Susan TORLESSE 
- Born: 14 Apr 1831
- Baptised: 8 May 1831, Stoke By Nayland SFK
- Marriage (1): John Henry BRIDGES M.D.  on 7 Feb 1860 in Stoke By Nayland SFK
- Died: 7 Dec 1860, Melbourne Vic aged 29
- Buried: 1861, Stoke By Nayland SFK
Bridges -Torlesse. 7th inst., at Stoke by Nayland, by the Rev C. Bridges, Rector of Hinton Martel, John Henry Bridges M. D., late Fellow of Oriel College, to Susan, fifth daughter of the Rev C. M. Torlesse, of Stoke by Nayland.
Ref: Ipswich Journal 18th February 1860
Birth Year: abt 1831
Death Place: Victoria
Father's name: Toriesse Charl
Mother's name: Catherine Wakefield
Registration Year: 1860
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 10416
1. Catherine (Kate) Torlesse: Letter to Priscilla Catherine Torlesse her sister, 4 Sep 1851, Stoke.
Ref : Bygone Days Pages 268 - 269 See Books section
"MY DEAR FANNY, "
Poor mamma cannot write much to you this afternoon because her poor arm is so bad, however she is better than she was yesterday, which is a comfort and I hope in a few days she will be all right. And how are you, my little quintessence of a darling, getting on I hope, and at all events you are in the right way to do so because you feel how much you have to learn. Oh, Fan ! I wish I were a little girl like you just going to school. A. M. and I have been reading Milton's Paradise Lost lately. It is very glorious, we were reading
this morning the 7th Book, the description of the Creation of the Earth. I am still a prisoner to the house which I am getting tired of but I must be patient. Tassie came home from London yesterday. She brought Pris. and I most splendid dressing boxes, such beauties. Now it is getting dark, I'm not a bat, so believe me to remain, sweetest, nicest, affectionest
" Sister, SUSAN."
2. Susan Torlesse: Letter to Fanny Torlesse re sister Kate's death, Oct 1851.
My dearest Fanny
In the silent watching of a sick room I now sit down to write to you dear F all this illness of Kate's has come upon us like a thunderbolt. She returned from Ipswich yesterday afternoon, we soon found that she was far from well but Dr Mayne having seen her in the morning said that she had got and attack of influenza it was a blind infatuation [?] \endash for every symptom the commonest observer could see indicated that the mischief lay in the stomach \endash I slept with her last night and felt much alarmed by her rapid breathing, and the shrinking she every now and then had (even in her sleep) from the pain in her body. This morning we immediately saw there was no time to be lost \endash she was violently sick and yet no relief from pain \endash her pulse very high, when Mr Fenn came which was not till the middle of the day, he confirmed our fears that she had got inflammation of the bowels he and Dr Duncan have seen her again this
evening \endash they feel as we all must that she is in a most precarious state \endash and desperate means must be used she had . . . . . leechs [?] This aft, wh she says relieved her \endash they are still bleeding and I am anxiously watching for her to wake for fear they should bleed too long \endash she is having mercury applied outwardly and inwardly every 4 hours \endash you can imagine poor Mama that it is indeed a cup full of bitterness for her but I must hope that it will please God to restore dear Kate we must hope and yet be prepared for the worst \endash I have just been reading her psalm and telling her very gently how ill she has, she seemed perfectly composed and I do not believe is prepared [?] for another world. The little conversation I have had with (sic) has taken a great load [?] of my mind
This morning we all thought there was a great change in dear Kates countenance but Dr Duncan and Mr F thought her no worse \endash but also no better \endash and had symptoms . . . . . since they left her body is very large and quite hard and she has been sick again \endash all we can
say is the doctor does not give up hope but it is a desperate case and the effects the mercury may have is the only chance \endash she looks most dreadfully ill eyes sunken and features sharp, so that everything prepares us for the worst \endash I pray that we may be enabled to bear patiently whatever guard sends \endash she is prepared herself and fully aware of her danger but is yet in cheerful spirits and appears quite happy \endash it's an unspeakable comfort for us and to feel this \endash she has had leeches in . . . . . this aft, the mercury is not yet had any apparent effect the object of it is to prevent ulceration of the bowels but I . . . . . fear that may have already taken place. Dear I have told you exactly how the case stands neither more nor less \endash attempts to describe what I feel is impossible it is agonising I think of losing another sister \endash but thice [?] not our will be done we want the prayers of all those who care and this time I feel . . . . . your will answered.
Believe me . . . . ever
Dear . . . . . & Frances I know how they will feel for us
3. Susan Torlesse: Letter to Dr Edward Liveing, Abt 1853, Re Her Brother Henry.
Liveing Archive: Image Letter 11 a & b
My dear Edward
Mama thinks I had better tell you that the next ship will not sail till the . . . . . of December of course we have heard nothing of Henry yet
we were all very glad to hear of your success and that you were repaid for all your hard work how pleased Henry would have been
Fanny is quite well now she is going up to London
next week for a day or two - I suppose you have heard from home? about the dreadful accident that happened here last week -
Believe me I remain
Yrs very sincerely
Wednesday afternoon - when are you going to fulfil your promise to Henry of coming down
Written in a different hand on the back page: E Liveing Esq
* Susan Torlesse dau of Rev C M Torlesse & Catherine Gurney Wakefield. CB.
4. Susan Bridges: Letter to Frances Harriet (Fanny) Torlesse, 7 Jul 1860, 159 Collins St Melbourne.
To F. H. T.
159, Collins Street,
July 7, 1860
. . . . . We are in the very climax of work now. John is trying for an appointment at the Hospital, and is going about everywhere getting votes, and I am doing all the furnishing of our house. I feel great danger of the ever-desire to return to England making one too keen about our worldly advancement. You don't know what a temptation it is. Letters from home will be the balm of Gilead drawing us, saving us from the weary struggle of life here.
To the same in August
I think we are getting on here as well as you can possibly expect in the short time. John has got a few patients, and, what is better, some of the best people are anxious to support him.
John and Susan made many warm friends in Melbourne, and won respect and affection from them all.
Ref: Recollections of John Henry Bridges MD
Susan married John Henry BRIDGES M.D.  [MRIN: 550], son of Rev Charles BRIDGES  and Harriet TORLESSE , on 7 Feb 1860 in Stoke By Nayland SFK. (John Henry BRIDGES M.D.  was born on 11 Oct 1832 in Old Newton SFK, baptised on 11 Nov 1832 in Old Newton SFK and died on 15 Jun 1906 in Tunbridge Wells KEN.)