Mrs. Sophia Eggins died this evening at the residence of her son, Mr. B. C. Eggins, Grafton. The deceased, who was aged 82 years, was the widow of the late Mr. Albert Eggins, who for many years was prominently associated with the public life of the district and who died at Grafton about 11 years ago. The late Mrs. Eggins was born in 1858 in Prince Street, Grafton, at the corner of Victoria-street, where the Bank of New South Wales now stands. She was a daughter of the late Mr. James Page, the first schoolmaster at Grafton and the first town clerk. She was the youngest and last member of this branch of the family, which included the late Mr. Robert Page, one time Mayor of Casino, and the late Mr. Harold Page[sic], father of Sir Earle Page, M.H.R., and a former Mayor of Grafton.
The late Mrs. Eggins was married in 1884 and for many years lived at Southgate and subsequently at Alumny Creek, after which she and her husband went to Grafton and settled at Dovedale. Her husband took an active interest in the public life of the community and Mrs. Eggins supported him in the services which he rendered to different organisations. She was a staunch supporter of the Methodist Church at Grafton and for many years was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the church choir, of which her late father was the first conductor. Three sons and five daughters survive. The sons are Messrs. G. H. and B. C. Eggins (Grafton) and E. J. Eggins, M.L.C. (Lismore); the daughters are Mrs. H. Baker (Bundanoon, near Moss Vale), Miss L. Eggins (Cessnock) and Mesdames W. E. Albert (Burleigh Heads), Stanley Handock (Wee Waa) and J. W. Blick (Canterbury). The funeral will leave the Methodist Church, Grafton, after a service commencing at 2 p.m. to-day for the Grafton cemetery.