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Item: 197845
Surname: English (obit)
First Name: Rev. Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 30 September 1895
Place: Muswellbrook
Source: Evening News
Details: Death of Father English. MUSWELLBBOOK, Monday. - The Very Rev. Father English, .V.G., expired on Sunday morning. The deceased priest had been connected with the Maitland diocese for many years, having been stationed at Newcastle, Gunnedah, Murrurundi, and for the last three years in Muswellbrook. He had reached the ripe age of 85 years, and was vigorous and active until an illness three months ago. Father English had travelled much in Ireland, England, on the Continent, and in the Holy Land, and was possessed of a wide range of information. He was greatly esteemed by members of all denominations on account of his large mindedness and truly Christian disposition. His remains are to be interred at Maitland.


 
Item: 197111
Surname: Fairhall (obit)
First Name: Benjamin
Ship: -
Date: 2 September 1892
Place: Morpeth
Source: NMH
Details: Death has removed another old Morpeth resident, in the person of Mr. Benjamin Fairhall, who died on Tuesday last of paralysis, at the age of 61. Deceased come to the colony in a vessel called the Maitland in 1888, and some time afterwards settled in this district. During the years when floods were most frequent he followed the joint occupation of farmer and fisherman, and was among the more active with his boat where anyone was to be rescued. The remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery yesterday his six sons, with other relatives and a large number of friends, forming the mournful procession.


 
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.


 
Item: 162582
Surname: Fawcett (obit.,)
First Name: Thomas Alderson
Ship: -
Date: 21 June 1922
Place: Singleton
Source: SMH
Details: 'Death of Thomas Alderson Fawcett aged 68, a resident of the Singleton district for many years. He followed grazing pursuits in earlier life and was one of the most prominent cricketers in the northern district. He leaves seven sons and one daughter. Four sons fought in the war'


 
Item: 183820
Surname: Fennell (obit)
First Name: Walter Beaden
Ship: -
Date: 29 November 1933
Place: Lake Macquarie
Source: NMH
Details: Mr. Walter Beaden Fennell, a pioneer of Lake Macquarie, and a well known resident of the Newcastle district died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. R.S. Kerr, Bolton St. He was 82 years old. Born at Toronto, almost on the spot where the Hotel Toronto stands, Mr. Fennell was the son of Richard Fennell, a Yorkshireman who graduated at Oxford University and decided to try his luck in Australia. Richard Fennell was a college student in England with Sir George Gipps, a former Governor of NSW. It was on the suggestion of Sir George that he came to this State. He married the daughter of Captain Holt, master of one of the clippers which carried many of the British pioneers to Australia. Richard Fennell was beset with many difficulties and lack of knowledge of local conditions was the cause of his parting with a fortune of 30000 pounds. In 1847 he landed at Toronto and took up his residence on what was known as Boyces Point, now familiarly known as Bolton Point. He died in 1880. The late Mr. Walter B. Fennell had a wealth of stories concerning the lake in the early days. In his youthful days household commodities came by carrier from Sydney. Flour cost 20 pounds a bag, while the cost of other household goods was equally high. As a young man Mr. Fennell saw millions of wild duck on the lake. The surrounding bush teemed with native animal life. Kangaroos and wallabies abounded and the waters of the lake carried fish in large quantitites. The Fennell family took up a large tract of land extending from Fennells Bay to Coal Point.


 
Item: 194476
Surname: Fernyhough (obit)
First Name: William Henry
Ship: -
Date: 29 October 1918
Place: Wickham
Source: The Newcastle Sun
Details: VETERAN S DEATH Fought in Maori War The death of Mr. William Henry Fernyhough, at the age of 77 years, on Sunday, at his residence, Charles street, Wickham, has removed from Newcastle shipping circles a well- known and respected figure. The deceased, who was a native of Sydney, participated in the Maori war. He came to Newcastle about 44 years ago, and entered the service of the Harbors and Rivers Department. Many years there, his health obliged him to take a position in the Navigation Department, which he retained for over 10 years, almost up to the time of his death. The funeral, a naval one, took place this afternoon. The gun carriage was drawn by members of the Naval Re- serve and Brigade, under Chief Petty- Officer Nye, and the Navy Band, under the baton of C.P.O. Bratten, played the Dead March. The Newcastle Naval and Military Association, of which deceased was a member, was well represented. A widow and three grandsons survive.


