Alice Myrtle Purnell Myrtle, 18911994 (aged 103 years)

Name
Alice Myrtle Purnell Myrtle
Given names
Alice Myrtle
Nickname
Myrtle
Surname
Purnell
Married name
Alice Myrtle Black
Name
Myrtle Purnell
Given names
Myrtle
Surname
Purnell
Birth September 16, 1891 31 26
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 16 Sep 1891 and baptised 8 Jan 1892 Alice Myrtle daughter of William and Elizabeth Catherine Purnell a farmer of Dural

Birth of a brotherCaleb Henry Searle Purnell Charlie
1893 (aged 1 year)
Birth of a brotherLeslie Ernest Searle Purnell Willie
April 28, 1895 (aged 3 years)
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 28 Apr 1895 and baptised 6 Jun 1895 Leslie Ernest Searle son of William and Elizabeth Katherine Purnell a labourer of Galston

Birth of a brotherMaurice Reginald Hamilton Purnell
October 31, 1897 (aged 6 years)
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 31 Oct 1897 and baptised Xmas Day 1897 Maurice Reginald Hamilton son of William and Elizabeth Purnell an orchardist of Galston

Birth of a brotherClifton Jack Purnell
August 22, 1901 (aged 9 years)
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 22 Aug 1901 and baptised 20 Sep 1901 Clifton Jack son of William and Elizabeth Catherine Purnell an orchardist of Galston

Birth of a brotherRoy Melbourne Waugh Purnell
December 2, 1904 (aged 13 years)
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 2 Dec 1904 and baptised 7 Dec 1904 Roy Melbourne Waugh (d. 10 days afterwards), son of Wm and Elizabeth Catherine Purnell an orchardist of Galston

Death of a brotherRoy Melbourne Waugh Purnell
December 15, 1904 (aged 13 years)
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Cumberland Argus Sat 17 Dec 1910 p. 6

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PURNELL. In fond and loving memory of our darling little son and brother, Roy Melbourne Waugh, who departed this life December 15, 1904 "Gone but never forgotten". The flowers we placed upon his grave May wither and decay, But the love for him who lies beneath Will never fade away

Birth of a brotherKenneth Sydney Ray Purnell Bob
January 24, 1907 (aged 15 years)
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 24 Jan 1907 and baptised 5 Mar 1907 Kenneth Sydney Ray son of Elizabeth Catherine and Wm Purnell an orchardist of Galston

Death of a maternal grandmotherAnn Fishburn
1909 (aged 17 years)
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10616/1909 BALDWIN ANN WILLIAM Catherine PARRAMATTA

Source: unknown
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Ann is said to have gone blind as she got older.

Burial of a maternal grandmotherAnn Fishburn
August 11, 1909 (aged 17 years)
Cemetery: St. Paul's Cemetery
Death of a paternal grandfatherStephen Purnell
June 16, 1912 (aged 20 years)
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Death Date: 1912 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1912 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales Registration Number: 7353

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Cumberland Argus Sat 22 Jun 1912 p. 8

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Death. - On Sunday news spread through the district that Mr. Stephen Purnell had passed away at the advanced age of 88 years. The burial took place on Tuesday, and was very largely attended, and as the cortege wended its way to St Jude's Church the bell tolled out the number of years the deceased has attained. The Rev. J. Roberts held a very impressive service at the church, after which the mortal remains were followed to the C.E. cemetery where a great many had assembled to pay respect to the oldest pioneer of the district. Mr. Purnell was married to Miss Rosetta Moulds, daughter of the late Simon Moulds, sen., of Dural, at All Saints Church, Parramatta in the year 1853. The deceased leaves a widow and seven children of five daughters and two sons, 44 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the grave. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Mr. Metcalfe, Parramatta.

