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Item: 188994
Surname: Clift (obit)
First Name: George
Ship: -
Date: 19 January 1912
Place: Maitland
Source: Maitland Daily Mercury
Details: By the death of Mr. George Clift, which sad event occurred suddenly at his residence, Day-street, East Maitland, this morning, one of the best-known residents of the district has been removed. The late Mr. Clift left his home to catch the seven oclock train to Sydney, but missing it returned home, and retired to his room, but expired within a few minutes. The cause of death was heart failure. Although Mr. Clift had been receiving medical attention, the news of his sudden end came as a great shock to the community. He was in his 69th year, a native of Maitland, and had resided here all his life. The late Mr. Clift, who was of a very philanthropic and kindly disposition, was largely interested in pastoral and grazing matters. He was a keen sportsman and was one of the proprietors of the Rutherford Racecourse. He Is survived by a wife, two sons (Messrs. Percy and Aubrey Clift, Curlewis), and four daughters Mrs. Hargraves (Tenterfield), Mrs. J. S. Brown, Mrs. Gordon Clift, and Miss Vera Clift. The funeral will leave his late residence on Friday morning for the old Church of England cemetery.

Item: 162428
Surname: Close (obit.,)
First Name: Edward Charles
Ship: -
Date: 9 May 1866
Place: Morpeth
Source: SMH
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 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 Lieutenants 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 a 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 anyone who was a finer or truer example than Mr. Close.

Item: 169135
Surname: Coleman (obit.,)
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 2 August 1902
Place: Newcastle
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

Item: 100259
Surname: Cory (obit.,)
First Name: Edward Gostwyck
Ship: -
Date: 11 March 1873
Place: Paterson
Source: MM
Details: THE LATE EDWARD GOSTWYCK CORY, ESQ, J.P-A paragraph, at the close of my communication which appeared in last Saturday's issue of the Mercury, announced the serious illness of Mr. E. G. Cory, the esteemed Warden of our district, whose death, as then anticipated, took place at his late residence, Gostwyck, on Friday afternoon, the 7th instant, after only a few days serious illness, at the ripe age of seventy-six years. The late Mr Cory was a very old colonist, he having arrived in the colony first, nearly half a century ago, with his father and brother, and in accordance with the land laws of the colony then in force, was allotted certain quantities of land, and selected the beautiful estate of Gostwyck, Paterson River, as his homestead, which he at once began to improve and embellish. After a residence of nearly twenty years in the colony, he in company with the late Mrs. Cory, visited Europe, and after a Sojourn of four or five years, he returned to the colony. Shortly after his return to the colony Mr Cory was placed in the Commission of the Peace, and had held his position as a magistrate of the territory, up to the time of his death for many years. Mr. Cory held a seat in the district council of Paterson, and at the death of the late J. B. Boughton, Esq, the first warden of the council, Mr. Cory was appointed to succeed him In that capacity, and he had held that position ever since, now nearly twenty years. In political matters Mr Cory always took a warm interest, although never taking a leading part, but in every struggle for the representation of the district in the councils of the country, he was always most energetically engaged on behalf of his party, and the candidate which he supported, his principles throughout were of a conservative nature, and consequently untenable amongst the great body of the community, hence his want of success in his political movements. In every public matter of leading interest for the welfare and the prosperity of the district, Mr Cory took an active part; on the magisterial bench his decisions have given general satisfaction, and on more than one occasion manifestations of approval in his magisterial capacity have been publicly convened to him, by the voice of the general community. In private life Mr. Cory was most highly esteemed, courteous to all, and as a neighbour most obliging For some two or three years past Mr. Cory's health has been noticed by his friends to be continually failing, frequent attacks of illness had much weakened his usual robust constitution, and at length, when the recent complaint came on, be soon sank under it, having never rallied from the first. His funeral was first appointed to take place to-day (Monday), but after more mature consideration, it was finally decided to take place earlier, and yesterday (Sunday) morning was the time fixed. The funeral cortege left Gostwick shortly after ten a m ; the procession was a very lengthened one, comprised of a number of carriages and over a hundred horsemen, as well as a number of persons on foot, and amongst those present we noticed nearly all of the magistrates of the district, most of the members of the District Council, and all the principal residents of the district. The procession having reached the entrance of Saint Paul's Church, the coffin was carried into the church by a number of the tenants of the deceased gentleman, the pall-bearers being G. J. Frankland, Esq., F. Reynolds, Esq, R. Studdert, Esq., and Captain Dunn. The impressive service of the Church of England was then read. The body was then taken to the grave at the entrance of the Church doors, and lowered into its final resting place, the remainder of the funeral service was then intoned, and the large assembly slowly and solemnly dispersed.

