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OBITUARY MRS. ELIZA' LEA. Another link with the past was broken on Sunday, when the death occurred, at a Portland hospital; after a: illness extending for some time, of Mrs. Eliza Lea, who was highly respected and well known to a large number of Portland residents. The cause of her death was heart trouble. In her 84th year, Mrs. Lea was, as is not generally known, It native of Portland, having been born .of par vnts who resided in a home on the sitc of'the present entrance to the botanical:'gardens. This house was afterwards' removed when the plot was gazetted as the botanical gar de:ls. Mrs. Lea was educated at Portland under the tuition of the late Mr. John Hill, and at the age of 15 years she entered the Education De partment service, her first assign ment being at the North Portland School. Successively she taught at l(oroit,;Corindhnp (near Rokewood), Coleraine, Queenscliff and later at the Casterton schools, and proved herself a very kindly and pains-tak ing teacher, being beloved by all the children in her care. While at Quoenscliff two old time wrecks oc curred at the Heads, those of the Ganges and the Cheviot. It was at Custerton'(where she was resident for about five years) that she met and married her husbandl, the late Mr: Job Lea, and left the teaching staff. After only about two years of married life her husband died, leaving the widow with two young! sonui, William and Charles.. After an absence of 19 years, Mrs. Lea re turned to Portland, and after a so journ here removed to Condah Swamp in 1897 and opened a small store there. She also conducted the first successful post office at that place, which was afterwards re named Wallacedale. She resided there for a period of 22 years, later returning to Portland once more in 1919. Here she has resided ever since. An ardent member of the Metho I(ist Church, Mrs. Len was also keenly interested in everything per taining to the welfare of the town anti district, and was of a most char itable nature. She was kindly dis posed, and made friends easily Of the two sons, Charles was killed at Gallipoli in 1915. William, the remaining son, resides at Warr nambool, where he holds a respon sible position at Nestle's factory. The funeral took place at Caster ton on Friday, after a service at the house was conducted by the Rev. Wesley Hobbs, who also reand the service at the graveside. The nlor tuary arrangements vwere in the hands of Mr. T. C. Jarrctt.

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