Courtesy Larry Brennan
The Clare Champion of the 17th November 1954 tells us the following story:
Two family bibles from Ireland, which are nearly 100 years old, were
examined in the Practice Court, Melbourne, when deciding who should inherit
an estate now valued at £34,600.
The estate was left by Mrs. Annabella Sharpe, Benalla, Victoria, when she
died in 1919, without leaving a will. Ever since the authorities have been
searching for her next-of-kin.
Mrs. Sharpe was born in Ireland in 1836 and went to Australia when she was
27. After an investigation of claims to the estate from Ireland, the Curator
of the estates of deceased persons found that Mr. Harry Payne Thompson of
Killaloe, Co. Clare, was the first cousin of Mrs. Sharpe and her next of
kin. A summons for the distribution of the estate was taken out by Mr.
Thompson, and March 31st was fixed as the last day for the lodgment of
claims. Before the date a claim was made on behalf of Mrs. Gertrude Julia
Holiday, Ireland, who said that she was a cousin of Mrs. Sharpe.After
investigation, a decision was made in favour of Mr. Thompson, and a
certificate has now been issued to that effect.