Item: 188006
Surname: Cowan (Obit)
First Name: William
Ship: Kapunda 1876
Date: 5 December 1939
Place: Hamilton
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald
Details: The funeral of Mr. William Cowan, who died suddenly on November 12, left his residence in Cameron-street, Hamilton for the Methodist portion of Sandate Cemetery. It was largely attended. Rev. A. J. Gould conducted a service at the home. He was assisted at the graveside by Rev. R. O Finigan and an officer of the Protestant Alliance Lodge. Mr. Cowan was 74. He was born in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He left in 1873 for Scotland, and in Novem- ber 1876 he came to Australia in the sailing vessel Kapunda. He had lived practically all his life in Newcastle and Hamilton. When he arrived in Newcastle, he was apprenticed to the carpentry trade. With his brother, Mr Cowan was associated with the building trade for many years. They were propritors of the Adamstown Brick Works. He retired about 12 years ago. Mr Cowan was a great supporter of the Methodist Church in Newcastle. He was associated first with the old Newcastle Wesleyan Church and then with the Hamilton Wesley Church. He was married in 1899 to the youngest daughter of the late Edward and Ann Broom of Hamilton and is survived by his widow, five sons and one daughter.

Item: 174209
Surname: Cowper (obit.,)
First Name: Rev. William Macquarie
Ship: -
Date: 16 June 1902
Place: -
Source: NMH
Details: William Macquarie Cowper, Dean of Sydney, was born in Sydney on 3 July 1810. The venerable gentleman was a son of an equally venerable and veberated father, Archdeacon William Cowper, who arrived in Sydney in August 1809, as Assistant Colonial Chaplain. He was incumbent of St. Phillips and was one of the organisers of the Benevolent Society. The Archdeacon was thrice married, a son by the first wife being Sir Charles Cowper, five times Premier of NSW. The Archdeacon died at St. Phillips Parsonage on 6th July 1858 at the age of 80 years. On his death his son William Macquarie Cowper was appointed incumbent of St. Phillips. William Macquarie Cowper was educated by his father until the year 1828 when he went to Oxford. In 1836 he was appointed chaplain to the A.A. Company and resided for 20 years at Stroud, the headquarters of the company. He then had charge of Moore College, Liverpool, NSW and afterwards of the Glebe parish. On taking charge of St. Phillips, he was appointed Dean of Sydney and in 1869 was promoted to the Cathedral parish. Dean Cowper was present when Gov. Macquarie laid the foundation stone of St. Andrews Cathedral

Item: 183773
Surname: Cox (nee Regan) (obit)
First Name: Mrs. George
Ship: -
Date: 27 August 1927
Place: Dungog
Source: The Maitland Daily Mercury
Details: Death of Mrs. George Cox of Thalaba. Deceased was 79 years of age and was a native of the New England district. She came to Dungog over 70 years ago with her father Mr. Lawrence Regan. Subsequently married Mr. George Cox and resided at Thalaba ever since

