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McOUAT, Mary (1876-1950)

McOUAT, Mary (1876-1950)

Mary McOuat known to students as 'Maggie'.

Mary McOuat known to students as 'Maggie'.

Known only as "Maggie" to her charges, especially the younger boys, Mary McOuat was a matron at Geelong College for more than forty years from 1909 to 1950.

Mary was the daughter of John McOuat (1845-1922) and Elizabeth nee Jude (1853-1900) who married in 1872. She died on 2 September 1950 aged 74 years. The Age newspaper reported her death: 'After 41 years' service as a matron at Geelong College, Miss McOuat, known affectionately by old collegians and friends as 'Maggie' died early on Saturday morning. A service will be conducted by C G Lavender at 2.00pm today in the chapel of F H Tucker and Sons, Geelong West. The funeral will then proceed to the Western Cemetery.'

The Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) erected a tablet at Warrinn shortly after her death. When Mossgiel was purchased and converted to matron’s quarters the memorial plaque was transferred to Mossgiel in 1973.

Sources: The Age (Melb) 4 September 1950 p2; Ad Astra Sept 1973.
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