Edith Elizabeth HARSLETT (née Hamilton)
d. 30 November 1945


Queensland newspaper, December 1945

Few deaths of recent years have evoked such profound sorrow as that of Mrs. Edith Elizabeth Harslett, which occurred in the Stanthorpe Hospital on 29th November*.
Until Tuesday, 13th Nov., Mrs. Harslett was in apparently good health, but while she was addressing a conference of QWA members at Dalveen
on that date she suffered a stroke, and was conveyed to the Stanthorpe Hospital. She only partially regained consciousness for a short period.
The late Mrs. Harslett was born in London in 1888, and came to Australia with her parents and other members of the family when she was 18 years of age. She married the late John Harslett in 1912, and with him settled on an orchard at the Amiens Soldiers' Settlement. Mrs. Harslett suffered an early bereavement in her married life when her husband died. She then set about establishing the orchard and rearing her young family of two sons and a daughter. In this she was most successful, and her property became one of the show places of the district.
The late Mrs. Harslett was a very well educated and intelligent woman, and she always took a keen interest in fruitgrowing and its problems. During her years of hardship she found a true friend in Mr. Flewell Smith (manager of the COD) who had served in the first Great War with her husband. Mr. Flewell Smith made a special visit to Stanthorpe to be present at her funeral.
In 1938 Mrs. Harslett had established her property so well that she was able to take her daughter to England for a trip, and they travelled both ways on the "Jervis Bay".
Notwithstanding her busy life, Mrs. Harslett was interested in every public movement at Amiens. At the time of her death she was President of Amiens branch of the QWA, Trustee of the Amiens Memorial Hall, Sunday School teacher at the Church of England, Amiens, and first secretary of the newly formed Border Division of the QWA. It was while making a speech on better housing and conditions for women on the land that Mrs. Harslett suffered the seizure which caused her death.
She is survived by two sons, Richard and Robert, and one daughter, Mrs. Joan Paskin, to whom the sympathy of all will be extended in the untimely death of a devoted and loyal mother.
The funeral took place at the Stanthorpe Cemetery on Saturday morning, the prayers at the Church and graveside being read by Canon Edwards.

* date should read 30th November.