Item: 183236
Surname: Coxen (obit.,)
First Name: Charles
Ship: -
Date: 3 Jun 1876
Place: Bulimba Qld
Source: Sydney Mail
Details: Mr. Charles Coxen died at his residence, Omega Cottage, Bulimba, Queensland, on the 17th May last, aged 67. He was a native of Kent, England, and at the age of 27, in the year 1836, he emigrated to New South Wales. He was there engaged for some time in collecting specimens of natural history for his brother-in-law, Mr. J. G. Gould. During that period Mr. Coxen made one of the most curious discoveries in the records of Ornithology, known as the play-ground of the bower bird. He afterwards engaged in pastoral pursuits, on the Hunter River, and after wards on the Darling Downs, where he took up and occupied Jondaryan station, in which enterprise, however, he was far from fortunate, as has been the case with too many of our earliest pioneer settlers. He was elected to represent the district of Northern Downs in the first Parliament of Queensland. In July, 1863, he was appointed Chairman of Committees to the Legislative Assembly, and he held this office until his defeat by Mr. H. Thorn in the general election of 1SS7. After that he spent some time at Gympie, in the early days of that gold-field. In March, 1868, he began his career in connection with the Crown Lands Office, where his strict integrity and ceaseless desire to assist and further the interests of settlers won for him the respect and esteem of all with whom, in his official capacity, he was brought into contact. He was first appointed Commissioner for Crown Lands for the settled district of Moreton, including East, and West Moreton; and this position he filled until January 1870, when Mr. R. J. Smith was made Acting-Commissioner for West Moreton and Mr. Coxen was appointed Acting-Commissioner, for East Moreton, taking also the position of Land Agent for that district. In May, 1872, Mr. Persse took the position of Land Agent, and Mr. Coxen was gazetted Land Commissioner for the district of East Moreton and Inspecting Commissioner for the settled districts of the colony. In October 1874, he became Acting-Land Commissioner for the settled district of Darling Downs, in the room of Mr. A. McDowall, but was relieved of the duties of this office during the early part of 1876. Up to the time of his death he continued to hold the position of Land Commissioner for East Moreton and Inspecting Commissioner for the settled districts; but, owing to failing health, he was obliged to obtain sick leave at intervals during the past few months. Notwithstanding the numerous duties attaching to his connection with the Lands Department, Mr. Coxen found time for the pursuit of his favourite study of natural history, as well as the promotion of science in other directions beneficial to the colony. In 1873 he was gazetted a member of a commission, appointed under the great seal of the colony, to inquire into the condition of the aborigines of this colony. He was also a leading member of the Queensland Philosophical Society, where his energy and knowledge concerning a variety or matters was of great assistance. In connection with that society he has done much towards the formation of the Queensland Museum, in which he took a great interest, and he was one of the trustees recently appointed to the care of that institution. He was a man of very sound constitution and cheerful temper, and, although he has reached within three years of the allotted span of man s life on earth, it is probable that his career of usefulness has been shortened by the hardship and privations which he necessarily bore while seeking to establish a home beyond the limits of civilization. Mr. and Mrs. Coxen for some years past resided in the Bulimba district, where especially, we feel sure, many sorrowing friends will mourn the loss of a kindly neighbour and worthy gentleman

Item: 176937
Surname: Crewe (obit.,)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 5 January 1937
Place: Arncliffe
Source: Maitland Daily Mercury
Details: Funeral of Thomas Crew who died in a private hospital at Arncliffe on 29 December 1936. Mr. Crew was born in the Horseshoe Bend, West Maitland in 1848 and at the time of his death was one of the oldest journalists in NSW. He had been connected with many newspapers throughout the State including the Maitland Daily Mercury where he received his early training

Item: 164954
Surname: Cunningham (obit.,)
First Name: Peter Miller
Ship: -
Date: 6 March 1864
Place: Greenwich
Source: The Gentleman's Magazine
Details: P. M. Cunningham, Esq., Surgeon U.N. March 6. At Greenwich, aged 71, Peter Miller Cunningham, Esq., Surgeon R.N. The deceased, who was the younger brother of Thomas Mounsey Cunningham (a well known name in Scottish provincial literature), and of Allan Cunningham, was born at Dalswinton, near Dumfries, in November, 1789, and received his baptismal names from that Peter Miller who is generally recognised as the first person to make use of steam in propelling boats. He received his medical education at the University of Edinburgh, and as soon as he attained the requisite age, was appointed an Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Navy. In this capacity he saw service on the shores of Spain, where the great war was raging, and on the lakes of America, where he became the close friend of the celebrated Clapperton. He also served for some years in the Eastern Archipelago, and had ample opportunities of observing the effect of tropical climates on the European constitution. Of this he profited when, peace having arrived, he was thrown out of the regular line of duty, and would have been left to vegetate on half-pay if he had not sought other employment from the Admiralty; in the course of which, to use the words of the Quarterly Review, he made no less than four voyages to New South Wales, as Surgeon Superintendent of convict ships, in which were transported upwards of six hundred convicts of both sexes, whom he saw landed at Sydney without the loss of a single individual:a fact of itself quite sufficient to attest his judgment and ability in the treatment and management of a set of beings not easily kept in order.(Q. R., Jan. 1828.) The result of his observations during this period was embodied in his

