Kathryn Margaret Daly was the 2nd child born to Michael
and Eileen Daly (nee Green).
was born in Adelaide on 17 April 1946 and died during a tonsillectomy
operation on 01 February 1949 - just a few months before her third
birthday. Anecdotally it was said to us when we, the Daly children,
were young that there was a problem with the anesthetic; that
she regained consciousness during surgery and suffered shock from
which death resulted. We now know differently. The adjacent photo
is of Kathryn in the front garden of the family home in Herston.
Recently Greg and I were talking about Kathryn
and the impact her death had on our parents. He obtained and gave
me a copy of her death certificate. The cause of death was simply
recorded as "Tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy". This prompted
me to contact the SA Coroners Office as I thought that surely
there must have been a report or investigation into her death.
The Coroner's Office retrieved the reports from their archives
and sent me a copy. I have transcribed these and made them available
on this website. As they may be distressing to some readers I
recommend that such readers NOT click this link to the
Cousin Shirley told me that "I clearly
remember playing with Kathryn at Nanna's and your family home.
She was a pretty little girl and I remember her face to this day.
I also remember my Mother telling us that Kathryn had died in
hospital when having her tonsils removed. I remember the adults
Kathryn was an asthmatic and I think it was decided
to remove her tonsils as it was the belief in those days that
it would clear her airways and help her with her breathing.
I don't recall our parents ever directly talking
about her death and I think it caused them great distress for
many years. When our Dad heard our prayers before going to bed
at night we each would call on God to bless all our family and
say each child's name. Kathryn was always included. Another brother
says "Mum mentioned when I was visiting her in the 1980s
that Kathryn was the best child and wanted her to be remembered."
In each of the homes our parents lived in over
the years, in Brisbane and in Adelaide, they always hung a portrait
photo of Kathryn near the front doors. If anyone knows the whereabouts
of this photo, I'd love to get a copy of it please. Kathryn's
premature death is sad and hopefully people and society have grown
Click on the photos to see an enlargement
The photo appears to have
been taken in the summer of 1948-'49 at Cleveland beach
a bayside town near Brisbane.
Kathryn is buried in the
same plot as her maternal grand-parents who died many years
later. Our parents also rest in the same cemetery.
Path 11 Site 761B