Mrs Thomas Hardy – cyclist
Mrs Hardy, wife of Mr Thomas Hardy, died at Max Gate, Dorchester, yesterday morning. She had been failing for some time, but her illness was not regarded seriously and the end was quite unexpected. She was Miss Emma Gifford, daughter of Mr J A Gifford and niece of Archdeacon Gifford and she was married to Mr Hardy in 1874, the year in which he published ‘Far from the Madding Crowd.’ She tried her pen at writing short stories, sketches and occasional verses, some of which have from time to time appeared in the ‘Poets’ Corner’ of the Dorset County Chronicle, and a favourite pastime of hers was water-colour sketching from nature, especially Wessex scenery. She was very fond of animals and had some beautiful cats at Max Gate. In former years Mrs Hardy, like her husband, greatly enjoyed cycle exercise, and was among the first women cyclists in the country. She was ardent in the cause of women suffrage, and walked in some of the suffrage processions in London.
The Times, Nov 28, 1912; pg. 9