Item: 169139
Surname: Daly (obit.,)
First Name: Mrs. Edward J (Elizabeth)
Ship: -
Date: 19 January 1895
Place: Maitland
Source: Evening News Sydney
Details: The death of Mrs. E.J. Daly for many years postmistress of West Maitland occurred at her residence East Maitland. Mrs. Daly was 77 years of age and had been for some time ailing. Mr. Daly husband of the deceased lady was postmaster in 1843 and on his early death his widow was appointed in his room Mrs. Daly was punctilious in the extreme in the discharge of duty and far famed for charity.......

Item: 100275
Surname: Dangar (obit.,)
First Name: Mrs. Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 1 March 1860
Place: Scone
Source: MM
Details: OBITUARY - It is our painful duty to record the demise on Wednesday morning last, at her residence in Scone, of one of our old and much-respected inhabitants -we mean the lady of Tbomas Dangar, Esq. The deceased lady had been a severe sufferer during the last three years ; and during the latter twelve months of her life had been totally helpless, through paralysis in her lower extremities, as also her mental faculties being impaired. The illness of Mrs. Dangar, as well as her daughter, was the means of compelling Mr. Dangar to relinquish business some years ago, and watch over the sick-bed of his suffering wife and child. Mrs. Dangar was in her 57th year, when death's unrelenting hand came and removed her from earthly sufferings, we believe, " To enjoy that rest which remains for the people of God." This is the second bereavement during the last twelve months that 'has taken place in the above gentleman's family, having, eleven months and three weeks ago, committed to the tomb the ashes of his only daughter, aged l8 years We deeply sympathise with that gentleman's severe loss of a beloved wife, affection- ate mother, and valued member of society. Her remains were deposited in the family fault on Thursday afternoon last, in tho presence of 130 of the most influential and respectable inhabitants of the district.

Item: 162427
Surname: Day (obit.,)
First Name: Edward Denny
Ship: -
Date: 9 May 1876
Place: Maitland
Source: MM
Details: Death of Mr. Edward Denny Day. A gentleman who has been withdrawn for many years from active life by sickness, died at his residence in East Maitland on Saturday morning last. Mr. Edward Denny Day was previous to an attack of paralysis, and after the attack till increasing feebleness compelled him to resign his public duties, police magistrate o f Maitland, and had occupied that responsible office for so long a time that his name was historical in connection with it. At one period of his life, Mr. Day made a considerable figure in the public eye by a gallant capture of a noted bushranging gang who had established a reign of terror in the district of the Upper Hunter. Mr. Day's career as police magistrate in Maitland was not continuous; he held the position in the very early times, was removed to Port Macquarie, and returned on the death of Major Crummer, remaining in office till his sickness obliged him to retire. Mr. Day was admirably fitted for the duties of the magisterial bench. He possessed a keen intelligence, an active mind, and very wide practical knowledge of the law. By some people he was charged with harshness and tyranny, and it must be admitted that in his administration of the law, he made it a terror to evildoers. That is rather a virtue than a failing in the dispenser of justice. His stern manner detracted materially from the estimation in which he was held by people generally, but although he made a few mistakes, his decisions on the bench were almost invariably distinguished by strict equity. He had held office at a time when rigour was specially called for from a magistrate, and when a stern enforcement of the law was an essential to social security. He was a faithful public servant , always doing his duty honourably ; and if the manner of an older and worse day was sometimes a little too rugged for the improved state of society in his later time, we can pardon it for the sake of such conspicuous fidelity. In public matters Mr. Day took such part as his position permitted, and his last extra magisterial appearance in public was, if we mistake not, as chairman of the first meeting called in this district to express detestation of the attack on Prince Alfred in 1868. It was on a Saturday afternoon, two or three days after the occurrence, when men's minds were newly-stirred by the event, and the writer has a vivid remembrance of the emotion visible on the stern face of the chairman, who, in his opening speech, referred to the country the assassin,-" a land which he loved dearly and well," for it was his own mother-land, Ireland.

