My interest in the Dryden family history has taken many years to develop. It has come to me through three ladies.

1: Nana Moore descibed to me by my Mum as a real "Lady". "She was kind and cared about Nanny and us". I never really knew who this person was but I heard of her many times over the years.
2: An old lady we visited each summer holiday in the nursing home. My memory of this time was of the craft room where my Mum seemed more interested in the craft than this old lady did. I never really understood who this lady was but we continued to visit he until she passed away.
3: The name Ogle Moore that has niggled away at me for years. John James Ogle Moore (my grandfather) his Mum was a Dryden. I did not know who she was.

As it turns out Nana Moore was the old lady that we visited each summer in the nursing home and she was married to an Ogle Moore. My great grandfather in fact. She was my grandfathers mother. She was Mary Dryden and she is all of the aforementioned ladies and the woman who has bought me to the Dryden family history all these years later.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Eucalyptus Poisons Mary

Mary Dryden nee McLeod
Born: 1846, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Died: 1.13.1831. Perth, Western Australia
Buried: Karrakatta Cemetery
Married: 10 Jun 1864, Carlsrhue, Victoria to John Dryden.
Children: 14 - Ann, Margaret, Emma, Mary, Thomas, Sarah Jane, Annabella, Robert, Charlotte, Alexander, William Edward, Enerst, Susan and Elizabeth.

The following three excerpts from the "The West Ausrtralian Newspaper" tell the story of the shocking last days of Mary Dyden nee Mc Leod's life.

Mrs. Mary Dryden (85). of Lancaster street, Victoria Park, swallowed an over dose of eucalyptus on Saturday night, and when she -was brought to the Perth Hospital her name was placed on the danger list. She took the eucalyptus in order to obtain relief from a cold.
"The West Australia, 30 NOV 1931"

Little change was reported in the condition of Mary Dryden (85), of Lancaster street, Victoria Park, who was admitted to the Perth Hospital last Saturday night suffering from the effects of having acci dentally swallowed an overdose of eucalyptus. The names of the three victims are still on the danger list.
"The West Australia, 1DEC 1931"

Mary Dryden (85), of Lancaster-street, Victoria Park, who was admitted to the Perth Hospital last Saturday night, suffering from the effects of having accidentally swallowed an overdose of eucalyptus, died early- yesterday morning.
"The West Australia, 2DEC 1931"

DRYDEN.- On; December 1, 1931 at the Perth Hospital, Mary, dearly beloved wife of the late John Dryden, loving mother of Annie, Margaret, Emma, Sarah, Robert, Charlotte, Mary, Alexander, William, Edward, Ernest, Susan and Elizabeth; aged; 85 years.
"The West Australia, 2DEC 1931"

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