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“These are the first and last recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.”
FUNERAL OF FANNY SMITH.
LOVETT, February 26.
The closing scene in respect to the Tasmanian aboriginal race took place at Wattle Grove, Port Cygnet, on Friday, when Mrs. Fanny Cockern Smith, the last half-caste survivor, passed away. The deceased at the time of her demise was in her seventy-fourth year. Dr. Bernard Thomas was unremitting in attendance, and did all medical skill could do. The immediate cause of her death was pleurisy, followed by an acute attack of pneumonia. Deceased was held in high respect and esteem by all who knew her. She leaves a large grown-up family. Deceased was in receipt of an annuity of fifty pounds per year from the Tasmanian Government. Her funeral took place this afternoon, when about four hundred followed her remains. The Rev. Thomas officiated at the grave.
Mercury, 27 February 1905