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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

Burial of a paternal grandfatherStephen Purnell
June 17, 1912 (aged 20 years)
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Sydney Morning Herald Tue 18 Jun 1912 p. 7

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The friends of the late Stephen Purnell are kindly invited to attend his funeral; to move from his late residence, Galston, this Tuesday at 2 o'clock for Church of England Cemetery, Dural

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Stephen Purnell BIRTH 1829 DEATH 16 Jun 1912 (aged 82–83) BURIAL St Judes Cemetery Dural, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map PLOT Section 1, Row 3, Site 8-10. The grave is located between the headstones for Henry & Emma Black and Samuel & Phyllis Moore. MEMORIAL ID 180076064

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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

Death of a paternal grandmotherRosetta Moulds
March 11, 1913 (aged 21 years)
Cause: Senility
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Certified by William Purnell, son of Galston. Witness William Meltcalf.

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Sydney Morning Herald Wed 12 Mar 1913

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PURNELL. - March 11, 1913, at her late residence, Galston, Rosetta, relict of the late Stephen Purnell, aged 80 years.

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Cumberland Argus Sat 15 Mar 1913 p. 8

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Galston. Death. - Mrs. Rosetta Purnell, widow of the late Mr. Stephen Purnell, an old and respected resident of Galston, passed away very suddenly on Tuesday morning. The old lady had an attack of heart trouble on Monday evening, but after the night's rest appeared in her usual health, and prepared her morning meal, which she thoroughly enjoyed; but a short time after passed quietly away in the presence of some of her daughters, and the advanced age of 80 years. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon. The remains were interred in the Church of England cemetery at Dural and was attended by a large concourse of relations and friends. The Rev. W.J. Roberts officiated at the grace. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Messrs. W. Metcalfe and Co., of Parramatta.

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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Rosetta Purnell of Galston died 11 Mar 1913 and buried 12 Mar 1913 aged 80

Burial of a paternal grandmotherRosetta Moulds
March 12, 1913 (aged 21 years)
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Rosetta Moulds Purnell BIRTH 1833 DEATH 11 Mar 1913 (aged 79–80) BURIAL St Judes Cemetery Dural, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map PLOT Section 1, Row 3, Site 8-10, located between headstones for H & E Black and S & P Moore. MEMORIAL ID 180076063 Inscription 2017: There appears to be no inscription on the headstone on the interment site. Per DDHS in 1996: Uninscribed headstone. Gravesite Details Per DDHS in 1996: Uninscribed Norman headstone or footstone in centre of an unfenced plot.

MarriageArthur Melbourne BlackView this family
1914 (aged 22 years)
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Name: Alice M Purnell Spouse Name: Arthur M Black Marriage Date: 1914 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Balmain South, New South Wales Registration Year: 1914 Registration Number: 7057

Birth of a son
#1
Roy Melbourne Black
October 12, 1914 (aged 23 years)

Death of a motherElizabeth Catherine Warwick
1945 (aged 53 years)
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23893/1945 PURNELL ELIZABETH Catherine JOHN ANN CHATSWOOD

Burial of a motherElizabeth Catherine Warwick
October 29, 1945 (aged 54 years)
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Buried at Macquarie Park cemetery: Purnell Elizabeth Catherine Burial COE/K10/0025 29/10/1945

Death of a brotherStanley William Purnell Fatty
December 16, 1952 (aged 61 years)
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PURNELL STANLEY WILLIAM Registration number 186/1953 Father's Given Name(s) WILLIAM Mother's Given Name(s) CATHERINE ELIZABETH District SYDNEY

Death of a fatherWilliam Purnell
1952 (aged 60 years)
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PURNELL WILLIAM Registration number 18746/1952 Father's Given Name(s) STEPHEN Mother's Given Name(s) ROSETTA District PARRAMATTA

Burial of a brotherStanley William Purnell Fatty
December 18, 1952 (aged 61 years)
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
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Location Reference CATHOLIC/U1/0025

Death of a brotherCaleb Henry Searle Purnell Charlie
May 14, 1953 (aged 61 years)
Burial of a brotherCaleb Henry Searle Purnell Charlie
May 16, 1953 (aged 61 years)
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
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Anglican. Section K,Row 10, grave 30. (no headstone, no inscription. Kerbs only. Information taken from cemetery records).

