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Nordica Memorial Association
In the fall of 1913, Nordica began a concert tour that extended to the Pacific coast to Honolulu and Australia.
In the Gulf of Papua, in December, she was aboard the steamer Tasman when it went aground in Bramble Bay for three days.
Madame Nordica was taken seriously ill with pneumonia. Against the advice of her physicians, she sailed for Batavia, Java, where she again became seriously ill and passed away May 10, 1914.
Source: Ira Glackens, Yankee Diva: Lillian Nordica and the Golden Days of Opera (Farmington: Nordica Memorial Association, 1995)