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Item: 196033
Surname: Bevan (obit)
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 2 July 1926
Place: Dungog
Source: Dungog Chronicle
Details: Obituary of John Bevan who died at Dungog Hospital age 83. Said to have been one of the best pit sawyers in the district in younger days


 
Item: 196970
Surname: Bewick (obit)
First Name: George
Ship: -
Date: 14 June 1894
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Australian Star
Details: An old and respected resident of the city, Mr. George Bewick, sen., passed away on Monday night at the ripe ago of 70 years. He was the first district engineer of the northern railways, some 34 years ago. For 25 years he was superintendent of the permanent way, and retired in 1888 upon a well-earned pension. Mr. Whitton, the late Engineer-in-Chief for Railways, engaged Mr. Bewick before he was 30 years of age, he having already attained great proficiency in his profession. Mr. Bewick s funeral took place yesterday afternoon, and was very largely attended.


 
Item: 200099
Surname: Bewley (obit)
First Name: Frederick James
Ship: -
Date: 24 August 1926
Place: Woollahra
Source: Maitland Daily Mercury
Details: Father of Frederick Bewley of West Maitland; died at his home as the result of a paralytic seizure, aged 78. He had worked on the Newcastle Herald as a machinist before he went to Sydney to work for the Telegraph


 
Item: 199823
Surname: Blain (obit)
First Name: Rev. Robert
Ship: -
Date: 27 April 1871
Place: -
Source: Maitland Mercury
Details: DEATH OF REV. R. BLAIN. — We learn by telegram from Mr. J. H. Keys, that on Tuesday the Rev. Robert Blain died, in Sydney, at the ripe old age of seventy-four years. For some few years past, Mr. Blain s name has been little more than a name, always mentioned with respect, to very many of the newer inhabitants of the Hunter district. But in years gone by he was one of the foremost ministers of religion in the district, and was we think one of the first of the Presbyterian ministers to penetrate beyond the Liverpool Range, and traverse the then little-known tablelands of New England and the Peel. At that time ministers who travelled so far were quite missionaries, having no definite stopping places, and no preaching stations except the scattered sheep-stations and a few thinly peopled townships. Mr. Blain has lived to see and to warmly appreciate the populating of this wide region, and the extension of churches and settled ministers far beyond the limit of his early journeys. With a good deal of force of character, and much native humour, Mr. Blain nevertheless did not take part very freely in the public movements of those early days, save in educational matters. On that topic he was always a very earnest advocate, and always took a wide and philanthropic view of the religious peculiarities of the question. Very few men were listened to more willingly and with more respect on other matters, than Mr. Blain, whenever he did for the moment shake off the quiet ways of the Presbyterian minister, and take part in any public matter. At one time Mr. Blain used the local and Sydney press pretty freely for the ex- pression of his opinions, on matters then before the public, in the form of letters ; but even then he very rarely touched on political topics, except to illustrate, by a passing piece of humour, the subject he was engaged on. He wrote very forcibly, in plain and simple language, and generally with a marked spice of good-humoured dogmatism -lecturing letters same of them might be termed.


