Ada Florence Banks seems to have met William Murdoch on board the Runicin 1903 - the New Zealander joined the vessel in Sydney, en route to the UK.
Following Murdoch's death, Ada returned to Christchurch, NZ (date unknown - she appears in 1917 electoral rolls). She lived quietly there with her father and unmarried sisters, her father and one sister dying in 1923, the other in 1932. She inherited Murdoch's estate, life insurance, and a small stipend from the Titanic disaster fund - this last ceasing in 1929. In 1939, in poor health, she went into a Christchurch nursing home and passed away on 21 April 1941. Susanne Stormer has written most extensively about Ada and her post-Titanic life, most notably in A Career at Sea.
More like what happens in the life of a career sailor when the timing just isn't right. I'm sure that Will and Ada had plenty of "passionate nights" whenever they were together, so it wouldn't be for lack of trying. The problem is that when one spends more time at sea then he possibly can with his wife, her share of the genetic material may not be there when his arrive for the party.
It's all in the biological timing and for some, the timing is just off.
>>'Whatever obstacles control,
Go on, true heart,
thou'lt reach the goal.<<
Errrrr call me confused but meaning...what?
If it was the question of trying to have children, it occurs to me that persistantly trying might not have been enough. Ada may well have been unable to concieve. She wouldn't have been the first woman to have that problem, and unfortunately, the fertility treatments which we take for granted today just didn't exist.
Excusse me for being confused but what !!!!!?????!!!! DID I SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN .And how did this subject get on the little brats anyway the original question was just on Ada and what had happened to her.It was a separate question in entirely.I thought I made my statement clear enough.I just REREAD my own post I did.
Lynda, I was speaking to the question of Ada Murdoch having children...a question that was discussed in this thread...which your bit of poetry seemed to speak to. I'm afraid the problem with that quotation was that it decidedly cryptic, so I hope you can see where it might have had some of us a bit confused about your intent.
The Mackay poem is a bit mysterious - last I heard, Murdoch researchers were trying to trace the tag, but hadn't yet identified the poem. Perhaps they have since managed to do so.
Mackay himself - as you may be aware - was a controversial figure. While some researchers have read a good deal into Murdoch's decision to cite a few lines of his poetry, it may not necessarily indicate that Murdoch shared Mackay's views. It's a fairly conventional quote, reflecting standard Edwardian values, and Murdoch may have seen it in another context and liked it without having read Mackay extensively.
I know I've got a stock set of quotes I like to use for matters like menus, farewell and birthday cards etc!