|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1907|
Southland, New Zealand
From the Otago Witness , Issue 3792, 18 September 1907, Page 53: DEATH OF MISS GIBBON. RIVERTON, September 11. Miss Lydia Gibbon, who was shot in the head at Nightcaps on Tuesday, the 3rd inst., died at the Riverton Hospital at 3.30 o'clock this morning. She became deeply unconscious on Tuesday evening, and was unable to speak or recognise anyone subsequently. All Tuesday she was becoming weaker, until in the evening the end was seen to be near. A message was sent to her family at Nightcaps, and immediately her father and mother commenced the 35 miles drive to Riverton to see their daughter before she passed away. They were accompanied by the girl's brother and two sisters; also by Mr John Syvret (a boarder), who was present when the young woman was picked up after being shot. They reached Riverton at about 2 a.m., but could not speak with the dying girl. The case was exactly similar to that Of Reid, the only difference being that Miss Gibbon's wound was more easily dressed, and life lasted longer in consequence. The death waa reported to the coroner (Mr S. E. M'Carthy, S.M.), who has decided that an inquest -is unnecessary, Dr Trotter supplying the certificate as to the cause of death.
FUNERAL OF MISS GIBBON. RIVERTON, September 13. The last stage in the pathetic tragedy which so deeply shocked the mining community at Nightcaps last week was reached to-day, when the body of the unfortunate girl Mary Lydia Gibbon wse buried. From 2 till 5 o-'clock the mine was shut down, and the flag flown at half-mast. Not a equal was at work, either above ground or below ground. All the miners and, indeed, practically every able-bodied man and woman, boy and girl in the district attended the funeral to pay the last sad tribute of respect to the murdered young woman. The melancholy procession which followed the body to its final resting-place left the house of the bereaved family at 3 o'clock. The coffin, covered by a white pall, and almost buried beneath beautiful floral wreaths, crosses, and anchors, was conveyed in a two-horse waggon. The principal mourners were the four brothers and six sisters of the deceased. . Then followed old friends, members of the local Tennis Club (Miss Gibbon was a fine athletic girl, expert in tennis and popular among ail the tennis players in the neighbourhood), and of the Nightcaps Presbyterian Church, in which the deceased was a chorister active worker. All classes were represented in the cortege, which formed a long, sombre line. At the cemetery, which is situated on the top of a bleak -hill, many miners and others were awaiting the funeral procession. It was a chilly afternoon, and the sight of the snowtopped Takitimu Range in the distance made the scene appear even more -bleak. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. T. Tait, pastor of the Presbyterian. Church. Not a few, women and girls wept bitterly throughout the proceedings, and it was pathetic to witness the distress of the young sawmiller to whom the deceased was betrothed. The coffin plate bore the simple inscription: "Mary Lydia Gibbon. Died September 11, 1907. Aged,. 22 years."
Away in a corner of the cemetery lies the body of Henry Reid, who was buried on Wednesday last.
Benjamin son of Benjamin and Lydia GIBBON died 7 May 1907 age 9 years also their daughter Lydia Mary (Lily) died 11 Sep 1907 age 22 years also their mother Lydia GIBBON died 13 May 1922 age 61 years and their father Benjamin GIBBON died 21 Aug 1924 age 71 years.
Southland, New Zealand
Plot: Subdivision A Block IV A
Created by: Mark494
Record added: Jan 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46253045
Lydia was the 4th of 13 children of Benjamin GIBBON & Lydia PIZZEY. She was a victim of a murder/suicide committed by Henry Reid (from Tasmania) on 3 Sep 1907 in a fit of jealousy. He died on 8 Sep 1907, Lydia died 3 days later. They were 22|
Added: Nov. 19, 2011