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One of Canberra’s oldest, and longest residing citizens dies.

p1 30 September 2008 16

I missed this report in the Canberra Times on Sunday and Monday.

“Widely loved and respected in Canberra, where she was born more than 99 years ago, Heather Shakespeare died early yesterday morning.”

I came into contact with Heather Shakespeare through her support of Scouting (as did many in the ACT) and I know that she will be missed by all.


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p1 p1 8:13 pm 30 Sep 08

i do hope that at some stage she was interviewed by the national Library for the taped memoir series, the stories of her life would be amazing.

In fact the NLA did interview her, as I discovered when googling her name earlier today.

peterh peterh 5:56 pm 30 Sep 08

Thumper said :

That’s quite an incredible life she’s lived if it was all in Canberra. Imagine the stories she could have told, the things she would have seen, the people she met.

i do hope that at some stage she was interviewed by the national Library for the taped memoir series, the stories of her life would be amazing.

Thumper Thumper 5:46 pm 30 Sep 08

That’s quite an incredible life she’s lived if it was all in Canberra. Imagine the stories she could have told, the things she would have seen, the people she met.

CleptaK CleptaK 5:38 pm 30 Sep 08

Back to Mrs Shakespeare…

She was such a delightful woman and will be so sadly missed.

There’s nothing to be ‘sick of hearing’ here – anyone so lovely and integral to the history of Canberra deserves all the fanfare possible.

Cameron Cameron 4:22 pm 30 Sep 08

Apparently that isn’t quite the case, if you believe WIN News. See the other thread.

peterh peterh 3:04 pm 30 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

Is someone suggesting a scholarship in this case? Will Heather get the half-mast treatment?
I’m sorry Tyler, but the parallels are…. well, not parallel.

I think we need to get past the half mast comment – that was for the police remembrance day, not peter leonard.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:01 pm 30 Sep 08

Comparing this post to the reaction we’re addressing in the Peter Leonard thread is not only ridiculous, but isn’t exactly respectful of p1’s post, not to mention the death of Mrs Shakespeare.

Point taken, and I’ll take my own advice to honorably admit poor judgment…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:59 pm 30 Sep 08

Cameron said :

Good question. There was an Elsie Hudson who was turning 105 in 2004. If she’s still kicking around I daresay she’d qualify.

What was most interesting about Heather Shakespeare is that she was born in Canberra and lived in Canberra for what seems to be most of (if not all of) her life.

To be honest, I don’t envy her.

But it’s good to see someone lead a long, healthy (I assume) life.

PBO PBO 1:56 pm 30 Sep 08

Deadmandrinking said :

I, for one, am sick of hearing about Shakespeare.

On a serious note…99 is pretty damn good. Bummer she didn’t make it to 100. Does anyone know how old the oldest person in Canberra is?

105 at Page nursing home.

Cameron Cameron 1:55 pm 30 Sep 08

Good question. There was an Elsie Hudson who was turning 105 in 2004. If she’s still kicking around I daresay she’d qualify.

What was most interesting about Heather Shakespeare is that she was born in Canberra and lived in Canberra for what seems to be most of (if not all of) her life.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:49 pm 30 Sep 08

I, for one, am sick of hearing about Shakespeare.

On a serious note…99 is pretty damn good. Bummer she didn’t make it to 100. Does anyone know how old the oldest person in Canberra is?

Cameron Cameron 1:47 pm 30 Sep 08

Totally stuffed the quote tag. I think it’s clear where the quote ends and my post starts, tho.

Cameron Cameron 1:47 pm 30 Sep 08

Okay, here we go all over again with the Peter Leonard thing!

Go on JB, Loquaciousness & Cameron – I’ll let you guys have the first shot at this one after reading your recent comments on “Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?”

I anticipate silence and a few quiet coughs from the back seats.[/quoute]

A respectful post on RA noting the death of such a long-lived Canberran is more than appropriate here tylersmayhem.

Comparing this post to the reaction we’re addressing in the Peter Leonard thread is not only ridiculous, but isn’t exactly respectful of p1’s post, not to mention the death of Mrs Shakespeare.

Aurelius Aurelius 1:46 pm 30 Sep 08

Is someone suggesting a scholarship in this case? Will Heather get the half-mast treatment?
I’m sorry Tyler, but the parallels are…. well, not parallel.

johnboy johnboy 1:39 pm 30 Sep 08

Maybe we don’t think this one has been overdone?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:36 pm 30 Sep 08

Okay, here we go all over again with the Peter Leonard thing!

Go on JB, Loquaciousness & Cameron – I’ll let you guys have the first shot at this one after reading your recent comments on “Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?”

I anticipate silence and a few quiet coughs from the back seats.

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