Item: 161645
Surname: Dickson (obit.,)
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 2 May 1863
Place: Holmwood, Newtown
Source: MM
Details: DEATH OF MR. JAMES DICKSON, M.L.A.-It is with very "real regret, which will be shared in by a numerous circle of friends and by,the public generally, that we have to record the death, at his residence, Holmwood, Newtown, yesterday evening of Mr. James Dickson, M.L.A.............................

Item: 165764
Surname: Dines (obit.,)
First Name: Richard
Ship: -
Date: 5 August 1876
Place: -
Source: Clarence and Richmond Examiner
Details: Death of Mr. Richard Dines. Good sportsmen throughout Australia will join in the regret with which we tell of the death of Mr. Richard dines, which resulted suddenly from a fit of apoplexy a few days ago at Merriwa. For years past Mr. Dines has occupied a prominent position among the breeders and runners of racehorses in this colony; and for straightforward, blunt honour and honesty he has always been remarkable. He purchased the important Lord of the Hills shortly after that horses arrival in the colony, and kept him until very lately, always maintaining him to be the premier sire of the colonies, and stoutly upholding the vast superiority of the Touchstone blood. As owner of Kyogle, he was one of the principals in the law suit arising out of the match between that horse and Traveller, some twelve or thirteen years ago, and with a dogged determination and perseverance which always distinguished him, he fought the battle step by step, until the Privy Council chamber was reached. For some years he resided at Hambledon Hill near Singleton where he had a choice breeding stud, including the imported mares Regulem, Mainstay, Amethyst and Miss Cotherstone; and was very successful as a breeder, as is testified by his sending on to the turf Hambledon Hill, Glencoe, the Italian, Orlando, Little Dick, Amethyst, Paradise, Parasite, Croydon, Westminister, and others all winners of big races, from the Produce Stakes of the A.J.C. to the Melbourne Cup and Queenss Plate of our southern neighbours. He also imported, with one of his mares Mr. Tindales Gemma di Vergy, who has of late years become so justly celebrated as the sire of Myrtle King of the West, Eros and other such. There was no truer sportsman ever lived; he bred horses for the pure love of the animal and he trained them because It was his pride to see them run Mr. Dines was an excellent neighbour, a kind and faithful friend, always popular in his own neighbourhood, and he never appeared to more advantage than when extending hospitality to those who visited him at his home. With many eccentricities, he was exceedingly kind hearted and liberal; and no greater tribute need be paid his memory than to say that those people who really needed his unostentatious good offices are those by whom he will be most sorely missed.

Item: 174204
Surname: Dowling (obit.,)
First Name: Rev. Christopher Vincent
Ship: -
Date: 3 January 1874
Place: Newcastle
Source: Freemans Journal
Details: Obituary {Extract} Rev. Dowling was born in the city of Dublin in the year 1789. He was educated at a College of the Dominican Fathers in Lisbon and afterwards joined their order. When he completed his studies there he returned to Dublin and was ordained priest by Dr. Murray in 1814, one year prior to the battle of Waterloo. He was appointed the sub prior of his order; but had to leave Ireland on account of failing health. he went to France, and had charge of a small parish near Bordeaux where he remained for several years. He was given a mission in the Isle of Wight for 9 or 10 months; after that he served in London for a time. He was appointed Roman Catholic Chaplain to New South Wales.

