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The death occurred, on 30th December, at the District Hospital, of Mrs. Loiterton, aged 60, widow of the late Mr. Arthur Loiterton, of Jindalee who was drowned in 1817 when trying to retrieve some ducks he shot on 'The Oaks" dam. The latter years of the widow's life were spent at Cowong street, Warren's Sub. Of the family one daughter is a nurse at Murrumburrah and Harden Hospital. Mrs. Jos. Braier, of Henty, late of Cootamundra, is another. Sons are employed at the mill, at Mr. Frank Mitchells, and out at Bute.

The burial was in the Methodist cemetery on 31st. Rev. W. Francis officiating.

Deceased, who was very highly esteemed, had a well attended funeral.
Wallis, Alma Ellen (I4541)


One of Gundagai's very old residents in the person of Mrs. Frederick Sheather, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Podmore, Moss Vale, on Saturday last. Deceased was born at Camden over 83 years ago, and was there married to Mr Fred. Sheather. The pair came to Gundagai 45 years ago, and resided here until a few years back, when they went Camdenwards. About eight months ago they returned to this district, and lived for a while with one of her daughters, Mrs Cook, Mundarlo. Deceased is survived by her husband, two daughters (Mrs Podmore, Moss Vale, and Mrs Cook, Mundarlo), and four sons (Mr. Alf. Sheather, of Gundagai, Mr George Sheather, of Gocup, and Messrs. Fred. and Bert. Sheather, Gundagai). Thirty two grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive. One grandson was killed at the war. The funeral took place at Camden on Monday.
Funnell, Sarah (I14605)


The death occurred on Friday of Mrs. Ike Sheathe, 78, wife of Mr. Ike Sheather, of Sutton street, Cootamundra.

Mrs. Frank Mitchell, of Cootamundra, and Mrs. Walter Brown, now of Cremorne, are daughters, and Mr. Fred Sheather, of West Melbourne, is a son.

Before her marriage Mrs. Sheatherwas Miss Alison Pirie.

After a service at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Keeling, in the absence of Rev. Russell, the remains were laid to rest yesterday afternoon.
Pirie, Alison (I10695)


Three years after the disastrous flood of 1852, which washed the township of Gundagai away, a pioneer family of Williams came to the district to settle. Real sons of the soil, industrious and hard-working, this family knew of the hardships that beset the pioneers; but, by sheer effort of will, they won through and the descendants have now settled in various parts or this district, owing their start in life to the foresight and indus try of their pioneer forebears. One of the last members of this family, Mrs. Jane Sheathcr, died in the Gundagai District Hospital last Tuesday, in her 90th year.

Since her husband died 27 years ago the deceased has lived in Gundagai, but prior to that her whole life was spent at Nangus. She was born at Mittagong, but came to Gundagai when only a baby.

A family of ten children survive -- Mrs. G. Pickering (Goulburn), Mrs. F. Field (Gundagai), Mrs. A. Metcalf (Junee), Mrs. W. Paton (Gundagai), Messrs. George (Junee) , Edward (Sydney), Albert (Back Station Creek), Percy (Wantabadgery) , Bill (Back Station Creek), and Walter Sheather (South Gundagai).

The funeral took place at Nangus on Wednesday. Rev. George E. Morris officiated at the graveside.
Williams, Jane Selina (I16718)


Tho death occurred at Corryong, where she was visiting, on 4th April, of Mrs. Louisa Sheather, who was al- most 92 years of age, and who was the oldest resident in the district, where she resided for about 75 years. The late Mrs. Sheather was of a most cheerful disposition, and took a keen interest in all movements.

She was born at Winterbourne (Eng land) and arrived in Australia with her parents when about- 15 years of age. They settled on the South Coast of N.S.W. before coming to the Upper Murray. She married, first Mr. Emerson, who died suddenly, leaving her with a young family of ten. Some years later she married Mr. Sheather, and he was accident ally drowned about four years later. Members of her family are: Messrs John (Tumbarumba), William (Jin- gellic), Fred and Charles (Leeton), Mrs. R. P. Donelan (Talmalmo), Mrs. Merrit and George (Narandera) Three predeceased her. There are also 55 grand children and about 103 great-grand children. ' The funeral took place In Walwa.
Callaway, Louisa (I14620)


We beg to tender our deepest sympathy with the relatives and friends of the late Mrs Walter Sheather, who departed this life at the early age of 21 years, at her residence, Mittagong, on Sunday morning. Deceased had only been confined to her bed for several days, and the best medical skill proved to be of no avail. Deceased leaves a sorrowing husband and one child.
Grono, Mary Jane (I9028)

MUTCH Robert Bertram (Bert) -October 5, 1947 at hospital, dearly beloved son of Mrs L Mutch and loving brother of Phyllis, Ethel, Elma and John, aged 41. 
Mutch, Robert Bertram (I222)

News reached Ely on Monday from the War Office of the death in action on Oct 3rd of Lieut. Stanley R. Aspland MGC son of Mr and Mrs R Aspland, Hills Lane. But apart from the bare official announcement , communication by telegram, no details are yet to hand. The deceased officer, who was 27 years of age was extremely well-known and respected in the city and district and the sad intelligence occasioned widespread regret. For eleven years Lieut. Aspland was in the employ of the Ely Gas Company. He was a popular and esteemed member of the Ely Liberal Club and held amongst other offices that of secretary. He leaves a widow who resides in Soham.
Aspland, Second Lieutenant Stanley Richard (I15229)



The death occurred; yesterday morning of a well known Cootamundra Identity in Mr. Sam Mutch, of Sutton street, aged 73.

His parents were pioneers in this district in the days of free selection, and he was the last of a large family of brothers, Joseph, John, James Thomas, Robert, and George. There are two surviving sisters, Mrs. E. Forsyth and Mrs. E. Williams, sen., of Temora road.

Deceased was born in the Gippsland district.

Forty-four years ago he married Miss Clara Smith at Junee and he is survived by the sorrowing widow and one daughter, Florence (Mrs. Tom Baker, of Sydney).

He had been employed on the railway at Cootamundra until an accident forced him to retire about 15 years ago.

In his youth he was a keen cyclist, and took part in many of the old club runs from Cootamundra to surrounding towns.

The funeral left the Church of England after a short service at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Mutch, Samuel (I5199)



Another of the esteemed old district identities died on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Margaret Loiterton, aged 86, the wife of Mr. John Loiterton, one of the early selectors at West Jindalee.

Of the familly two survive - Mr. Robert Loiterton, of Dirnaseer, and Mr. John Loiterton, Bellarwi, near Barmedman. Three died -- Mrs. Young (Susan), Arthur, (who was drowned in Forky dam whilst duck shooting), and George who died when 11 years of age.

Deceased's maiden name was Wilesmith, and she came from England. The widower is 85. The interment took place in the Methodist cemetery this morning, Rev. J. H. Sorrell officiating.
Wilesmith, Margaret (I2082)


After a prolonged illness, the death of Mr. Thomas Parkinson occurred at his residence, Hurd street on Monday evening last. The deceased, who for many years was professionally engaged at Portland as a surgeon dentist and until ill-health intervened, had an extensive practice throughout the district, was widely known and respected, and commanded general admiration for the cheerful fortitude with which he bore his suffering, which extended over a lengthy period. Of a natural genial and gentlemanly disposition, the lat Mr. Parkinson made many friends, who will learn of his death with feelings of deep regret. He took a lively interest in many things calculated for the good of the town, and for some time acted as Secretary of the local golf club, in which capacity he rendered great service, more particularly in connection with the Easter tournaments, which until a few years ago were held annually at Portland. He was a keen lover of sport, and enthusiastically supported clean healthy recreation of any kind. The late gentleman was also a talented musician, and until his health failed, was organist at St. Stephen's Anglican Church. He was 56 years at the time of death, and leaves a widow to mourn his loss. The remains were interred on Wednesday in the local cemetery. Out of respect for their late brother, members of the Portland Masonic Lodge marched in front of the hearse to the place of interment.
Parkinson, Thomas (I456)



We regret to have to report that the death has occurred, at the Wentworth Falls Sanitorium, of another of the two war sons of Mr Steve Sheather, of Sutton street, Cootamundra. First Hector succumbed after his return; and now Alan.

After the war Alan, one of the smartest tailors in the State, worked for Mr. Tom Watson, the Cootamundra tailor, for nine years, and then went to Goulburn.

Both were natives of Cootamundra. ? ?
Sheather, Allen Donald (I14656)


Mr. Arthur Sheather

The death occurred under sudden circumstances on Monday evening last of a well known and highly respected resident of Corobimilla, in the person of Mr. Arthur Edward Sheather, at the age of 57 years.

Mr. Sheather, who was a native of Gundagai came to Grong Grong about 40 years ago, and resided there for many years. Later he was employed on the permanent way branch of the railways and saw service at Culcairn, Corobimilla and other places. He had resided at Corobi milla for about six years. He had not been in the best of health for about two months and had sought medical attention. On Monday he appeared to be in good health and after returning home from work went into one of the out-houses at his home where he collapsed. Mr. Sheather was possessed of an amiable disposition and was liked by all who knew him.

