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Martha May Windle

Female 1881 - 1899  (18 years)


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  • Name Martha May Windle 
    Nickname May 
    Born 01 May 1881  Randwick, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Sep 1899  Randwick, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 19 Sep 1899  Randwick Cemetery, Randwick, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Section EE Row T Plot 81
    Notes 
    • From Marjorie Smith:

      Martha died tragically at the age of 18 years and 4 months from a burst appendix. Mother Sarah and sister Caroline were very close and grieved for her for the rest of their lives. Sarah always wore a cameo necklace with a photo of the young Martha. Marjorie thought that Martha was referred to as Mary, but her nickname was May.

    • From: Leanne Paterson

      Leane saw Martha's autopsy report which put her death down to poisoning, not a burst appendix

    • From Mike Kelly:

      Marjorie's version of events (above) was the story handed down through the family to cover up the shameful events that really occurred. Marjorie died in June 2014 and I never told her the horrific real story of Martha May (May) Windle.

      The coroner's inquest concluded that Martha had died from phosphorous poisoning (rat poison). Her father, Alfred, maintained that Martha's fiance Patrick Walsh had mistreated her in the period leading up to her death. Sister Lily testified that she had never seen Martha mistreated by Walsh or his brother. Martha claimed a "man had come home affected by liquor and had taken advantage of her", the doctor said he was of the opinion that "certain events had taken place". After reading all the reports I came to the conclusion that father Alfred came home drunk and sexually assaulted her, which led directly to her taking her own life by ingesting rat poison. After that he had the gall to try and blame Patrick, but wife Sarah and the sisters testified otherwise. This would also explain why my grandmother hated him so much.

      There was also an inference that Martha had threatened to take poison if Patrick continued abusing alcohol.

    Person ID I88  Main
    Last Modified 22 May 2015 

    Father Alfred Ernest Windle,   b. 8 Oct 1844, Chippendale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1922, Granville, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Sarah Rebecca Meades,   b. 12 Mar 1849, Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1927, Waverley, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 07 Jan 1868  Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 41 Burton St. Free Church of England
    Photos
    Ada and Hannah Windle
    Ada and Hannah Windle
    Daughters of Alfred Windle II
    Documents
    Alfred Windle Sarah Meades marriage
    Alfred Windle Sarah Meades marriage
    Histories
    Alfred Windle and Sarah Meades wedding
    Alfred Windle and Sarah Meades wedding
    Alfred Windle and Sarah Meades wedding
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Sep 1899 - Randwick Cemetery, Randwick, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Martha May Cameo
    Martha May Cameo

    Headstones
    May Windle Headstone
    May Windle Headstone

    Histories
    Martha May Memorial
    Martha May Memorial
    Martha Memorial 1901
    Martha Memorial 1901
    Martha May Coroners Inquest - day 1
    Martha May Coroners Inquest - day 1
    Martha May Coroners Inquest - day 2
    Martha May Coroners Inquest - day 2
    Martha May Inquest
    Martha May Inquest
    Martha May inquest
    Martha May inquest
    Martha May Inquest
    Martha May Inquest
    Memorial to May and grandchildren inserted by Sarah Windle
    Memorial to May and grandchildren inserted by Sarah Windle