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Item: 201059
Surname: Buchanan (obit)
First Name: Henry
Ship: -
Date: 1 August 1892
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: DEATH OF MR. HENRY BUCHANAN AT half past 5 o clock yesterday morning, Mr. Henry Buchanan, of the Criterion Hotel, one of our most enterprising citizens, passed away at the age of 48. Mr. Buchanan had been ill for some days, but it was not until Friday that symptoms of sufficiently serious a character to cause anxiety to his most intimate friends were noticeable. On Saturday the patient became rapidly worse, and despite the efforts of four medical gentlemen, including Dr. Knaggs, of Sydney, and Dr. Beeston, he gradually sank, and for the twenty-four hours previous to his death he remained unconscious. Mr. Buchanan was born near Glasgow, Scotland, and at the age of 18 years he came to this colony with his parents. His father died only some nine months ago, in this city. After landing in the colony Mr. Buchanan lived for some years in the North Coast district, and 20 years ago came to Newcastle. For a short time he was engaged in coal mining, and then took a hotel in Wallsend. In 1878 he entered into possession of the Criterion Hotel in this city, and conducted it until his death. He leaves a widow and a family of a son and daughter to mourn their lose., His mother-in-law, Mrs. Duncanson, a lady now in her 80th year, was present at his death. Until last month, Mr. Buchanan for several years represented the City Ward in the municipal council. He was twice chosen Mayor of the city, and held the position with honour during the years 1889 and 1890. Owing to ill-health and pressure of private business, Mr. Buchanan resigned his seat in the council come weeks ago. Being endowed with a great amount of energy and per severance, Mr. Buchanan acquired a large amount of property in the city, and being convinced that Newcastle was destined to be a large and prosperous centre, he had erected a great many superior buildings. Besides taking a deep interest in all public and political matters, the deceased was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity and an officer in the recently formed Caledonian Society. As a token of respect to the departed, the principal places of business and the shipping in the port had flags hoisted half-mast high yesterday. The remains of the deceased will be buried in the Sandgate cemetery this afternoon, the funeral starting from the Criterion Hotel at 8 o clock.


 
Item: 194802
Surname: Bugden (obit)
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 8 July 1911
Place: Richmond River district
Source: Northern Star (Lismore)
Details: Obituary of John Bugden, son of John and Margaret Bugden. Born at Brookfield on the Williams River in 1836. Married Miss Margaret Smith at Brookfield in 1868


 
Item: 167752
Surname: Bunn (obit.,)
First Name: George
Ship: -
Date: 13 January 1834
Place: Sydney
Source: The Australian
Details: THE LATE GEORGE BUNN On Saturday last about 1 oclock, 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 something 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


 
Item: 199469
Surname: Burnage (obit)
First Name: Colonel Granville John
Ship: -
Date: 13 July 1945
Place: Toronto
Source: NMH
Details: Death of Colonel G. J. Burnage Colonel Granville John Burnage, V.D.. C.B., who commanded the 13th Battalion at Gallipoli, died yesterday at his residence at Carey Bay, Toronto. Colonel Burnage had a military record of distinction covering more than 40 years. The funeral will take place to- morrow morning. The Dean of New castle (Very Rev. A. E. Morris) will conduct a service at Christ Church Cathedral at 11 a.m, before proceeding to Beresfield Crematorium. Mr H. L. Wheeler said no man in Newcastle deserved a higher tribute than Colonel Burnage. His comrades referred to him in their battalion history as the bravest man God made said Mr. Mark Reid. Born at Dungog in 1859, Colonel Burnage joined the militia in 1878, became lieutenant four years later, commanded the 4th Infantry Regiment, and was in charge of Newcastle defence from 1903 to 1913. He served with the 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles during the South African War and received the Queen s Medal with five clasps. In 1914 he was asked to form the 13th Battalion. Colonel Burnage took part in severe fighting round Dead Mans Ridge, Gallipoli, and was blown up by a shell and wounded. Later he was in charge of transports from Australia. In 1918 he was on the Barunga when it was torpedoed. All the troops were saved, and Colonel Burnage was last to leave. From 1918, Colonel Burnage was commanding officer of the 2/13th Battalion. A.M.F. until 1921, when he retired, aged 62. When a record of the battalion s war service was published with the title The Glorious 13th Battalion there were many references to his brave conduct on Gallipoli. In 1939, on his 80th birthday, more than 100 of his old comrades honoured him at a dinner at Toronto Hotel. Colonel Burnage was an executive of the firm of T. Burnage and Son. He leaves a widow and sister. His brother died some months ago


