Margaret Mayson

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Margaret Mayson
Born Margaret Graham
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 19 September 1914
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Publican
Years active <1914
Known for Bridge Hotel
Home town Eganstown
Spouse(s) J. W. Mayson
John Coker
Children Arthur Hugh Mayson
John William Mayson
Ernest Kinsey Dover Mayson (1881)
Thomas Coker (1893)
  • Thomas Coker (father)
  • Janet Anderson (mother)

Margaret Mayson was a publican in Eganstown, Victoria, <1914.

History[edit | edit source]

Margaret was born in Glasgow in 1851, the daughter of Thomas Graham and Janet Anderson.[1]

After moving to Adelaide as a child, she later married a butcher from Maryborough, J. W. Mayson.[2] They set up a butcher's shop at Eganstown, and also operated the Bridge Hotel.[2] They had three sons, Arthur Hugh, John William Mayson and Ernest K. D. Mayson (1881)

After her husband's death, she remarried John Coker, a local mine manager in 1892.[2][3]

She and John had a son, Thomas, born in 1893.[2][4]

She died unexpectedly at the hotel on the 19 September 1914. The local paper printed her obituary:

EGANSTOWN. DEATH OF MRS. COKER. Our correspondent writes:— Much regret was expressed in Eganstown when it was made known that Mrs Coker, licensee of the Bridge Hotel, had passed away. Mrs Coker had been enjoying her customary good health right up to 4 p.m. on Friday, the 18th Sept., when she collapsed into a state of helplessness. Dr Ruddle was at once summoned, and did all that was possible, but it was seen that a fatal termination was inevitable. Mrs Coker maintained her faculties until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, when her end came very peacefully. She was born at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1851, and went to Adelaide with her parents when only eight years old. After spending several years in that town, she married Mr J. W. Mayson, butcher, of Maryborough, (Vic.), and assisted in that line of business, together with hotel and storekeeping at Eganstown, where she remained practically all her life. Mr Mayson predeceased her in 1890, leaving a family of three sons. Mrs Mayson continued to carry on the business for some years. Then she married Mr Coker, mine manager, of Ballarat, and transferred her butchering business to her son and her brother. Mr Coker also predeceased her, dying in 1902, and leaving one son, nine years of age, who resided with his mother at the Bridge Hotel up to the time of her death. Mrs Coker leaves four sons: Arthur, mailcontractor, of Eganstown; John, grocer, of Maldon; Earnest, butcher, of Kensington; and Thomas Coker, who as above stated, resided with his mother at the hotel. Her brothers were John Graham, butcher, of Yarrawonga; James Graham, miner, of Wonthaggi; and William Graham, laborer, of Geelong. The funeral was one of the largest seen in the district for some years, which was a guarantee of the esteem in which the deceased lady was held. Of her it could be said, in its truest sense, that she was a loving wife and mother, and a good friend, She was also a prominent, genial, and helpful citizen in every aspect that her abilities were available. Her demise is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.[2]

After her death the hotel, valued at £150 passed into the ownership of her sons.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1851, Ref. No. 9429.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 1914 'EGANSTOWN.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 3 October, p. 3. , viewed 01 Jun 2018,
  3. Australian Marriage Index, Victoria, 1892, Ref. No. 103
  4. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1893, Ref. No. 31196
  5. Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009, Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Series: VPRS 7591

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