 
Item: 199824
Surname: Blain (obit)
First Name: Rev. Robert
Ship: -
Date: 23 June 1871
Place: -
Source: Evening News
Details: THE REV. ROBERT BLAIN.— This venerable minister of the Gospel, who died lately at Woollahra, having been well known and much respected by a large number of old residents in the Hunter River district, and other parts of the colony, it is thought that the following particulars concerning him, which have been supplied by a minister of the Presbyterian Church, long associated with him in friendship and in the work of the church, will be interesting to many readers of the Town and Country Journal. Mr. Blain was born near Ballynahinch, in the County Down Ireland, in 1797. Under the instructions of a. pious father and grandfather, he early showed such a devout and earnest disposition as seemed to indicate a fitness for the Christian ministry - a vocation to which his own feelings very strongly inclined him. He was accordingly entered as a student at Belfast College wherein he greatly distinguished himself in the various subjects of study, but especially in mathematics, for which through life, he retained a strong attachment. He pursued his studies for a time under the Rev. Dr. Cook, to whom in person, he bore a very striking resemblance whose spirit he very largely imbibed. In due time Mr Blain was licensed to preach the Gospel; and for some time he did preach it in his native country with great power acceptance, and success. Hearing, however, that a great door and effectual was open in Australia for the preaching of the Gospel, and that the cry from hundreds of his expatriated fellow countrymen was Come over and help us. he resolved to transfer his labours to this part of the vineyard. In 1837, he accompanied the Rev. Dr. Lang to this colony, in the ship Portland. Mr. Blain s first charge was Maitland, where he soon succeeded in gathering and organizing a congregation by whom he was both admired and beloved. When two divisions of the Presbyterian Church were re-united under the designation of The Synod of Australia, in connection with the Established Church of Scotland, Mr. Blain, in order to carry out an arrangement to ensure the pastor and property of the united body, removed from Maitland to Hinton, on the Lower Hunter. Here in his new field, he set himself, a second time, to establish a congregation, a work sufficiently uninviting and disheartening to any but one who had determined to spend and be spent in the cause of Christ. After great exertions, in an extensive district, and no small personal sacrifice, Blain had the satisfaction of finding that his labours had not been in vain in the Lord and the erection of a Church and manse gave local permanence to his efforts. He made, a quarter of a century ago, a tour through New England and a large portion, of the Northern districts, preaching the Gospel and baptizing where the Gospel had never been heard before. This labour of love is still remembered with thanksgiving by many. When the Abolition Act was about to be passed, Mr. Blain although in all good conscience, and with universal approbation, he might have continued to retain his Government stipend; yet, in order, as he said himself, that the benefit of State-aid might be preserved as long as possible to his poor people - resigned his charge, left his church and manse and transferred the church property and his stipend to a younger minister. From the period of his demission till his death he continued to take a deep interest in all Christian and philanthropic efforts, and regularly attended the meetings of the courts of the church with with which he was connected. Enthusiastic in the diffusion of knowledge, he was a warm advocate and supporter of the cause of education. His name is associated with the establishment of every public school in Newcastle, Paterson, and Maitland district. A short time before his death, Mr. Blain removed to Woollahra, near to Sydney, full of years, and labours, and honours. Here he fell asleep in Jesus, on the 25th day of April 1871, and was gathered, as a sheaf of corn fully ripe, into the garden of the great husband man, for whom he had laboured so long, so faithfully, so zealously, and so successfully.


 
Item: 196963
Surname: Blanch (nee Frewins) (obit)
First Name: Jane
Ship: -
Date: 19 February 1924
Place: Kanwal, Wyong
Source: The Newcastle Sun
Details: Mrs. Jane Blanch, 72, wife of Mr. Edward Blanch late of Merewether, died at her residence at Kanwal in the Wyong district on Sunday. She had been in indifferent health for five weeks. Deceased was the second daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. James Fewins, who were residents of Cooks Hill. She resided for upwards of 36 years at Merewether. Her husband was employed with the Newcastle Public Works dredge service for over 25 years until his retirement eight years ago when they went to reside at Kanwal.


 
Item: 176941
Surname: Blanchard (obit.)
First Name: Henry
Ship: -
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


 
Item: 166527
Surname: Bowden (obit.,)
First Name: William
Ship: -
Date: 5 August 1882
Place: Raymond Terrace
Source: MM
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.


 
Item: 200502
Surname: Bowrey (obit)
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 30 May 1902
Place: Tamworth
Source: The Armidale Express
Details: Mr. James Bowrey, sen., 83 years of age, died at the residence of his son and grand children in Lewis street Tamworth. For a number of years he had suffered from partial paralysis and during the past three years had been practically unable to help himself. About a month ago, shortly after the sad death of his wife at Newcastle, his condition became serious. Dr. Harris was called in but the old man was beyond the help of medical science and he passed away as stated


 
Item: 161903
Surname: Boydell (obit.,)
First Name: Charles
Ship: -
Date: 1869 26 August
Place: Gresford
Source: MM
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.


 
Item: 198764
Surname: Brodie (obit)
First Name: Peter
Ship: -
Date: 15 August 1857
Place: Tamworth
Source: MM
Details: DEATH OF PETER BRODIE, Esq., J.P.-Peter Brodie, Esq., J.P., of Glenalvon, Murrurundi, died recently at Tamworth, returning from his station. His age was 53 years, and he died after a protracted and painful illness of three years, which he bore with exemplary fortitude, cheerfulness, and resignation. His remains were removed to Murrurundi, and interred at his residence, Glenalvon, in presence of his bereaved and mourning family and relatives, and a numerous assemblage of the inhabitants of the district. By this mournful event the district has been deprived of the assiduous service of an old and highly esteemed magistrate the community of an exemplary and useful member and his bereaved widow and family of an affectionate husband, and a faithful and indulgent parent.


 
Item: 196937
Surname: Brooks (obit)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 24 March 1902
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Australian Star
Details: Mr. Thomas Brooks, a very old resident of Newcastle died shortly before noon today. The deceased gentleman had long been identified with most public movements. He was a justice of the peace for many years, a member of the Newcastle Hospital Committee, and at the time of his death was one of the directors of the Newcastle and Hunter River Steamship Co. He was also Lloyds surveyor at Newcastle, and in the early days was the contractor for building the wharves at the dyke. Mr. Brooks, who was 69 years of age, some time ago contracted influenza from the effects of which he never properly recovered.