 
Item: 197022
Surname: Ferris (obit)
First Name: Martha
Ship: -
Date: 27 August 1918
Place: Maitland
Source: Daily Observer
Details: Mrs. Martha Ferris, one of the best known residents of the Maitland district, died at her residence, Bolwarra, after an illness extending over many weeks. She was of a kindly and cheerful deposition, and was held in high esteem amongst a large circle of friends. She displayed a keen interest in the annual exhibition of the Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Association, and acted as judge, on many occasions in the food and cookery section. She is survived by two sons (Messrs John and George Ferris), and one daughter (Miss Florrie Ferris). Her husband predeceased her some time ago.


 
Item: 161627
Surname: Field (obit.,)
First Name: John
Ship: Born in the colony
Date: 31 May 1845
Place: Newcastle
Source: MM
Details: Mr. Fields private worth will be justly remembered by many, even beyond the circle of his family and friends. But one whose personal knowledge enables him to record his character as a public officer, feels that in doing so he discharges a religious duty. Mr. F. obtained the appointment of gaoler about ten years ago, by the recommendation of Sir Edward Parry, whose cordial solicitude for his welfare procured for Mr. F., when his patron left the colony, the countenance and good offices of that excellent man s friends. Having resolved to correct the demeanour of the miserable persons under his charge, he entered on the task by enforcing the sanctity of the Lord s Day. This he effected with a perseverance, kindness, and consistency to be ascribed to other sentiments than those of official obligation. But his anxiety on their behalf went beyond considerations of discipline. When he could do so without violence to peculiarities of faith, he spoke of truths on which he rested his own hopes of happiness ; and we may hope that many of that class of persons to whom the gaol of Newcastle was as the gates of death, learned the way of salvation through the prayers and persuasions of their gaoler. A public servant who seeks in the first place the approbation of God and his conscience, meets with many vexations ; satisfied with the rectitude of his own intentions, he does not perceive the propriety of securing the commendations of others, nor does he fear their censure. This was Mr. F.s experience. Although honored with the kind consideration of the functionaries of the courts of law ; although allowed by the Judges the privilege of speech to an extent approaching to familiarity, because of their confidence in his good faith ; although his eulogium was repeatedly pronounced by these dignitaries from the bench and in their chambers ; yet he was sometimes misunderstood, and generally most severely condemned when most punctually dutiful. These calamities nearly overwhelmed him, but they are mentioned here because of his reliance upon the particular providence of God, whose signal mercies in raising up friends in his distress, in the most remarkable as well as unexpected manner, he used to recount with overflowing gratitude, and with the humility of a Christian.


