Matilda Butler was born 23 May 1844 in Lower Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia to Sylvester Butler (c1804-1847) and Lydia Jane Curl (1816-1891) and died 15 July 1918 in Laguna, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married William Matthew Sternbeck (1848-1922) 1871 in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from Australia.


Offspring of William Matthew Sternbeck and Matilda Butler (1844-1918)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ernest Alfred Sternbeck (1872-1943)
William Ephraim Sternbeck (1874-1958)
Matilda Isabella Sternbeck (1876-1949)
Jasper Joseph Sternbeck (1878-1936)


The death took place at her residence, Laguna House, of Mrs. William Sternbeck, on Tuesday morning last. The deceased lady was some weeks previously attacked with an ailment, which was considered from the outset as very serious. Two doctors were in attendance, and everything possible was done for the sufferer that medical and nursing skill could do, but notwithstanding all the care, the patient slowly became weaker and weaker. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday, was one of the largest that has passed through the village. Friends from the Hawkesbury River, Cessnock, Millfield, Yango, and Payne's Crossing, and Broke, assembled, and the procession was a very long one. The remains were brought into St. John's Church, Wollombi. The church was densely packed, and a service was held, at which the deceased's favourite hymns were sung by the choir. The service at the grave was impressive, and the large number present was a testimony to the respect in which Mrs. Sternbeck was held. The chief mourners were: Mr. W. Sternbeck (husband), William, Ernest, Jasper (sons), and Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawkins (son-in-law and daughter). There were also present: Messrs. James and Matthew Sternbeck (brothers-in-law), and Mr. Sylvester Butler (brother). The coffin was carried into the graveyard by the nephews of the deceased. Mrs. Sternbeck was known not only in this district, but by the Hawkesbury River people also, who can testify to the great kindness meted out to them on their journeys to Wollombi. Everybody called in and was made welcome. The wayfarer never passed without having been replenished, and he went on his way rejoicing. In cases of sickness Mrs. Sternbeck was ever ready to assist, and the poor had her special care. She was very greatly attached to the Laguna church, and was a very regular attendant. In fact if she was absent it was because of doing a work of mercy elsewhere. She on one occasion collected a very large sum for the building of a new chruch at Central MacDonald, and Mr. and Mrs. Sternbeck contributed £50 to the movement. She will indeed be missed by all sections of the community, and the church has lost a most faithful worker and ardent supporter. The sympathy of the whole district goes out to Mr. William Sternbeck and family in their grief.

The Maitland Daily Mercury, 22 July 1918, page 2

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