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Friday, 14 April 2017

A to Z Challenge - L is Little Lottie

Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.

Martha had a total of 7 children.  All but one lived to adulthood.  Poor Little Charlotte known affectionately as Lottie died at only 4½ months old after 5 weeks of Whooping Cough.[1]

'Family Notices', Malvern Standard, 9 January 11909,p. 3. , viewed 12 Apr 2017, 

The loss was keenly felt and death notices appear in several of  Melbourne’s main newspapers, first in The Argus on Saturday 2 January 1909 followed a week later by the two local papers, the Malvern Standard and The Prahran Telegraph.[2]  

She is buried in a public grave with 9 others who were all buried between 23 Dec 1908 and 31 Dec 1908.  Eight of the burials were less than a year old (including Charlottes).

To Read more about Martha's life for articles previously posted for the A to Z Challenges click the Letters below:-

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


[1] Death Certificate of Charlotte mary Todman, died 28 December 1908, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria 15364/1908
[2] 'Family Notices', The Argus, 2 January 1909, p. 9. , viewed 12 Apr 2017,; 'Family Notices'Malvern Standard, 9 January 1909, p. 3. , viewed 12 Apr 2017,; 'Family Notices'The Prahran Telegraph, 9 January 1909, p. 1. , viewed 12 Apr 2017,


  1. Oh dear. The poor mite. She must have been absolutely exhausted from all that coughing. Poor poor parents.

    1. I can remember my own daughter being very sick for a while when she was young with a terrible hacking cough. It is hard what it must have been like with 6 other young children and a child that you felt helpless to help. The nights must have been very long and lonely.

  2. It's always so sad to learn about childhood deaths. By finding and writing about Lottie, you are assuring her brief life is not forgotten.

    1. I suppose you are right I hadn't thought of my writing as being like a memory marker for someone who has no descendants to write about them, Thanks for dropping by Molly.

  3. My grandmother wrote those same words "God knew best." When writing about the death of her 3 year old son. Five weeks, how absolutely awful.

    I wrote about a Lottie today too,, but she lived to be in her 80s.

    Finding Eliza

    1. The loss of any life is awful, but losing life so young must have been heart rendering for the family.


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