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Surname:Abbott (nee Brady) (obit.,)
First Name:Mrs. John Kingsmill
Date:9 December 1902
Place:Abbotsford, Wingen
Source:The Scone Advocate
Details:On Sunday last, there passed away, at Abbotsford, Wingen, at the ripe age of 83, a remarkable old lady in the person of Mrs. Abbott, relict of the late John Kingsmill Abbott, and mother of several who have occupied high offices in the State. Up till her fatal illness, the late Mrs. Abbott, despite her advanced age, was enjoying her usual good health, and was also in the full enjoyment of her mental faculties, and could read - and she was a great reader� and wrote without the aid of glasses. Last week, she was taken ill, and Dr. Scott, who was summoned, held out very little hope of recovery. The end came about midday on Sunday, in the presence of her only surviving children, and other relatives. The late Mrs. Abbott was born at Jamaica in 1819, and was a daughter of Captain W. E. Brady, of the Imperial army. When in her 18th year, she was married at Tralee, Ireland, to Mr. John Kings- mill Abbott, and, with her husband, very shortly afterwards came to Australia, arriving in Muswellbrook in 1838 or 1839. They lived in Muswellbrook for a number of years, the whole of their family being natives of that place. In 1847, Mrs. Abbott, then only in her 28th year, lost her husband, who took suddenly ill and died in Scone while returning to Muswellbrook, and his remains rest in the old Church of England cemetery here. Shortly after her husbands death, Mrs. Abbott, with her young family, took up her residence at Glengarry, Wingen, which forms part of the property which now bears the family name, and there reared her family. Of these, three predeceased her, namely, Sir Joseph, who occupied the office of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for a longer period than any of his predecessors; Mr. T. K. Abbott, for some years a Police and Stipendiary Magistrate; and Mr. John H. Abbott, who was accident- ally killed. One of the surviving children is Mr. W. E. Abbott, who represented us in Parliament as one of the members for the old electorate of the Upper Hunter, and is at the present time President of the Pastoralists Union - - a profound thinker, clear-headed, and one of the most capable all-round Press writers in the State; the other is Mrs. Shaw, mother of Mr. J. A. K. Shaw, our Mayor. Both these have lived with the mother, whom they ever regarded with sincere filial affection, from v childhood, and naturally feel the inevitable parting very keenly. Though leading a quiet, retired, homely life, the de- ceased, who had a face with the stamp of character that at once impressed one, was a woman of considerable, mental, power and attainments, and right down to the sunset of her life, evinced the keen interest of youth in the literary achievements of her grandson, Mr. J. H. M. Abbott, whose book on the late war is said to have had a sale second only to the success achieved by that of Dr. Conan. Doyle.
Surname:Alcorn (obit.,)
First Name:Edward
Date:8 June 1880
Details:Death of an old Pioneer. One of the old landmarks and historical personages of New South Wales went the way of all flesh at Singleton on Friday morning. The deceased gentleman was Mr. Edward Alcorn, of Singleton, who died from sheer old age, after nearly finishing his eightieth year. The deceased gentleman was one of the few remaining Englishmen whose early and indefatigable energy brought about the opening up of the northern districts of this colony landing in Port Jackson when but a child he spent the earlier portion of his days in the Hawkesbury district, and comparatively young man formed one of the first parties to cross the Bulga. Mountains and settle on what subsequently became known as Patricks Plains. Together with Mr. John Browne, J.P. (father of the present member for that electorate), he for years underwent the dangers to life and limb incident to explorers and squatters in the old days of blacks and the bushranging fraternity; but despite numberless hairbreadth escapes, he subsequently was the means of opening up large tracts of country in the north, and became possessed of considerable affluence for a time. To Mr. Alcorns courage and tact in conciliating himself amongst the then wild aboriginals upwards of half a century ago, not a few of the present wealthy squattages now owned by our colonial magnates view were formed, his name having been a household word in the northern districts prior to the present generation. The deceased, it may be mentioned, as a matter of incident, was born in Buckingham Palace,; London, in the year 1800, and leaves behind him a widow and a largo family. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the Singleton Church of :England Cemetery, attended by a large gathering of friends, the Rev. B. B. Shaw, B.A., of All ,Saints, conducting the service
Surname:Arndell (obit.,)
First Name:Sophie
Date:29 April 1914
Details:Obituary of Miss Sophie Arndell, one of the third generation from Dr. Thomas Arndell who came out as surgeon with Governor Philip in the First Fleet. She was the second of three unmarried Misses Arndell, daughters of Thomas Arndell the second, who have for some years lived in Lewisham but who were born at the original family estate of Cattai, Hawkesbury River where her grandfather retired and farmed in the disturbed times of the Bligh rebellion. Miss Arndell's sisters were, besides two unmarried, Mrs. George Loder (who died many years ago), of Abbey Green, Singleton, and Mr. F.R. White of Harben Vale, Blandford...........