 
Item: 161628
Surname: Buxton (obit.,)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 5 September 1861
Place: Newcastle
Source: MM
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


 
Item: 162264
Surname: Cameron (obit.,)
First Name: Rev. Archibald
Ship: -
Date: 6 April 1929
Place: Glen Innes
Source: SMH
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 to 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


 
Item: 197021
Surname: Campbell (obit)
First Name: Mrs. Mary Ann
Ship: Bengal 1849
Date: 14 April 1939
Place: Maitland district
Source: Dungog Chronicle
Details: Mrs. Mary Ann Campbell, whose death occurred last week-end, was in her 98th year and had lived in the Maitland district for 90 years. She was born in Northamptonshire, England, on July 21, 1841. Accompanied by her father, aunt, sister, and a brother, at the age of eight, she sailed from England in the sailing ship Bengal and, after a voyage lasting almost six months, she landed in Sydney in 1849, after having much sick ness amongst the crowded passenger list, which resulted in the death of a number of passengers. Mrs. Campbell was married to the late John Norris Campbell, of Phoenix Park, Morpeth, in 1862. They settled on a farm at Miller s Forest, later on moved to Scotch Creek, then went to a farm at Cokadinghie, now Alnwick. In 1890, with a young family, they shifted to Eskdale, near Seaham, and were doing well until the disastrous 1893 flood brought ruin and desolation to almost every farm er on the Williams and the Lower Hunter. Mr. Campbell died in 1908. Mrs. Campbell continued to live on the Williams River until 1926


 
Item: 200011
Surname: Capper (obit)
First Name: Walter W
Ship: -
Date: 24 March 1881
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: Death of Mr. Walter W. Capper Shortly before 2 o clock yesterday afternoon the death of a well known and respected resident of Newcastle, Mr. Walter W. Capper, solicitor, took a majority of citizens by surprise, and caused a feeling of sincere regret among a very large circle of his friends and the public generally. The deceased gentleman, admittedly one of the leading legal talent of the district, had been ill for some time past, and since Monday had been forced to remain at Milthorp s Terminus Hotel, where he sought rest during that afternoon, and had subsequently remained under medical attendance, suffering from a complication of ailments. During Tuesday afternoon and night he rapidly became worse, so much so that an attendant had to be constantly at his bedside up to the time of his death. Dr Morgan, who attended him at the latter end, found his patient beyond hopes of recovery, although all that could be done to afford him relief was put in force. The deceased gentleman, whose familiar figure and conversation was known to almost every resident of the district and of Maitland (his place of residence), had practised his profession in Newcastle for about the last twelve years, during which time his thorough knowledge of law and court procedure, combined with a self respecting and superior deportment, had earned for him a wide and extensive practise, as well as a very large circle of friends. His remains will, in all probability, be conveyed by train this afternoon for interment at Maitland. The deceased gentleman was a younger son of the late Mr. E. P. Capper, J.P., proprietor of the extensive Stores in West Maitland


 
Item: 191007
Surname: Capper (obit)
First Name: William Charles Hyne
Ship: -
Date: 11 October 1877
Place: Newcastle
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald
Details: We regret to announce the death of Mr. W. C H. Capper, who expired at 1 o clock yesterday, at his residence, Newcomen. street. His death was somewhat sudden, and will be sincerely regretted by all. As a business man, Mr. Capper was well known and respected, and his loss will be felt in the commercial community. He did not take a very prominent part in the public affairs of the city, though as a commercial man be was an active member of companies and societies established in the city. By his death the chairman ship of the Newcastle Building and Investment Society becomes vacant