Item: 162228
Surname: Dumaresq (obit.,)
First Name: Lieutenant-Colonel Henry
Ship: -
Date: 1838
Place: Port Stephens
Source: The United Service Magazine
Details: DEATHS. We have to record, with unfeigned regret the death of Lieutenant- Colonel Henry Dumaresq , an old and much-valued associateone of the survivors or Waterloo, who, from his years, might have expected to see many additional anniversaries of that great victory; but the severe wound he received on that memorable occasion, though temporarily subdued, eventually conquered by inducing paralysis, which finally carried him off at the age of 46, on the 5th of March last, at the establishment of the Australian Agricultural Company in New South Wales, in the management of whose large concerns as Chief Commissioner he succeeded a most distinguished member of the sister profession, Captain Sir Edward Parry. R.N., and repeatedly received the thanks of the Directors for his able and zealous conduct in the superintendence of the affairs of the Company Lieutenant-Colonel Dumaresq entered the army at the early age of 16, and, as detailed in an official record of his services at the Horse Guards: ** He served in eight campaigns, of which six were in the Peninsula, one in Canada, and the last, that of Waterloo. "He was present in the thirteen battles for which medals were bestowed, besides many affairs of outposts, of advance and rear-guards; also at the sieges of Badajo* and Burgos, and at the assault of the forts of Salamanca: on the two former occasions he served as a volunteer with the Engineers, and on the latter (again a volunteer) being the foremost person in the assault of that redoubt, he received from the officer in command of the Vittoria Convent the terms of his capitulation, which document he delivered to the Duke of Wellington. "He attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel after nine years' service, and was gazetted to that grade in June, 1817, for services in the field. He was employed on the Staff upwards of eighteen years, and out of twenty-six years' service he was employed upwards of twenty two years abroad. He was twice dangerously wounded." At the battle of Waterloo he was on the Staff of Lieut.-General Sir John Byng, now Lord Strafford, and was shot through the lungs at Hougoumont; but, being at the time charged with a message for the Duke of Wellington, he, in spite of such a wound, reached the Duke, and delivered his message before he fellbeing the officer of whom the anecdote is told by Sir Walter Scott in -Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk," as follows:*' Amid the havoc which had been made among his immediate attendants, his Grace sent off an officer (Dumaresq ) to a General of Brigade, in another part of the field, with a message of importance; in returning he was shot through the lungs, but, as if supported by the resolution to do his duty, he rode up to the Duke of Wellington, delivered the answer to his message and then dropped from his horse, to all appearance a dying man." He is also mentioned in " Booth's Anecdotes of the Field of Waterloo."' The ball was never extracted, and is considered to have been the eventual cause of his premature death, by an unfavourable change of position in the neighbourhood of some vital part. It is, perhaps, not saying too much to assert, that of the many officers of superior merit whom the late war, so fertile in heroes, brought forth, no officer of his rank was of more distinguished merit than the subject of this memoir; in proof of which it is probably only necessary to refer to the fact here enumerated, and to the rapid promotion with which his services were rewarded. It may .however be proper to advert further to the last testimonial received from the Horse Guards by Lieutenant-Colonel Dumaresq , when about to retire from the army in the year 1834, in the following words, viz.; ** Nobody is more sensible Lord Hill is of the value of your services, and of the Zeal and gallantry which you applied to the discharge of your duty, whenever an opportunity was offered you of displaying those qualities." In private life in talents and various merits and acquirements and his many highly endearing qualities, won for him the regard and esteem of a very numerous circle of attached friends, and secured the affections of his immediate relations. He was married in the year 1828 to Elizabeth Sophia, daughter of the late Hon. Augustus Richard Butler Danvers, son of Brinsley second Earl of Lanesborough, and has left his widow and seven young children to lament his irreparable loss. It is to be hoped that some of his sons may hereafter adorn the profession of which their father was so distinguished an ornament

Item: 161752
Surname: Eather (obit.,)
First Name: Charles
Ship: -
Date: 7 November 1891
Place: Narrabri
Source: MM
Details: Death of Mr. Charles Eather. (Narrabri Herald, Nov 4) On Monday evening last, about 6 p.m., after a long and painful illness, there passed over to the great majority one of the pioneers of the Namoi, a man who for upwards of forty years had made the north-west his home, and seen many changes and vicissitudes. One who at one time was owner of vast tracts of country with every promise of an old age passed in ease and affluence, and one who had endeared himself to all who had the privilege of his acquaintance-better still, of his friendship. Such an one was Charles Eather, who passed quietly away at the age of 64 years, on Monday evening. Tended to the last by loving and kind friends, his slightest wish was anticipated; and sur-rounded by his relatives and a host of friends, he " passed to the bourne whence there is no returning." Many a good and earnest man may yet make a name for himself on the Namoi, but out of the limits of the present generation the memory of the true sterling friend who has just left us will never depart. The funeral, which left the deceased's late residence at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, was the most largely attended yet seen in Narrabri, the cortege measuring fully a third of a mile in length, and was composed of all the principal people of the town and district. The pall-bearers, all old and tried friends of the deceased, were Messrs. J. Moseley, J. M McDonald, W. H. Gordon, James Ward, sen. ,R. Spencer, and E. Poole. The coffin, which was of beautifully polished cedar, was almost covered with flowers. The whole of the busi- ness places in town were closed during the progress of the procession through the streets, and at the grave the burial service was very impressively read by the Rev. Walker