Surname:Barrallier (Barralier) (obit.,)
First Name:Francis Louis
Date:11 June 1853
Source:Military Obituary (Google Books)
Details:BARRALLIER, Francis Louis, Ensign, 14th Aug., 1800, New South Wales Corps; Lieut., 16th May, 1805, 90th Regt.; Captain, 6th July, 1809, 101st Regt; placed on half pay of it, 7th January, 1817; exchd. to 33rd Regt., 19th May, 1819; exchd. to half pay of 25th Light Dragoons, 8th Feb., 1821; Bt. Major, 22nd July, 1830; exchd. to 73rd Regt., 4th Oct., 1831; exchd. to half pay of Rifle Brigade, 9th Aug., 1833; Bt. Lieut. Colonel, 9th Nov., 1846; died in Bedford Square, Commercial Road, London, 11th June, 1853. (Silver Medal for 6, 8). Served in New South Wales from 1800 th 1804, during which period was appointed Assistant Engineer, commanded the Artillery, and was Aid-de-Camp to the Governor; was the first who explored the interior with a party of his Regiment, as far as the Blue Mountains; proceeded to the West Indies in 1806, again appointed Assistant Engineer; present at the attack and capture of Guadaloupe and Martinique, and was promoted in the 101st as a reward for his services; was also present at the secoud capture of those Islands.
Surname:Barrallier (Barralier) (obit.,)
First Name:Francis Louis
Ship:Speedy 1800
Date:11 June 1853
Place:Bedford Square, London
Source:The United Service Magazine (Google Books)
Details:Died on the 11th June, 1853, at his residence, 24, Bedford Square, Commercial Road, Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Barrallier Half Pay Rifle Brigade, aged 80. Ensign New South Wales Corp, 14th August, 1800; Lieutenant 90th Regiment, 16th May 1805; Captain 101st Regiment, 6th July, 1812; Captain 33rd Regiment, 19th May, 1819; Captain 73rd Regiment, 1832; Brevet Major 1830; [Brevet Lieut.-Col. 1846. Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Barrallier served from 1800 to 1804 in New South Wales, during which period he acted as Aide-de-camp to the Governor, Assistant Engineer, and commanding the Artillery at Sydney; he planned and caused to be constructed the Lady 'Nelson, surveying schooner; in 1802 he surveyed by order of the Governor Basse's Strait from Wilson’s Promontory, to and including Western Port. His Excellency with the view of recording his approbation, promulgated a General Order, and named one of the islands in Western Port, Barrallier's Island. In the same year he was sent by his Excellency with a party of nine men of his' Regiment into the interior, and crossed the Blue Mountains. On his return after having being absent four months, he was again complimented in General Orders, as having greatly advanced the geography and natural history of New South Wales. In 1803 he proceeded in the Lady Nelson surveying vessel, commanded by Lieutenant Grant, R.N. to survey Hunter's River, which they found to be a harbour, having three distinct rivers; while engaged in this survey they were surrounded by the natives, and had a narrow escape for their lives. In 1805 he was appointed to the 90lh Regiment, and joined the 1st battalion in 1806 at Saint Vincent; was ordered by Major-General Sir G. Beckwith, to make a military station of the Fort and its environs, and acted as Commissioner and defined the limits of the Fort; was present at the attack and capture of the Island of Martinique as an Assistant Engineer in 1809; attached to headquarters and was promoted to a company in the 101st Regiment, and appointed Aide-de-camp to the Commander-in-Chief, present at the attack of Guadeloupe, in 1810, as Aide-de-camp to the Commander-in-Chief; placed and superintended the erection of the barrack ; in 1812, by especial approbation of His Royal Highness the Duke of York, he was ordered to make a Military Survey and Map of the Island of Barbadoes, with all the astronomical observations, which he completed in five years under a very trying climate and greatly injuring his health; in the same year his Excellency ordered him to plan and cause to be erected a Mausoleum, in memory of the officers and soldiers who fell at the taking of Guadaloupe; in 1813 he had the honour to superintend the erection of the statue of the immortal Nelson; was appointed Deputy-Assistant Quartermaster-General under Sir James Leith, and was present at the second attack and capture of Guadaloupe in 1814, appointed Surveyor-General of the island, returned to England in 1818. at the reduction of the 101st Regiment He has received the War Medal and two clasps for Martinique and Guadaloupe, and was presented in 1827 with a gold snuff-box set in brilliants, by Frederick William, King of Prussia, through the Count de Lottum then Prussian Ambassador in London.
Surname:Becke (obit)
First Name:Frederick
Date:23 July 1903
Source:The Macleay Chronicle
Details:Early last week the death was reported of Mr. Frederick Becke, in Sydney. The deceased gentleman, who had reached his 93rd year, was at one time C.P.S. in Port Macquarie, having been appointed to that district about the year 1854. He resided in Port with his family for a number of years and will be remembered by many old residents. He was also one of the oldest free masons in the State. He leaves a great number of children and grandchildren, Mrs. Becke having passed away about 6 years ago. The deceased leaves a family of five sons, Aubrey, Alfred, Vernon, Louis (the novelist), Cecil, and three daughters, Mrs. E. Kelly, Mrs. T. P. Davis and Miss Florrie Becke. Mrs. Torzillo, another daughter, died a few months ago, and Mr. E. H. Becke, a son who for a number of years resided in Kempsey, died also in Western Australia
Surname:Bennett (obit.,)
First Name:Margaret
Date:8 June 1935
Details:The funeral to-day of Mrs. Margaret Bennett, widow of the late Mr. Walter Bennett, M. L. A., and mother of Mr. C. E. Bennett, M. L. A. for Gloucester, who died at Cremorne on Wednesday night, aged 73, was one of the largest witnessed in Dungog for many years. The remains were brought to Dungog by train on Thursday night and reposed overnight in Saint Mary's Catholic Church. A short service held at the church was conducted by Father Moylan, assisted by Father Mark Carlton, of Singleton. The church was crowded, many being present from Sydney, Maitland, Newcastle, and northern centres. The principal mourners were Messrs. C. E. Ben- nett, M.L.A., Gordon Bennett, editor of the
Surname:Blanchard (obit.)