Shared note: Location: COE/K10/0030
Death of a brotherSpencer Alfred Purnell Jack
August 7, 1955 (aged 63 years)
Burial of a brotherSpencer Alfred Purnell Jack
August 9, 1955 (aged 63 years)
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
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Anglican. Sec H,Row 5, grave 30.

Shared note: Location reference: COE/H5/0030
Death of a sonRoy Melbourne Black
May 12, 1957 (aged 65 years)
Death of a brotherAubrey Cyrus Purnell Skinner
April 15, 1966 (aged 74 years)
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20552/1966 PURNELL AUBREY CYRUS WILLIAM ELIZABETH LIVERPOOL

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PURNELL Aubrey Cyrus Death notice 15 APR 1966 Death age 78 late of Liverpool Sydney Morning Herald 18 APR 1966

Death of a husbandArthur Melbourne Black
November 1970 (aged 79 years)

Death of a brotherLeslie Ernest Searle Purnell Willie
July 21, 1972 (aged 80 years)
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PURNELL Leslie Ernest Searle Death notice 21 JUL 1972 Death late of Waitara Sydney Morning Herald 25 JUL 1972

Death of a brotherKenneth Sydney Ray Purnell Bob
July 29, 1972 (aged 80 years)
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PURNELL Kenneth Sydney Rae (Bob) Death notice 29JUL1972 Death 65 late of Epping Sydney Morning Herald 31JUL1972

Burial of a brotherKenneth Sydney Ray Purnell Bob
August 1, 1972 (aged 80 years)
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
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'Husband of Enid, father of Ken and Anne'.

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RCLAWN/BLOCK3/0145 ie., Catholic Lawn Block 3, Row 2, grave 145.

Death of a sisterAnnie Pearl Purnell
June 25, 1976 (aged 84 years)

Death of a brotherClifton Jack Purnell
January 20, 1980 (aged 88 years)

Burial of a brotherClifton Jack Purnell
January 23, 1980 (aged 88 years)
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Note: Grave reference: COE/K10/0023
Death of a brotherMaurice Reginald Hamilton Purnell
July 25, 1982 (aged 90 years)
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Maurice Reginald Purnell BIRTH unknown DEATH 25 Jul 1982 BURIAL Walkerston Cemetery Walkerston, Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia PLOT C of E Section 1, Line # 6, Plot 27 MEMORIAL ID 189307305

Death December 3, 1994 (aged 103 years)
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BLACK Alice Myrtle Death notice 03 DEC 1994 Death age 103 late of Chatswood, formerly of Galston, NSW Sydney Morning Herald 05 DEC 1994

Burial
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Cemetery: Macquarie Park NSW Inscription Id: 3511792 Surname: Black Given Names: Alice Myrtle Interred Date: 3 Dec 1994 Gender: F Portion: Ang Row: K10 Plot: 0024

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Alice Myrtle Black BIRTH unknown DEATH 3 Dec 1994 BURIAL Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia MEMORIAL ID 145280985