Deceased is survived by a family of four daughters, namely, Jean (Mrs. Lavender, North Coast), Joy C, Betty E., and Mavis M., all of Corobimilla. He is also survived by three brothers, Messrs. Bert, George and Walter Sheather, all of Grong Grong, and two sisters, Mesdames Geo. Smith (Grong Grong), and Mrs. A. Kite (Bega). His wife predeceased him 15 months ago.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon last, moving from the Methodist Church. The members of the M.U.I.O.O.F. formed a guard of honour at the church, and with members of the Narandera railway staff, also formed a guard of honour at the cemetery.

The Rev. C. C. Cashin officiated at the graveside, and the Manchester Unity I.O.O.F. service was also held. The bearers were members of Lodge Leopold,; namely, Messrs. R. Guymer (Corobimilla), R. Dawson (Morun dah), F. Aubrey, G. B. White, S. H. Wright, and M. Bashir (Narandera).

Messrs. Watkins Bros. had charge of the funeral arrangements.
Sheather, Arthur Edward (I18013)



After many weeks of agonising ill ness caused by Bright's disease, death came as a relief to Dunstan Perks, of Yass Street Young, last week. Model husband and father, and guide, counsellor and friend to many hundreds of persons who received their early and youthful training at

his day school or evening continuation classes, his was a noble and beautiful character. His death in the prime of life is generally deplored. Scattered throughout the State are hundreds of men who owe much of their progress in life to this man's teaching and kindly influence. Wherever he went in late years he met old pupils who always embarrassed him by express ing gratitude for what he had done for them. During his many years teaching he trained and found posi tions for 450 pupils, of ages ranging from 14 to 24 years.. It was impos sible to know him and not to be up lifted and influenced by his sweetness of nature, his philosophical outlook and his deep spirituality. With these gifts he proved a great teacher. A native of Rye Park, the late Mr, Perks, after joining the Education. Department, taught at the old Gari baldi School Tumbleton and Boara. He has lived in this district for 22 years. He was married at Grenfell to a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wigg. Having also been a teacher,

Mrs. Perks, since her husband's health broke down two and a half years ago, helped to teach school at Boara, and conducted some of the continuation classes. There are four children, all girls, the eldest being seventeen (now studying for her Leaving Certificate) and the youngest eight years. Messrs. Harry and Josiah Perks, of the Orange district, are brothers of the deceased, and Mrs. Plumb (Gau rcain), Mrs. Begg and Mrs. Albert Wales (Young) are sisters. For some time the deceased and his wife knew that he was doomed to an early and painful death, but that knowledge did not disturb the seren ity of his nature. His last illness was marked by patience and resignation which were an inspiration to all who watched by his bedside. He went to Sydney some time ago to visit a specialist. Two weeks ago he was brought back by car, and it was doubt ful then if he would reach home alive. ? Young 'Witness.'

Perks, Isaac Dunstan (I743)



The death occurred in Wagga on Tuesday evening of a very old resident, Mr. John Sheather, of 98 Murray Street, at the age of 79 years. Mr. Sheather, who had resided in Wagga nearly all his life, led a very active life until the day of his death. Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by two sons, Messrs. Norman Sheather, of Wellington, and John Sheather, of Murray Street, Wagga, and three daughters, Rita (Mrs. H. Bromham) of Tarcutta Road, Wagga; Marjorie (Mrs. L. Tucker), of Forsyth Street, Wagga, and Joan (Mrs. G. Kotzur), of Blake Street, Wagga. One daughter predeceased him. The funeral will take place tomorrow, the Cortege leaving St. John's Church of England after a service commencing at 10.30 for the Wagga cemetery.
Sheather, John (I16947)



The death occurred yesterday, at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, of a Cootamundra old boy, Bert Mutch, aged 42, son of the late Robert Mutch and Mrs. L. Mutch, of 44 Crown street, Cootamundra. He married Miss Maude Backhouse, of Braidwood, who, with two sons and three daughters, is left to mourn their sad loss. Sisters and brother of deceased are: Mrs. Aspland (Young), Mrs. Claude Long (Cootamundra), Mrs. P. Rigney (Balgowlah), and John, of Auburn. Bert was for a number of years a member of the staff at the local post office; and after residing at Wagga and Maltland, was transferred to the Department of the interior, Canberra.

The funeral is to leave Andrews's Parlors, North Sydney, for the Pres byterian portion of Northern Suburbs cemetery, at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Mutch, Robert Bertram (I222)


MR. SID. LOITERTON, of Wallendbeen

The death occurred, at the home of his brother Fred, on Tuesday evening, of Mr. Sidney Loiterton, 58, well known Wallendbeen identity.

Deceased had been assisting his brother Mr Fred Loiterton, with the harvesting, and collapsed after work on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cootamundra Ambulance was called out, and brought him to the District Hospital, where he failed to rally.

The late Mr. Loiterton's wife predeceased him on January 3, 1943. There were no children. She was Annie May.

The widow was formerly Annie May Coddington, of Wallendbeen.

Surviving brothers and sisters are: Steve, Don, Fred, and Ken, Mrs. G. Ceeney, Mrs. Adams (Vic), Mrs. Troy (Woollongong), Mrs. Roy Duffey, and Mrs. Ivor Davies.

The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England portion of the Murrumburrah cemetery yesterday, at 11 a.m.

Deceased was the eldest son of the late Charles Loiterton, Wallendbeen.

A brother, Jim, died last July, and another brother, George, was electrocuted at Wallendbeen.
Loiterton, Sydney (I1092)



The death occurred in the District Hospital yesterday morning of Mr. Steve Sheather, 83, a well-known Cootamundra identity.

The late Mr. Sheather was a skilled laborer, being an expert on concrete work. He worked for the late Mr. Peter McBeath. and for 30 years with Mr. Frank Mitchell.

Mr. Ike Sheather, of Cootamundra, who will be 90 this year, and Mrs. Finney (Louisa), of Hay street, are the only surviving brother and sister. Sam (Stockinbingal), John (Stockinbingal), Mrs. Gardiner (Jane), Mrs. C. Loiterton (Ellen), Mrs. Woodhouse (Charlotte), and a younger brother have all passed away.

Deceased married twice, his first wife being Susan Roberts, a sister of Mr. Ern Roberts and Mrs. Geo. Black, of Cootamundra, and there were five children from the union ? Alan (de ceased, Hector (deceased), Charlie (Wollongong), Linda (Mrs. Sid. Pinkstone, Benalla), Florence (Mrs. G.Hale, Wagga). His second wife, who was a widower, Mrs. Murphy, of Sydney, survives him.

There are eight grandchildren.

The Sheather family came to this district from Camden. In 1873 the brothers; Ike and Sam, rode by horse- back from Camden to Nangus, where they helped an uncle with the harvesting. They then went to West Jindalee, and selected a property. Their parents and the rest of the family, including Steve, followed them about 12 months after. The family settled down in the district, and have been much esteemed ever since.

Deceased had been in poor health over the last 12 months, but only went into hospital a week ago.

The funeral left the Church of Eng land at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Rev. S. North, from Harden, officiated in the absence of the Cootamundra Rector (Rev. A. W. Harris), who was away at Barmedman.
Sheather, Stephen (I987)



The death occurred at the Harden-Murrumburrah Distrlct Hospital, at midday on Monday, of Mrs. Annie May Loiterton, wife of Mr. Sydney Loiterton, of Wallendbeen. Deceased, who was a native of Murrumburrah, was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willlam Coddington, of Wallendbeen, and formerly of Murrumburrah. She was 60, and had lived all her life in the district.

The late Mrs. Loiterton was admited to the District Hospital on Wednesday, and appeared to be doing well; but on Monday morning she took a bad turn, and passed away at noon.

Deceased is survived by her husband and three brothers and three sisters. There are no children. Her mother predeceased her just six months ago, and her father in 1910.

The late Mrs. Lolterton was a home loving woman, and always ready to help her church or the Red Cross and other institutions. For some time prior to her mother's death she had nursed and cared for her.

The sisters are Ethel (Mrs. Hedges, Auburn), Isabella (Mrs. Keogh, Kings vale), and Evelyn , (Mrs. Sivell, Bal main), brothers, Messrs. Walter Cod- dington (Carringbah), Hugh (Wallendbeen), and William, (Granvllle).

The funeral moved from St. Paul's Church of England, following a short service at 11.45 a.m., on Tuesday morning. Rev. White, from Young, conducted the services at the church and the graveside in the absence of the rector.

A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by friends and members of the family.
Coddington, Annie May (I1564)



Quite a gloom was cast over Junee when it was known that Mrs. Mabel Empire Sheather, aged 40 years, wife of Mr. Allan Sheather, had suddenly collapsed and died at the Junee District Hospital yesterday morning. Two weeks ago Mrs. Sheather had undergone an operation for appendicitis. She had made good progress and was to go home early this week. Born at Junee she was the youngest daughter of the late W. H. Hinchcliffe, who came to Junee in the late 90's, as a carpenter at Messrs Cohoe and Walster's foundry. Prior to her marriage she was on the staff of Mr. F. A. Cummins, solicitor, for some years. Mrs. Sheather, who was very fond of gardening, also took a keen interest in her husband's motor garage business in Broadway, where she was in daily attendance. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her aged mother; a young son, Darah and a young daughter, Ellen; also three brothers, Sidney (Wollongong), Claude (Taree), and Jack (Sydney), and three sisters, Mrs. J. Scanlon (Hilda), Sydney, Mrs. J. Treadwell (Alice) Sydney, and Mrs. A. Gibson (Lilian) Junee. Her father predeceased her at Junee two years ago. The funeral will take place to-morrow morning, the cortege moving from St, Luke's Manse, Junee, after a service to commence at 10 o'clock, for the Junee cemetery.
Hinchcliff, Mabel Empire (I17250)


Mrs. E. Sheather

The death took place at her sister's residence, 111 Western Road, Westmead, on Saturday, 29th August, of Mrs. Clorrie Sheather, wife of Edward Sheather, of 45 Jersey Road, Wentworthville.

