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Lillian Robinson Irving
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1871
Death: Dec. 6, 1917

Lillian Robinson was born in Cow Bay, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on April 27, 1871 to William Robinson and his wife, Mary A. On December 23, 1890, Lillian married Joseph Cecil Irving (b. 1870, Nova Scotia), son of an English captain and his second wife.

Between 1891 and 1904, Joseph and Lillian had five children, including Dolly G., Lillian, Ada M., Charles P. and Percy A. Irving.

The year 1917 was not kind to this family. Ada died in January 1917 as a result of an electrical accident. This tragedy was compounded later that year when Lillian (mother) was killed in the Halifax disaster of 1917.

The disaster occurred on the morning of Dec. 6 when a collision between a Belgian relief ship, the Into, and a French vessel, the Mont Blanc, laden with powerful explosives, caused an explosion of the latter with disastrous results to the city of Halifax and the town of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The disaster is probably the worst of its kind in the history of the Dominion of Canada, and one of the worst ever known upon the American continent. A large part of Halifax, especially the northern part, was totally destroyed. It is estimated that in addition to the approximatey 1500 people killed by the explosion, 25,000 persons were rendered homeless and destitute and that the money loss was about $20,000,000. Heavy snowstorms on the days following the explosion caused great suffering among numbers whose houses had been destroyed. Relief from all parts of Canada and from the United States was promptly sent to Halifax, and relief funds were raised everywhere.

Lillian, a homemaker, died of shock resulting from injuries sustained in the exploxion on the morning of the explosion.

After the explosion, Charles and his younger brother, Percy, were sent to live with their older sister, Lillian and her husband, Arthur R. Hopkins, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA. Their older sister, Dolly Irving Kingswood, of Halifax had died in 1910 of blood poisoning.

A member of the Methodist Church, Lillian was buried in Camp Hill Cemetery.

Camp Hill Cemetery
Halifax County
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Record added: May 08, 2008
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Lillian <i>Robinson</i> Irving
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