Frederick Daniel McLachlan -
Allen (1914 - 1952) was the fourth son & child of Lillian May McLachlan
& Ernest James Allen senior. He was the third brother of the aforenamed
Avondale poet, Ernest James McLachlan-Allen.
On the 1st day of March in the
year 1933, in the family home @ Campsie a Sydney suburb, "Fred" as he was
called, wrote the following poem.
It was written by Fred, with an
aching heart, as the family's beloved mother had died very suddenly &
early in her mature years. Lilly McLachlan-Allen was only forty four years
of age at her death on 1st day of February 1930.
Fred, himself, was to die young
also. He died as the result of sad & long suffering from Tubercolosis.
Hence, he became the first of Lilly McLachlan's children, (in the words
of his poem), to - "see her in Heav'n Above".
Lilly McLachlan, when a young single woman, a member of The Salvation
Army @ Hillgrove NSW in 1907.
occasion of the marriage of Lilly McLachlan to Ernie Allen senior in 1908
@ Hillgrove NSW.
Lilly nee McLachlan Allen
Just a few years ago, sadness
came to our home,
For the Lord took our mother away;
But we know she has gone to the Mansions Above,
To the Land that us fairer than day.
Even though she has gone to her
Father in Heav'n,
Mother's influence lives to this day,
For I know that she prayed that we'd all come to God,
That we'd all have our sins washed away.
I will ever be true to the God
Whom she served
And the Saviour she taught me to love.
I will follow right on in the path that she trod.
Then some day I shall see her Above.
Tell my mother I'm coming some day
For my sins they have all been forgiven.
Saviour, tell her I'll meet her some day,
'Round the Throne of our Father in Heav'n.
- Frederick Daniel McLachlan-Allen