 
Item: 161629
Surname: Chapman (obit)
First Name: Rev. Robert
Ship: -
Date: 11 February 1879
Place: West Maitland
Source: Maitland Mercury
Details: The Rev. Robert Chapman, Incumbent of St. Marys, West Maitland, died on Sunday evening. We write these lines with very deep regret, which we are certain is shared by nearly every person in Maitland. Mr. Chapman had been the clergyman of St. Mary s for over thirty years about thirty-two years we think. As we are informed, he was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Australia, at St. Andrews Church, Sydney, on Sept 20, 1846. And was appointed to St . Marys early in 1847. - Mr. Chapman succeeded here the Rev. W Stack a man so able, and so much beloved by his congregation, and by the public of Maitland generally, that it was a trying situation for Mr. Chapman then quite a young man, and a young minister. He soon however acquired the love and esteem of the parish and inhabitants; and after a time so constant was the inability of persons desiring to get seats in St. Marys then a much smaller church than the present one that a deliberate effort was made to divide the large parish, and to erect a church in the part cut off. Mr. Chapman took an active part in this movement; and the writer remembers that at a meeting for the purpose, held in St. Marys schoolroom, Mr. Chapman, speaking as chairman, strongly supported the scheme, but ex-pressed doubts whether the members of the Church of England would prove sufficiently numerous, and sufficiently desirous to attend church, to fill both churches. The present writer had just been advocating the building of a large church in St. Pauls, the new parish cut out of St. Mary s. After the division was made, Mr. Chapman was agreeably surprised to find that more seats were still wanted at St. Mary s than were obtainable although St. Paul s was well filled and after a few years the present large and costly St. Mary s Church was erected to supply what had become a pressing want. And from nearly the very first day of its being opened to the present day, there have always been more applicants for seats in St. Marys than could be supplied. Mr. Chapman was not only successful in this keeping together a large congregation for certainly twenty-five years his church always more than filled, so far as applicants for seats were concerned but he always had a considerable number of communicants; and he never failed to be ready to present to the Bishop for confirmation a large number of young persons. Mr. Chapman s special virtue however remains to be noticed. He was an admirable minister of the gospel at the bedside of the sick a most welcome visitant in the sickroom. And very constant and heavy at times was the demand thus made on him, always cheerfully met. In his visits to families, what is called parish visiting, Mr. Chapman was also very persevering, and very much esteemed. During the many disastrous floods of the Hunter, Mr. Chapman took part with all the other clergymen of the town, of all de-nominations, in organising and administering relief, and in the raising of public subscriptions for that purpose. He was active also, for years, as the head of St. Mary s Young Men s Society, which used to hold scriptural and argumentative meetings in St. Mary s schoolroom. Some of our best public speakers learnt to practise their art in public at those meetings. Gradually the meetings assumed very markedly the character of public debates, at which persons of all religions, being members, took part and if we are not mistaken this eventually led to divisions, and the ultimate failure of the society. Besides his labours in St. Mary s Parish, Mr. Chapman devoted a good deal of time to outstation churches. And at the Maitland Hospital he must have been a frequent visitor as a Christian minister, for the writer, years since, when a member of the committee, heard Mr. Chapman s name more frequently from the patients, as a visitor to their bedsides, than the name of any other minister. Mr. Chapman was one of those clergymen who could not fall in with the spirit of our Public Schools Act. To him it appeared that the daily reading of the Bible in school, the daily supervision and care of the one clergyman, in his parish school, was not only best, but that it was his duty as a parish clergyman to maintain this position. And it is remarkable that St. Marys school has been for many years, and to the time of Mr. Chapman s lamented death, not only one of the very largest of Maitland schools, but one at which many persons now amongst us have received a sound education. For some few years past Mr. Chapman s strength had been failing. Besides being a devoted servant to his Heavenly Master, he was a man who felt acutely the loss of human friendship, as to persons whom he esteemed, poor or rich. And a succession of unhappy events, not brought on by himself, caused him very much pain and sorrow, not only directly but through others in the way we have hinted. Humanly speaking, the last of these events seems to have brought him suddenly to his grave. But beyond doubt that is not correct. Doubtless the "time appointed" was closely approaching, and God was preparing his old servant by trials and sorrows for more entire reliance on him alone, and thus for more assured eternal blessedness. He has gone to his rest, at the age of nearly sixty-five years. It may be well to add that the funeral is fixed for ten o clock this (Tuesday) morning.


