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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 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)



For a Good Haircut or Shave go to LES ASPLAND.

Aspland, Leslie James (I75)
174 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Mote, Robert (I1)


(Continued from page 7) A 'SLEEPY' ACCUSED

Robert Gordon was called to answer a charge of stealing from person.
Accusod was on bail. When called he did not answer.
He was located, asleep, in the gallery, and when 'the police got him down they said he was under the influence.

His Honor asked the police to lock him up till 2 o 'clock.
Gordon was brought in again at 2 o 'clock, and Mr. Maxwell, who appeared for him, said he seemed well enough. Accused had been travelling all night, and was not physically fit (returned soldier), and had got excited.
The charge was that he had stolen ?14 and a book, the property of George Henry Tilden, from the person, at or near Cootamundra.
Plea, not guilty.

Jury: W. Elliott, H. T. Merriman, Joseph Moore, T. Bannon, I. Brovman, L. J. Aspland, P. Reardon, John Scott, George Gill, M. B. Sutton, Maxwell J. Wilson, P. J. Bartley.
Several of the jurymen who had officiated in the Temora case were called, but requested by the C-P. to 'stand aside.'
Sergeant Macdonald deposed: On 21st December, at 8.15, I was on the Cootamundra station when the Albury mail arrived. Tilden, who was in a second class carriage, called me. Ac cused was lying down in the carriage, drunk, but seemed to know what was said.
Mr. Maxwell objected, as his client was at the time incapable.
Witness: He was not too drunk to know.
Mr. Maxwell: He was arrested for drunkenness. I can call evidence that he did not understand.

His Honor: It is no use objecting. The constable said he could hear and understand.
Witness admitted that accused was half drowsy.
Evidence admitted
Witness: Tilden said, 'l have been robbed of ?15.' I said, ' Where did you miss it ?' He said, ''About Beth- ungra.' ' ' ' Whom do you .suspect? ' 'I don't know. It must have been some- one in the carriage." We shook accused up and said we would search him. Ar- rested him. He was sober enough to walk along the platform. Sergeant Jeffrey handed me ?7 in notes and some silver which he took out of accused's hip pocket. I said, 'How much did you have?' He said, 'About ?8.' From the right side pocket we took two ?5 notes and four ?1 notes. I said, 'There are more notes here- What have you got altogether. ' ' He said, . 'About ?12.' I said, 'You have got. 'about ?20 altogether.' He made no reply. On the following morning I said '.'You were a bit drunk last night. How much did you have on you last night? ' ' He, said, 'About ?21.' I said, 'Where did you get it!' He said, 'I sold some furniture in Melbourne, and had a few pounds be sides. I found a receipt for ?8, and asked did he pay it out of the ?24. 'He said yes. He further said the money got separated in his pockets, but it was all his own. I produce the bank book. The bank book, has the name of Tilden in t'

By Mr. Maxwell: There were six or severn passengers. Only searched accused.

Tilden, a laborer at Beveridge's, be tween Gundagai and Wagga, deposed., that he was travelling to Goulburn. Waa drunk when he got in the train. Had ?14 on him, including two ?5 notes. Put it in the bank book produced, and put the book in his inside breast pocket. This chap was next to him all the time and offered him a drink. Witness was skylarking. When he missed the money he said he would give them all in charge at Cootamundra. A man named Morris said he would call the police if witness did not.
His Honor: Nice ,company travelling! Was the skylarking all in fun?
Witness: Yes. When I took the mouthful of spirits I spat it over him.
Didn't the railway officials try and put you out for being drunk ?
They should have.
By Mr. Maxwell: Anyone could have seen the book sticking out of the top of my pocket. I came to Wagga with a cheque of ?38. Spent a good bit Put ?10 in the bank. Spent about ?12 Gave a good bit to my grandchildren. It could not have fallen on the floor while I was flopping about.

Daniel Morris, lineman on the rail way deposed to Tilden pulling his money out, and witness told him to put it back and not be silly. Accused and Tilden were falling about on one an other. Drink was going round. No one sat next to Tilden but accused.
By Mr. Maxwell: I called tho police at Cootamundra. Tilden fell out of the carriage at Junee and I put him back. I did not have any of the liquor. Neither did Tilden. Tilden got in drunk at Wagga. I joined the train at Culcairn- I was not searched by the police but was willing to be.
Sergt. Jeffrey: The Bethungra station- master handed me Tilden's bank book.

Accused deposed: I live in Victoria. Came back in 1919. Was discharged as medically unfit, due to wounds. Produce the discharge.
Mr. Maxwell: It reads on active service three years. Discharge not due to misconduct.
Continuing: On 17th December I had about ?32 on me. Went to see my mother at Milgrove, and sent ?3 to my wife. Leaving Melbourne had about ?21. At Wagga I was getting towards drunk. Someone gave me a dinner the other side of Junee. Remember nothing after that till I was at the police station. Have never been in trouble before. Sold my furniture to go and live in Sydney.
By Mr. Mason: Got the furniture from the Repatriation. Have arranged for the payment of the balance due, about ?21. Thought I had the right to sell it and put the money in my pocket. Have now to pay it at ?1 a week.
To Mr. Maxwell: I received three ?5 notes and six ?1 notes for the fur- niture. By Mr. Mason: If Mr. Shannon said he paid me one ?10 note, one ?5 note, and six ?1 notes, he would be wrong
The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. '
Accused was discharged, and his Honor directed the money to be held to give an opportunity to apply for it.

