Constance Dickens

Constance Dickens (nee Desailly) was the wife of Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (Plorn), the youngest son of Catherine & Charles Dickens. Edward died in 1902 and is buried at Moree, NSW. Constance died on 11 April 1914 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Box Hill Cemetery, Melbourne. The grave-site was in an appalling condition. After much research and investigation, Robin Da Costa-Adams (a lateral descendant of Constance) and Gary Corkill, Treasurer of NSWDS received permission to restore the grave. In order to do so contributions towards the cost of restIMG_0449oration were sought and received from the NSW Dickens Society; Dickens Fellowship Central Branch, London; Adelaide Dickens Fellowship plus individual contributions from various members of NSWDS and the Desailly family. Sincere thanks to all those who contributed enabling the restoration to be completed. The recumbant slab was made by artist and lettercutter Ian Marr with the commemoration of the restoration taking place at Le Pine Funerals; the funeral parlour which conducted Constance Dickens’ funeral one hundred and one years earlier. DSC_2562

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