 
Item: 161630
Surname: Chapman (obit.,)
First Name: Rev. Robert
Ship: -
Date: 11 February 1879
Place: West Maitland
Source: Maitland Mercury
Details: The announcement of the Rev. R. Chapman s death will be received throughout the length and breadth of the diocese of Newcastle, 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, who 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 his 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 himself 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 Norfolk 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. Marys, 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-three 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, by a 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 encouraged the desponding with higher hopes, and solaced the bereaved with anticipations of that better land of which he is now an inhabitant. As a citizen he took no prominent part in party questions, but in every movement for the 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 the benefits 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 his church, some years ago in the erection of St. Marys, 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 he did not he certainly received it in the congratulations of his clerical brethren, at the consecration of St. Marys. If he had desired to leave an abiding monument of his successful labours, the noble structure of St. Marys would be more than sufficient. Happily such feelings had no place with him. He desired to see God honored in a suitable 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.


 
Item: 197783
Surname: Child (obit)
First Name: Rev. Coles
Ship: -
Date: 23 August 1898
Place: Petersham
Source: NMH
Details: The death is announced of the Rev. Coles Child, formerly incumbent of Morpeth, and first Archdeacon of the Dioceses of Newcastle. The rev. gentleman passed away on Saturday, at his residence, Petersham, at the advanced age of 81 years. The Rev. Coles Child was the eldest son of the late Mr. William Knox child, of Mount Vincent, and was born in 1817. He was ordained deacon in 1849 and priest in 1850. In 1852 he was appointed to the incumbency of Scone, where he remained for 18 years, after which he was transferred to Morpeth. He officiated at Morpeth until 1886, when through age and ill health he felt obliged to retire, and resided for the rest of his life at Petersham. The deceased clergyman was Administrator of the Diocese of Newcastle on the death of Bishop Tyrrell, and presided at the Synod which elected Bishop Pearson. He leaves a widow and several grown up children including Mrs. C. M. Mills, of the Parsonage Denman, and Mrs. Henry Croaker of Woodville


 
Item: 168813
Surname: Christian (obit.,)
First Name: John J
Ship: c. 1837
Date: 28February 1899
Place: Newcastle
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 he deserted, and came to Newcastle in a schooner. After avoiding capture till the departure of their vessel, he was eventually arrested, and sentenced to two years confinement in Newcastle 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.


 
Item: 196971
Surname: Clack (obit)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 7 May 1901
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Australian Star
Details: Thomas Clack, a well-known resident and business man of this city, died at his residence, Church-street this morning. The deceased gentleman had been ailing for some time, but only took to his bed on Saturday. The cause of death was diabetes. Mr. Clack (who was in his 62nd year) arrived in the district over 40 years ago, and had been engaged In the business of a grocer. He was connected with several local commercial enterprises, occupying seats on the directorateof the Newcastle Gas and Coke Co and the Newcastle Building Co. He also held several responsible positions in connection with New castle Pro-Cathedral (Anglican)


 
Item: 189264
Surname: Clendinning (obit)
First Name: Robert
Ship: -
Date: 2 July 1929
Place: Muswellbrook
Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle
Details: A link with the early days of the Upper Hunter was severed by the passing of Mr. Robert Cloud inning, at Muscle Creek, at the advanced age of So years. The late Mr. Robert Clendinning was the last of seven brothers, children .of- the late, Mr. and Mrs. George Clendinning, who, with their family, came from the North of Ireland to Australia in 1854, and set up their home in this district. The pioneering family took up land at Muscle Creek after the passing of Sir John Robert son s Land Act in 1862, and the late Mr. George Clendinning had, therefore, resided on the one property for 67 years. Deceased was held in very high esteem throughout the Upper Hunter, for the name of Clendinning had been indelibly stamped on the history of the district. About seven years ago he contracted a seizure and had practically been an invalid ever since