First Name:Henry
Date:27 June 1896
Place:West Maitland
Source:Maitland Weekly Mercury
Details:One of the oldest residents of West Maitland , Mr. Henry Blanchard died on Tuesday at the residence of his grandaughter Mis Polly Troubridge, of Church Street. Deceased, who had attained the advanced age of 86 years was in charge of the Farmers Union ever since its commencement. Previously he had followed farming pursuits at one time cultivating an extensive area of ground in the neighbourhood of where he died. Fifty years ago he was in the employ of the late Mr. George Yeomans. for the past 8 weeks he was confined to his bed and was attended by Dr. R.G. Alcorn. The cause of death was senile decay
Surname:Bowden (obit.,)
First Name:William
Date:5 August 1882
Place:Raymond Terrace
Details: It is with regret also that I mention the decease of Mr. William Bowden, which took place at Kennington, the residence of his son, on the8th July last. The deceased gentleman arrived in the colony in the year 1838, and shortly after his arrival had the misfortune to lose his wile, leaving him with a family of five sons and four daughters ;and about three months after his wife's death, that of his eldest son followed. For two or three year she resided in Sydney, and afterwards at Lake Macquarie, but in the year 1846 be removed to Hexham, on the Hunter River, engaging in farming operations with his sons, and finally ending his days at Kennington, near Hexham. Al-though not taking any active part in public matters, he nevertheless, from his kindly disposition, obtained the respect and esteem of a very large circle of friends Three months previous to his death symptoms presented themselves, which, owing to his great age, compelled those around him to sum-mise that a breaking up of the system was about to take place. It was soon evident that a correct conclusion had been come to, for he gradually became worse, and subsequently dropsy set in, from which he succumbed as before stated, regretted not only by his own family but by a large circle of friends. The deceased was born in Kent, England, in the year 1796, and at the time of his death was within a month of his 86 birthday, and a resident of the colony nearly 44 years. It may be mentioned that at the time of hie death there were living of the de-ceased 62 grand children and 73 great grand children.
Surname:Boydell (obit.,)
First Name:Charles
Date:1869 26 August
Details:DEATH OF CHARLES BOYDELL, ESQ, J.P.-The death of this much esteemed gentleman took place on Wednesday last, at his residence at Camyrallyn, near Gresford, and his funeral took place on Saturday, his remains being fol-lowed to their last resting-place by all of our principal residents, and a large concourse of followers. None have passed away from amongst us more highly esteemed and respected than Mr. Charles Boydell. Unostentatious in his intercourse with everyone, charitable in his disposition, ever anxious to conciliate wherever contentions arose, a friend to the poor, and always looked up to by all classes of the community with the greatest respect, he was truly beloved and esteemed by all. He was one of our oldest magistrates, and, ere affliction overtook him, he always took great pleasure in punctually performing his magisterial duties. His decisions on the bench always gave the most complete satisfaction: never, indeed, did we hear of any of his magisterial decisions being in any way impugned ;but, whatever his decisions were, they seemed to be taken as both correct and just by each party, and hence many sought for his advice and counsel in matters of difficulty. For many years Mr. Boydell took a very active part in public matters in the affairs of our district, was a stern opponent to the resumption of transportation when that question was agitating the public mind, was a member of our District Council for a lengthened period when in the prime of life, and in the midst of his career of general usefulness for the public good, he was laid aside by the afflicting hand of paralysis, and ever since he has been confined to his own dwelling, now for many years past. But even through this period his kindness of heart and charitable disposition have very frequently been experienced by the residents that surround Camyrallyn House ; and though his death was not unanticipated, it caused when the news was spread around, a thrill of anguishing many hearts, and many felt they had lost a sincere friend.