 
Item: 197846
Surname: Fillingham (obit)
First Name: Rev. Joseph
Ship: -
Date: 13 March 1869
Place: Grafton
Source: Launceston Examiner
Details: It is our sad duty this issue to record the death of the Rev. Joseph Fillingham; late Wesleyan minister at Grafton, a gentleman highly respected by those who knew him best, both as a gentleman and Christian minister. The deceased was a Yorkshireman, the son of the late Mr. George Fillingham, for many years a supervisor in the excise. He was educated in the York Grammar School, and for several years was employed in the office of one of the oldest legal firms in that city. He was originally a member of the Church of England, but having been religiously impressed by the preaching of the Rev. Mr. Caughey, a distinguished minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church of America, he became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and for some time was successfully employed as a local preacher, under the superintendence of the Rev. Alexander Bell and the Rev. Daniel Watson - men distinguished for their good service to Wesleyan Methodism. He was induced by Dr. Lang to leave the old country to supply the lack of ministerial labour in the colony. He arrived in the colony some nineteen years ago, and immediately on his arrival connected himself with the Methodist church, and entered upon his ministerial career as an assistant missionary, a name by which the younger ministers were then designated in the colony. He has travelled in the Maitland Circuit - then one of the widest circuits in the colony, entailing upon the minister a large amount of physical labour-often travelling for eight and ten days together, and daily preaching, besides Sunday services, and often under very distressing circumstances. He was then removed to the Windsor Circuit, thence to the Western Goldfields, where he had to undergo many privations, and was often exposed to many perils. After spending some time in the Camden Circuit, the Conference removed him to Tasmania, where he laboured in the Oatlands, Hobart Town, and Campbell Town Circuits with much success. He was highly esteemed by his brethren, who elected him secretary of the District Committee, and appointed him at the Conference of 1865, the representative for the Tasmanian District. His health failing he was, at his own request, removed by the Conference to the New South Wales District, and appointed to the Clarence, hoping that a warmer climate might recruit his wasted energies. The deceased was married at Parramatta, in 1855, to Eliza Rebecca Orton, a daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Orton, the first minister that ever visited Victoria, who delivered his first sermon upon Blackmans Hill, upon which a portion of the city of Melbourne now stands, but was at that time all bush. In consequence of his arduous duties his health failed, and he was compelled to return to England to recruit, but died on the voyage; and was buried at sea. By the death of Mr. Fillingham, his lady is left a widow with a family of six children, one child having met an untimely death by scalding, whilst in the Oatlands Circuit. The deceased was only forty years of age; the immediate cause of his death was consumption, accelerated by the intense heat of the climate of the Clarence. He died on Wednesday morning, 24th of February, 1869, and was buried on Thursday, in the cemetery at Grafton., The funeral was conducted by Mr. William Stucley, of Grafton, in his usual style.


 
Item: 196983
Surname: Filmer (obit)
First Name: Mrs. William
Ship: -
Date: 23 December 1901
Place: Maitland
Source: The Australian Star
Details: Mrs. Filmer, wife of Mr. William Filmer, a well known resident of the Maitland district, was found dead in bed on Saturday morning. The deceased, who was 71 year of age leaves a large family of grown up sons and daughters. She had resided in the town over 50 years


 
Item: 189905
Surname: Finch (obit)
First Name: Charles Wray
Ship: -
Date: 7 June 1873
Place: -
Source: Australian Town and Country Journal
Details: Charles Wray Finch was the eldest son of the Reverend Henry Finch, M. A. of Christ College, Cambridge, Lord of the Manor and Rector of Little Shelford, Vicar of Great Shel- ford, Vicar of Long Staunton (All Saints), Lord of the Manor of Cottenham, all in Cambridgeshire, and captain to the late Earl of Jersey. He was born at Henny Great, in the county of Essex, at the residence of his grandfather. He was educated at King Edward the 6th s School, Bury St. Edmond s. Suffolk. In 1830 he obtained a commission in H. M. 17th Regiment of Foot. The next year he came with his Regiment to this colony. Shortly after his arrival he sold out of the Regiment, and was appointed Police Magistrate at Patrick s Plains, on the 22nd May, 1831. This appointment he held for seven years. On the 14th June, 1837 he married the eldest daughter of the late Colonel H. C. Wilson, the- first Police Magistrate of Sydney. On the 8th of August 1S38 he resigned this office as Police Magistrate, and entered into pastoral pursuits, which he followed for several years, chiefly in the county of Wellington. He was on the commission of the Peace, and sat on the Bench at Wellington and Molong, until 1852, when he left that district, after a residence there of four teen years, and came to Parramatta. He there also acted as a magistrate. Together with Sir Stuart. A. Donaldson, and one or two other gentlemen, he commenced the Australian Club, of which he was a member as long as he lived. In 1853. Captain Finch was elected, on the retirement of Mr. Bettington, member of the Legislative Council, then the sole chamber of legislation, for the counties of Wellington and Bligh. He held this seat until the introduction of the new Constitution of two Houses, when he was succeeded by Mr. G. W. Lord as representative of that part of the country, now chiefly comprised in the Electorate of the Bogan. In June 1860, upon the decease of the late Major Lockyer, and the consequent promotion of Major Shadforth, the former Sergeant-at Arms, to the position of Usher of the Black Rod, which he still holds, Captain Finch was appointed by the Cowper Government, Sergeant-at-Arms in the Legislative Assembly, and held this office until his decease. Though the labour of this position was not severe, the tedium of some of the long night sittings must have been no joke to one whose duty, required his constant presence in the House. Honorable members can retire and return to the chamber, at will ; even the Speaker obtains a release, whenever the House goes into Committee. But for the Sergeant-at-Arms, there is no exemption from the burden of perpetual vigilance, until the House adjourns. It was the lot of Captain Finch, on two or three occasions, to be in attendance throughout sittings of twenty-four hours, sittings which were superseded by the arrival of the time when the next , day s sitting commenced, involving the necessity of other six or ten hours attendance with out intermission. In private life his exemplary deportment and amiable disposition won for him the affection of those who knew him best. In the discharge of his public duties, he maintained his credit as a faithful officer of the State. He died on the 6th May, 1873, the day of the public funeral of Mr. Wentworth.


