Charlotte (Patch) Costigan 9.10.1865 - 13.3.1927.
My Paternal Grandmother Married William Martin Costigan on 2.2.1887. Charlotte and Martin had 9 Children, the 7th of whom was my beautiful Dad, Michael Joseph Costigan (3). Charlotte spent most of her early years at Evergreen, Jondaryan, where her parents settled and pioneered the District and attended Jondaryan school.
Charlotte was an accomlished horsewoman in Toowoomba, and apparently had expressed the desire to have her funeral cortege driven by horses. When the time came for her funeral, the undertakers were to use a motorised hearse, however the Gods were smiling on Charlotte, the hearse broke down, and Charlotte was transported to her final resting place by a horse driven hearse after all!
Charlotte & Bills home at Gordon Avenue, Eton Estate was built around 1907. The Cottage cost 252 pound to erect and they had freehold title to the land, which comprised one acre. Bill was a Blacksmith and initially worked for Snell Brother's business in Russell St, Toowoomba. Bill Costigan was bitten by a red-back spider circa 1906 and suffered progressive nerve and muscle wasting and weakness until his death at home in Gordon Avenue Toowoomba aged only 49 years, in November 1915. He is listed on the Electoral Rolls as a Blacksmith up to 1913, just 2 years before his death. It is not know how long he continued working but I seem to recall Dad saying that Bill was in a wheelchair for some time prior to his death.
About 1923, Charlotte moved to Coorparoo Brisbane with her 3 youngest sons. She was ill for only 4 days before her death on 13.3.1927.