Areas of Interest Guide: Eliza Gray
This is grave number O-259. These ‘areas of interest’ are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.
Eliza Caroline Gray (1858-1944) taught music for nearly 70 years, including 40 years at her little cottage in East Brisbane. She was born on the Araluen goldfield, New South Wales, where her father was Gold Commissioner, and arrived in Brisbane circa 1894. Eliza was 85 years old when she retired in 1943, and at the time was thought to be the oldest practising music teacher in the Commonwealth. She was described as a ’white-haired, serene old lady’ who found ‘relaxation and pleasure in playing the compositions of the masters’. In 1942 she told a reporter that ‘Music always has been and always will be a big part in my life. It is a sustaining interest’.