Aspland, Leslie James (I75)


Young: Audrey, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Aspland, of Young and Gordon, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Mote, of Yass.
Family F1

Remarkable Record for Longevity
Broken with Death of Mr. W. J. M. Martin
The death in a private hospital, Melbourne, on Saturday, of Mr. William John Matthew Martin, formerly of Birregurra, at the age of 82, breaks a link in a family, which possesses a remarkable record for longevity.
The eldest of a family of eight was born at Birregurra in 1853 and the youngest in 1869, and Mr. Martin's death was the first, their average age being 80 years nine months.
Their mother was over 90 when she died, and their maternal grandfather, Mr. Matthew Farndale, lived to the great age of 92.
Came from England 89 years ago
The late Mr. Martin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Martin, arrived at Birregurra from England in 1853, and resided there for many years, earning the esteem of a wide circle of friends.
The late Mr. John Martin went to live at Yarrawonga many years ago, following rural pursuits very successfully.
His wife, who predeceased him some years ago, was Miss Irene Erlandson, member of a well known Colac family. There are two sons, Erland and Farndale.
Mr. Martin was a brother of Mesdames W. M. Aspland, T.Parkinson and Miss M. Martin, of Camperdown. Mrs H. Smith (Brunswick) is another sister, and brothers are Messrs Edgar Martin (Williamstown) and Mr Alfred Martin (Yarrawonga). 
Martin, William John Matthew (I127)
178 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Mote, Robert (I1)

Robbery, and Apprehension of a Robber. -- Saturday evening. Mr. W. Parker, of Ubley, on his return from Bristol, was stopped between the 5th and 6th mile-stones, by three footpads, who robbed him of his watch, two 5l, and a few 1l notes, with some silver. Mr. Parker immediately returned to Bristol, and acquainted Roberts, the night constable, and Scholes, of Bedminster, with the circumstances; and on Sunday they apprehended Jas. Chard, one of the robbers, at his house in Church Street, Great-Gardens. He is a native of Taunton, six feet high, and stout of proportion. He had not been in custody many hours, before three other persons swore to his having robbed them within the last three weeks. His hat was lined with rope, to protect his head, and he generally wore a white frock. He confessed that he had committed four robberies within the last three weeks, and disclosed the names of his accomplices in robbing Mr Parker, but they have not yet been taken. Chard is fully committed to Ilchester gaol for trial.
Chard, James (I29333)

Sad Accident
The sad news reached Yass during Sunday night that Mr. James Alt, stationmaster at Hill Top had been run over by a train and had both his legs cut off. From the news to hand, it is surmised that, as he is subject to fits, he must have taken one and fallen on the line on his way home from Mittagong and while on the line a
train came along and, passing over him, cut off both legs. Immediately the news reached Yass, his mother, Mrs. G. Weatherby and his sister, Mrs. J. J. Sheekey, started for Hill Top, but did not expect to see the unfortunate man alive, as they were informed that he was sinking fast. Alt has a wife and three children and was a very kind and obliging officer. It is only about three weeks since his elder brother, Mr. Henry Alt, died and left a wife and several children.
As we went to press, the unfortunate man was still alive and both legs had been amputated below the knee in the Bowral hospital.
Alt, James (I46)


? ?Never in the annals of Yass has such a gloom been cast over the town, as on Friday night last, when the startling and terrible news reached Yass that four of a picnic party Jeremiah Mead, William Sunderland, John Davis and Edward Bede Kiely, who had only three or four hours before left town, had been drowned in the Murrumbidgee River. The people were horrified and refused to believe it, knowing that Mead was a strong fellow, and an expert swimmer. The messenger said there was no mistake they were searching for the bodies when he left at 7 o?clock.

The cadets of the public school had arranged for a picnic on the Murrumbidgee River for two or three days, with Sergeant Anderson, of the Yass Volunteers, who takes great interest in the cadets, in charge. On Friday afternoon everything was got ready, and the youngsters started off bent on a day or two?s pleasure. They arrived at the river shortly after 5 o?clock, and got everything ready to pitch their tents. The Sergeant very wisely called the boys together and cautioned them not to go into the river, and also gave them the same caution before they left Yass, until he was with them.

The cadets commenced to play about, while the Sergeant, Mead, Sunderland, Mote, and Booty, and Sheehy of the cadets, commenced to put up the tents, and prepare the meals. While this was going on a number of the cadets had gone down the hill along side the river out of site. As soon as they did so a bathe was suggested and in no time about seven or eight of the young lads were in the water. The river at this point is very wide, with shallow water down the centre for about 50 yards, when all of a sudden it drops down 10 or 12 feet. It was at this spot the accident happened.