Item: 184812
Surname: Edwards (obit)
First Name: William
Ship: -
Date: 10 June 1916
Place: Dungog
Source: The Maitland Daily Mercury
Details: Death, after a short illness of William Edwards of Melbury, Underbank, took place at his old home. The late Mr. Edwards was born at Gresford in Wales 87 years ago, and arrived in NSW with his parents when only seven years of age. They came out under engagement to the late Mr. Boydell of Camyr Allyn, Gresford, where the early part of William Edward s life was spent. He eventually selected land on the Williams River at Melbury where he reared a large family and acquired an extensive area of land......

Item: 183756
Surname: Farthing (obit.,)
First Name: William
Ship: 1839
Date: 1 October 1887
Place: Anvil Creek, Greta, Branxton
Source: The Australian Town and Country Journal
Details: The late William Farthing, the pioneer of the now famous Greta coalfield, was a man of rare intelligence, strong will, vigorous execution, great tenacity of purpose, ingenuity of resource, and energy of mind. He was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, and came to New South Wales in 1839, at the age of 21 years. He began business in East Maitland as a leather merchant and bootmaker. In 1841 he married Miss L. Brown, sister of Messrs. Brown, colliery proprietors, of Newcastle. On the discovery of gold, in 1851, he went to the goldfields, and was fairly successful. In 1853 he began coal mining at Four-mile Creek, near East Maitland, and supplied coal for local demands and for the Hunter-River steamers. Four-mile Creek, however, afforded too small a scope for a man of Mr. Farthing s active temperament ; and hearing of lumps of coal having been found in the bed of Anvil Creek, he determined to prospect the place for a coalfield. The property belonged to the Clift family ; and, in company with one of them, he visited the locality. But after a patient investigation no seam of coal could be found, and the search was abandoned. Subsequently Mr. Farthing visited the creek by himself, and after he had spent some days in searching up and down its bed he was rewarded in 1866 by finding the outcrop at Greta. Mr. Farthing lost no time in obtaining from the Messrs. Clift a lease of the land for coal-mining purposes. A shaft was sunk, and the seam of coal which has proved so remunerative at Greta and Anvil Creek was struck. When the lease of the land expired he purchased the tract of land since known as the Anvil Creek Coal Co.s property, and began sinking operations thereon. He bottomed this shaft in 1871, and discovered a magnificent seam, 12ft thick, of clean, bright, hard coal, with a good root and a good pavement, and but little water to contend with. Scarcely, however, was this fine property opened out than the mine caught fire and the shafts of the mine had to be sealed up to smother the flames. Undismayed by this misfortune Mr. Farthing, in a few days, had a tunnel started to top the coal around the fire. In this he was success ful ; and he kept things moving in that way until he was enabled to sink another shaft. Reverses had, however, so crippled him that he was unable to place the requisite rolling stock on the road to carry the coals to the port of shipment, or to buy rails to con struct the necessary sidings. To obtain these he floated the property into the Anvil Creek Coal Mining Co. in 1874. He retained the management of the mine for a time after the formation of the company, but finally retired and lived on a small property which he had acquired about three miles from the scene of his labors. For many years after his retirement he acted as magistrate in Greta and Branxton, and acquitted himself on the bench with credit and discretion. Mr. Farthings death was extremely sudden. Entering his house, he remarked to Mrs. Farthing, I do not feel well to-night. He sat down to warm his feet at the fire; and, without warning, he suddenly fell back into Mrs. Farthings arms, and expired in the 67th year of his age. He left a wife and four children, viz., Mrs. Andrew Donald, of Sydney; Mrs. Donald Fleming, of Newcastle ; Mrs. Alexander Taylor, of Muswellbrook ; and Mr. A. A. Farthing, of the Ship Inn, Newcastle. Mr. Farthing was of a kindly, warm-hearted, generous disposition. As an employer he had the sympathy, goodwill, and respect of his work people and all who knew him.

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