Mrs. Sheather was the youngest daughter of the late William and Mary Beresford of 'Spring Vale,' Hay. She was born in Hay in 1870, and lived most of her young life in the district, which she vis ited periodically after.

Clorrie Beresford was married to Edward Sheather in Goulburn, in 1916, and made their home at Moss Vale. In more recent years they sold out and bought a place at Wentworthville where they lived until ill-health caused her to be moved to her sister's residence, where she could be cared for.
Beresford, Clarinda (I17143)



Many Cootamundra, Wallendbeen, Stockinbingal and district friends were shocked to hear of the death, in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Cootamundra, yesterday, of Mrs. Edith Loiterton, 40, wife of Mr. Fred. Loiterton of Yeo Yeo.

Deceased had only recently given birth to a baby son, who is now 11 days old. There are also two other young children. The children are Lorraine (4), Alison (18 months), and the baby, Stuart. The funeral was to leave the Church of England at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The late Mrs. Loiterton (nee Cropper) was an English girl, coming to Australia about 12 years ago. She married Mr. Loiterton at Cootamundra. A sister of the late Mrs. Loiterton, arrived in Australia two months ago, and is living near Melbourne.
Cropper, Edith (I1551)


Mrs. Ellen Maria Sheather

The death occurred at her residence, Newtown East, Narandera, on Monday evening last of an old and respected resident of the Narandera and Grong Grong districts in the person of Mrs. Ellen Maria Sheather, at the age of 86 years.

Mrs. Sheather was a native of Narellan, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bell, old residents of that district. When quite young she moved with her parents to Mundarlo, near Gundagai, her parents having acquired a farming property there. At Gundagai, at the age of 26, she married Mr. William Henry Sheather, a member of an old district family. They remained at Gundagai until 1896, when they moved to Grong Grong, where Mr. Sheather had acquired a small farming property.

Mrs. Sheather was at Gundagai at the time of the big flood which caused a great deal of damage in the district, and she often recounted incidents in connection with it.

At Grong Grong Mrs. Sheather was an enthusiastic worker for St Matthew's Church of England, and in her younger days she interested herself in the affairs of the Labour League.

Her husband died in 1914, and about eighteen years ago Mrs. Sheather came to Narandera to reside, and she remained here until the time of her death.

During her residence in the district Mrs. Sheather made many friends and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

Deceased is survived by a family of five sons and two daughters. The sons are Albert E. (Bert) Sheather, Grong Grong; James Alfred, The Rock; George Albion, Grong Grong; Arthur E., Corobimilla, and Percy W., Grong Grong; and the daughters are Ada E. (Mrs. G. E. Smith, Merrylands, Grong Grong), and Elsie E. (Mrs. E. Kite, of Jingellic). She is also survived by an adopted son, Pte. Doug J Sheather of the ATF Egypt.

Two sons, William H. and John H., ' predeceased her.

The funeral took place on Wednesday last, when the remains were taken to Grong Grong for interment in the Church of England section of the cemetery at that centre.

The bearers were Messrs. Bert., George, Arthur, and Walter Sheather (sons).

The Rev. J. O. Were, Narandera, officiated at the graveside.

Messrs. Watkins Bros, carried out the funeral arrangements.
Bell, Ellen Maria (I18008)



The death occurred in the Sacred Heart Hospital on Saturday evening, after a short illness of Mrs. Esther Jane Wales, wife of Mr. Albert Wales, aged 62 years.

With her husband and family deceased had been a resident of Marengo Street, Young, for the past 40 years, and she was highly esteemedby a wide circle of friends, her sweet disposition and kind heartedness endearing her to all who knew her.

Until two years ago deceased had enjoyed the best of health. She received a stroke in 1929 which resulted in partial paralysis. This did not affect her good spirits, and she still remained active. Last Thursday week illness supervened and deceased was removed to hospital, where despite medical and nursing skill, she gradually declined and she passed peacefully away as stated.

The late Mrs. Wales was a native of Rye Park, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perks. She was married at Burrowa in 1889 and came to Young with her husband immediately after the wedding, and has resided here ever since. Her life was one of devotion and self sacrifice for her family, and her almost daily acts of kindness and neighbourliness to others in times of sickness and trial will long be remembered.

A family of one son and two daughters survive, another son Des mond having predeceased her about three years ago. , The surviving members are Mrs. A. Moate (Yass), Mrs. A. I'Anson (landra) j and Mr. Earl Wales (Young). Brothers and sisters of the deceased are Mrs. A. Plumb (Gunning), Mrs. B. Begg (Young), Mrs. Harry Perks (Mill- thorpe), and Mr. Joseph Perks (Orange). The funeral took place from Patterson's Funeral Parlours to the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery, where the body was laid to rest in the family grave. Despite the short notice and extreme heat, the funeral was largely at- tended. Rev. P. H. Curtis officiated, conducting a short service before the cortege moved to the cemetery. The pall-bearers were Mssrs. I. Joyce, W. Smithers and deceased two nephews, Messrs. Oliver and Roy Wales.

Many beautiful floral tributes were sent, including the following; Dad and the Girls; Eva and Jim Pizarro and family; Mr. and Mrs. Reg Foster, and Mr. O. Wales; Mrs. and Misses Tonkin; Ollie and Reg.; Ernest, Rebecca and Glad; Mrs. J. Wales; Claude, Ruby, Phyl and Joy; Fred, Lizzie and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Sutton and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kleen and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Price and family; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Symons; Eric, Angella, Bernie, Joan and Dick; Jean and Harold and others without cards attached. -- The Young Witness
Perks, Esther Jane (I193)



The death occurred on Friday of Mrs. Pearl Sheather, wife of Mr. Gearge Albion Sheather, of Grong Grong. Mrs. Sheather had lived in the Grong Grong district for a number of years, and was respected by all. The feeling of regret at her passing is very sincere. Mrs. Sheather was only 35 years of age and leaves a husband and eight children. The eldest is 14 and the youngest six months. Much sympathy is felt for the husband and children in their bereavement. The burial took place in the Church of England cemetery, Grong Grong, on Saturday. The Rev. C. A. Baker officiated at the graveside.
Fielding, Pearl Y (I18023)



The death occurred at her home, of Phyllis Nellie Aspland, 48, daughter of Mrs. Mutch and the late Robert Mutch. Born at Cootamundra, she married Leslie James Aspland, at Cootamundra, in 1916, and he and four children survive. A son is Raymond, of Young.

Daughters are Gweneth, (Mrs. E. Brown), Young, Audrey (Mrs. B. Mote), Bowral, Mona (Young).

Mr. Jack Mutch, of Auburn is a brother, and sisters are Mrs. Elma Rigney (Balgowlah, Manly) and Mrs. Ethel Long (Cootamundra). A brother predeceased her.

The remains were conveyed to the Methodist Church, where the Rev. L. A. R. Taylor conducted the service.

The coffin passed through a guard of honor composed of members of the Methodist Ladies' Guild. The interment took place at the Young cemetery, the family wreath being lowered with the remains.

Pallbearers were Mr. Claude Long (brother-in-law), Mr. Milton Mutch (cousin), and Messrs. F. Carnley and Alex Murray.

Mutch, Phyllis Nellie (I76)



In our short reference to the late Mr. John Loiterton, who died when we were closing up to go to print on Monday, we said he was in his 89th year, but relatives correct us. The veteran was 87 last birthday. His wife predeceased him by two years. They came from the Camden district 63 years ago, and selected 'Rosemont' West Jindalee. Of the family of five, three have gone over to the Great Majority? Mrs. Charlie Young Arthur, and George. The survivors are Robert, of Dirnaseer, and John, of 'Bellarwi,' Barmedman.

The late Mr. Charles Loiterton was a brother of deceased; and both did well in this district as farmers and graziers. One sister resides in Sydney.

About 26 years ago the late Mr. and Mrs. John Loiterton retired and went back to the Camden district for a while but, like many other retired folk, they preferred to be among their old friends again, so they came to Cootamundra. Here, esteemed by all who knew them, the devoted couple spent the rest of their long relationship.

The fine old man had enjoyed splendid health till recently, and then recovered well enough to be able to take a good daily walk. The end came very quickly however. Following a bad turn on Monday, the ambulance conveyed him to the district, Hospital at 12.15, and two hours later he passed away.

Deceased was born in Lincolnshire (Eng.), and came to Australia with his father and mother when 4 years old. They settled at Camden, farm ing, and dairylng.

The maiden name , of the late Mrs.John Loiterton was, Margaret Wilesmith, whose relations are in the Junee and Wagga districts.

The only neighbors deceased had, in their pioneering days in this district, were the Cokers, Webbs, Robertses, and Frosts. He had several trips to and from Sydney with the bullock teams.

Ardent church folk all their lives, they largely assisted in the Methodist activities and actually formed the first Sunday School in the Jindalee district.

The funeral was yesterday afternoon, preceded by a service at the Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. C. Goy, in the absence of the Rev J. H. Sorrell, who had gone to Sydney to attend a returned soldiers conference, he being president of the Cootamundra branch.

