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The smallpox epidemic in Sydney was between 1881 and 1882, yet here is Iole Lakeman, dead in four days, in 1888. Her family lived at Manly, which is the next suburb to the Quarantine Station on North Head, and perhaps home to some of the workers at the station. No proof, either way. However, on 14th April, Ellen Lakeman, and one of her domestics were also put into quarantine in fear of possible symptoms.
This is the headstone for Iole, dead at the age of 2 years, 2 months. A beautiful name; a horrible death. Although her parents were of Irish extraction, I read that Iole means 'violet' in Italian. And the headstone is topped with this beautiful 'native flower', which has the serated leaf of the Banksia, but with the pod of a water-lily. But who were the Lakeman family that they could extend to a domestic servant in Sydney in the 1880s
Allen Lakeman spent his life in local government in the Hay-Narranderah area of southern New South Wales, being Mayor of Hay on two occasions. He was also the Member of the Legislative Council for Balranald, which covers the same area, but in the Upper House of the State Legislature. Although born in Taranaki, New Zealand, he married Mary Ellen Cochran in Hay in 1873, and they had 11 children, Iole being the second youngest, only three of whom lived to a ripe old age.
Ellen died in 1890, and is buried in Coonamble. Allen died in 1910 and is buried in Narranderah. Although their infant daughter had a short life, and a swift awful death, she is spending eternity on a gloriously beautiful headland, overlooking one of the best views on the planet.
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