 
Item: 198872
Surname: Clerke (obit)
First Name: Captain Charles
Ship: -
Date: August 1779
Place: -
Source: A New, Authentic Collection of Captain Cook s Voyages Round the World p. 561
Details: Charles Clerke sailed with Captain Cook in 1768 - 1770 and was on board when they passed by the entrance to the Hunter River when Captain Cook remarked in his log on a small round rock or island, we now know as Nobbys....Obituary....On the 22d, at nine in the morning, departed this life Capt. Charles Clerke, in the 38th year of his age. He died of a consumption which had evidently commenced before he left England, and of which he had lingered during the whole voyage. His very gradual decay had long made him a melancholy object to his friends; yet the equanimity with which he bore it, the constant flow of good spirits which continued to the last hour, and a cheerful resignation to his fate, afforded them some consolation. It was impossible not to feel a more than common degree of compassion for a person, whose life had been a continued scene of those difficulties and hardships, to which a seaman s occupation is subject, and under which he at last sunk. He was brought up to the navy from his earliest youth, and had been in several actions in the beginning of the war in 1756, particularly in that between the Bellona and Courageux, where being stationed in the mizen-top, he was carried overboard with the mast, but was taken up without having received any hurt: He was midshipman in the Dolphin, commanded by Commodore Byron, on her first voyage round the world, and afterwards served on the American station. In 1768, he made his second voyage round the world, in the Endeavour, as master s mate, and by the promotion, which took place during the expedition, he returned a lieutenant. His third voyage round the world was in the Resolution, of which he was appointed the second lieutenant ; and soon after his return, in 1775, he was promoted to the rank of master and commander. When the present expedition was ordered to be fitted out, he was appointed to the Discovery, to accompany Capt. Cook; and by the death of the latter, succeeded to the chief command. It would be doing his memory extreme injustice not to say, that during the short time the expedition was under his direction, he was most zealous and anxious for its success. His health, about the time the principal command devolved upon him, began to decline very rapidly, and was every way unequal to encounter the rigours of a high Northern climate. But the vigour and activity of his mind had, in no shape, suffered by his body ; and though he knew, that by delaying his return to a warmer climate, he was giving up the only chance that remained for his recovery, yet, careful and jealous to the last degree, that a regard to his own situation should never bias his judgment to the prejudice of the service, he persevered in the search of a passage, till it was the opinion so every officer in both ships, that it was impracticable, and that any further attempts would not only be fruitless, but dangerous. On the 24th, the Resolution entered the harbour of St. Peter and St. Paul, with the ensign staff half up, on account of their carrying the body of their late Captain. The Discovery followed soon after. In the afternoon of the 19th, the last offices were paid to Capt. Clerke. The officers and men of both ships walked in procession to the grave, whilst the ships fired minute-guns ; and the service being ended, the marines fired three vollies. He was interred under a tree, which stands on a rising ground, in the valley to the North side of the harbour, where the hospital and fore-houses are situated


 
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: 197112
Surname: Close (obit)
First Name: Louisa
Ship: -
Date: 1 January 1895
Place: Morpeth
Source: NMH
Details: One by one the old Morpeth identities are dying off, the latest being Mrs. Louisa Close, widow of the late Mr. Edward Charles Close, who died of cancer at Lavender Bay, North Sydney, on Friday night. The deceased had not lived in Morpeth for many years, but those who remember her, often recount her good deeds. The funeral cortege arrived here by Sunday morning s train, and at once proceeded to the Church of England Cemetery, where the body was buried close to that of her husband within the family vault. Many tenants felt greatly disappointed at not being able to attend as a mark of their respect. The deceased, whose ago was 69 years, leaves two sons and one daughter married, and one daughter single, the remaining member of the family (Mrs. Darley) having died some years ago. At the morning service in St. James Church on Sunday, the funeral sermon was preached, the organ playing the Dead March at the conclusion, an unusually large congregation attending.


 
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: 196981
Surname: Cobb (obit)
First Name: Alfred
Ship: -
Date: 7 October 1916
Place: West Maitland
Source: The Tamworth Daily Observer
Details: One of Maitland s oldest residents Mr. Alfred Cobb aged 83 years, died. For threee or four years he had not enjoyed good health, and for the past week had been unconscious. He was a native of Maitland district living practically the whole of his life there. He was an alderman for several years and committeeman of Maitland Hospital. Left a widow and two young children



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