Mr. Sorrell, a great 'pal' of the veteran, wired his deep sympathy, to the bereaved. Rev. C. Goy spoke in high appreciation of Mr. Loiterton, and the splendid life he had led. Only two weeks previously he had attended church. A deep loss to the community was the passing of one who linked Cootamundra with the early settlement.

The church service and funeral were largely attended.
Loiterton, John (I1021)

MRS. E C. ASPLAND ONE of Camperdown's oldest and most respected residents. in the person of Mrs. Elizabeth Clarissa Aspland, passed away on Tuesday last at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr A. Woodmason, "The Grange," Cobden. after a lengthy illness. The late Mrs. Apland had reached the age of 92 years and was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. William Martin of Birregurra, and was born at Colac. Her late husbanad. Mr. William Aspland, died 38 years ago. She arrved in Camper down 74 years ago, being em ployed in the drapery depart ment of a general store owned by her uncle, Mr. Darby in premises on the site now occupied by Pirone and Pitcher. Her memory went back to the days when the blacks held corroborees in Wa?s paddock between the present butter factory and the town. She was a devoted, life-long member of the Methodist Church and took a tnirsinre in its activities and ne sutnes bre was one or the Unra genretr srn ia reach an Savantteu age. I ri mother atlnedan l9years ne? gran ather 91 years. one sister is in her nineties. an three his reas andF a brother are over P2 years of age- She leaves a family of three sons and six daughters. who are Percy, Herbert, Les,
(The mess at the end of the obituary is caused by bad fading of the copy of the newspaper being scanned.) 
Martin, Elizabeth Clarissa Teresa (I73)

The death of Mrs. Lillian May Goodger, aged 74 years, occurred in Yass District Hospital last Tuesday, after an illness of some months.

A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Diamond, deceased was born at Gundaroo. She was the widow of the late Jeremiah Goodger of Limestone Creek, who predeceased her by some years.

Mrs. Goodger is survived by one son, Albert, of Crookwell, and three daughters, Gladys (Mrs. W. Watson, Yass), Alma (Mrs. M. Kershaw, Yass) and Ruby (Mrs. O. Crossley, Wol longong).

She is also survived by two brothers, two sisters, five grand children and four great-grand children.

One son, James, three brothers and two sisters predeceased her.

The funeral left St. Clements Church for Yass Cemetery, where Rev. H. P. Reynolds officiated at the graveside.
Diamond, Lillian May (I3058)



The above well known Cootamundra and Stockinbingal district resident passed away in the Sacred Heart Hospital early this morning, in her 81st year.

She was taken to hospital on Friday.

Deceased was the widow of the late John Loiterton of "Mount Hope,"

Stockinbingal. Surviving members of the family are Nell (Mrs Daw, Elsie (Mrs. Ball) Eileen (Mrs. Pengilly, Walter, Alan, Mill, (Mrs C. Dickson), Harold, and Doris (Mrs. Anderson).

The funeral will leave St. James Church, Stockinbingal, at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Guymer, Mary Ann (I1027)



A well- known Cootamundra resident, Mrs. Clara Mutch, 80, of 14 Sutton street, passed away in the District Hospital on Friday last. Her husband predeceased her 11 years ago.

She Is survived by one daughter, Florrie (Mrs. T. H. Baker, Sydney).

The funeral left the Baptist Church after a service on Saturday afternoon, and was the first burial from the new church.

Mr. A. J. Smith and Miss F. Smith, both of Auburn, are brother and sister.

The late Mrs. Mutch made history, when she became the first woman in Cootamundra to own and ride a lady's bicycle. This was in 1894.
Smith, Clara (I5372)



Mr. John Loiterton, sen., of Hurley street, was taken by ambulance, to the District Hospital, this afternoon, very ill. A bad turn followed, and the end came at 2.15. Deceased was in his 89th year. The funeral leaves the Methodist Church to-morrow, at 3.
Loiterton, John (I1021)



Mr. Charles Loiterton, jun., of Wallendbeen, aged 60, whose aged father resides in O'Donnell Street, Cootamundra, passed away last night. Deceased had not been robust for the past couple of years, and was under treatment of doctors and herbalists. He farmed in this district, like most of the esteemed ilk of the same name;and general regret will be expressed at his demise. A widow and family mourn their sad loss. Mr Steve Loiterton, of Cootamunda, is a son.

Loiterton, Charles (I1010)



To live for 72 years in the one district is a record that has not often been recorded in Australia, but it was notched to the credit of Mr George Sheather, of Nangus, who died in Gundagai Hospital yesterday. Deceased was born here 72 years gone, lived here all those years, and reared a big family, and over 50 descendants are left to testify to the fact that deceased played his part as a good Australian. For some time past the old gentleman had been ailing after a strenuous life came the reaction - and for some weeks he had been an in- mate of Gundagai Hospital. The late Mr Sheather is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs C .Smith, Nangus; Mrs Bert Smith, Kyogle; Mrs Wm. Smith, 'Balmoral,'' Gundagai ; Mrs Jno. Sullivan, Nangus; Mrs A. Watkins, Batlow; Mrs Clarrie Joyce, West Wyalong; Miss Ethel Sheather, Sydney; Mr George, Sheather, Nangus : and Mr Ridley Sheather, South Gundagai. Deceased leaves a brother (Mr Jno. Sheather, Nangus) and two sisters (Mrs A .Burke, Temora, and Miss Eliza Sheather, Nangus) as well as 40 grandchildren & three great grandchildren. The burial took place in the C.E. cemetery North Gundagai, this morning. Rev. H. F. Champion reading the service .
Sheather, George (I10376)



A gloom was cast over the town when the news came to hand of the sudden death of Mr. Jesse Sheather who was on a visit to Forster at the invitation of the Cape Hawke Regatta Club, to officiate as umpire at their annual carnival.

A few days previous to his death he umpired at the Mungo Brush regatta, a position he has filled for a number of years, and appeared to be in his usual health. He then made the trip to Cape Hawke with members of his family, who had a boat competing in the regatta there.

On the afternoon of Friday, 29th he complained of not feeling well, and whilst lying by the fire he passed away suddenly. His end came as a great shock to his relatives and to his many friends. The deceased was held in very high esteem by the sailing people all along the coast. As a young man he was a competitor at different regattas, mainly on the Manning and Macleay rivers. Later in life he has acted as umpire to Cape Hawke, Mungo Brush, George's River, and several other regattas, where his judgement in matters concerning the same commanded the greatest re spect.

Born at Taree 65 years ago he followed the occupation of fisherman practically all his life, working on almost every river in the north, and coming to Port Stephens 24 years ago, where he has resided ever since. His wife predeceased him 11 years ago, and he now leaves a sorrowing family of four sons and five daughters to mourn their loss. The sons are: Stephen Henry, Arthur Benjamin, Everet Albury of Tea Gardens, and Ernest Raymond, of Tanilba; daught- ers, Mrs. W. Phillips and Miss Mona of Tea Gardens, Mrs. Brown, Taylor's Arm; Mrs. Squires, Wootton, and Mrs. Harris, Sydney.

His remains were brought to Tea Gardens for burial, being first taken to St. Andrew's church, thence to the Church of England portion of the Tea Gardens cemetery, the Rev. G. Rooke officiating at the graveside.

Wreaths were placed on the grave by the following:-
G. A. Engel and Sons.
T. and J. Perrin.
Mr. and Mrs. Alex McRae
Mr. and Mrs. W. Burrows and family.
Mr, and Mrs. R. Smith and family.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Kinnaird and family.
Sussie and Mick Davey.
Fonce and G. Davies.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Motum and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Neary and family.
Eva and Stan McGraith.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Motum and family.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Blanch.
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Motum.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Davey and family.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Blanch and family.
Mrs. A. Yates and family.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Goodwin.
Mary and Alex.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Frost.
Owner and crew of skiff 'Windy.'
Steve Engel and Ed. Devereux.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ray and family.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Haddow and family.
Sheather, Jesse Ernest (I14849)



The above well-known grazier, of 'Mount Hope,' near Stockinbingal, died, last night, at his residence, at the age of 67. It is not long since he re turned from a trip to the Old Country accompanled by Mr. Marsden Poole and both were in the best of health after their enjoyable holiday: but Mr. Loiterton contracted a cold, and being one of the hardy sort, did not take the care that he should have done. Complications ensued. For a while he was in a private hospital in Temora, and on returning to his home his days were numbered.

In the early days of Cootamundra the subject of our notice grew wheat where now is part of the township. Then after farming at Jindalee, he bought "Mount Hope" from the Harrolds, later on adding the adjoining properties known as 'Gogobilly' and 'Lesliedale', the three approximating nearly 6000 acres. It runs from with- in 3 miles of Stockinbingal to the boundary of Councilor Wearne Hicks's "Truro". The homestead is about 6 miles from Stockinbal. Hard work and patient industry brought him the prosperity he deserved

Deceased leaves a widow and family of five sons and five daughters, comprising Mr. Herb Loiterton, farmer and grazier, Geraldra; Mr. Lou. Loiterton, Temora; Mr. Walter Loiterton, farmer, Pucawan; Mr. Allen Loiterton, farmer and grazier, adjoining Dirnaseer; Mr. Harold Loiterton, "Mount Hope"; Mrs. Frank Corby, "Sunnydale", Stockinbingal; Mrs. Ball, Stockingingal; Mrs. Pengley, Goolagong; Mrs. Don. Dickson, Cootamundra; and Miss Doris Loiterton "Mount Hope". (The eldest son, Fred, died when 6 years old.)

