Effie Susannah Holman

Effie Susannah Holman

Female 1894 - 1983  (88 years)

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  • Name Effie Susannah Holman 
    Born 7 Nov 1894  Nelshaby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Feb 1983 
    Buried Cummins, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Effie's mother died when she was 11 years old, and she was cared for by relatives until the age of 13 when she went to Wanilla with her father and younger brothers Lel, Stan, Cryril and Tom to set up house. Effie used to drive to Port Lincoln in a horse-drawn vehicle for supplies and the round trip would take her all day. The Family left Wanilla in 1912 as it was too wet to work the farm. They had 40 inches of rain in 1910.
      Effie and Norman started their married life in Cummins. Norm was a ganger in the South Australian Railways, then moved to Ungarra with a short stay in Minnipa. The family then moved to Thevenard in 1920. In 1930 he was transferred to Poochera. The family's final shift was in 1933 when they moved back to Cummins. Norm retired from the Railways in 1955 and went to live in Port Lincoln with Effied for ten years before he died. he was a keen fisherman and caught a lot of schnapper off ;the Thevenard jetty. he loved hunting rabbits too. These helped to supplement the meat supply. Having ten growing children to feed was no easy task. Norm was a member of the Cummins Rifle Club and competed in many competitions and won many trophies.
      Effie cared for her mother-in-law (Amy Murton) who was bed-ridden with arthritis for 20years.
      OBITUARY SPOKEN AT EFFIE'S FUNERAL;
      "We are gathered here today to pay our last respects to Effie Murton and to Comfort and support her family in their loss and grief. And her family do - rightly - grieve at her passing from this life for although she lived a long and full life, there is always sadness at the death as those who remain come to terms with their loss. And grief is the God-given emotion by which we work through the fact that a loved one is gone from among us.
      But while we grieve, we can also rejoice. We rejoice that the tired body of Effie Murton will never know struggle or pain again. We rejoice that because for her life many, many other people came to know life and love and acceptance. And we rejoice because of he Christian faith which gives us the assurance that she has now passed on to something far better than she ever knew while living here on this earth.
      Effie Murton was born Effie Susannah Holman on 75h November 1894 at Nelshaby near Port Pirie. Her own mother died when Effie was 11 years old and from that time onward Effie began what was to be a life-time of looking after others. It began with her four brothers and father to whom she became mother and provider at the age of 13 years. Her father was a local preacher, and it was from him that she learnt the Christian principles of love and service to others that were to fashion her life-style for the future.
      About 10 years after the death of her mother, the family moved to Kyancutta where her father remarried. Effie herself married Norman Murton in June 1915 and together they set up house at Cummins. Because of Norm's work with the Railways they were often on the move and at one stage home was a tent at Ungarra.
      Despite the many moves, Effie managed to raise 10 children, and if that wasn't enough, I'm told that house was often home to many more. Colour and creed were of no importance to Effie and both aborigines and whites came to know that there was always a spare place at the meal-table and a spare bed at the Murton home. Her family was to become an even bigger responsibility when she undertook the care of her arthritis-stricken mother-in-law for some 20 yars. It is not surprising that her church attendance and community activities were somewhat curtailed during these hectic years.
      Effie and Norm saw 50 yars of marriage before Norm died, and Effie lived on to see her family of 10 children grow to some 40 grandchildren, 181 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. That family has been of much comfort to Effie since Norm died but the past 18 years were often long and lonely for her. Because of a broken hip her own home responsibilities ceased, but even so, her love and caring continued to reach out to others through her hands for her crocheting work continued into her 88th year.
      That brief picture of Effie Murton's life was given to me by members of her family. As I put it together I began to see a remarkable woman - a woman whose capacity to work, to love and to care for others was enormous. Her work-load, without the aid of the mod-cons we have today would have killed any lesser person at a very young age, but she did it all without complaint and always with a smile.
      My enquiries about Effie didn't stop with the family though. I talked with some of the members of this community who knew her and without exception their comments about her were all the same. Those comments are best summed up in the words of one person who said:
      "Effie was a very warm person who, despite her large family and heavy work-load always had a smile, a friendly word, and loved a good laugh."
      On 26th February 1983 a remarkable woman died. A long and busy life wore out the earthly body of Effied Murton, but her trust was in her God to look after her heavenly body and soul. And so today we give thanks - thanks for her life, and thanks for the faith which has now given her new life with God who has called her home to himself." (The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992)
    Person ID I4470  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2007 

    Father Robert John Holman,   b. 28 Oct 1868, Bald Hills, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1942  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Eliza Rosanna Hawkins,   b. 7 Oct 1871, Inman Valley District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1906  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1894  Wesleyan Church Napperby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Norman Murton,   b. 24 May 1890, Bute, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1965  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1915  Cummins, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. N.J. Murton
    +2. Robert William Murton,   b. 26 Apr 1917,   d. 14 Jan 2001  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Effie Roma Murton,   b. 12 Jun 1918, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 2006  (Age 88 years)
    +4. R.M. Murton
    +5. L.F. Murton
    +6. Nancy Kathleen Murton,   b. 30 Oct 1923, Thevenard, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1991  (Age 67 years)
    +7. A.C. Murton
    +8. S.J. Murton
    +9. C.J. Murton
     10. Victor Clement Murton,   b. 18 Oct 1931, Wudinna, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 2001  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F1359  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Nov 1894 - Nelshaby, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1915 - Cummins, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cummins, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Effie Susannah Murton (n.Holman)
    Effie Susannah Murton (n.Holman)
    Effie is the daughter of Robert John Holman and Eliza Rosanna Hawkins.


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