Byron “Sonny”Baker

Roman Catholic Section 1 Row 4 Plot 23

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Sonny was the son of the Late owner of the Gosford Advocate and Wyong Times, Robert Baker. His mother Zoe’s maiden name was Mason and had a brother Lance who was mentioned in the previous post about Cecil Morris. Sonny was Aged 6 years.

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Tragic Accident at Terrigal


Keen sorrow was occasioned throughout the district on Saturday afternoon, by the news of the tragic death of Byron Robert (“Sonny”),’ elder son of the late Robert James Baker and Mrs. Zoe Baker.

“Sonny,” who was six years of age, a splendid specimen of young boyhood, and a great favourite with relatives and friends, was playing with other youngsters near Mrs. Baker’s house at Terrigal. They levered a log into motion, and ‘ ‘ Sonny ‘ ‘ tripped and fell in its way, with the result that he received such injuries to the head that he died instantly. He was rushed to Hinemoa private hospital, but life could only be pronounced extinct.

Widespread sympathy was expressed for the bereaved mother and family, who were greatly upset by the fatality.

The funeral on Sunday afternoon was attended by a very large number of residents. After a short service at the Church, the cortege moved to Point Clare Cemetery, where Rev. Father Donovan conducted the last offices. Mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. H. Creighton.

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Among the great number of beautiful wreaths and other floral tokens the following names were no: reed: —

Loving Mother, Bobbie and Loekie; Thelma and Edna; Lola and Boy; Beth; Auntie Pauline and uncle Era; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Mason: and family; Ethel and Lance; Jackie, Babby, and Baden; Neville Ingall; Mr. and Mrs. Collits, Leo and Jack; Uncle Cyril, Auntie Zenie, and cousins; Sisters of St. Joseph, Gosford; Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Ogden; Frank; Mrs. E. J. White; Dr. and Mrs. Dunean; Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Jaques and family; Joan and Nora Hinder; Mr. and Mrs. R. C. King Kemp and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Buscombe and children; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Parr; Mr. E. P. Mundy; Nellie; Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Creighton and family; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wheeler and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ryding and family; Nellie Wiggins; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips and Bill; Mr. and Mrs. Arden Fell; Bosanquet children; Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Wood; Muriel and Agnes; Percy and Rene; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Lees and family; President and Members Brisbane Water District Club; Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Muir; Mrs. C. J. Fenton and daughters; Mr. and Mrs. H. G. White and ‘family; Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Mortimer and family; Mrs. and Barbara Ironmonger; Breens and Mrs. Moase; Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Stephen son and family; David and Joan Prentice; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Coulter and son; G. Cronin; Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Brodie; McCarthy and Rayment families; Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Adrian and family; Major and Mrs. Hinder; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Gollan and family; Dr. and Mrs. S. K. Dwyer; F. C. Scott; Mr. and Mrs. C.i Sotlieron; Mr. and Mrs. A. Gibson; Mrs. Lewis and ; rs. ‘ Gleeson ; Mr. and Mrs. G. Margin and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hickey; Alan Hamilton; W. S. Fenton; Mr. and Mrs. H. Pateman and Jean; Soldiers’ League; Mr. aud Mrs. W. Wright; Mrs. J. J. Stephen and Mavis; Mr. and Mrs. A. Eaton and family.

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The District Coroner viewed the body and the scene of the accident; and evidence will be taken at the customary inquest on Monday morning next.

Hinemoa Private Hospital had two sites, I’m assuming that this is the Gosford site.


Mary and Bridget Jopson

Grave site Roman Catholic 1 Row 2 Plot 18

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Mary and Bridget Jopson
21 April 1921

Miss Mary Jopson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Jopson, of Gosford, was the victim of a severe burning accident on Tuesday evening. She was standing with her back to the fire in the dining room, when her dress became ignited, and it was not until it was well in flames that she realised her position. She ran into the bedroom, where her mother, with the aid of bed clothes, extinguished the flames, and removed the burning garments. The unfortunate, girl was badly burned about the body, and suffered considerable pain. Dr. Paul attended the sufferer, and ordered her removal to a Sydney hospital, where she was taken this (Thursday) morning.

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28 April 1921
Return Thanks.

MRS. JOPSON wish to sincerely thank the following friends, who were so kind to them in the sad event of the burning accident to their daughter, Mary: — Father Kelly, Mrs. F. Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbow, Mrs. McCarthy and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Collits, and all other friends.


5th May 1921

It is with sympathetic feelings that we chronicle the death of Miss Mary Jopson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Jopson, of Gosford, which sad event took place at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney., on Saturday morning last, as the result of severe burns received a couple of weeks ago through her clothes catching fire. Having passed the crisis, great hopes were entertained for her recovery, but at midnight on Friday, complications, -following shock, intervened, and she peace fully closed her eyes for her last long sleep at 4.30. She was 15 years of age, of a quiet and amiable disposition, and beloved by everybody who knew her.

At the time of her accident she was a student at the local Catholic School, and had successfully passed her exam inations in book-keeping and typewriting, and was a generous worker in the interests of the Church. The remains were brought by train to Gosford on Saturday afternoon and interred in the Catholic portion of Point Clare Cemetery on Sunday. The funeral was largely attended, tlie Children of Mary, of whom the deceased young lady was a prominent member, marching behind the hearse, after which followed a procession of the Catholic School children.

At the graveside, Father Kelly recited the last sad rites, during which the members of the Order of the Children of Mary rendered that pathetic hymn, ‘Nearer My God to Thee,’ which farther added solemnity to the already sad surroundings. To the bereaved parents we offer our sincerest sympathy in their irreparable loss. Mr. R. H. Creighton had charge of the mortuary arrangements.

26th May 1921

It will be remembered that some weeks ago Miss Mary Jopson met with  a burning accident at Gosford, and  died from the injuries received, death taking place at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, in North Sydney.

At request of the City Coroner, an inquiry was held at Gosford Court house on Monday by Mr. W. E. Kirkness, J.P., when a finding of accidental death was recorded.

12th April, 1950

Mrs Bridget Jopson

The death of Mrs Bridget Jopson, wife of Mr John Joseph Jopson, of Blackwall, Woy Woy, took place at a Gosford private hospital last Monday at the age of 67 years.

She had been ill for the past three months.

Mr and Mrs Jopson were born in the Armidale district, where they were married 46 years ago. They came to Gosford 37 years ago and made their home at Blackwall upon Mr Jopson’s appointment as roads ganger for the Woy Woy Shire Council in 1927 this position he still retains in the employ of the Gosford Shire Council.

Three sons survive: William, John and Bernard, all of Sydney.

A daughter, Mary, died many years ago while the family was living in Gosford.

A woman of strong character and kindly, generous disposition, the late Mrs Jopson was beloved by all who were privileged to know her.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon. After a service at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Gosford, the remains were buried in the Catholic portion of the Pt. Clare Cemetery beside those of Mrs Jopson’s daughter, Mary.

The Rev. Father Lynch conducted the service in the church and at the graveside.

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