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Monument erected by public subscription.

In 1891 Emily Mather was brutally murdered by her husband, Frederick Deeming, who had murdered his previous wife and four childen in England. Many people in Melbourne felt that Deeming was Jack the Ripper because it was only several years after the Ripper murders.

Deeming was hanged in the Old Melbourne Gaol despite the best efforts of his attorney Alfred Deakin (later to become Prime Minister of Australia).

Emily was originally buried in a pauper's grave but her body was exhumed and conveyed to the Church of England consecrated ground in the cemetery on the 17th June 1892.

Mr Edward Thunderbolt, who was friend of the Mather family and treasurer of the memorial fund, placed a sealed bottle in the coffin which contained letters and papers relating to the tragedy . It also contained a copy of a letter from Mrs Dove Mather, mother of the murdered woman , to Mr Thunderbolt which was published in the Evening Standard on June 2nd,1892. 


Address:College Crescent , Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.79
Long: 144.949722
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Jageurs & Son


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 1st October, 1892
Front Inscription

           Memory Of 
         EMILY LYDIA
beloved daughter of 
   of Rainhill, England 
Murdered 24th Dec 1891,
At Windsor, Melbourne
       Aged 26 Years

            Erected by 
   Public Subscription

"Who all her days while yet alive
To live in honour she did strive
Till he she trusted as her guide
Without cause or warning her life denied"

          (lower plaque)
'To those who hereafter come reflecting
Upon this text of her sad ending;
To warn her sex of their intending
For marrying in haste, is depending
On such a fate, too late for amending

                     By Her Friend,


Source: MA
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