'The Full Court has granted letters of
administration in the estate of the late
Mrs. Agnes Grant Hay; who with her
daughter, went down with the steamer
'Only a codicil of her will has
been found, and it is inferred that the
will itself either disappeared with the
vessel or was destroyed in a fire which
ruined Mrs Hay's mansion, at Victor
Harbour, shortly before she embarked on
'Another daughter, swore
to the contents of the will
in an affidavit.'
|Agnes Grant Hay|
It is shocking to discover that Mrs Hay's will was only 'sorted out' one and a half years after the Waratah disappeared.
She was a widow and what did her surviving children, engulfed in grief, do about finances in the interim?