From the Examiner, 6 March 1911:
There passed away yesterday, at her residence, 193 George-street, Miss Mary Lodder, a lady deeply respected and well known in church and philanthropic circles in this city. She had been connected with the Ministering Children’s’ League, Children’s Protection Society, and Girls’ Friendly Society, but on account of failing health recently retired from active work on behalf of these bodies. But not in this direction alone had her energies been confined. Her loss to the Museum is beyond all estimation, for not only did she assist in her special study–as a conchologist–but by ways innumerable her aid was always at the disposal of the institution. In any new venture her enthusiastic sympathy could always be counted on, and nothing was too much trouble, if? only the result hinted at progress.
Her books, instruments, and vast stores of knowledge were a standing asset, and during the class work of the winter sessions she was always hard at work attempting to make the syllabus a success. By nature of a retiring disposition, her real worth only appeared to those who from the force of circumstances were intimately associated with her. At first sight it was almost impossible to guess at the enormous sterling worth of her character; but once the line of conventionality had been passed, the full power of her intellectual capacity became apparent. A member of many learned societies, and known to almost every shell collector in Australia, as well as many in foreign countries, her scientific attainments would have made many a smaller character more widely known: But so quietly was her work done that even her professed friends merely spoke of her as being “interested in shells,” and few perhaps grasped the scientific possibilities she possessed, and had she devoted her time completely to study and research, her name might well have been a household word among the scientific world.
The deceased was the eldest daughter of the late General Lodder, of “Lonah,” Penguin, and her brother, Mr. Ernest Lodder, is well known on the North-West Coast as an electrical engineer of more than ordinary capability. The funeral will take place at Ulverstone on Tuesday, on the arrival of the morning train from Launceston.
The Advocate says,
Miss Lodder was the daughter of the late General Lodder, and spent most of her life at Ulverstone. on the North West Coast of Tasmania. Reference to her work is frequent in Australian literature on the mollusca.
Entry on Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.