 
Item: 197369
Surname: Finch (obit)
First Name: Henry
Ship: -
Date: 4 April 1895
Place: Newcastlw
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald
Details: THE LATE MR. HENRY FINCH. YESTERDAY afternoon there was carried to his last rest an old and deeply-respected resident of the Hunter River District, Mr. Henry Finch, who died at his late residence, Barker-street, Newcastle, on Tuesday. He was buried in the Church of England division of the Sandgate Cemetery. The funeral cortege started from the late residence of the deceased, and passed through the leading streets to the Newcastle railway station, whence the body and a large proportion of the mourners proceeded to Sandgate. Mr. W. Neve con- ducted the funeral. Arrived at the cemetery the following gentleman acted as pall-bearers : — Messrs. John Reid, Frederick Ash, sen., John and George Hickinbotham. A very large number of choice wreaths were placed on the coffin, and the funeral procession comprised a large number of those whose careers in this district have earned for them the repute of being our most reputable citizens. Prominent business men were specially noticeable, and the gathering of those connected with harbour and shipping interests was large and representative. During the day house and agency flags were displayed at half-mast, and most of the shipping in port contributed the same compliment to the memory of the deceased. Some of the gentlemen who followed the remains to the grave were heard to say that they had known Mr. Finch for 35 years. Mr. Finch made his first venture in the Hunter Valley as a hotelkeeper at East Maitland, where he remained for some years, and where he made (over half the estimated life- time ago) the friendship of some who saw his corpse interred. He next embarked in business as the licensee of the Market Wharf Inn, in Newcastle, which he conducted for many years with, it is believed, excellent pecuniary results. Relinquishing the business of a boniface, he was a prime mover in the formation of the Newcastle Co-operative Steam-tug Company, which commenced operations with a small tug called the Aquarius, but which extended its operations with extraordinary rapidity, Mr. Finch, holding with other shareholders of business prominence in Newcastle, the position of chairman of directors. This post he retained for many years, and only surrendered it on the sale of the business to Messrs. J. and A. Brown, after a long period of development and prosperity. At the time of the sale the shares had increased in value 50 per cent. Mr. Finch took very great interest in the working of the Newcastle Hospital, and maintained this, meanwhile occupying high and responsible positions, honorarily, until about eight years ago, when advancing age and failing sight compelled him to surrender his active connection with the institution. Mr. Finch leaves one son, his name- sake, a well-known citizen, who is connected with the firm of Wallace and Co., of this city


 
Item: 196951
Surname: Fleming (obit)
First Name: Robert
Ship: -
Date: 7 February 1928
Place: Newcastle
Source: Singleton Argus
Details: Mr Robert Fleming, a very old New castle identity, who was in his 83rd year, died on Friday afternoon, at Toronto where he had been staying with his daughter Miss Elizabeth Fleming, for the past two weeks. He was born in Newcastle, and was one of the oldest natives of the district. As a young man he was associated with his father, Mr Peter Fleming, in a butchering business. Later he became a successful horse-owner and trainer, and amongst those for whom he trained were Messrs A. Brown, W. Brown, E. A. Merewether, and A. Wallace. For a number of years he was a member of the committee and secretary of Newcastle Jockey Club, and he was one of the pioneers who did so much in bringing the club to the forward position it occupies to-day. In 1900 he received an appointment as starter and measurer for the ponies in Sydney, and on that account had to relinquish his position as secretary of the Jockey Club, and was succeeded by Mr J. Grisdale, the present occupant of the office.