Mr. James Loiterton, of Cootamundra, and Mr. Wm. Loiterton, West Jindalee, are brothers of deceased; and sisters are Mrs. Jas. Manning, Stockinbingal; Mrs. Tom Mutch, Cootamundra; Mrs. Alf Armstrong, Cootamundra; Mrs. Robert Mutch, Cootamundra; Mrs. Chas. Lyons, Parramatta; and Mrs. A. Cranfield, Cootamundra.

The father of deceased, Mr. Chas. Loiterton, now 89, has been living in retirement in Cootamundra for many years.

Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved, whilst the district loses one of its best and kindliest personalities.

The funeral is timed to leave the home at 1.30 for the Anglican portion of the Stockinbingal cemetery.
Loiterton, John (I1009)



Mrs. Charles Sheather, formerly a resident of Mittagong for nearly 50 years, and lately residing at 24 Kurraba road, North Sydney, died suddenly at her late residence on Saturday after noon last, the 16th instant. The deceased lady had successfully under gone an operation at the Royal North Shore Hospital about a month, ago, and had returned to her home a few days prior to her death ; she appeared to be progressing favorably towards recovery, but unfortunately death came unexpectedly and suddenly, the im mediate cause thereof being heart trouble. Mrs. Sheather was a native of Mittagong, and was 86 years of age at the time of her death. The family was well known and respected in the district, and Mr. Charles Sheather, the husband of deceased, was in business for many years in Mittagong, and was at one time proprietor and owner of The Coach and Horses Hotel, one of the old time hostelries. The late Mrs. Sheather was an upright woman and lived a life characterised by cbristianlike and noble purpose. She will be remembered by many for her kindly acts and assistance in cases of illness. Her death, at a comparatively early age, means the bereavement to a husband and six children of a loving wife and mother. Mr. Sheather is resident at North Sydney with his son, Mr. C. L. Sheather, whilst Mr Fred Sheather is council clerk at Campbelltown, Mr. Percy Sheather is well known in commercial circles in Sydney, and two younger sons and one daughter also reside in Sydney.
McGlynn, Elizabeth Jane (I6803)



Early on Wednesday morning there passed away a very old resident of the district in the person of Mr. Edward Wales at the age of 77 years. The deceased gentleman, who had been residing with his daughter (Mrs. J. Pearsall) for the past seven months had been in failing health for many years, and since a severe illness about 12 years ago, never properly recovered . Up till a few days ago, however, he was able to get about town. On Saturday being seized with an attack of bronchitis and heart failure, and the end came as stated on Wednesday morning. The late Mr. Wales was born at Bowning and at the age of 19 married at Burrowa. He lived principally at Rye Park, following the occupation of a carrier. He came to reside at Young, about 27 years ago, and up till about 15 years ago was able to follow his avocation. For some years now his wife and some members of the family have resided in Sydney, but the old gentleman did not like city life, and resided with different members of the family in the country. He leaves a widow and family of seven sons, and six daughters. Mrs. Wales who is 75 years of age, resides at Daceyville and is at present very ill, as also is the youngest daughter (Mrs. McBeth). The sons are: Messrs. James (Kingsvale road, Young), Oliver (Burrowa road), Albert (Marengo street, Young), Fred J. (Witness office, Young), Charles (Sydney, and formerly of Grenfell), Alfred (Arncliffe), Hubert (Arncliffe); the daughters are Mrs. J. Pearsall (Young), Mrs. William Herrett (Red- fern), Mrs. W. A. Hourn (Kensing- ton), Mrs. M. Gannon (Harden), Miss Ada (Daceyville), Mrs. T. McBeth (Daceyville). Mr. Thomas Wales (Cootamundra), and Mr. Robert Wales (Rye Park) are step-brothers, whilst Mrs. W. Wiggins (Wambanumba) is a step sister. The funeral which was well attended took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being laid to rest in the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery. The Rev. C. P. Walkden-Brown officiated at the grave. Deceased was always an admirer of the Salvation Army and at his express wish, the members of the local corps, sang his favorite hymns at the graveside.
Wales, Edward (I197)



After sufferlng acutely for several months, Mr. James Wales, a wellknown district resident, passed away in the Burrangong District Hospital, Young, at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. He had been an inmate of the hospital for about nine days, but his case was hopeless from the outset.

The deceased, who had almost completed his 66th year, was a native of Rye Park, in the Burrowa district but had lived the greater part of his life at Young. He is the first of a family of thirteen to pass hence. He was a son of Mrs. Wales, of Hurstville, and formerly of Young, and the late Edward Wales, and for about 30 years has been a resident of Kingsvale road Young, where he took up residence shortly after his marriage with Miss Minnie Fisher, of Young who, with a family of seven survive. The eldest son Bert, is an officer in the Australian Navy, and is believed to be at present at Albany. The other members of the family are:- Myrtle and Claude (Young), Jack (Victorla), Leslie, Phyllis and Joyce (Young). Deceased's brothers are: Oliver, Albert and Frederick (Young) Charles, Alfred and Hubert (Sydney) and sisters: Mrs. J. Pearsall (WA) Mrs. W. Herrett (Canterbury), Mrs. W. A. Hourn (Belinore) Mrs. W. Gabel (Oatley), Mrs. T. McBeth (Hurstville), Mrs. M. Gannon (Goulburn). Deceased was a man of quiet disposition and highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends. Much sympathy is expressed for the widow and family.

The burial will take place in the methodist cemetery, and the funeral will leave the hospital at 3 o'clock to-day (Thursday).
Wales, James (I1438)

OBITUARY. -- Mr. J. F. Mote, hotelkeeper at Yass, died at his residence on April 23, at the early age of 47 years. Deceased was subject to attacks of rheumatism, which complaint was the cause of death. The funeral took place on Monday and was largely attended. The members of the Prince of Wales Lodge of Oddfellows and the members of the R.A.O.B., of which deceased was a member, marched in procession. At the grave the funeral services of the Church of England were read by the Rev. Canon Faunce, after which the funeral service of the Oddfellows was read by P.G.M. A. W. Thompson. The coffin was covered with wreaths and crosses which were sent in by friends.
Mote, James Frederick (I18)


Mr William James Neville (88) who passed away in the Forbes District Hospital last Monday was born at Liverpool and came to Forbes in the early part of the century.

He and his wife came from Boorowa between 30 and 40 years ago and settled on "Balara", Ooma, but for the last 10 years they have been living in town at 49 Church Street, Camp Hill.

About three weeks ago Mr Neville had an accident at his home when he fell and broke a leg, and this undoubtedly hastened his end.

In his younger days he was a noted horseman and even trained a number of racehorses.

In addition to his aged widow he is survived by a family of four sons and three daughters.

The sons are Clarence (Eugowra), Raymond, Leslie Herbert and Colin Kenneth, all of Forbes while the daughters are Eileen Muriel (Mrs Sid Anderson, Forbes), Jean Margaret (Mrs Edgar Pascoe, Forbes) and Joan (Mrs McFadden, Moss Vale).

One son, Edgar William, was killed in a road accident in 1935.

Deceased also leaves one brother, whose whereabouts is unknown, while one sister, Mrs Sheila Murchie, of Sydney, is deceased.

The funeral on Tuesday afternoon was to the Anglican Cemetery, following a service at St John's Church.

The service at the church and graveside was conducted by the Rev. L.C.G. Crowe, while Mr A O Jones directed the obsequies. 
Neville, William James (I12013)

On 3 September 1821 a letter was sent from the Court of Magistry at Parramatta by Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, a nephew of wool producer John Macarthur, to the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn recommending:
"William Fishburn, a free man and landholder at Castle Hill to act as Constable for the District of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills in lieu of John Rogan - dismissed from that situation for drunken conduct and neglect of Duty."

The recommendation was accepted and five days later the appointment was announced in the Sydney Gazette 
Fishburn, William Henry (I10263)

On Monday 1st November 1841, at the age of 21, Philip married Maria Hammant, 19 years old, (Hammond) in the Parish Church of Wortham. The witnesses to the wedding were Charles Elvin, Sarah Anna Bryant and Maria's two sisters Mary and Hannah Hammant. Philip was a farm labourer and Maria was to become a school mistress. They had a baby girl, Eliza, who was born on Tuesday 12th July 1842 in Suffolk, England. Eliza was to die at the age of 52 at Maldoon in New South Wales on Monday 13th May 1895. Philip and his family emigrated to the colony of New South Wales at the invitation of Maria's father, William Hammant. The Reverand Richard Cobbold of Wortham had married Philip and Maria and in 1843 he received a letter and a sum of money from the Bishop of Sydney, Dr. Broughton, who was a nephew of the Rev. James Merest, a former curate of Wortham for 40 years. The Bishop had been approached by Maria's father following a service at Appin, NSW and asked "Sir, I have five children at Wortham, would you be so good as to write and say 'if they will come to me I will take care of them', and will you have the kindness to transmit for me this sum of money for their passage" The five children referred to are assumed to be his three daughters - Maria, Mary and Hannah - his son-in-law Philip and his grand daughter Eliza as this was the family group that subsequently sailed for Sydney on the Ship Neptune. The Rev. Cobbold wrote that "I took the whole of his family (William Hammant's) - all daughters - one married Philip Collett, who went out with her, to the Immigration Depot.

