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Florence Fairelle Thornton

Florence Fairelle Thornton

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  • Name Florence Fairelle Thornton 
    Born 1861  Camberwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    • Florence married John Rudge in 1891 in Dursley Stroud England. His occupation was watchmaker and jeweller and his business was in the market place in Dursley in 1900.
Florence and John Rudge had 5 children, all were born in Dursley Stroud England. They immigrated to Australia in 1914. In 1914 John Rudge won the tender as clock contractor for NSW Government Railways and Tramways. They lived in Cremorne Junction. John passed away on 31 Aug 1917 at age 66, and was buried in Gore Hill Cemetery. Florence passed away on 23 Dec 1950 at age 90 and was buried in Gore Hill Cemetery with her husband.

      The poet – Florence Rudge
Her early literary articles appeared under her maiden name before she adopted the pseudonym of Fairelie Thornton (I think that Thompson was her pseudonym). Some of her poetry was set to music and sung in church services. She wrote several religious prose texts including “Sunset Gleams” (1930), and contributed to a devotional page in the “Grit” magazine in USA for several years. She contributed verses and devotional articles to “The Methodist” in Australia when Dr Caruthers was editor. Her oldest published book that I have found was in 1884 (when she was 24 years old) called “Work for Jesus” – a 121 page book of poems. Many poems were published in books / booklets and then reprinted in newspapers or magazines. One book called “Love” was published in 1922.

      In total she published over 24 devotional books each containing many poems and verses. She had a wide circulation in England, Scotland, America and Australia. Her last book was published in 1946 (when she was 86 years old). I have not found Florence Rudge personally connected to GFS either in England or Australia. BUT when I told some Sydney GFS members about what I had learned, one member, Alison (which Alison?), informed me that Florence Rudge was her great grandmother. If anyone would like to read some of Fairelie Thornton’s poems, the State Library of Victoria has some of her books available to download on the internet. From what I have learnt, Florence Rudge was a remarkable Christian woman with a long life and career. Her passion for sharing and living her love of the Lord is evident in her poems. Her work is still loved, relevant and appreciated today especially our GFS Motto Hymn.
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    Person ID I3049  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 

    Family John Rudge
              b. 16 Sep 1851, West Bromwich Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Aug 1917  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1891  Dursley, Stroud, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Dorothy Violet Faerly Rudge
              b. 1890
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F1564  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1861 - Camberwell, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1891 - Dursley, Stroud, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S549] Correspondence re: Luthers, Gabriele Wiechert.