The accounts of the different lads are very conflicting with reference to the two lads Kiely and Davis. Taking a common sense view of it after seeing the place we believe that Kiely and Davis must have gone on in front until they reached the deep hole, when they got beyond their depths, and commenced to struggle. A cry was immediately raised that some boys were drowning, Mead, Sunderland, Mote, Booty and Sheehy, who were about a quarter of a mile from the scene, at once started running to render assistance, undressing themselves, as they ran along. Sheehy was the first to reach the river, but there was no sign of young Kiely, the poor lad was evidently drowned then, but Davis was struggling in the deep water. Sheehy jumped in with only his boots on and swam over to where Davis was struggling, and by this time Davis had disappeared. Sheehy dived for him three times, but did not get him. Mead then arrived and commenced to dive for the bodies. In the third attempt Mead brought up the body of Davis on his shoulder. Sheehy took hold of Davis by the right hand, and Mead held his left, and both commenced to swim with Davis to where the others were standing in the shallow water.

It was then that poor Sunderland, in his eagerness to render assistance stepped forward, and was at once out of his depth. He immediately commenced to drown, and Mead seeing Sunderland sink left Davis to Sheehy, and dived after Sunderland. Sheehy could not hold Davis, and he got away from him. He dived again for him, caught him by the hair, but could not hold him. Sheehy then came up and commenced to swim, and Mead came up alongside of him in an exhausted state and trying to swim out, but could not make headway like as if something was hanging on to him so that he could not swim. He gave a smile in sheehy?s face, and commenced to sink. Mote then swam out with a fishing rod, and mead caught hold of it, and went under still holding the rod. Sheehy then went to Mote?s assistance and both were pulling Mead along and it appeared as if some heavy weight was pulling Mead back. Mote then became exhausted and struggling in the shallow water was helped out. By this time Mead had let go the rod, and all was over.

Sheehy?s conduct cannot be too highly spoken of, and it was Sheehy, who was in the water diving, when the men arrived, and they thought it was Davis. Mote was sometime before he came round. A messenger was at once dispatched to the residence of Mr. William Dwyer, who with Mr. Roy Barber at once dived in, and like Mead, had run too far, and become exhausted, and had to be dragged out, almost adding another to the sad deaths.

The Sergeant, at once, ordered all cadets into camp, and sent a messenger to Yass to inform the police. As soon as the news spread about the excitement became intense, father and mothers rushing about asking for the names of those drowned, while sisters, brothers, and friends were endeavouring to find out the name of the fourth party missing. About 9 o?clock two or three of the cadets arrived, and it was then ascertained that the fourth name was Bede Kiely, aged twelve years, and eldest son of Mr. E. Kiely, of Hardwicke, Yass.

Many willing townsmen at once volunteered to go out and dive for the bodies, and it was not long before several buggy loads started on their solemn duty. Grappling Irons were also procured and sent out. As soon as they reached the river, which is 15 miles from Yass, a start was made to recover the bodies. Those who went into the water were Messrs Duddleston, Leslie Barber, Webster, Cook, Hayhow, Alick Barber, Lucas, Flynn, M. Coen, J. Weatherby, and J. Leonard. They continued to grapple until between one and two o?clock, when the body of poor Sunderland was found. He had his trousers, braces and boots on. Finding the one body gave them encouragement to go on thinking they would soon get the other bodies. Sunderland?s body was then sent into Yass.

Messrs H. Jones, P. Fallon and one or two others then joined the search party and diving was then commenced, but without any result. The irons were again used, and at 7 o?clock the body of the heroic Mead was brought up, and when taken on the bank, his features indicated the terrible struggle that he had gone through. The body was at once brought to town.
The plucky search party, up to their waists in water still stuck to their task, and at half-past eight Mr. A. Barber secured the body of the little lad Kiely. His calm and placid features would lend one to believe that in finding himself in deep water he collapsed from fright, which might account for his disappearing so soon. Mr. W. Howard brought the body into town at once.
At this time Mr. James Duffy?s boat arrived at the river, and was a great help in securing the body of young Davis, which was discovered at 10 o?clock. All the bodies were found in the deep hole, where they had disappeared within a few yards of one another.

As each body was taken out the scene was very sad. Strong sturdy men with tears trickling down their cheeks. And when one lad was brought out the sight of a fond parent kissing the pallid cheek of his son, was too much for those around to bear without shedding tears. As the bodies were brought into town the excitement was intense, and as they lay out in a long room at the rear of the Australian Hotel, they presented a sight that will never be forgotten in the annals of Yass.
Jeremiah Mead, the hero of the calamity, was a native of Yass, and was 29 years of age. He was a general favourite in the town, and was good company wherever he went, and it was on that account that he was pressed, against his will, to accompany the picnic party. He was a compositor by trade, and was employed in the ?Courier? for about 17 years, and we are in a position to say that a more honourable, steady, hardworking young man never breathed. He was one of the best players in the senior football team, and was so well liked by the players that a number of them volunteered at once to search for his body, and did so. One of his best traits was his kindness to his aged mother. No young man has ever passed away in Yass that so much sympathy has been felt for.