Dear children I did weep to say farewell
Because I knew in this life never more
On happy faces that I loved to dwell
I should behold them bound for distant shore
We parted as we all must do in present pain
That parted weeping, hoping to meet again."

The Rev. Cobbold received a vote of thanks from the Board of Guardians on 25th October 1843 for seeing the children to Deptford to embark. The children had belonged to the Parish of Burgate. In time the Rev. Cobbold received news from the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin, NSW that the children had all arrived safely, although Maria died shortly after arrival. Rev. Cobbold passed the news on to the aged grandmother and great grandmother, both poor people in his parish. Grandmother Elizabeth Hammant lived to the age of 94 under the care of her daughter Mrs Elvin of Yaxley and we are told that "she could read to her very advanced age even without spectacles and many persons of 70 looked older than she did at ninety. Great grandmother Charity Harbour died at the age of 92.
Maria's father William Hammant had been convicted, together with his older brother James, when stolen wheat was found in the Hammant family's Dolphin Inn near Wortham, Suffolk on the High Road Norwich to Bury. On 6th January 1832 they were sentenced at Suffolk Quarter Sessions to 14 years transportation and arrived in Sydney on 17th August 1832 on board the Lady Harewood. William is said to have became a sincere penitent in Australia and was later a church warden at Appin and was able to afford to offer to take care of his family if they would join him in Australia. Twenty Pounds to cover the cost of the voyage was given. The money was then sent to the Rev. Richard Cobbold at Wortham as mentioned previously. William's youngest daughter Hannah was born the year he was transported, 1832. His wife Elizabeth died sometime between 1832 and 1842 and the two youngest daughters Mary and Hannah then lived with their great grandmother Charity Harbour. Philip Collett was provided free passage to Sydney provided he took his two sisters-in-law under his protection for the duration of the trip and for two weeks after their arrival.
Philip Collett, his wife and daughter arrived in Sydney on 11th February 1844 on board the ship Neptune. The Neptune was a 643 ton ship that sailed first from Deptford then Cork on 26th October 1843. She was carrying some 308 Bounty Emigrants and the list of passengers shows:

Collett, Philip23Farm Lab.?18-14-0
Maria20School Mistress?18-14-0
Eliza1Daughter ?9-7-0
Hammant Mary16Nurse?18-14-0Bounty
(There was no mention of 45 male and 43 female children between the ages of 1 and 14. Hannah Hammant would have been one of these)
Ten people died during the voyage, including three infants and two small children. The ship was quarantined in Sydney on arrival for three days for smallpox.
Philip and his family initially stayed in a house in Domain Terrace that had been taken for him by the Bishop of Sydney, who had written to Wortham to arrange the family's trip to Australia. Maria's health was only fairly good when they departed England and it deteriorated so that only three months after her arrival in Sydney she died on Tuesday 7th May 1844 at a Benevolent Asylum. The burial service was conducted by J Edmonston on the 9th May 1844. Philip and the children went to Appin where his father-in-law was living. Philip worked for the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin who wrote to the Rev. Cobbold in Wortham to confirm the arrival of the Hammant children. Following Philip's marriage to Lucy Bean they both lived and worked for Rev. Sparling in the parsonage at Appin.
Lucy and Philip's first child, Mary, was born in the Appin parsonage. Philip later became a farmer living at Rev. Sparling's properties at Elladale, Lachlan Vale and Macquarie Dale as shown in the birth certificates of their subsequent children. While at Appin Philip was one of six local patrons elected at a public meeting to establish a Vested National School in Appin.
The family's final move was to the Gunning area where Lucy had a number of Bean family relatives. Philip died at Gunning on Tuesday 24th October 1876 
Collett, Philip (I889)

On the afternoon of 23 November 1831, 18-year old James Diggins, spied a cart carrying goods from a warehouse in Houndsditch towards the Royal Exchange. The cart was drawn by two men with two others following behind. From across the street, a City-officer, Charles Thorogood saw James approach the cart, and when the men's attention was distracted, he lifted up the tarpaulin and draw out a parcel. Thorogood moved across the street and arrested James, and later charged him with stealing two sheets of paper (the parcel wrapping), valued at 1 penny, and 14 pairs of drawers, valued at ?2, being the goods of William Bousfield and others.

On 1 December 1831, James Diggins appeared in the Old Bailey on the charge of Simple Grand Larceny, and City-officer Thorogood gave evidence that "? on the afternoon of the 23rd of November, I observed a truck near the Royal Exchange drawn by two men, and two men were following it behind - I walked on to the end of the Exchange, by the Mansion-house, when I saw the prisoner lift up the tarpauling which was over the truck, and draw out this parcel; I took him into custody.

In cross-examination, by Mr. Heaton, Thorogood explained that he had been an officer for ten years and had never been suspended. He said that "? the prisoner had not got more than twenty yards from me - I had not lost sight of him; I asked him what he had got, and he said he did not choose to answer - when I asked him again, he said a gentleman gave it to him to carry from Wood Street, Cheapside, to his house - he did not say the Spread Eagle [a public house]; I asked where he lived - he said in Wood Street, Spitalfields; I asked where the gentleman lived - he said he did not know; he did not ask me to go to Gracechurch Street - I went according to the direction on the parcel, to Cheapside, to ask whether they expected such a parcel, and they said they did; the truck was going towards Cheapside and the prisoner towards Whitechapel: it was dark, but the lamps were lighted.

A warehouseman, Edward Hitchcock, an employee of William and John Bousfield gave evidence that he had packed the parcel and that the parcel contained the items stated in the indictment. On cross-examination, Hitchcock said "? I know this parcel by my own writing on it, and the drawers have my figures on them."

John Ludford, another employee of the Bousfield's, gave evidence that he "? had placed this parcel in the truck with other goods, which I received at the warehouse. On cross-examination Ludford said that the truck was covered with a tarpaulin and "? was tied down - no one could have got the parcel without lifting up the tarpauling."

James Diggins told the court, "What the officer states is all false - he asked what I had; I said I did not know, but a gentleman gave it to me to carry to the Spread Eagle - I asked him [Thorogood] to go there, but he declined."

Constable William Drane, who had been a witness in the earlier trial of Joseph Lawrence and James Diggins (alias Thompson), now appeared and produced and read from a certificate and told the court "? I was present in April last, and saw the prisoner tried here by the name of James Thompson; I apprehended him, and know he is the [same] man."

The Jury found James Diggins guilty as charged, and as it was James' second conviction, the Judge sentenced him to fourteen years transportation to the colony of NSW.  
Diggins, James (I44079)

One of this district's oldest and most esteemed settlers, Mr Charles Loiterton, aged 88, passed away peacefully shortly after 9 o'clock this morning.
For the past twenty years he had taken things easily, after hard and successful toil on the land, and latterly was living with his son, James (also retired), in Queen street. A week ago deceased suffered a stroke and thereafter, at his advanced age, little hope of his recovery was entertained.
Deceased's wife died in Cootamundra seven years ago, at the age of 72. Her maiden name was Ellen Sheather, sister of Messrs. Ike and Steve Sheather of Cootamundra. They married in Camden 69 years ago, and came to Cootamundra in the year 1871 - 59 years ago. Deceased and his only brother, John, selected property known as "Lincolndale" and "Rosemont" adjoining each other, at West Jindalee. Will Loiterton, one of the sons, now resides at "Lincolndale".
The family comprise: John (deceased), Charles (deceased), James, William, Reginald (deceased), Alice (Mrs Jas. Manning, Stockinbingal), Anne (Mrs A Armstrong, Cootamundra), Louisa (Mrs R Mutch, Cootamundra), Sarah (Mrs C Lines, Laura), and Rose (Mrs A Cranfield, Cootamundra).
Deceased's only brother, John, survives him, living in Hurley street, and is 88 years of age. He has two sisters surviving him, Mrs New of Goulburn, aged 85, and Mrs Clayton of Auburn, aged 80 years. A family of long livers, indeed! Another sister, Mrs Campbell (eldest) passed away 20 years ago, aged 69 years.
Grand children number 62, and gret-grandchildren, 87.
The funeral leaves Mr James Loiterton's residence at 2pm tomorrow, for the Methodist cemetery.
The subject of our notice was born in Lincolnshire (Eng.), and came to Australia with his parents at the age of 12. The parents settled in Camden.
Present day active workers for the Show Association will be interested to learn that the "grand old man" of our district joined the association at its inception, and was a committee man for many years, and remained a member all his life. 
Loiterton, Charles (I501)


Mrs Wm. Darby, an old and well known resident of Colac for the past 65 years, passed away on Thursday morning, at the advanced age of 84 years. The deceased lady arrived in the town in 1853, in company with her parents (Mr and Mrs Farndale) and her sister (Mrs W Martin) and a few years later married the late Mr W. Darby, who for many years carried on a general store at Colac east. Mrs Darby was of a kindly and genial disposition, and endeared herself to a large circle of friends. For a considerable time past she suffered from partial blindness, but she bore this affliction with more than ordinary resignation. Nothing delighted her more than for some relative or friend to drop in and read to her the news of the day, the changing fortunes of the war being followed with keen interest. Even up to the last, though suffering intense bodily pain, her bright and cheerful temperament still remained with her, Christian fortitude and endurance being fully exemplified. The funeral of deceased is timed to leave her late residence at half past ten o'clock this (Saturday) morning, for the Colac cemetery.
Farndale, Elizabeth (I210)


The death occurred on Friday night last in Wagga District Hospital, of Mr. James Foley, at the age of 61.