Surname:Brown (obit.,)
First Name:Robert
Ship:Investigator 1802
Source:The American Journal of Arts and Science
Details:III. BOTANY AND ZOOLOGY. 1. Obituary of Robert Brown.—"This distinguished botanist died on Saturday last, [June 12,] at his house in Dean street, Soho, in the eightyfifth year of his age. Though less popularly known as a man of science than many of his contemporaries, those whose studies have enabled them to appreciate the labors of Brown rank him altogether as the foremost scientific man of this century. He takes this position not so much from his extensive observations on the structure and habits of plants, as from the philosophical insight he possessed, and the power he displayed of applying the well-ascertained facts of one case to the explanation of doubtful phenomena in a large series. Till his time botany can scarcely be said to have had a scientific foundation. It consisted of a large number of ill-observed and badly-arranged facts. By the use of the microscope, and the conviction of the necessity of studying the history of the development of the plant in order to ascertain its true structure and relations, Brown changed the face of botany. He gave life and significance to that which had been dull and purposeless. His influence was felt in, every direction—the microscope became a necessary instrument in the hands of the philosophical botanist, and the history of development was the basis on which all improvement in classification was carried on. This influence extended from the vegetable to the animal kingdoms. The researches of Schleiden on the vegetable cell, prompted by the observations of Brown, led to those of Schwann on the animal cell; and we may directly trace the present position of animal physiology to the wonderful influence that the researches of Brown have exerted upon the investigation of the laws of organization. Even in zoology the influence of Brown's researches may be traced in the interest attached to the history of development in all its recent systems of classification. Brown had, in fact, in the beginning of the present century, grasped the great ideas of growth and development, which are now the beacon lights of all research in biological science, whether in the plant or animal world. "But whilst his influence was thus great, his works are not calculated to attract popular attention. They are contained in the transactions of our learned Societies, in the scientific appendices of quarto volumes of voyages and travels, or in Latin descriptions of the orders, genera, and species of plants. The interest taken in these works by his countrymen was never sufficient to secure for them republication, although a collected edition of his works, in five volumes, is well known in Germany. He was of a diffident and retiring disposition, shunning whatever partook of display, and anxious to avoid public observation. Thus it is .that one of our greatest philosophers has passed away without notice, and many will have heard his name for the first time with the announcement of his decease. But for him an undying reputation remains, which must increase as long as the great science of life is studied and understood. "Robert Brown was the son of a Scottish Episcopalian clergyman, and was born at Montrose on the 21st of December, 1773. He was first entered a student at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and afterwards studied medicine at Edinburgh, where he completed his studies in 1793. In the same year has was appointed assistant-surgeon and subaltern in a Scotch Fencible Regiment, which he accompanied to Ireland, and stayed there till the end of 1800. Having through his love of botany made the acquaintance of Sir Joseph Banks, he was through his interest appointed naturalist to Capt. Flinders's Surveying Expedition to New Holland. During this voyage the whole continent of Australia was circumnavigated, many parts of the coast were visited, and eventually the ship in which in the Expedition sailed was condemned as unseaworthy at Port Jackson in 1803. Mr. Brown remained in New Holland, visiting different parts of the colony of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, and eventually returned to England in 1805. Australia was then an unexplored mine of botanical wealth. Brown returned with nearly 4,000 species of plants. He was shortly after appointed Librarian to the Linnean Society. Here he quietly examined his plants, and evolved with philosophic caution and patience those views which were destined to produce so extensive and lasting an impression on science. One of his earliest papers was published in the Transactions of the Wemerian Society of Edinburgh, and was devoted to the family of plants called by him 'Asclepiadae.' In this paper the character of mind of the author is well seen. The microscope had been used, the process of development had been watched, a new series of facts important to the laws of reproduction had been discovered, and a new order of plants established. Such was the nature of most of his future communications to the Linnean and Royal Societies. Such was the character of his great work on the plants of New Holland, which he published in the year 1810, with the title 'Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen.' This work contained not only a description of the plants which he had himself collected in Australia, but also those collected by Sir Joseph Banks during Cook's first voyage. This book abounded in new facts and new orders. It was published as a first volume, but it was never succeeded by a second, as appeared to have been originally intended by the author. At the time this work was published, it was the practice of English botanists to arrange plants according to the .artificial method of Linnaeus, and Brown's 'Prodromus' was tie first English work devoted to a scientific and rational classification of plants. Although the Linnean system of classification survived some time after the publication of this work, it eventually succumbed before those principles of arrangement which were carried out in so masterly a manner by Brown, and the importance of which had been recognized by John Ray and Adanson, and even by Linnaeus himself. "In 1814 Capt. Flinders published a narrative of his voyage, and to this was attached an appendix by Brown, entitled 'General Remarks, Geographical and Systematical, on the Botany of Terra Australis.' In subsequent years several important papers appeared in the Transactions of the Linnean Society. Amongst others may be named, 'On the Natural Order of Plants called Proteacae,'—'Observations on the Natural Family of Plants called Composites' (vol. xii),—'An account of a New Genus of Plants called Rafflesia' (vol. xiii). In 1828 he published in a separate form 'A Brief Account of Microscopical Observations on the Particles contained in the Pollen of Plants, and on the general existence of active Molecules in Organic and Inorganic Bodies.' These movements, the full import of which is at present not understood, he was the first to point out, and draw attention to their importance. On the Continent it is the custom to allude to this phenomenon as the 'Brunonian movement.' He is the author also of the botanical appendices attached to the accounts of the voyages of Ross and Parry to the Arctic Regions, of Tuckey's expedition to the Congo, and of Oudney, Denham, and Clapperton's explorations in Central Africa. Assisted by Mr. Bennett, he has also described the rarer plants collected by Dr. Horsfield during his residence in Java. "After the death of Dryander in 1810, Dr. Brown received the charge of the library and collections of Sir Joseph Banks, who bequeathed them to him for lite. They were afterwards, by his permission, transferred to the British Museum in 1827, and he was appointed Keeper ofsBotany in that Institution. In 1811 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has several times been elected on the Council of that body. In 1832 he received the degree of D.C.L. from the University of Oxford. In 1833 he was elected one of the eight Foreign Associates of the French Academy of Science. In 1839 the Royal Society awarded him their Copley medal for his discoveries during a series of years ' On the subject of Vegetable impregnation.' In 1849 he was elected President of the Linnean Society, a post from which he retired in 1853. During the administration of Sir Robert Peel he received a pension of 200Z., as a recognition of his scientific merits. He also received the decoration of the highest Prussian civil order, 'Pour le Merite,' of which his friend and survivor at the age of eighty-eight, the Baron von Humboldt, is Chancellor. Humboldt long since called him 'Botanicorum facile Princeps,' a title to which all scientific botanists readily admitted his undisputed claim. "He died surrounded by his collections in the room which had formerly been the library of Sir Joseph Banks. In private, Dr. Brown was greatly admired by a large circle of attached friends for the singular soundness of his judgment, the simplicity of his habits, and the kindness of his disposition. He was buried on the 15th inst. at the cemetery at Kensal Green, when his funeral was attended by a large body of his scientific and personal friends."—The [London] AtJtenceum, June, 1858.