 
Item: 178414
Surname: Fleming (obit.,)
First Name: John Henry
Ship: -
Date: 25 August 1894
Place: Wilberforce
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette
Details: After a long illness, attended by much suffering, an old and respected resident of Wilberforce, Mr John Henry Fleming, passed away on Mon- day. Born at Pitt Town, early in life he engaged in squatting pursuits in Queensland. He ultimately settled down at Wilberforce, and for many years followed a farming life, where he acquired a comfortable competency. He was a member of the Committee of the Hawkesbury Benevolent Society for many years, and the old folks lose a kind-hearted sympathiser by his death, He was appointed a Justice of the Peace about ten years ago. Deceased used to tell some stirring stories of the early days of settlement in the colony, and the trouble he had with the Blacks. Mr Fleming had been gradually declining during the past few years, and added to this he lately had a severe attack of influenza. For weeks past he has been undergoing much suffering, but through all his pain he was remarkable for his patience. As a resident he will be much missed for his kindness of heart and generosity to the poor; he was never known to refuse to anyone in want. Deceased was 78 years of age, and was a brother to Mrs William Hall of Cattai. His remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery, Wilberforce, on Tuesday last. Deceased leaves a widow, but no family. Mr R W Dunstan was the undertaker, and the Rev. H Guinness conducted the burial service.


 
Item: 176107
Surname: Fleming (obit.,)
First Name: Peter
Ship: -
Date: 23 June 1894
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: DEATH OF MR. PETER FLEMING, SENIOR. DEATH has been very busy among the old identities of this district recently, and yesterday another was added to the list by the de cease of Mr. Peter Fleming, sen., who died at his residence, Linwood, at a quarter to 3 o clock in the afternoon. For some three weeks the deceased has been ailing, and he gradually became worse until death came upon him quietly at the hour mentioned. The late Mr. Fleming was one of the oldest identities in the district, having come to Newcastle in the year 1838. In 1841 he started business as a butcher in Hunter - street, and commenced to deal largely in land. He was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1817, and was therefore in the 78th year of his age. In 1857 Mr. Fleming entered into partnership with Mr. C. B. Ranclaud. and for many years they carried on one of the largest butchery establishments in the colonies. In 1864, the deceased having secured a large area of land in various parts of the district retired from business, and ever since has been living with his family at Lin wood. Soon after coming to Newcastle Mr. Fleming married a daughter of the late Mr. Donald Cameron, of Hexham and Port Stephens. This good lady who is 74 years of age survives her husband, and her birthday was only quietly celebrated on Wednesday last. On the 28th of last month Mr. and Mrs. Fleming held their golden wedding, and on that day the family gathered round the parents, who had been married for the long period of 60 years. A large quantity of valuable property has been left to the widow and family by the deceased. Many years ago Mr. Fleming purchased 120 acres in what is now the municipality of Wickham, and he established a little town there early in the sixties. Of the estate then purchased more than half has been sold, and among the other properties held by the deceased, are about a dozen shops in the main streets of the city. The deceased was among the first batch of aldermen elected to the Newcastle Borough Council, and for 27 consecutive years held the position, and only gave it up owing to his wish to quietly retire on his competency. The family left by the deceased are Mr. Robert Fleming, Mrs. James Fraser, Mr. Donald Fleming, Mr. Alexander Fleming of Quirindi, Mr. John Fleming, Mrs. Donald Fletcher, wife of Mr. Fletcher of Bajala Station, Castlereagh River, and Mr. Peter Fleming, jun., who although the youngest, is nearly 30 years of age. The re mains of the deceased will be interred in the Sandgate Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.


