Mary Ella Tuck Bennett

Mary Ella Tuck Bennett

In 1912, another advertisement for the sale of the Buena Vista appeared in local periodicals. At this time the house was being occupied by William Hart-Bennett CMG (1861-1918) who was a British colonial minister in Nassau. He held the second most important post in the colony, that of Colonial Secretary. In 1918, Hart-Bennett was appointed Governor of British Honduras, now known as Belize. Shortly after his arrival he died “…from injuries received in the great fire…” He rests at St. James’ Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario.

His wife Ella Mary Tuck Bennett (1865-1914) from Norwich, Ontario was a prominent figure in Nassau society. She was president of the Nassau Dumb Friends League (precursor to The Bahamas Humane Society) and a member of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). Ella grew up in Japan and is best remembered as the author of An English Girl in Japan (1904). She died in 1914, en route to England, when her ship the RMS Empress of Ireland was struck by a Norwegian ship on the St. Lawrence River. This accident remains Canada’s largest maritime disaster during peacetime.

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