daughters and four sons. The former, who all reside at Haberfield, Sydney, are Misses Olive, Elsie and Emily. Two of the sons, Messrs Albert and Edmund Lonsdale, reside in Sydney, whilst Mr. George Lonsdale is in Melbourne, and Mr. Harry Lonsdale is the clerk to the Dumaresq Shire Council at Armidale. The late Mrs. Lonsdale has been in failing health for some time past, but her death, nevertheless, came as a shock to her relatives and a wide circle of friends here and elsewhere. The older generation will mourn her death as the severance of another link with the pioneering days of Armidale. The funeral took place in Rookwood Cemetery on Monday, when Mrs. Lonsdale'' remains were laid beside those of her husband.
This is a transcription of a newspaper clipping found in the pages of the Family Bible presented to Fanny Lambert (Mrs. John Head) by her sixteen grandchildren on 28 July 1999. The newspaper is not identified but from the wording appears to be a paper published for the Armidale district. Note that reference to Albert Lonsdale is incorrect and should have been to Alfred.
Mary married Edmund James LONSDALE, son of George LONSDALE and Mary HARDING, on 17 Jun 1868 in Oswald, Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia 520.,547 (Edmund James LONSDALE was born on 13 Oct 1843 in Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia 543,549,550, christened in Parish Of West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, died on 4 Oct 1913 in Uralla, New South Wales, Australia 551 and was buried in Methodist Section Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.) The cause of his death was Knocked down and killed by motor vehicle in Uralla.
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