William Sunderland, who lost his life so gallantly, was made more sad by him being a married man, with a wife and young child, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt. Sunderland was a great worker in all-public matters, and was the originator of the first Hospital Demonstration, and was one of the secretaries of the movement. He was also a moving spirit in all-volunteer movements and will be missed by the company. Much sympathy is felt for both his wife and aged father.
Edward Bede Kiely, the youth who appears to have first disappeared in the treacherous hole, was the eldest son of Mr. E. Kiely, J. P. of Hardwicke, and was a very quiet and inoffensive lad, about 12 years old, and he had a very amiable disposition, which made him a general favourite. He was one of the cadets and persuaded his parents to let him accompany the picnic party. It was not known that Kiely was drowned until about 10 o?clock, as the messenger could not think of the fourth name. As the parents lived some miles from town the body was taken to the residence of Mrs. M. Coen. Mr. and Mrs. Kiely have the sympathy of the public.
John Davis, who evidently was close to Kiely when he went down, was a son of Mr. Edwin Davis of Coolalie, and was stopping with his aunt in town, for the purpose of attending the Public School. He was also one of the cadets. Word was sent to Mr. Davis, who at once started for the Murrumbidgee to assist in the search for the body. The parents have sympathy of everyone.

Roy Barber and Fred Mote, the two young men who were almost drowned, have now quite recovered. They suffered much from exhaustion, and no doubt excitement as well. Roy Barber was so ill when he reached Yass on Saturday that Dr. Thane had to be called in.
The two cadets Eugene Sheehy and Fred Booty deserve special mention for their plucky conduct in attempting to save the drowning men. Sheehy made one or two desperate attempts and almost succeeded.

We are sure we echo the sentiments of the public of the town and district, when we say that the men who worked in the water all through a stormy night, and up until the bodies were all found deserve the highest praise for their noble conduct, also Mr. James Duffy for lending his boat.
Mote, Frederick Arthur (I17)

Sarah Watts was indicted for stealing a silver spoon the property of Thomas Baker. Mr. Rogers appeared for the prosecution. Martha Baker stated that the prisoner had washed for her four or five months, and that the prisoner had washed at her house the day before she missed the spoon, and on searching the prisoner's house, the spoon was found. Verdict- Guilty-Transportation for seven years. There were several other articles found in her possession belonging to Mr. Baker.
Chard, Sarah (I31215)


The Presbyterian Church, Thirroul, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on June 29th, when Ivy Doris Brown, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Brown, of Lachlan street, Thirroul, was married to Mervyn T. Sheather, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs George Sheather of Nangus, via Gundagai.

Rev. Torbett officiated.

The bride's gown was of ivory briral satin with long train cut into skirt and silver girdle. A coronet of orange blossoms held in place her beautiful tulle veil. A shower bouquet of camelia white roses and carnations and fine maiden-hair fern, with streamers of white satin ribbon completed the bridal ensemble.

The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a white gold wristlet watch.

Little Miss Raynor Dixon, of Thirroul, was a very pretty flower girl in her ankle-length frock of pale blue crepe-de-chene, with shoes to tone and carrying o gold basket of pink Erica and fine maiden-hair fern, with blue tulle bow.

The bridegroom's gift to the flower girl was a gold armlet.

The briedsmaid, Miss Vera Brown, of Goulburn, sister of the bride, looked charming in a frock of matalasse, with silk stripe, trimmed with silver girdle; she carried a bouquet of pink carnations, pink stocks and fine maiden-hair fern, with streamers of pink ribbons.

The bridegroom's gift to the bridesmaid was a gold wristlet watch.

Mr. George Brown, of Sydney, brother of the bride, was best man.

The Wedding March was played by the Church organist, who also contributed various organ solos. The Church was tastefully decorated with arum lilies, roses and asparagus fern, by friends of the bride.

The reception was held at the bride's home, 'Iolanthe,'' Lachlan street, Thirroul, where the bride's mother received the guests attired in an ensemble of black crinkle crepe and black silk lace, with shoes and hat to tone. She carried a bouquet of red carnations and roses, and maiden hair fern with streamers of red satin ribbon.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheather left by train for Sydney and Goulburn, the bride travelling in a suite of beige, with brown trimmings, hat and shoes to tone.

Many useful and valuable gifts were received.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheather's future home will be at Gundagai.
Family F7904


St. Paul's Church of England, Adelong, was the venue of a very pretty wedding on Saturday morning last when Mildred Alma, only daughter of Mr and Mrs. Theo Miller of Sandy Gully, Adelong, made her responses to Dudley Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheather of Nangus. The church was tastefully decorated by friends of the bride and looked a picture, a fitting setting for a beautiful bride, whose gown was of cream magnolia embossed satin. The conventional '"something borrowed" was the beautiful veil lent by Mrs. C. T. Miller. A bouquet sheaf of gladioli completed the ensemble. In support of the bride was Miss Agnes Miller as bridesmaid, who chose autumn green taffeta for her frock, and Mrs. Stan Keogh was matron of honor, wearing a frock of petunia taffeta. Both ladies curried a sheaf of gladioli. Supporting the groom were Mr. L. Miller, brother of the bride, as best man, and Mr Stan. Keogh as groomsman Miss Neita Crain presided at the organ. At the conclusion of the ceremony the recept tion was held at the home of the brides mother, where Mrs. Theo Mil ler, wearing a navy gown with lace trimmings, assisted by Mrs Alec Sheather, in black and white, received about 80 guests. The Rev B.D.C. Simpson presided at the breakfast, and the following toasts were honored and where necessary, responded to- 'The King' by the Rev. Chairman ; 'The Bride and 'Groom' by Mr. T Smith 'The Bridesmaids' by Mr. D. Shea ther; 'The Parents' by Mr. Don Moon, 'The Rev. Chairman' by Mr A Miller. An additional toast, and one particularly apt, was that of 'The Fighting Forces' by the Rev. Chairman. At the conclusion of the reception the happy young couple departed for Sydney for the honeymoon, the bride choosing a travelling frock of beige pink crepe, with white accessories. Both young people were the recipients of many costly and beautiful presents too numerous to mention but the 'groom's gift to the bride was a wrist-watch, and to the bridesmaids each a bedroom clock. On hehalf of the paper we extend our best wishes to the young couple for future happiness.
Family F8622


