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REILLY, MARGARET HILDA BENNETT (DAISY)

 

Daisy Reilly was born in 1883 at Masterton, the daughter of Bernard, a surveyor and Blanche Lois nee Payne.

 

Daisy came to Hawera in 1902 to practise her profession as teacher of music, for which she had been trained by Mother de Pazzi and Sister Mary Agnes of St Mary's Convent in Wellington. She took a leading part in musical work in Hawera, her annual concerts being marked features of the year and she made a name for herself as one of the most able teachers of music who had ever lived in the district. Later she was joined by her sister Connie Reilly and they worked in co-operation up till the time of Daisy's death. Their studio was in Furlong Street on the site of the Hawera Physiotherapy Clinic.

 

Daisy was a foundation member of the Hawera Women's Club, and their grand piano was presented in her memory by her relatives and friends.

 

Daisy Reilly died on the 6 September 1932 at Hawera, aged 48 years and is buried with her sister at the Hawera Cemetery. Her memory is kept with the Daisy Reilly Memorial Scholarship prize awarded annually at the Hawera Competition Festival.

 

SOURCE

Obituary "Hawera Star" 7 Sep 1932

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