Person of note
Eliza Marsden Hassall (1834-1917)
Eliza Marsden Hassall (1834-1917), clergyman’s daughter and philanthropist, was born on 2 November 1834 at Denbigh, Cobbity, New South Wales, seventh of eight children of Rev. Thomas Hassall, colonial chaplain, and his wife Ann, eldest daughter of Rev. Samuel Marsden. Eliza was educated at home, by a governess and by her brothers’ tutors. She assisted with the Sunday schools at Heber Chapel (built by Thomas for the Denbigh estate workers) and St Paul’s Church, Cobbity (1842). Intensely interested in her extended family, with whom she corresponded, Eliza practised both domestic and estate management—even learning to make table and fortified wines. She also ministered to the families of the estate’s skilled tradesmen and tenants. Her older sisters married. She did not, devoting her life to helping her father and her eldest brother Rev. James Hassall, caring for her widowed mother and finally promoting overseas missions.
Image geni_family_tree. 2017. Elizabeth Hassall (Hancox), free “Nautilus” 1798 (1766 – 1834) – Genealogy. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.geni.com/people/Elizabeth-Hassall-free-Nautilus-1798/6000000009544883915. [Accessed 02 January 2017].
Ruth Teale, ‘Hassall, Eliza Marsden (1834–1917)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hassall-eliza-marsden-12970/text23439, published first in hardcopy 2005, accessed online 2 January 2017.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, (MUP), 2005