St Mary's Catholic Church, Batlow, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Wednesday, February 23, when Violet, fourth daughter of Mrs. V. O'Grady and the late R. O'Grady, was married to Edward William, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sheather, of Batlow Nuptial Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Collins, of Adelong, and the Rev. Fathers Hanrahan, of Tumbarumba. and Cochrane, of Tarcutta, were also present.

The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Jack O'Grady, and wore a gown of chalk white satin cut on classical lines, with a tulle veil, lent by Mrs. L. C. Wooldrldge, mounted by a coronet of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations and asparagus fern trailers. Miss Kathleen O'Grady, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and wore a pink bouffard old world frock of stitched net and ribbon, with a halo of stiffened tulle, and carried a bouquet similar to the bride's.

During the Mass the choir, with Miss Monica Kelly at the organ, rendered the Loretto Mass, and during the signing of the register Mrs. L. C. Wooldridge sang an 'Ave Maria.'

The bridegroom was attended by Mr. A. Bellchambers.

The bride's mother wore black figured metalasse, with a shoulder posy of carnations, and was accompanied by her daughters, Mrs. Beaven and Mrs. C. Westway. Mrs. Sheather wore navy, krinkle crepe with floral trimming, and a shoulder posy of carnations. The bouquets for the bride and brides maid were the work of Mrs. L. C. Wooldridge.

The bride wore a navy tailored frock of oatmeal cloth, with navy and white accessories, when leaving for her honeymoon. The church was prettily decorated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The reception and wedding breakfast were held at the Batlow Hall, where Mr. G. F. Briggs acted as chairman and where the customary toasts were honored.
Family F4954


Last week Gertie Christina Pearce, of Pine Vale. Narandera, and Arthur Edward Sheather, of Narandera (formerly of Grong Grong), were united in marriage at the Methodist Church, Rev. J. Wadkin was the celebrant. Miss Armstrong played the wedding march. The bride was becomingly gowned in a dress of cream cashmere de soie and georgette trimmed with silver beads. She wore the usual wreath and veil and carried a charming bouquet of carnations, roses, lily of the valley and asparagus fern. Miss Margaret Sheather (niece of the bridegroom) was bridesmaid and Mrs. R. Cobban, best man. The breakfast was laid at the home of the bride 's parents, Pine. Vale. The honeymoon was spent in Wagga and Albury.
Family F5161

Sheather Pleads Guilty

George Sheather, charged with stealing two cheques and ?68 in money at Nangus last April.

Mr. Fraser for accused.

Plea, guilty.

John Ernest Fuller and George Gittoes each gave accused a good character. The latter knew him 45 years, and never knew him to do a wrong action before. All the family were good. He reared a big family, and reared them well.

The police had nothing against accused. He bore a good character.

Mr. Fraser: A man named Gibbon, a market-gardener, kept his money in a quart pot, on the top of the ground, under some flowers, in view of the main Sydney to Melbourne road. Sheather had seen him frequently going to the spot. Sheather admitted his guilt, and gave notice that he would plead guilty. I gave my cheque for the amount. Accused is 65. He has a wife and has reared a large, respectable family in the district. A testimonial to his good charactcr was put in by Mr. James Robinson, of 'Kimo' the most respected gentleman in the Southern districts, who would not give a man a testimonial unless he deserved it. He gave it without hesitation. I ask you to bind accused over to appear for sentence if called upon.

His Honor: What appeals to me is that he has brought up a large family. An old man should not fall to temptation, but money should not be let lie about in that foolish fashion.

Sentenced to 9 months, and released under the F.O.A.,

?23 was found on accused when ar rested, and was ordered to be re turned, to him, less ?5 costs for a witness.
Sheather, George (I10376)


Miss Lois Booth, who was married to Mr. Douglas Sheather last night, showed originality in her wedding plans by choosing crownless glass hats for her two bridesmaids and little flower girl, and a caravan tour for her honeymoon. The caravan is a trailer, fully equipped, and they will head north.

The bride is the eldest daughter of Mrs. J. Wentworth Booth, of Mosman, and the bridegroom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Sheather, of Mosman.

The bride chose white angel skin, appliqued with a pattern of silver roses, for her gown, and a long train fell from her waist.

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MRS. DOUGLAS SHEATHER (right), who, before her marriage last night, was Miss Lou Booth, with her bridesmaids, MISSES BETTY and NORMA BOOTH, and flower-girl, MOINA TULLOCH.