Surname:Brown (obit.,)
First Name:Robert
Ship:Investigator 1802
Place:Buried at Kensal Green
Source:The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal:
Details:On the death of Sir Joseph Banks in 1823, Brown became, by his will, the possessor of the Banksian Herbarium for life (after which it was to pass to the British Museum), together with the remainder of the lease of Sir Joseph Bank's house in Soho Square, which had become the centre of London scientific society. Brown offered the Herbarium to the British Museum, on the condition that he should be appointed keeper, with a suitable salary, which offer was accepted. The Banksian Herbarium forms the most valuable part of the General Herbarium at the British Museum. He continued until his death to occupy that portion of, the house in Soho Square which looked into Dean Street, the remaining portion being let by him to the Linnean Society until the expiry of the lease, soon after which the Society removed to Burlington House, where apartments have been assigned to it by Government, as also to the Royal and the Chemical Societies. His interest in the progress of science, and especially in the Royal and Linnean Societies, continued unabated to the last; and his wonderful and almost unique powers of mind, his memory and his sagacity, remained wholly unimpaired till the very day of his decease. In the spring of this year he was attacked with bronchitis, from which he recovered, but which left him for some weeks in a very enfeebled state. Dropsy and loss of appetite supervened, under which he gradually sunk, suffering little pain, perfectly conscious of his condition, and retaining to the end his singularly placid demeanour, his affectionate interest in all who were dear to him, and a most tranquil and peaceful frame of mind. He died at the age of 83, surrounded by his collections, in the room which had previously been the library of Sir Joseph Banks. He was buried on 15th June in the cemetery at Kensal Green, and his funeral was attended by a large body of his scientific and personal friends. There are few men among us who, with an equal claim upon the gratitude of their fellow-countrymen, enjoyed less popularity, or obtained less consideration on the part of society in general, than the deceased. Beyond the narrow circle of scientific men his illustrious name was, and is, almost unknown in Great Britain; but go wherever you will on the continent of Europe, or the remotest corners of the globe where science is cultivated, and you will discover a familiarity with his writings and researches truly astonishing. Foreigners have often expressed their surprise on finding how little we seemed to appreciate this great naturalist; but the fact of the matter was, the deceased neither seemed to care to enjoy popularity, nor did he care to avail himself of all those well-known means by which people bring themselves into public notice. If at all ambitious of fame, he trusted to the more lasting immortality.