It is stated that the A.L.P. executive intends to ask the Labor party to make further appointments to the Upper House. What!

Congratulations, to a Cootamundra native who has beeome an L.L.B., and is now practising as a barrister in Ade laide. We refer to Mr. E. J. C. Hogan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mat. Hogan, who will be well remembered.

Mr. L J. Aspland, late of Brawlin, writes from ''Kiiton,'' Hopetown street, Camperdown, Victoria, to say that he managed to get down there in time to go to bed with the 'flu, but is now on the mend. Our fellow sumpathy! Most of us had an attack of it, and can feel sorry for one another!

In appointing Mr. J. Simpson, of Cootamundra, secretary of the newly formed Southera Districts Hospital As sociation, the delegates picked one who should suit admirably. For one reason, Mr. Simpson visits every centre in the south once a month in his ordinary business capacity, as representative of a Sydney firm.
Aspland, Leslie James (I75)

The marriage of Miss Betty Taber and Mr. Noel Wales will take place at the Sacred Heart Church, Cootamundra, on Saturday, April 9, at 4 o'clock.
Wales, Noel Francis (I12390)


Mr. David William Perks

As previously announced in a recent issue the sudden death of Mr. David William Perks, well-known and popu- lar citizen of Rye Park, who passed away in the Boorowa District Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, April 29, caused widespread regret throughout the district.

When the late Mr. Perks rose on the morning of April 29, he appeared to be in his usual good health, it was whilst cutting down a sheep at his residence that he became suddenly ill and was soon after- wards transferred from his home by ambulance to the Boo- rowa District Hospital, where, despite all possible medical at- tention, he failed to rally, and passed away that night (Tuesday).

The late Mr. Perks, who was 57 years of age, resided in the Rye Park district all his life, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perks, also of Rye Park.

For a period of thirty years he successfully followed the occupation of grazier, and for the past fourteen years helped in the conducting of the Rye Park post-office.

As a member of the A.I.F. in World War I, the late Mr. Perks represented an Australian Servicemen's cricket eleven against an English Service-men's team in a match played in England. When World War II broke out, the deceased was on garrison duty at Hay. Following his dicharge he be- came active in the V.D.C. and was Company Sergeant-Major. The late Mr. Perks was al- ways a popular citizen and took a very keen interest in all public bodies for the welfare of Rye Park, where he had on occasions occupied the positions of president to the Soldiers' Memorial Hall Committee and treasurer of the same commit- tee.

He was known as the 'father of sport' in his town for many years and, apart from being an active member himself in cricket and tennis, had also oc- cupied executive positions on these clubs which controlled his two favourite sports for which he did very much. He was recently president of the Sat- urday District Cricket Compe- tition as well as an active play ing member.

As a particularly fine shot in the earlier days, Mr. Perks played his part in the Rye Park Rifle Club and, about the same period, made his presence felt on the football field.

As president of the Boorowa Returned Soldiers' League, he was instrumental in the establishment of Boorowa and District Ex-Servicemen's Club and was a member of the Boorowa and District War Memorial Fund since its inception, where his help and advice was much valued.

He was a keen bowls and golf player at the time of his death and had represented at the Country Week' Bowls Carnivals.

The passing of 'Dave' Perks, Rye Park lost one of its finest and most forceful and most popular citizens who, when he did a job, did it well and who was always a great neighbour and friend.

The late Mr. Perks' funeral was the largest ever seen at Rye Park and this, together with the extremely large number of floral tributes, was indicative of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

The late Mr. Perks leaves a sorrowing wife and a daughter Joan, both of Rye Park. He is also survived by one brother and one sister, Sarah (Mrs. T. J. Mewburn), of Mossvale. One brother, Tom, predeceased him.

Following the service held at the Methodist Church, Rye Park, by Rev. A. Blackert, of Boorowa, the funeral cortege left for the Methodist portion of the Rye Park cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest. Rev. Blackert officiated at the graveside.

R.S.L. members, headed by the president (Mr. C. L. Starr) and members of the Masonic Lodge formed a guard of honour, and the coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the family wreath, which was lowered with it. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Mr. O. J. Stuart, of Boorowa.

The casket was covered by many beautiful floral tributes, and these were forwarded by the following: Loving wife and daughter; Dad; Sarah and Tom; Perks family (Victoria); Gwen. Clem and Wendy; Allie, Wal- ter, Norma ami Betty; Reba, Jack and family; Mavis, Jack and family; Nell, Tom and fam- ily; Alma; George and family; Vere and Flo; Aunties Ann and Elizabeth; Uncle Charlie and Auntie Bertha; Audrey, Ray and Richard; Laurel and Trev- or; Ken and Eve; Chris and Jack; Ivan, Wally and Olive; Auntie and Edith; Auntie M. Jolley; Lee and Dick; Wallie, Hazel and Les; Herb, Alice, Al- lan and Ken; George, Bell, Bert and Noel Halley; Vera, Ted and Earle; Daisy, Percy and Claude; Winnie, Wib and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moorby, family; J. and E. Roberts, Lance and family; Charlie, Jean and and Cedric; Mrs. A. M. Moorby and family; Roy, Dorothy and family; Nellie Moorby and fam- ily; Tom; May Moorby and Al- ister; Hector, Eileen and fam- ily; May, Dick and family. 1914-18 Diggers; Boorowa. Sub-branch R.S.L.; Boorowa Ex-Service Club, members Ma- sonic Lodge, Boorowa; Church of England, Rye Park; Booro- wa Young Anglican Movement; Rye Park Ladies' Aid; Parents and Citizens' Association; Pupils and Teachers, Rye Park Public School; Rye Park Sol- diers' Memorial Hall Commit- tee; M. B. McMahon, manager Rural Bank, Boorowa; Farmers and Graziers, Goulburn; S. D. Bobbin and Company; Commit- tee and members Boorowa Golf Club; all Associates Golf Club, Boorowa; president and mem bers Boorowa Bowling Club; Farmers and Graziers' Bowling Club, Goulburn; Saturday Cricket Competition, Boorowa; Rye Park Public Tennis Club; Welcome Tennis Club; Bala Tennis Club; Rje Park Rifle Club; M. J. Rolfe and family; Rye Park School; Ivy and Mar- jory; Jack, Elma Moore and family; Clem and Betty; Eric and Susie; Reg, Gertie and family; Ben, Kath, Dulcie and Kath; Frank and Dulcie; Jack, Joyce and family; Jack, Sylvia and family. Isobel and Dick Ollerenshaw; Ned, Mrs. Fuller and Mervyn; Austin, Olive Adams and fam- ily; Win and Viv. Noble; Beryl, Jock and Peter Dewar; Kevin and Tom Costello; Mrs. H. Bar- ton; Charlie, Miriam and fam- ily; Mrs. A. L. Banks; Steve, Amy and family; Henry and Maria Gorham; Vera, Eric and family; Frank, Coral and Philip; Mr. and Mrs. T. Arm- strong; Cliff and Colin Fuller; Les, Barbara Mills and family; Jim and Muriel Cliff; Edna and Jack Leggo; Sid, Mrs. Dockett and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Mills and Joyce; Glover and Olive Moorby and Pat; Fred and all at 'Maben'; Laurel and Arnold; Kath, Jim and Freda Noakes; Harvey, Doris and family; Enid, Walter and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carrod- us and family; Lus, Tom and Allan; Dawn, Kevin and boys; Flo Jobbins (Wagga); Mollie Ticehurst (Cowra); Minnie Stan, Malcolm and Deidre; Edith and Albert Holgate; Southwells of 'Fairy Farm'; M. J. Banks and family; Bess, Jim Arantz and Brian; Kevin Wyn and family; All at 'Wil- lowmere'; Baden, Mrs, Smith and family. Pat, Gordon, Candy and Chris Commens; Efvin and Edna; Gordon, Edna, Greg and Barry Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. J. Butt, Ollie, Clem and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Davis and family; Jim, Mrs. Keefe and family and Lydia Gorham; Bill, Mag and family; Ken, Stella and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. F. Mills and George T. Perceval and family; Albert, Mrs. Bryce and family; Alf ana Muriel Perce val and family; Ken and Dor- een; JRay, Thelma and Theley Sullivan; Ken, Melba and girls; Mr. and Mrs. Muntly and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Ar mour, Allan and June; Glen and Jean Bush; Alan, Marie and girls; Mrs. McGratli and Fran- cis; Rex and Marie Geary; Les- lie and Pat; all at 'Broken Dam'; J. and G. Hazell; M. Edgerton; Mr. and Mrs. E. Cro- ker; Harry, Irene Corcoran and boys; Ray, Thelma and Doris; Alice Malone and family; Flor- rie, Gordon Gorham and fam- ily; Gertie, Len Taylor and family; Dulcie, Victor, Kaye and Sandra; Gladys and Allan Pollard; F. M. Perceval; R. J. and Mrs. Martin; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Harris; Lynn and Harry Dowling, Sid and Beulah. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Sargent; Mr. and Mrs. H. Southwell; El- phick family; Evelyn, Ken and Alma Gorham; Ena and Billy Palmer; Walter and Mrs. Apps; George, Martha, Douglas and Kevin; Mr. & Mrs. A.. Frost and John; Liomtf and Hilda Daly and boys; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Southwell; Gordon, Flo and family; Joyce and Lyn; B. M. Gorham and Lance; Stan, Mrs. McCann and Pauline; Lindsay, Lily Gruber and family; Len, Kathleen and family; G. Gay and family; Herbert and Nina Banks and family; L. P. Noakes and family; Kath and Wes Per- ceval; Edley, Mrs. Perceval and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hughes; Betty, Alister and family; Sibyl and Jake Thom- as; Major and Mrs. Williams and family; Mr. and Mrs. Noel Armstrong; Reg. Gladys and family; Mr. J. Holgate and Eu- nice; Mr, ami Mrs. C. South- well and Graham; Mrs. Pitches, Phyllis and Arnold; Hughie, Mrs. Gorham and family; Rita, Aubrey and family; Bill and Pearl Bush; Bill and Ivy Rees. and family; Alf and Plioebe Stuart; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Armour and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Penning and Olive; Laura Murray and Angie; M. J. and A. J. S. Gorham; H. Gru- ber and girls; Mr. and Mrs. Alf Southwell and Greta; Edna Southwell and Mrs. F. C. South well; Will, Myrtle, Ralph and Delia; Mr. and Mrs. Eric Moor- by; Ailsa, Stan and family.

