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Biography

Mary Eliza Forster was born 1848 in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia to William Forster (1818-1882) and Eliza Jane Wall (c1827-1862) and died 30 May 1935 at Headingley, Wellington-street in Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Henry Edward Kater (1841-1924) 8 February 1870 at St Anns in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from India.




Children


Offspring of Henry Edward Kater and Mary Eliza Forster (1848-1935)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Henry Herman Kater (1870-1902)
Norman William Kater (1874-1965) 18 November 1874 Brush Farm, Pennant Hills, New South Wales, Australia 18 August 1965 Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia Jean Gaerloch Mackenzie (c1876-1931)
Mary Wade (c1899)

Obituary

The death is announced of Mrs. H. E. Kater, widow of the late Mr. H. E. Kater, M.L.C., pastoralist, who was prominent in the commercial community of Sydney. Mrs. Kater was born in 1848, and spent her early life on Brush Farm, Parramatta She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. William Forster, who was Premier of New South Wales in 1859-60, and later was Agent-General for New South Wales in London. On her marriage to Mr Kater more than 60 years ago, Mrs. Kater took up residence in Wellington, where her husband had acquired large pastoral interests. Towards the end of last century, Mr. Kater purchased Mount Broughton estate near Moss Vale. This became their home for the next 20 years, although they spent much time in Sydney, where Mr Kater devoted himself to his commercial activities and his philanthropic pursuits. Mr Kater died in 1924. Mrs. Kater had since resided in Sydney, but spent most of the summers at Mount Broughton. She is survived by her son Sir Norman Kater, and a number of grandchildren. The interment will take place at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Sutton Forest. There will be a service at Headingley, Wellington-sheet Woollahra, this morning, commencing at 8.45 o'clock.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 1935, page 12

Funeral

The remains of the late Mrs. Mary Eliza Kater, widow of the late Mr. H. E. Kater, M.L.C., were interred in the Church of England portion of the Sutton Forest Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The Rev. C. M. Thomas, rector of Sutton Forest, conducted the service at the graveside. A service, held at the late residence of the deceased, Headingley, Wellington-street, Woollahra, yesterday morning, was conducted by the Venerable Archdeacon Langley.

Among those present were Sir Phillp Goldfinch, Colonel R. L. R. Rabett, Lieutenant-Colonel J. Sclater, Lady Knox, Dr. Scot Skirving, Dr E. Wilfred and Mrs. Fairfax, the Rev. P. T. Perkins, Miss Fairfax, Miss Mary Suttor, Miss Ryrie, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Osborne, Mrs. Fielding Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Salwey, Dr. Douglas Warden, Dr. E. H. Rutledge, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Paterson, Mrs. Gordon Dixon, Mrs. Edward Knox, Mrs. Julian Simpson, Messrs. Guy and Greg. Blaxland, W. Harry Wiles, A. J. Mclachlan, A. H. Champion, Guy C. Doddemeade, C. Darvall, C. W. Rothe, E. R. Knox, R. Sinclair Smith, E. W. Pearse, Allan Clunies Ross, Herbert Morris, E. S. Dunhill, Marcus Mackenzie, Mesdames Bruce S. Dowling, Scroggie, H. C. Adams, S. J. K. Adams, Davidson, Charles Rundle, and Yarwood, and Misses Griffiths.

Those attending the graveside service included Mrs. Horace Nicholson (sister), Messrs. Henry, John and Murchison Kater (grandsons), Mrs. Douglas Tooth (granddaughter), the Misses Nicholson (grand-nieces), Mr. and Mrs. T. Willsallen, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. F. McCarthy (representing the Moss Vale Golf Club), Colonel Rutledge, Captain J. R. Broadbent, Mr. Dalgarnie, Mr. Peter Tait, Mrs. C. V. Reid, Mrs. A. J. Dyball, Messrs. T. R. Donkin, H. O. Marshall, T. N. S. Binney, N. L. Nicholson, P. A. Budgery, and B. C. Corlette.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 1935, page 19




Footnotes (including sources)

₪ Wedding
  • KATER—FORSTER—February 8th, at St. Ann's, Ryde, by the Rev. W. F. Creeny, Henry Edward, eldest son of H. H. Kater, Esq., of Caleula, to Mary Eliza, eldest daughter of the Honorable W. Forster, Esq., of Brush Farm.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 1870, page 1
The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 February 1870, page 7
¶ Death
  • KATER.—May 30, 1935, at Headingley, Welllngton-street, Woollahra, Mary Eliza Kater, widow of the late Hon. H. E. Kater, M.L.C., and mother of Sir Norman Kater, K.B., aged 88 years.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 1935, page 10