Surname:Brownrigg (obit.,)
First Name:Thomas
Place:22 September 1866
Source:The Lancet London: a journal of British and foreign medicine
Details:THOMAS BROWNRIGG, ESQ. THIS gentleman, who died at Keighley on the 18th inst T was an old surgeon in the Royal Navy, having joined the service nearly sixty years ago. He had been employed in various parts of the world, and in early life was at the capture of the City of Washington, acting with the naval force under Admiral Sir George Cockburn. He had served in the Baltic, North America, West Indies, East Indies, China, Australia, and the Pacific For several years he held an appointment as surgeon to the convict establishment at Bermuda (a naval dep0t and station in the Southern Atlantic); and it is believed the last public appointment he held was that of surgeon-superintendent of the Dromedary convict ship when she took out 500 convicts to Tasmania. Of very retired habits, Mr. Brownrigg was but very little known in the vicinity where he spent the last few years of his life, but he was held in high esteem by his old naval friends and messmates, who had the opportunity of duly estimating his character and worth. Many of these friends have passed away, and all are hastening to that "bourne from which no traveller returns," but one of the number still living is thus permitted to give this little outline of the services of his friend and messmate, with whom he had been on terms of intimacy for a period of more than half a century Mr. Brownrigg was a native of the county of Westmoreland
Surname:Bunn (obit.,)
First Name:George
Date:13 January 1834
Source:The Australian
Details:THE LATE GEORGE BUNN On Saturday last about 1 o'clock, the remains of this lamented Gentlemen were deposited in their last earthly tenement, in the Sydney Burial Ground The hearse moved from the newly erected cottage on the Ultimo Estate, attended by a train of thirty or forty private carriages, which conveyed most of the Civil Officers, Magistrate, and friends of the deceased, who reside in or near Sydney. Mr. Bunn had been permanently settled in the Colony for a period of about eight years, during which time he had been at the head of one of the most respectable mercantile establishments in New South Wales. He had for some months past been Chairman of the Directors of the Bank of Australia, and had presided at the formation of the Steam Conveyance Company. His name was inserted in the Commission of the Peace about six years ago, since which time he has been one of the most active, intelligent, and upright Magistrates that the Colony possessed. To an aptitude for and knowledge of business, which rendered his services most valuable in the mercantile world, Mr. Bunn united a kindness of manner and liberality of disposition, which attracted the confidence and regard of those, who commenced their acquaintance with him only as a merchant. Many Gentlemen who availed them-selves of his agency in business, had occasion to become deeply indebted to him for numerous acts of friendship. In the direction of The Bank of Australia, in the Steam Company, and in other public societies to which Mr. Bunn belonged, he has been a most efficient auxiliary, and he always promoted any measure which was designed and seemed calculated for the welfare of the community at large. As a Justice of the Peace, our in-dividual acquaintance with Mr Bunn's conduct, induced us to consider him as second to none in real knowledge, and independence. In private life, and in the circle of his intimate friends, Mr Bunn was affectionately esteemed. A cheerfulness of disposition and warmth of heart rendered him a pleasant companion as well as a valuable friend. We never heard of his doing an unkind or illiberal act. These are not the expressions of an unfelt or useless admiration; the living may learn some thing from contemplating the virtues of the dead,—but if it were otherwise, it would still be the sacred duty of a Journalist to pay a just tribute to the memory of departed worth. The loss of' Mr. Bunn to our community is universally lamented; in his public character it will be severely felt, in private life it will be long and bitterly deplored.
Surname:Buxton (obit.,)
First Name:Thomas
Date:5 September 1861
Details:Obituary.-On Monday morning last, at two o'clock, died Mr. Thomas Buxton, senior, a resident of Newcastle, from dropsy and disease of the heart. The deceased had only recently (eighteen months since) returned from England, where he had gone for the benefit of his health, but since his return he had got gradually worse. He was a peaceful resident of this city for the last thirty six years. Since his return from England he had been returned as an alderman for the city ward, the functions of which he had discharged with satisfaction for nearly one year, until he was oompelled to resign his seat from ill-health. He was 63 years of age. He was buried yesterday (Tuesday) evening, at three o'clock, when a very large and respectable number of citizens and others demonstrated their respect by following the remains to their last resting place. As a further tribute to his memory, we may observe that the
Surname:Cameron (obit.,)
First Name:Rev. Archibald
Date:6 April 1929
Place:Glen Innes
Details:PIONEER MINISTER. Rev. Archibald Cameron. (REV. ARTHUR EDMUNDS.) Next week on the 10th and 14th of April Glen Innes and district will pay homage to the memory of one who made religion a force In New England. On those dates is to be commemorated the founding of the Presbyterian Church at Wellingrove. Thither towards the close of 1853 came a young Scottish minister, the Rev. Archibald Cameron, born at Crieff on May 13, 1815. He evidently captured quickly the regard of the hardy pioneers scattered sparsely through the vast extent of hush that he chose as the scene of his labours. Dated September l8, 1854, the following call was sent to him from Wellingrove. "We, the undersigned inhabitants of the district of Wellingrove, hereby Invite the Rev. Archibald Cameron, minister of the Synod of Eastern Australia, to exercise the office of the ministry In this district, and engage t o pay annually the sums appended to our names towards the temporal support of the minister. The signatures of 37 heads of families were appended to this, some being those of men who have become famous in the develop mentor the country surrounding Glen Innes. In that day of small things and small Incomes ,the quality of the signatories is revealed in their promise to contribute jointly the sum of £272/12/ per year towards the minister 's stipend. Mr. Cameron spent the whole of his ministerial life In the service of the district. In June, 1903 the grand old man celebrate his Jubilee In the Christian ministry. Three years later, on May 16, 1906, having passed the 90th year of his fruitful life, he was gathered unto his fathers. Among the famous men that New England has cause to praise he stands pre-eminent. As a pastor he ministered to a parish that has been described as "bounded only by the eternal hills on the cast and the sunset on the west." When we remember the unbridged rivers and the trackless bush of those far off days, and that all his visiting was done on horseback, we understand why right up to the present day the name of the Rev. Archibald Cameron is a name to conjure with. He has become a legend for super bushcraft and expert horsemanship