Perks, David William (I1293)


For his 20 years as Town Clerk of Campbelltown, Mr. Fred. Sheather has earned the six months leave of absence granted him by the Aldermen of the Municipality of Campbelltown. With another five years added to his public service life, Mr. Sheather has been a resident of Campbelltown, and whatever function has been held in the township, his name has been conspicuously noticed, not as a figure-head but as a worker. For 20 years it has been said that Mr. Sheather has been the back-bone of Campbelltown. Apart from the Council giving our worthy citizen the long holiday he rightly deserves, the general pub lic recognising his many services would not allow him to go without taking with him some little token of esteem showing in a small way their appreciation of his residence amongst them.

This function took the form of a smoke concert in the Campbelltown Town Hall, on Monday evening, when between 60 and 70. gentlemen sat around tables in banquet array to wish Mr. Sheather a very enjoyable holi day, and also to his wife who is accompanying him on an ektended tour thro' Tasmania. His worship the Mayor, Ald. C. N. Hannaford, opened the night 's proceedings by saying it was very pleasing to see such a representative gathering to wish the guest of the evening, who is sitting on my left, a very enjoyable holiday, and may he be spared to return to again take up his duties as Town Clerk of Campbelltown. (Applause). The chairman then asked all, to drink to the toast of His Majesty the King. All joined in singing the National Anthem, Mr. O. S. Frost (Camden) playing the accompaniment.

After the reading of the apologies, Mr. M. Brien (Camden) greatly pleased the attend ance by his rendering 'Blow Blow,' a beaut iful song, the words being by Shakespeare. For his encore Mr. Brien was asked to sing by special request 'The Trumpeter.'

Ex-Mayor and Ald. Fred Moore was asked to propose the toast of 'Our Guest,' which words brought loud applause. Mr. Moore, in addressing the Mayor and gentlemen, said: The duty has fallen to my lot to propose the toast of ' Our Guest, ' which I must say gives me great pleasure, and you will, all under stand I am speaking right from my heart. In our guest, Mr. Sheather, I must speak as I find him, and give honour where honour is due. The citizens of Campbelltown, and the friends of Mr. Sheather are doing the right thing in recognising his services. Mr. Sheather has held the most responsible position in this town for 20 years as Town Clerk. When I first knew him he was assisting Mr. McGlynn to publish the 'Campbelltown Herald,'' and at the demise of the late Mr. Alex. Munro, put in an application for the position of Town Clerk, which the aldermen accepted, believing Sheather was a good fellow. The job at that time was not such a big job, but there was a great deal to do. Mr. Sheather started to build up the affairs of the Council which were bad. However, with hard work he managed to put the Council on a sound foundation, and set the books up properly. All the time he was assisting the Council he was assisting himself and through hard study, passed every examination, fitting himself for a much higher position than he holds to-day. (Hear, hear). Mr. Sheather has refused higher positions simply because of his love for the old town. As a citizen he has done his duty, this we know by the large family he is credited with. (Laughter). This Council of which he is Town Clerk, ranks as the soundest and clean est in the State, and it is greatly due to Mr. Sheather that the municipal rates for Camp belltown are the lowest in N.S.W. (Applause). Mr. Sheather is not only the man at the wheel of the Council, but our Show flourished for many years under his supervision, with the assistance of the late Hon. John Kidd; Campbelltown is a small place to conduct such a large show and the credit is due to Mr. Sheather. Our guest has proved himself a good townsman, he has done his duty in every respect. There has been no movemont in Campbelltown but what he has helped with his valuable assistance. Campbelltown must be proud to have a man like Mr. Sheather at the helm. Mr. Moore concluded his address by wishing Mr. and Mrs. Sheather a very pleasant holiday, and may they both be long spared to reside in our midst. He hoped and trusted Mr. Sheather would return to resume his duties as Town Clerk a new man. (Ap plause).

Mr. H. V. Denham when asked to speak in support of the toast, said he was pleased with the remarks of Mr. Moore, and although being practically a new-comer to Campbelltown, nevertheless recognised the great qualities of Mr. Sheather. He found Mr. Sheather ever ready to assist in all philantropic and patriotic affairs, a man of great calibre, and although he was deprived of having the pleas ure of going to the seat of war, he fought for country here in Campbelltown, and did the best a man could do for the Empire. He was indeed very pleased to have the pleasure of speaking of a friend and a man. (Applause) Dr. Mawson said in supporting the toast, he had known Mr. Sheather for 13 years, be ing associated with the Agricultural Society, School of Arts, Choral Society, and the Ceme tery. In fact he could think of nothing Mr. Sheather has not been associated with. Every movement would have fallen flat without him. We could say Mr. Sheather carried the baby to a large extent in reference to the School of Arts and Agricultural Society ; his univer sal and friendly manner made him extremely popular with every man and woman in this town. He wished Mrs. Sheather and Mr. Sheather a very enjoyable holiday, and hoped Mr. Sheather would return fit to do another 20 years as Town Clerk.

Ald. Kershler supporting the toast, said the 20 years Mr. Sheather has been Town Clerk he had been a alderman, and remembered when Mr. Sheather first became Council Clerk hawking a council's cheque round the town to cash, the amount was only ?1, but the banks would not look at it; that was an instance to show the bad state of affairs the council was in when Mr. Sheather became their clerk. Outside the council Mr. Sheather has done a lot of good, no other man in Camp belltown has done as much. He wished Mr. and Mrs. Sheather a bonny trip wherever they go. (Applause).

Mr. S. B. Day said he wished Mr. Sheather and his wife every success, he could bear out the testimony of Mr. Sheather 's good charac ter; he knew of no town, who had a man like Mr. Sheather to go to for information, which was always so nicely given on every occasion.

The Mayor also spoke in the highest strains of Mr. Sheather, after which. Mr. Blew, North Sydney, sang a splendid song in equally splendid voice, and 'Up From Somerset' 'for his encore. Dr. Mawson rendered admirably ' Saint George of England,' and for his encore 'Off to Philadelphia in the Morning.'

All rose in earnestness to drink to the health of Mr. Sheather, followed by musical honors 'For he's a jolly good fellow.'

Mr. Sheather was greeted with applause when he rose to respond. 'Mr. Moore, Mr. Mayor and gentlemen. I have always had the pleasure and privilege of speaking in the Council, but am at a loss to-night what to say in response to all the nice things spoken about me. I will not go back in detail to my early days in Campbelltown, which in course of time I took up the position of Town Clerk, since then I have seen ups and downs of the Council, but it was a pleasure in my occu pation in public life to do my best, as I had the right sort of men behind me. (Applause).

I am at a loss what to say further. I fully appreciate the remarks of the speakers, and should God spare me the privilege to return to my duties, I hope to do better in the future than in the past. (Hear, hear). I have made mistakes, and got into ruts, but I always tried to do my work with the best intentions to attain the object in view. Mr. Sheather spoke of the valuable assistance given him by Mrs. Sheather, and every movement he under took to help, his wife bore her share of the burden. Mr. Sheather concluded with the remarks : 'I thank you gentlemen most heartily. ' '

Musical items followed, Mr. Kitt sang 'O Flower Divine, ' ' and with Mr. Brien render ed 'Watchman, What of the Night? ' for his encore. Major Shaw (Narellan) sang 'I am a Friar of Orders Grey,' and for his encore a 'French ditty. ' ' Mr. H. Wilkinson followed with an appropriate song, 'Another little drink won't do us any harm,' and 'Gallants of England'' for his encore.

The Mayor in making the presentation of a wallet of notes, containing ?65, said ' ' Mr. Sheather, on behalf of the citizens of Camp belltown, it gives me very much pleasure in, presenting to you this wallet of notes as a mark and token of esteem, appreciating in a very small way the valuable services you have rendered to the township and district of Campbelltown. ' ' The inscription on the wallet read: ? 'Presented to Fred. Sheather, Esq., J.P., by the citizens of Campbelltown, as a token of esteem, 1898 ? 1921. He does the decent thing. '

Mr. Sheather in accepting the wallet said this completely took the wind out of him, and he accepted the present in the same spirit in which it was given him. His good wife will share with him the contents. Before Mr. Sheather could say any more 'For he's a jolly good fellow' was again accorded him in rich masculine voices.

Speeches on Local Government, and further songs concluded a very enjoyable evening.

Sheather, Frederick (I6787)

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