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Appreciation: SHORT, Elsie

Written by "Neighbour"

The coming and passing of Anzac Day will always be associated with the memory of the late Mrs. Elsie Short, of Lower Southgate. At the Anzac Service at Lawrence, many tributes were given to her unfailing attendances of the services held there.

During the years since World War I, she had only missed placing a wreath, once, on the Lower Southgate Memorial and that was due to her absence from home.

The late Mrs. Short had a very superior intellect and her pleasing gift of words gave her a natural aptitude for public speaking. Her fine musical voice was used for all social functions, particularly during the war periods.

She had sung through three wars, first as a little girl in the Boer War, and then in World Wars I and II.

Her organising ability was outstanding and helped to make Lower Southgate functions during the war, a great success. She was very loyal to her district and put great enthusiasm into any work for its progress, particularly for the school and local hall.

Her generous hospitality and many kindnesses are perhaps, only known to the recipients. She was the first to be called for, in cases of sickness and bereavement. It is not an exaggeration to say that there is not one family in Lower Southgate, who has not benefited in some way from Mr. and the late Mrs. Short's help.

Heart-warming sympathy for others was shown in simple ways, a hot cup of tea given to a baker's boy on cold mornings, a warm dinner sent to the sick puntman's wife, some fresh scones taken to a sick neighbour, or a pot of jam for a friendly visitor. Her influence has extended beyond her home, her church and her district.

These words that have been with my thoughts for many years, seem to typify Mrs. Short's life and are an inspiration and an ideal for each one of us to follow.

"Live your life as a tale that is told, so that the final reckoning will reveal some service for mankind."

Reprinted from The Daily Examiner, Grafton, issue dated Monday May 21, 1951. Ref. D170


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