Surname:Chapman (obit.,)
First Name:Rev. Robert
Date:11 February 1879
Place:West Maitland
Source:Maitland Mercury
Details:The announcement of the Rev. R. Chap-man's death will be received throughout the length and breadth of the diocese of New-castle, and beyond it, with profound regret that he has passed away, that that mild and reverent face will no more be seen in the church which he loved and adorned, no more in the homes of his beloved people. It now only remains to lay before your readers some interesting particulars concerning the career of this justly beloved clergyman. We are informed that shortly after leaving school his religious tendencies led him to form a strong desire to devote himself to the work of the ministry. With this object in view he matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated, until the last term, when unhappily the death of his father caused a failure in the supply of funds; and consequently he withdrew from college, and forth-with he determined to seek for an opening for his energies in the colonies. He arrived at Swan River in the year 1843 and while there he received from Judge Paten an offer or a lucrative appointment in India, accompanied by a supply of means to take him to that country. He decided not to go to India, but came on to this country—returning the money and respectfully declining the appointment. His course was marked out for him by a kind and overruling Providence. He was, on his arrival, immediately brought acquainted with friends, wh o introduced him to that good man Bishop Broughton, for whom Mr. Chapman had the greatest esteem. It was about this time that he visited West Maitland, and made the acquaintance of Canon Stack, little thinking at that time that he would succeed that gentleman as incumbent of St. Mary's. On hi s return to Sydney, Bishop Broughton, recognising his missionary zeal and devotion, appointed him as assistant to the chaplain of Norfolk Island, where for about three year she spent a most useful life—doing much good among the soldiers, and endearing him-self to many unfortunate men who had been sent there, by that faithfulness which appears from the beginning of his life to have marked his character. After a useful career at Nor-folk Island, he was summoned to Sydney by his Bishop to be ordained a deacon, for which he had been making careful preparation during the past three years. The result of his examination was not only highly successful, but the Bishop, in handing to him his letters of orders, expressed the great pleasure he had in doing so; and at the same time complimented him on the satisfactory examination which he had passed. This important event, which was the realisation of the object of his life, took place in the year 1846, which was the year of his arrival to take charge of St.Mary's, in succession to the Rev. W. Stack. In looking back at the faithful labours which have just closed, it is impossible not to be struck with the high, reverent, and consistent manner in which the duties of his sacred office have been discharged. He influenced by his life; he taught by his conduct. His ministry has been marked by the most faithful devotion to his work—he literally died at his work. During the thirty-thre e years which he has spent in Maitland he has not only not left his post to visit his native land, but he never had any lengthened holiday until sheer exhaustion compelled him to rest. His love of order and neatness made his Church both internally and externally a model; while the Parsonage grounds are laid out with such taste, and always kept with such neatness, as to make them at once a model as well as an object of admiration. His ministrations within the church were marked, as long as his strength permitted, bya calm but energetic delivery of the message he was sent to proclaim; always mingled with love; indeed there are many who will long remember him as a comforter. In the midst of their cares and anxieties, he en-couraged the desponding with higher hopes, and solaced the bereaved with anticipations of that better land of which he is now an in- habitant. As a citizen he took no prominent part in party questions, but in every movement forthe moral and religious welfare of the town he was always ready to bestow his time and money. The young were ever an object of his deepest interest, as in them he saw the hope and wellbeing of this his adopted country. The Rev. Mr. Chapman acted as a voluntary chaplain to the Hospital of this town, and thebenefits which he conferred obtained for him the honorary distinction of a life member of that Institution. The indefatigable exertions which he made, in conjunction with the members of hi s church, some years ago in the erection of St.Mary's, and within the past twelve months towards paying off the large debt which rested upon it, are too fresh in the memory of your readers to require further notice. Suffice it to say that it was after this last effort, which involved such a large amount of correspondence and other labours, that the disease began to manifest itself which has terminated fatally. If he had sought for earthly reward or honor , or applause,—which ho did not—he certainly received it in the congratulations of his clerical brethren, at the consecration of St.Mary's. If he had desired to leave an abiding monument of his successful labours, the noble structure of St. Mary's would be more than sufficient. Happily such feelings had no place with him. He desired to see God honored in a suit-able sanctuary, he rejoiced to worship with his beloved people and sing the praises of the eternal in the beauty of holiness. From the earthly to the Heavenly temple he passed away on Sunday evening, Feb. 9, at 7.15, the very time when he had for so many years entered the earthly sanctuary to worship in the midst of his people The congregation had assembled, but the bell which often had summoned them, now tolled the departure of their faithful pastor to the rest of his Divine Master.
Surname:Christian (obit.,)
First Name:John J
Ship:c. 1837
Date:28February 1899
Source:Evening News
Details:NEWCASTLE, Monday.'— One of the oldest residents of the Newcastle district went over to the great majority on Friday night, in the person of Mr. John J. Christian, at the age of 91 years. He was a native of Ballargia, Isle of Man, where he was born in 1808. At the age of 19, he arrived in Sydney, as one of the crew of a convict ship, which, lie deserted, and came to Newcastle in a schooner. After avoiding capture till the departure of thej vessel, he was eventually arrested, and sentenced to two years' confinement in New castle old gaol. At the request of the free selectors, he was, however, liberated at the end of twelve months, and took up his abode at Maitland, in the employ of the late 'Gentleman' Smith. Subsequently, he became a teamster, and settled at Adamstown. In 1858, he was the father of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living. He leaves a widow, eight children, and forty-four grandchildren.
