"Family Notices" The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) 16 August 1879:
HAYDON — WAKEFORD. - On the 23rd July, at St. Paul's Church, Murrurundi, by the Rev. William Marshall, Bernard, third son of the late Thomas Haydon, of Bloomfield, Blandford (N.S.W.), to Blanche Elizabeth, eldest daughter of William Wakeford, of Cotswold, Burwood, Sydney.
DEATHS. MRS. BLANCHE HAYDON." The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW : 1898 - 1955) 21 April 1942:
MRS. BLANCHE HAYDON.
A life full of years, replete with usefulness, and one indelibly interwoven with the early settlement and subsequent development of the district, and of the pastoral industry of this and the Northern State, closed with the passing, on Tuesday morning of last week, of Mrs. Blanche Haydon, of "Bloomfield," Blandford, and widow of the late Mr. Bernard Haydon, who predeceased her some years since.
Of her, it can be said that she typified and symbolised the womanhood of the Australian hinterland, for there were periods in her life that called for strength, reinforced with indomitable courage, in the supervision not only of her household, but of the broad acres surrounding it also. Such occasions and demands were made on her by the absence of her husband from the State, for periods of six months in each year from 1880 to 1891, when he visited his Narran River property of 1200 square miles in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This large tract of country was taken up by Mr. Haydon 62 years ago.
Married at Murrurundi on July 23, 1879, the late Mrs. Haydon, who lived the whole of her married life at "Bloomfield," was a daughter of Mr. William Wakeford, widely-known engineer of the then Roads and Survey Department of the Government, and with his partner, Mr. Thos. Blunt, put the railway tunnel through the Liverpool Range, between Ardglen and Murrurundi, and which undertaking was then, as is now, regarded as an engineering feat of no mean order.
Old in years only - she had turned 85—the late Mrs. Haydon was the embodiment of those characteric's that have shaped the destiny of our now young nation, and in its shaping. Her family, true to type and tradition, has taken its place and filled its part faithfully and well and in consonance with the activities, wide and national outlook of the one whose training in their adolescence stood them in such good stead.
Always an interesting conversationalist, there was an added grace and charm to her every activity which were reflected in a bright and cheery disposition, and almost to the very last there was ever-present evidence of the finest traits of a character moulded through long years of association with the pioneers, and later on with the builders and designers of a nation whose background portrayed the wealth and beauty of the Australian bush, with its industries forming its foundation.
It was because of her associations in this health-giving environment that the deceased lady received her courage and strength, her perspective and her kindly understanding which magnetised to her a legion of lasting friends in two States, and by whom she will be fondly remembered, just as in their affection she had raised for herself a monument which not even time will erase.
Five children, who are equally widely known and held in high regard, survive. They are: Messrs Fred. B. ("Bloomfield"), Guy ("Warrah Ridge,") Quirindi, and Barney Haydon ("Greenhayes,") Murrurundi, Mrs. Cyril Regg ("Nymboyda,") Boggabilia, and Miss M. M. Haydon.
The funeral took place at the Murrurundi cemetery, following service at the Church of England. The Rev. M. Redman conducted the service, and in the course of an eloquent address, paid tribute to the character and life of the late Mrs. Haydon.
The pall-bearers were her three sons, Messrs F. B. Haydon, G. B. Haydon, and Barney Haydon, and her nephew, Mr. T. B. Haydon, Muswellbrook.
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