A simple bouquet and a coronet holding in place her tulle veil were of lily-of-the-valley.

The bridesmaid's frocks of leaf green net, self spotted with silk, featured the same theme of design in the train falling from the waist, and the frock worn by the flower girl, Moina Tulloch, was identical. The bridesmaids were Misses Betty and Norma Booth, sisters of the bride, and they carried cyclamens, which were also scattered on the edge of their trains.

Mr. Colin Sheather was best man, and Mr. Bruce Dixon was groomsman. Rev. L. A. Purnell officiated at the ceremony, which took place at the Presbyterian Church, Mosman.
Family F2263


The Church of England, Bangalow, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Monday, May 9, when Thelma Marcia, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. W. Davison of Tyagarah, was married to Richard Edwin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheather, of Coraki. Canon Seymour officiated.

The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, was prettily attired in a dress or white mariette, beaded with seed pearls. She also wore a wreath and veil, and carried a shower bouquet of white chrysan themums, cosmos and fern, tied with white tulle streamers. She was attended by her sister Doris as bridesmaid, who wore a frock, of Oriental silk, with hat to tone and carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and asparagus fern, tied with pale pink tulle streamers. Mr. R. T. Johnson of Tyagarah, carried out the duties of best man. Mr. and Mrs. Sheather's future home will be at the Main Arm, Mullumbimby.
Family F9744


A wedding was celebrated on Saturday, June 3, at St. Mary's Church of England, Guildford, at 3 p.m., between Marjorie Day, only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Day, of Kings Cross, and Lawrence Sheather, eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. H. C. Sheather, of Bursill-street, Guildford.

The bride was dressed in gold and rus set shades of crinkle crepe, with hat and shoes to match, and carried a shower bouquet of gold roses, wallflowers and gerboras. An unusual note in the bou quet was a spray of orange blossom, which thie bride's aunt sent specially from America.

The bridesmaid, Miss Dorothy Doyle, looked most attractive in grey crinkle crepe, with mauve velvet sleeves and hat, and carried a muff of violets, stock and fuchsias.

The bridegroom chose Mr. A. Jolly as best man.

The Rev. J. Poole officiated at the altar and Mr. W. Poole at the organ. The reception was held at the bridegroom's home at Bursill-street, Guildford, where 30 guests were entertained.

The bride chose brown as the pre dominating note for her travelling costume.

The happy couple left for the Blue Mountains, where the honeymoon was spent.
Family F7794


A pretty wedding was celebrated at the Wesleyan Church on Wednesday last, the participating parties being Mr. Herbert Joseph, second son of Mr and Mrs Sheather, of Sydney, the Miss Hannah Grace, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Jones, of Adjungbilly, Rev H Skuse being the celebrant. The bride (who was given away by her father) was dressed in white voile with hand-embroidered net over dress, hat en suite. She wore a gold brooch with neck chain and cross and carried a boquet of orange blossoms (the gifts of the bride- groom). Miss Lily Jones (sister of the bride) and Miss Emily Marsh (cousin of the bride) were the bridesmaids, both gowned in white muslin trimmed with embroidery, with white silk hats en suite, and both wore gold brooches (gifts of the bridegroom). Mr. Albert Woods capably filled the role of best man. The ceremony over, the company adjourned to the Oddfellows' Hall where a sumptuous wedding break- fast was provided. Rev. H. Skuse occupied the chair, and after justice had been done to the good things provided, proposed the toast of the 'Bride and Bridegroom' in a happy speech The bridegroom suitably responded and proposed the toast of the 'Bridesmaids,' Mr. A. Woods responding. Rev. H. Skuse then proposed the health of the 'Par- of the Bride and Bridegroom,' Mr. J.Jones responding. The bride's travelling dress was of navy blue serge with Oriental trimmings, hat to match. She wore a sealskin muff and fur (the gift of the bride- groom). Numerous and costly were the presents they received. The happy pair left, amid showers of rice and confetti, by the train en route for Albury, where the honey- moon is to be spent. We wish our young friends health, wealth and prosperity in the future. Their home will be Cootamundra.
Family F4177

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE (From the Sydney Morning Herald):- THE AGENORIA - This vessel has made a good passage of one hundred and seven days from Plymouth. She is commanded by Captain Newby, formerly of the Mary, and an old trader to this colony. By her we are in possession of dates from London up to the 4th of February. She has on board 256 immigrants (English, Irish and Scotch), of whom 97 are male and 88 female adults, 29 boys and 32 girls from one to fourteen years, and 10 infants. Seven deaths and six births occurred during the voyage. All on board are now in good health, and much credit is due to the commander, surgeon superintendant, and officers of the ship, for the remarkably clean condition in which she has arrived. 
Agenoria, The Barque (I21148)

Ships in Harbour (Sydney) - Agenoria, barque, 724 tons, Newby, in the Stream; Captain, agent. Disembarking emigrants, and about to discharge.
Arrivals May 25 - Agenoria, 724 tons, Captain Newby, from London 30th January and Plymouth the 7th February. Passengers ...... and 256 immigrants.

