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Yours Was a Hero's Crown

Lucy Beedon (1829-1886)

The first daughter born to Woreternemerunnertatteyane and Thomas, Lucy Beedon was spoken of as ‘The Queen of the Isles’…
When I first met her at her snug little home on Badger Island, I found her to be most anxious about the education of the children on the islands… Her influence amongst the half-castes was great. They looked upon her as a mother and guide, and in all their troubles and wants sought her advice and protection…
She mourned over the way in which “her people” were wronged and robbed.... I have a very sincere respect for the memory of Lucy Beedon. She was a woman of fine character - generous, virtuous, and deeply imbued with the highest principles of her duty to God and to her “own people”. She never married, was an excellent businesswoman, and directed the trading of the island fleet…

A maireener is more than a simple shell necklace. Traditionally it is a token of esteem.  Lucy Beedon gave this maireener to James Peppiatt, proprietor of the Old Brisbane Hotel where she would stay in Launceston.  It is made from the shell thalotia conica on linen thread.
A maireener is more than a simple shell necklace. Traditionally it is a token of esteem. Lucy Beedon gave this maireener to James Peppiatt, proprietor of the Old Brisbane Hotel where she would stay in Launceston. It is made from the shell thalotia conica on linen thread.

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