Family with parents
father
Purnell, William (1859-1952)
18591952
Birth: November 24, 1859 30 26Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1952Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18651945
Birth: June 7, 1865 41 37Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1945Roseville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: March 28, 1883Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 months
elder sister
Purnell, Annie Pearl (1883-1973)
18831976
Birth: August 13, 1883 23 18Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 25, 1976
21 months
elder brother
Purnell, Spencer Alfred (1885-1955)
18851955
Birth: May 9, 1885 25 19Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 7, 1955Redfern, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
Purnell, Aubrey Cyrus (1886-1966)
18871966
Birth: June 25, 1887 27 22Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 15, 1966Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
Purnell, Stanley William (1889-1952)
18891952
Birth: July 11, 1889 29 24Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 16, 1952Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
herself
Purnell, Alice Myrtle (1891-1994)
18911994
Birth: September 16, 1891 31 26Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 3, 1994Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
Purnell, Caleb Henry Searle (1893-1953)
18931953
Birth: 1893 33 27Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 14, 1953Hornsby, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
18951972
Birth: April 28, 1895 35 29Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 21, 1972Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
Purnell, Morris Reginald Hamilton (1897- )
18971982
Birth: October 31, 1897 37 32Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 25, 1982Queensland, Australia
4 years
younger brother
Purnell, Clifton Jack (1901-1980)
19011980
Birth: August 22, 1901 41 36Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 20, 1980
3 years
younger brother
19041904
Birth: December 2, 1904 45 39Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 15, 1904Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
Purnell, Kenneth Sydney Ray (1907-1972)
19071972
Birth: January 24, 1907 47 41Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 29, 1972Ryde, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Arthur Melbourne Black
husband
18831970
Birth: October 21, 1883 30 39Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 1970
herself
Purnell, Alice Myrtle (1891-1994)
18911994
Birth: September 16, 1891 31 26Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 3, 1994Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1914Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
9 months
son
19141957
Birth: October 12, 1914 30 23
Death: May 12, 1957Kogarah, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthSydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1818-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 16 Sep 1891 and baptised 8 Jan 1892 Alice Myrtle daughter of William and Elizabeth Catherine Purnell a farmer of Dural

MarriageAncestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
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Name: Alice M Purnell Spouse Name: Arthur M Black Marriage Date: 1914 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Balmain South, New South Wales Registration Year: 1914 Registration Number: 7057

DeathThe Ryerson index to contemporary death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers. [datatase on-line]. n.p., Ryerson Index Inc.
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BLACK Alice Myrtle Death notice 03 DEC 1994 Death age 103 late of Chatswood, formerly of Galston, NSW Sydney Morning Herald 05 DEC 1994

BurialMcDonell, Reg. 'Australian Cemeteries Index' [database - on-line].
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Cemetery: Macquarie Park NSW Inscription Id: 3511792 Surname: Black Given Names: Alice Myrtle Interred Date: 3 Dec 1994 Gender: F Portion: Ang Row: K10 Plot: 0024

BurialFind a grave [database on-line].
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Alice Myrtle Black BIRTH unknown DEATH 3 Dec 1994 BURIAL Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia MEMORIAL ID 145280985