pages 143 to 144: This vessel has made a good passage of one hundred and seven days from Plymouth. She is commanded by Captain Newby, formerly of the Mary, and an old trader to this colony.... She has on board 256 immigrants (English, Irish and Scotch), of whom 97 are male and 88 female adults, 29 boys and 32 girls from one to fourteen years of age and ten infants. Seven deaths and six births occurred during the voyage. All on board are now in good health, and much credit is due to the commander, surgeon Superintendant, and officers of the ship, for the remarkably clean condition in which she has arrived. On the 13th March, the Agenoria spoke the barque Competitor, from Adelaide, bound for London, out seventy five days in latitude 0.47N, longitude 21.52W 
Agenoria, The Barque (I21148)

Special Celebration For Boxing Day
For most people, December 26 is Boxing Day, a day for watching the cricket and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
But in one home at the Young Retirement Village this Boxing Day, two people celebrated a marriage that has been going strong for 66 years.
Ted and Gwen Brown have both spent their lives in Young, and have been together since their marriage at the Anglican Church by Reverand McKeown, in 1934.
Ted remembers Young in 1925 when there were still gravel roads, as he used to deliver milk from his family's dairy.
This year, their anniversary was acknowledged by means of transcript, received from Queen Elizabeth II, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Australian Governor General Sir William Dean, and Federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz.
The Brown's, who have been at the retirement village for a little over a year now, celebrated their anniversary this year with friends and family.
A family that is, by the way, quite large. The Brown's boast four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
The family is so large in fact that a tally had to be done to work out just how many there were.
Gwen highlighted the importance of the family unit and patience to keeping a good marriage alive.
"They're like birds in a nest, they all fly out sooner or later," Gwen said.
Ted said the many years of marriage had certainly been hard work, but it was a very rewarding experience. 
Aspland, Clarice Gwendoline (I77)



The sudden death of Mr. Frank H. Hopwood, proprietor of the Harden "Express" came as a great shock to a wide circle of friends, both at Harden and Young (says the Young 'Witness'), when it was learned on Saturday morning that he had - after a full rich life of useful service - passed away suddenly to the Higher Reward.

The late Mr. Hopwood was up and about as usual on Saturday, and about 7.30 o'clock had a stroke, from which he did not regain consciousness and passed away in the Harden-Murrumburrah Hospital about mid-day.

He spiked his last piece of copy, read his last proof, and subbed his last article, but he leaves on the 'Inky way" cherishable memories of a man who set himself out to assist every movement that was for the good of the community in which he lived.

The large number of people both from the Harden-Murrumburrah district and Young who attended the funeral services, and the cortege, which was one of the longest seen in Harden for many years was visible testimony of the high esteem in which the late Frank Hopwood was held.

Only 53 years of age, he was born at Young and educated there, being the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hopwood, of Young.

Choosing the 'Inky way' as a profession, he served his apprentice ship with the Young 'Chronicle,' and from there graduated to the old Burrangong 'Argus.'

After leaving the 'Argus' he joined Mr. F. Wales in a job printing business which was situated on the site now occupied by the Fire Brigade Station. Later, the partnership shifted to Burrowa Street, where Gordon, Mote and Co., now have their furniture business.

The lure of the printing press still called him, and he longed for the more eventful life of a newspaper man, so he then took over 'The Witness' from the company which at that time was controlling the destinies of this paper, going into partnership with Messrs. F. J. Wales and A. E. Collins. He carried out the duties of Editor with success and harmony for a number of years, finaliy taking over the Harden 'Express,' which he edited successfully up till the time of his death.

The deceased, as a pressman, had the confidence of his confreres, for on several occasions he was elected a member of the Executive of the N.S.W. Country Press Association.

During the time he was at Young the late Mr. Hopwood distinguished himself as a good townsman, for he was not only in the place, but of it. He was an active member of the P. and A. Association, being for many years a steward in the horticultural section, and judged at surrounding Horticultural Shows.

He was thoroughly at home at this, as he was a horticulturahst at heart, and was a lover of flowers. In his spare moments he was to be seen in his garden amongst his roses and the other blooms he loved so well.

Amidst the exacting life of a newspaper man, he also found time to devote to other interests for the good of the town, and in addition to being a useful member of the P. and C. Association, was, for many years Secretary of the Burrangong Race Club. He Was also a loyal adherent of his Church, being a regular Communicant and the Church of England Council and the C.E.M.S. had the value of his membership and advice. When he went to Harden, those interests went with him, and there he was also a member of the Church Council and the C.E.M.S.

He was also associated with the Friendly Society movement as a member of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, through the chairs of which he passed.

The late Mr. Hopwood was mar ried at Young to Miss Annie Murray, daughter of the late Mr. H. J. Murray of Rimmer's Hill, Adelong, and Mrs. Murray, of Sydney.

After taking over the Harden 'Express' he conducted it from Young for about 12 months, after which, on the transfer of his family to that place, went to live there permanently. There he became a member of the P. and A. Society, and identified himself with progressive town movements.