Surname:Close (obit.,)
First Name:Edward Charles
Date:9 May 1866
Details:Sudden Death of Mr. E.C. Close Senior It is with deep regret that we have to chronicle the unexpected death of one of the oldest colonists, and perhaps the most respected resident, of the district – Mr. Edward Charles Close of Morpeth. The deceased gentleman on Sunday last was in his usual health, and though for some time past his advanced years, and partial palsy of the right side, arising from his having met with several accidents, had made him feeble, he attended Divine service on Sunday morning at St. James’s church, Morpeth. He retired to rest on Sunday evening, and made no complaint of any illness or weakness. Early yesterday morning Mr. George Close entered his room, and beheld his father lying on the floor near the bed and on approaching him, to his grief, he found life had departed. It would appear that the deceased gentleman had during the night got out of bed, and was returning to it when he fell, and died in an attack of apoplexy. His features were placed, and no signs of a struggle with death were visible. Mr. Close was quite cold when discovered, and apparently had been head several hours. Mr. Close was born at Rangamatti, in India, in the year 1789, and was brought up and educated at a place called Chantrey in Ipswich, Suffolk, the residence of his uncle Charles Strencham Collinson, high sheriff of the county. Mr. Close’s early education was imparted with a view to fit him for the ministry of the Church but as he advanced to manhood the warlike spirit of the period gained possession of him and won him to the profession of arms. He entered the British army under the Duke of Wellington and during the peninsula War he saw much service, and was present at seven engagements. His career in battle won for him the Peninsula medal; and this decoration with seven clasps bearing the names of the battles which he had shared the fortunes of, he occasionally wore. The fields named on these clasps are famous in history – Toulouse, Orthes, Nivelle, Vittoria, Albuera, Bussco, and Talavera. In the year 1817 Mr. Close arrived in this colony with the 48 th regiment of Foot in which he held a Lieutenant’s commission. Four years afterwards he received a grant of land, as was usual in those days, and he close the site of the present town of Morpeth, and the land adjoining it. He settled in Morpeth in the year 1821 and resided there from that time a period of forty five years. He was the first police magistrate of this district, and that office he held for a number of years. He was eight or nine years a member of the first Legislative Council of these colonies. Until a very late period he was Warden of the Maitland District and in that capacity as in all others he fulfilled his duties with honour to himself and benefit to his adopted country. To his credit it can also be said that he filled all these offices without emolument – he never received a shilling from the revenue of the colony Of the Maitland hospital he has long been the honoured president and has always been a liberal supporter of that excellent institution. In recognition of his efforts on its behalf a number of the friends of the institution some time ago had a fine portrait of him taken in oil colours and the painting now adorns the committee room. Throughout life Mr. Close maintained the character of a sincere Christian. His Christianity was no mere outward show of sanctity He was always a liberal contributor to his own church, and to the churches of other denominations he presented valuable sites for the erection of places of worship. The poor and afflicted ever found ah helping hand extended with the kind words of comfort he would utter. As a landlord he was indulgent in the extreme especially in seasons of distress; his sympathetic heart was ever ready to respond to the appeal of the distressed. His tenants will ever gratefully venerate his memory. It is but rarely that a whole district is found uniting in deep and sincere regret for a gentleman, one of whose prominent characteristics was a very modest estimate of his own ability and influence. Mr. Close never was a fluent or ready speaker at public meetings, and he used always laughingly to remark that he never was a speaker nor would he when appealed to ever attempt even to repeat the expressions he had used, so strong was this conviction with him. Yet we have repeatedly seen Mr. Close turn the current of feeling at a meeting where people had got warm and angry. He was a man of singularly y genial and cordial manner, equally pleasant in demeanour to the rich and poor, and influential and the retiring, and never himself arousing any angry feeling by his words or acts, and being a man of strong common sense and clearness of thought, hi hesitating short speech would be listened to with the deepest respect, and would often still the clamour and anger that more ready speakers had tried in vain to allay. But though not a public speaker, Mr. Close was eminent for conversational power, and charged the most intelligent men by his quite humour and genial enjoyment of the passing joke, These qualities united with readiness to take part in nearly all public movements made Mr. Close, in the days of his strength the favourite chairman of this part of the hunter. We have had among us and we happily can still number among our leading residents some true specimens of the fine old English gentleman but we have never known any one who was a finer or truer example than Mr. Close.
Surname:Coleman (obit.,)
First Name:James
Date:2 August 1902
Source:Freemans Journal Sydney
Details:Another of Newcastles pioneer Catholics passed away on Tuesday afternoon at St. Vincents Hospital Sydney. He had been a resident of Newcastle for upwards of half a century, and could tell many interesting stories of the early history of Newcastle. He was an intimate friend of the late Father Dowling and also Father Cusse whose remains are interred in St. Marys church ground, two of Newcastles pioneer priests. The former took up his residence next door to Mr. and Mrs. Coleman while Father Cusse a feeble old French priest on his arrival here took up his abode with them for a time. He took up the first subscription to build the St. Marys Star of the Sea Church and had seen every stone to use his own words placed in that building. Prior to this Mass was celebrated in an old wooden shed which stood in the grounds now occupied by St. Marys boys school yard, and at times in Father Dowlings house on the sand hills, which was then termed the Gaol Hill. Mr. Coleman was a native of Queenstown Cork and was born in the year 1830

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