 
Item: 162129
Surname: Forbes (obit.,)
First Name: Francis (junior)
Ship: -
Date: 1850
Place: -
Source: Researches in the Southern Gold Fields of NSW Google Books)
Details: Francis Forbes Esq., 1849. This gentleman, a graduate of the University of Cambridge and eldest son of Sir Francis Forbes, one of the late Chief Justices of New South Wales, contributed his share to the advancement of knowledge by publishing a paper, in 1849, on the Production of Gold, in which he quoted from Sir Roderick Murchison s letter to Sir C. Lemon, and gave some useful statistical details. Having the honor of Mr. Forbes friendship, I had corresponded with him respecting some enquiries he made of me as to the metalliferous riches of his own neighbourhood on Darling Downs. Whether Mr. Forbes ever himself found gold I do not know, his letters to me make no mention of it. But he was a man of great talent and scholarship, and taking a deep interest in the advancement of the discovery of gold in California, went thither and, unfortunately, died.


 
Item: 194356
Surname: Ford (Stevens) (obit)
First Name: Maria
Ship: 1846
Date: 2 May 1924
Place: -
Source: Dungog Chronicle
Details: MRS. MARIA STEVENS. The death of Mrs Maria Stevens at Cocumbark on Thursday after- noon last removed another of the district s sturdy old pioneers, who possessed all the attributes of hardiness and good nature for which the older hands were noted. It was her pleasure to do a good turn to others and her Home was always a meeting place and an open door for the stranger who needed a cup of tea or a meal, especially in the early days, when hotels and boarding houses were few and far between. The deceased was known far and wide for her charitable and kindly disposition. She had many friends and no enemies. Everyone loved and respected Granny Stevens. Born at Somersetshire, England, the late Mrs. Stevens was just on 85 years of age at the time of her death. She was a girl of seven when she first landed in Australia with her parents. Her father the late Mr. Henry Ford, was one of the early pioneers of the Williams River, he having settled there 78 years ago, soon after his arrival from the Old Country. Sixty-eight years ago the deceased was married at Clarence Town to Mr. John Stevens, who predeceased her 28 years ago. It is a coincidence that he also was about 85 years of age when he died. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens were among the earliest settlers at Dyers Crossing, having settled at Cocumbark half a century ago. They reared a family of seven daughters and four sons. Two of the daughters predeceased the mother, and those surviving are Messrs. John (Dyer s Crossing), Henry (Klondella, Cocumbark) , George (Killarney, Cocumbark), Hezekiah (Glen Eva Bulby), and Mesdames Alf Bowers (Nabiac), R. C. Lowe (Taree), John Ward (Taree), George Sawyer (Cocum bark), and C. Priestly (Nabiac). In addition there are over 50 grand children and about 6O great grand children. Ten of the grandsons saw service in the war. Four went from one of the daughter s family and three from one of the sons. Despite her age, the deceased was an active war worker throughout the struggle. She was over 70 at the time, but learned, to knit sox and other comforts and sent them to the soldiers. Brothers and sisters of deceased who survived are Mr. Albert Ford (Kolodon), Mr. Fred Ford (Mount George), Messrs. William and James Ford (Sydney), Mr. Andrew Ford (Maitland), Mr. H. Ford (Stroud), Mr. John Ford (Williams River), Mrs. Phillip Paff (Brookfield), and Mrs. John. Robards (Clarence Town)