SourceMote, Robert. Ozigen - Australian Genealogy: family trees of mainly Australian families with UK and Irish ancestry. [database - online]
Note: http://www.ozigen.com
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Alice was quite a character. On asking her a question once about family she said "I can't remember everything you know".<p> Myrtle was in her late 80's when we found her and still working as a tea-lady for Salmon Bros. Electrical Warehouse at Meadowbank, Sydney. She said they would never dismiss her and no wonder - as every weekend she cooked cakes, scones, gramma pies etc. for the staff. At Xmas she cooked about 25 Xmas cakes and puddings for her bosses and workmates. At 86 years of age she won "The Tea Lady of the Year Award". The 1st Prize was a trip overseas and she said "there's no way they'll get me on a plane" so she swapped the runner-up for the silver tea service. She was presented with her Prize by Diana "Bubbles" Fisher on Television.<p> The doctor told Myrtle's mother when she was a child that she wouldn't live through her teens. Myrtle said " I wish he could see me now".<p> She used to leave home at 4.30 am and walk to Chatswood Railway Station and catch a train to Meadowbank. One morning a Police car pulled up beside her and asked where she was going. She said to work. They then asked where she lived and she told them. They insisted she get in the car and they'd take her home, she refused and she said "they manhandled me" by pushing her into the back seat, laddering her stockings and bruising her arm. She kept saying she would miss her train. They pulled up outside her house and her brother Cliff ran out and asked what happened. He said to the Police "she'll be late for work now". The Police offered to take her back to the railway but she refused to get in their car as she said it was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to her. Myrtle was 89 years of age and no doubt the Police thought she was wandering.<p> She wrote a letter compalining to then then Premier Neville Wran but never received a reply. After this incident her bosses started taking her to work. In latter years after Cliff died they advised her on her affairs and kept an eye on her. They and their wives would take her out some weekends and one of them would check if she was alright at home. They were like family to her. Myrtle was deaf so the phone was no use to her. <p> In April, 1990 when she was 98 years of age, her boss called in to check on her at 6pm one Sunday, but couldn't find her around the house until he gently opened the bathroom door. He said "those eyes looked up and she said I knew you would come". She had fallen in the bath about 8 am that morning, hitting her head and badly bruising herself. She had the sense to pull the plug out. When asked, wasn't she cold she said "how could I be, I struggled all day to get out." <p> She was very religious and said "The Good Lord looked after me". <p> Following this accident she couldn't work, but insisted that she wasn't retired - just off work for a while. She still walked to her chemist at Chatswood and he offered to drive her home but she refused. She managed to get to her street corner before falling in the gutter and lay there until a motorist pulled up. She spent some time in a Convalescent Hospital before insisting she go back home. That was her first time in any hospital. <p> Her bosses made arrangements for her to go into the "Laurels Nursing Home" at Meadowbank so they and her workmates could visit her. She didn't like being there and wanted to go home but another fall and she was confined to bed, bouncing back to a walking stick. She said she had to keep moving or she would end up like the others in there. She loved sitting in the sun and as renovations were being done, she gave orders to the men to hurry up, they were taking too long and wasting money. They thought she was joking !!! She ordered the Staff around, which amused and amazed them as she was so bright compared to some that were years younger.<p> Myrtle celebrated her 100th birthday there and received her telegram from the Queen. The radio station that ran the Tea Lady Awards interviewed her. Myrtle stood up and gave a speech and thanked the Dear Lord for keeping her alive so long. A nursing sister nearby said with a laugh,"what about us? - we fed and nursed you". There were flowers and cards everwhere.<p> During her 102nd and 103rd years she had more falls and to her disgust she was bed-ridden and they put a rail along her bed to stop her getting out to kneel and pray. She asked a friend to move the rail and she refused so Myrtle got her stick and ordered her out of her room.<p> On her 103rd birthday on 16 September 1994, she lay in bed with a smirk on her face, with relatives and friends around her. She loved the attention but she did say she wished the Dear Lord would hurry up and take her and she didn't know why he was taking so long. She died on the 3 December. 1994.<p> A graveside service was held for Myrtle at Northern Suburbs Cemetery with over 30 attending. The Minister kept stopping and having a laugh at some of the stories about "Blackie". He told a story of a man who was a parishioner, who had been retrenched for four years and was worried sick. He told him not to worry something will turn up. The man said that's what worried him. l she was 99 years of age. She complained every Xmas when the firm closed down for annual holidays because she still wanted to go to work."<p> He said he had never seen a burial for a 103 year old with so many people that knew her and especially workmates. Usually there was only himself and the grave diggers. Myrtle was buried with her son Roy Melbourne BLACK and beside her mother Elizabeth Catherine PURNELL nee WARICK and brother Clifton Jack PURNELL.<p> She was a fantastic lady. Her vivid memory was a great help, whether or not all her stories were correct. We can never thank her enough.<p> On making mention once of convicts, she replied "don't you believe everything you're told???" In those days it was probably hidden from future generations.<p> Myrtle and her brother Cliff (bacjelor and High School Teacher) looked after their mother until she died in 1948. They first rented a house in Wyvern Ave, Roseville (now Chatswood) Sydney and later they bought it and the adjoining one. Myrtle never took holidays and put that money into house payments. She mended and darned their clothes to make them last and save money. She said neither of them or their mother ever drew a pension of any kind. She was fiercely independent and did not approve of anyone retiring. After Cliff died she took over mowing her lawns as well as attending the gardens, which were immaculate. BURI: CEME Northern Suburbs Cemetery