 
Item: 191198
Surname: Brown (obit)
First Name: Herbert Harrington
Ship: -
Date: 3 July 1929
Place: Sydney
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Details: The funeral of Mr. Herbert Harrington Brown, a former member of the Legislative Assembly for the Paterson district from 1875 till 1880, and for Durham from 1880 till 1895, who died on Monday, took place at the Northern Suburbs Cemetery yesterday afternoon. In his youth Mr. Brown made many long journeys droving cattle to Queensland and Victoria. He later became the breeder of a well-known herd of Jersey cattle. Ponies bred by him, and known by their brand as Club Eights, were at one time much used in Sydney on postal deliveries and collections. Mr. Brown is survived by two sons, Messrs. Herbert Lindeman Brown, of Darling Point-road, Sydney, and Sidney John Brown, of Paterson, and four daughters, Mrs. R. M. S. Wells, of Mos- man; Mrs. W. Leigh, of Mosman; Mrs. R. Jones, of Brisbane; and Miss L. Brown, of Mosman, at present in England.


 
Item: 191421
Surname: Brown (obit)
First Name: John Dowling
Ship: -
Date: 6 January 1927
Place: Roseville
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Details: The death occurred at his residence, Shirley- road, Roseville yesterday of Mr. John Dowling Brown. He belonged to one of the oldest and best known pioneering families in New South Wales. His father, the late Mr. J. Dowling Brown, came to Australia early in the last century, and settled in the Paterson district at Coulston. Later he acquired pastoral interests in other parts of the State, and was well known in Riverina and the northern districts. Deceased was in his 70th year. He was educated at the King s School, Parramatta, and 55 years ago joined the staff of the Bank of New South Wales. Early in his career he was appointed a branch manager, and was so employed until his retirement a few years ago. He was highly respected by his fellow officers, and was popular with all who knew him, both in his official capacity and in his private life. Mr. Brown is survived by Mrs. Brown and two sons, Messrs. R. Dowling Brown, of Coulston, North Bangaroo, and G. Dowling Brown, of Tyril, Dandaloo. Mr. W. Le Brun Brown, stipendiary magistrate, and Mr. C. F. Brown, of the staff of the head office of the Commercial Banking Company, are brothers.


 
Item: 167534
Surname: Brown (obit.,)
First Name: Robert
Ship: Investigator 1802
Date: 1858
Place: England
Source: The American Journal of Arts and Science
Details: -


 
Item: 169404
Surname: Brown (obit.,)
First Name: Robert
Ship: Investigator 1802
Date: 1858
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.


 
Item: 163359
Surname: Brownrigg (obit.,)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: -
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


 
Item: 116401
Surname: Brunker (obit)
First Name: James Nixon
Ship: -
Date: 1910 6 June
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 131, p7
Details: Legislative Councillor, 30 years in Parliament. Served in the Parkes-Reid administration. MLA for East Maitland for 24 years, Secretary of Lands 1888 and from 1889 to 1891; Chief Secretary from 1894 to 1889


 
Item: 196961
Surname: Bryant (obit)
First Name: Mary
Ship: -
Date: 17 September 1926
Place: Douglas Street, Stockton
Source: The Newcastle Sun
Details: Mrs. Mary Bryant, wife of Richard Bryant, saddler, of Hunter Street Newcastle died at the residence of her son age the age of 73 years. The funeral moved from the Central Mission, Newcastle after a short service by Rev. E. E. Hynes. Mrs. Bryant was survived by her husband and four sons, Messrs Richard, Alfred, Earnest and Norman and one daughter Mrs. W. H. Barkley of Mosman


 
Item: 196948
Surname: Bryant (obit)
First Name: Richard
Ship: -
Date: 28 October 1931
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: Mr. Richard Bryant, whose business associations in Newcastle have extended over a period of 57 years, died in the Newcastle Hospital yesterday afternoon, Since his retirement about two years ago Mr. Bryant had suffered ill health, and his death, after an operation, was not unexpected. Mr. Bryant commenced business as a saddler in a shop near the School of Arts. When more suitable premises near Messrs. W. Winn and Company were offered he removed his business. As the saddlery trade was brisk, he extended his business, and later purchased a block of land adjoining the Bank of Australasia, in Hunter-street, and erected a building with which for many years he carried on business as R. Bryant and Sons. He was the oldest member of the trade in the State. As a cricketer Mr. Bryant achieved success, particularly as a wicket- keeper. He possessed acumen, and that led him with a number of others to purchase a pipe organ for the early Methodist Church, on the Hill. He was born in Maitland in 1847. Mr. Bryant leaves three sons and a daughter. The interment will be made in the Sandgate Cemetery today, and will move from the Central Methodist Mission.



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