Char­i­ties fi­nally get cash

Will sorted 10 years on

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

A FOR­MER Tas­ma­nian woman who left nearly half a mil­lion dol­lars to Ho­bart char­i­ties that no longer ex­ist has had her will var­ied posthu­mously.

Betty Crosby died in South Aus­tralia in 2009, but had not up­dated her will since 1962, so the char­i­ties she’d be­queathed money to no longer ex­isted.

Her hus­band Charles died 39 years ear­lier, and no chil­dren or rel­a­tives had come for­ward to make a claim on her es­tate, leav­ing the Pub­lic Trustee with her $414,507.89 es­tate as of last year.

Mrs Crosby’s will, which was writ­ten in pounds, left sums of money to Mother Su­pe­rior at the Cal­vary Hos­pi­tal’s Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary and the Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal’s Good Sa­mar­i­tan Fund.

Mrs Crosby also left 100 pounds to Rosi­cru­cian AMORC to build a lodge in Ho­bart. The re­main­der of Mrs Crosby’s es­tate was to be di­vided among the Ken­nerly Boys’ Home, the Sal­va­tion Army Girls’ Home, the Sal­va­tion Army Boys’ Home, the Tas­ma­nian So­ci­ety for the Care of Crip­pled Chil­dren, the Spas­tics Chil­dren’s Treat­ment Fund, the Tas­ma­nian In­sti­tute for the Blind and Deaf, the Re­tarded Chil­dren’s Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion of Tas­ma­nia, the Claren­don Chil­dren’s Home at Kingston, the Con­vent of the Good Shep­herd at Sandy Bay and the Bethany Home for Boys at Lind­is­farne.

Supreme Court of South Aus­tralia judge Ka­t­rina Bochner this week found close al­ter­na­tives for each of the char­i­ties Mrs Crosby had be­queathed to – ei­ther by their suc­ces­sor char­i­ties or ap­plied by “cypres” – as close to Mrs Crosby’s in­ten­tions as pos­si­ble.

She de­ter­mined the ex­ist­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions of Ken­ner­ley Chil­dren’s Home, the Sal­va­tion Army Prop­erty Trust, TADTAS, Unit­ing Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia, the Royal Tas­ma­nian So­ci­ety for the Blind and Deaf, Li-Ve Tas­ma­nia, the Claren­don Chil­dren’s Home, Churches of Christ in Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia and South­ern Cross Care, be listed as Mrs Crosby’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­stead.

Cal­vary and Royal Ho­bart hos­pi­tals will also re­ceive sums.

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