ECEC professional Molly Ticehurst farewelled in moving ceremony
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ECEC professional Molly Ticehurst farewelled in moving ceremony

by Freya Lucas

May 07, 2024

Early childhood educator Molly Ticehurst has been remembered at a moving ceremony held ten days after her alleged murder as a result of domestic and family violence. 


Before continuing to engage with this piece readers should be aware that it discusses domestic and family violence, and should consider their own needs and wellbeing before continuing to engage. A list of support services has been provided at the conclusion of the story. 


Ms Ticehurst was described as being a naturally gifted educator, who many children approached with joy outside of the Forbes Learning Ladder where she was last employed. 


Her father told the crowd it was a joy to walk down the street with her as children from her workplace spotted their beloved educator, bringing their parents over and saying “Mum! Dad! It’s Molly!” 


Forbes Learning Ladder Director Aidan Clarke spoke fondly of Molly, sharing that when she took the job, she was keen to ensure that her favourite patrons from the bowling club, where she served drinks, would not be impacted by her new role. 


“If I leave the bowlo, who will serve all my oldies?” he recalled her saying. 


This care and compassion for others was said to be at the heart of who Ms Ticehurst was as a friend, coworker, and most importantly, as a mother to her four year old son, who’s farewell message was: 

“Dear mum, I love you. I miss our holidays together and our tickle fights. I miss you a lot, and I will love you every day and night. You are the best mum in the world.”

Molly’s father Tony Ticehurst addressed the assembled crowd saying he always hoped his daughter would change the world. 


“Molly didn’t have to leave us to grow her angel wings — they came with her as standard equipment,” he said, through tears.


“Every parent would like to see their child change the world, but not at this cost.”


Ms Ticehurst’s passing has served to intensify attention to the issue of domestic and family violence in Australia. 


“When you knew what was happening to you was not acceptable, you found the strength to leave. You found strength when things didn’t change to seek legal help. You did everything you possibly could to protect your family, yourself and your son,” the celebrant presiding over her service said, speaking to Molly directly on behalf of those assembled. 


“What happened should never have happened. We are so proud of you for having the strength to leave.”


Forbes, a town of 9000 people, will also hold a “Molly Mattered” walk around Lake Forbes on Mother’s Day, with attendees asked to wear bright colours. A fundraiser initiated by locals has raised nearly $60,000 for her funeral and to assist those caring for her son. 


If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit


In an emergency, call 000.


Advice and counselling for men concerned about their use of family violence: Men’s Referral Service, 1300 766 491.

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