 
Item: 199142
Surname: Freeman (obit)
First Name: Charles
Ship: -
Date: 20 April 1914
Place: Adamstown
Source: NMH
Details: THE LATE MR CHARLES FREEMAN The funeral of the late Mr Charles Freeman took place on Saturday, when there was a large gathering, which included many old residents of the district. The service was conducted by the Reverend Mr Woodgar, St Stephens Church. Brother A. Edden, M.P., read the service of the M.U., I.O.O.F. The pall-bearers were Brothers W Jackton, A. Onslow, J. Wall, and D. Williams of the Pride of Adamstown Lodge. The late Mr Freeman arrived in Queensland from Lancashire, England about 50 years ago, and after spending a few months in that State came on to New South Wales. He first lived in Lambton, and subsequently removed to New Lambton, and eventually to Adamstown, 35 years ago, where he remained till his death, on Thursday, at the age of 75 years. He followed the occupation of a miner for several years. He was one of the contractors for sinking New Lambton old pit, also the Commonage tunnel at Lambton. On relinquishing mining he opened a brick yard near New Lambton pit, Adamstown, but bad business forced him to close up. In Adamstown, Mr Freeman took an interest in public affairs He was a member of the first municipal council, and as an active member of the mechanics institute from its inauguration. Mr Freeman was the first to open the Blue Bell Hotel in Newcastle, but he soon tired of the business, and sold out to the late Mr Thomas Hardy, who subsequently was manager of New Lambton Colliery, when it was controlled by Mr J C Dibbs. He retired from hard work about 20 years ago, and was widely known and respected. He leaves a widow and family of four sons and two daughters Adamstown Juvenile Band, under M. W Barkel, played a programme of music on the reserve on Sunday afternoon. There was a good gathering, and the music was appreciated. A collection of £1 8s 6d, in aid of the band, was taken up. The Reverend C J McAuley, the new superintendent of the Adamstown Methodist circuit, conducted his opening service last night in the Adamstown church, to a large congregation.


 
Item: 176145
Surname: Freeman (obit.,)
First Name: Mary Ann
Ship: -
Date: 20 July 1891
Place: Swansea, Lake Macquarie
Source: NMH
Details: Obituary of Mary Ann Freeman age 86 mentioning Noraville, Cabbage Tree, The Jewboy Gang


 
Item: 197498
Surname: Fryar (obit)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 7 December 1939
Place: Wallsend
Source: NMH
Details: Probably the oldest citizen of Wallsend in point of residence, Mr. Thomas Fryar, died at his home in Metcalfe-street, Walls- end, last night. For one of his age - he was in his 82nd Year - Mr. Fryar was a man of remarkable virility until he became ill a short while ago. His wife died many years ago. Surviving are a son, Mr. Reginald Fryar, of Wallsend, and a daughter, Miss Gladys Fryar, who is on the staff of the Adams- town School. For many years, Mr. Fryar had been registrar of births, deaths and marriages for the Wallsend district. At one time he conducted a grocery business, which was one of the earliest businesses established at Wallsend by his father, Thomas Fryar, in the days when the opening of the Newcastle-Wallsend Coal Company first mines began to attract settlement at Wallsend. Mr. Fryar was a child when his parents settled in Wallsend. They had lived in Newcastle. His reminiscences of early events in the place, and of the struggles of its pioneers, were always interesting. Wallsend Public School, or the oldest portion of it, was built in 1870, at a cost of £1500 (one-third of which had to be found by the citizens), and he was the first pupil to enter it. Funerals as whole-day affairs, until a local site for a cemetery was acquired in 1864, and settlers travelling to and from Newcastle in the brakevans of coal trains, on sufferance, were some of the stories he would tell of the early days. For a number of years Mr. Fryar served as an alderman in Wallsend, as distinct from the then neighbouring municipality of Plattsburg, and in 1904 he was Mayor. Among the last of the members of the old Wallsend Agricultural Society, Mr. Fryar, with others, was made a life- member of the Newcastle Show Society, when the old society s hall, known as the Tin Hall, in Murnin-street, where dwellings now stand, was removed to Newcastle Showground. Always a keen horticulturist, Mr. Fryer was President of the Wallsend branch of the Agricultural Bureau until waning interest brought about its disbandment a few years ago. He then decided to help the junior farmer movement, and was elected President of the Wallsend Club s Advisory Committee. He was a foundation member, and an officer-bearer of the Wallsend Bowling Club, which was formed in 1911. Mr. Fryar was the oldest member of the Metcalfe-street Methodist Church, and was a member of the circuit trust.



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