Little girl makes large impact in her short life

SHE was only nine years old but very sickly.

Gloria Galvin of Kyogle was so sick she had only just started school at seven years old.

Little Gloria Galvin was a very sickly child, known as a 'blue baby' and lived until she was nine years old.
Little Gloria Galvin was a very sickly child, known as a 'blue baby' and lived until she was nine years old. Courtesy Ancestry.com.au

It seemed she had heart problems and was considered a 'blue baby'.

Blue babies were so named because their complexion had a blue colouring from a lack of oxygen in the blood from a form of congenital defect of the heart or the major blood vessels.

Like all little girls Gloria loved a good story and was one of the contributors to Aunt Kath, a column that was in the Northern Star back in the 1920s.

She wrote:

Dear Aunt Kath - I have read your stories and letters in the 'Northern Star' and I enjoyed them very much.

" I think the story about the horse and the fairies lovely, and also the one about the little mouse.

"I am eight years old; I go to school and I am in the upper second class.

"I have only been going to school for a year. I could not go before as I was sick.

"With love from Gloria Galvin."

Aunt Kath always replied to her little contributors and her response to Gloria, in hindsight, is tinged with sadness.

"Dear Gloria - You have written quite a nice interesting letter for a little girl who has only been to school for one year.

"I hope that you will keep well and strong and then you won't miss school and you will grow up to be a clever woman."

Unfortunately Gloria never lived past her short nine years on earth as a year after receiving that reply she passed away at her parents place on Wednesday, November 24 1926.

She was the eldest child of stock inspector George Galvin.

Along with his wife Ruby they never truly got over their daughter's death.

'Some time we will understand' they had printed in the paper.

She was buried in the Methodist portion of Kyogle cemetery on Thursday, November 25 in 1926 by Reverend Newton.

Only two years later, Gloria's mother Ruby died suddenly while the family was on holidays at Brunswick Heads.

There is a little name plate acknowledging her at the bottom of Gloria's grave.

Sources

  • Ancestry.com.au
  • Northern Star, November 27, 1926
  • Northern Star, November 24, 1927
  • Northern Star, July 22, 1925
  • Northern Star, February 8, 1928


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