He leaves to mourn his loss, a widow, three sons and two daughters. The eldest boy Frank, is on the staff of the Bank of N.S.W. in Queanbeysn. Noel works in the 'Express' office, and Ken. Of the girls, Marge and Betty, the former is a student at Sydney University. He also leaves three sisters and a brothers, Mrs. Grafton and Mrs. Hector Webb' (Sydney), Mrs. Frank Finn (Yass), and Mr. Tom Hopwood (Young).

A large number of people from Young travelled to Harden to at tend the service at St. Paul's Church, and later follow his last remains to the graveside, interment taking place in the Church of England por tion of the cemetery. The Rev. S. North officiated in the Church and at the graveside. Miss Dowling pre sided at the organ, and the congre gation, in a nice tribute to a good churchman, sang one of his favorite hymns, 'Abide With Me. Four members oi the C.E.M.S. acted as pall-bearers, and Bro. Harold Bem brick, P.N.G., conducted the G.U. O.O.F. service. The Rev. S. North, in paying tribute to the deceased spoke of his fine Christian character, and eulog ised him as a citizen who had given his best in wide service to his town and district. As a churchman his life was exemplary. As a citizen it was of the best.

Many beautiful floral tokens were received from : Frank, Marjorie, Noel, Ken and Betty; Tom, Jess and fam ily; Al., Hec and family; Sister Marth; Frank, Sue and family; From the Members of St. Paul's Women's Guild; Rector, Council and Parishon ers of St. John's Church (Young) ; Members and Committee of Harden District Brass Band; The C.E.M. So ciety; Wales and Collins (Young) ; The Junior Guild; The Members of A. C. Barrett Branch G.U.O.O.F. Lodge; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Webb and family, 'Laurel Grove'; Mr. and Mrs. Belfour and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Rabbets and Edna; Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Larkin; Mrs. C. Coddington and daughters, 'Moul- ton'; Mr. and Mrs. P. Hayne; Mrs. E. J. Hutchinson and family; Mr. and Mrs. Back and Ron; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Richardson and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ibbetson, Ted, Madge and Rene and Albert Walton; Mrs. Boag and family; Jessie, Oliver and family; A. R. and E. H. Codding ton, 'Eulo'; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Coddington and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Phillips and family;. Win and Helen Sinclair; R. and C. Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. W. Hatter and fam ily; Mr. and Mrs. Zipfell and family; Mr. and Mrs. R. Reimer and family; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lanham and family; Mrs. Webb, Edith, Alma and Alf ; Mrs. E. Lawton and family; the Melville family; Mr. and Mrs. H. Nolan and family; Mr. and Mrs. F.G Wilson; Annie, Eric and Neville Menzies; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Gibson and Mrs. Mitchell; Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Coddington and Errol; Mr. and Mrs. C. West and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Wales and family; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hammond and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Collins and family; Mrs. Reimer, Ethel and Violet; Herb Manwaring and Mr. and Mrs. Kent and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Lanham and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Selden and John; Aunt, Uncle, Jim and family; Mr. and Mrs. Harbridge, Alan, Clyde and Hazel. [We join with other members of the Fourth Estate in offering our deep sympathy to the sorrowing members of deceased's family. ? Ed., | Burrowa News.]

Wales, Frederick John (I790)

St. John's, Young, was the scene of an attractive wedding on Boxing Day, when Mr. Edmond Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brown, of Trafalgar Farm, was united to Miss Gwendoline Aspland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Aspland, of Young, the Rev. Canon McKeown officiating. The future home of the happy couple will be at Young.
Family F74

Sticking-up at Yass.

WE (Courier) were informed on good authority on Monday that F. Mote, son of Mr. J.F. Mote, was stuck up at the far end of the Hume Bridge on Sunday night about 9 o'clock by three men as he was going home to North Yass. They ordered Mr. Mote to " bail up" and hand over his money, but as it happened he had no money on him, and therefore could not comply with the request. After being detained for a few minutes Mr. Mote was allowed to pro- ceed on his way. The would-be highwaymen certainly selected a very daring spot for bailing a man up

Mote, Frederick Arthur (I17)

Stockinbingal Wedding.


A very pretty wedding took place at St. James' Church of England on Wednesday last, when Andrew, youngest son, of the late Mr. Andrew Clements, of Brown's Creek, Blayney, was married to Eva, the daughter of Mr. Samuel Sheather, of this town. The Rev. Crane, of Blayney, officiated ; the church was tastefully decorated with suitable decorations. The bride, was attired in a gown of white crepe-de- chene, and had a court train lined with shell pink ninon. Her tulle veil was worn over a mob cap, outlined with orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums and dalias ; she also wore a gold necklet, the gift of the bride groom. The bride was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss B. Clements (sister of the bridegroom); who wore a gown of cream serge, and Miss Flo. Sheather (sister of the bride), who wore a gown of white crepe-de-chene. The bridegroom's presents to the bridesmaids were:- Miss Cle ments, gold necklet ; and Miss Sheather, pearl spray brooch. Little Miss Ally Sheather acted as train- bearer, and wore a frock of white silk. After the ceremony the guests retired to Ellwood's hotel, where a reception was held, about 40 guests being present.

The presents were Bride to bride- groom, silver-mounted hairbrush and comb; Mr. Sheather (bride's father), cheque; Mrs. Sheather (bride's mother), afternoon tea-set, hanging lamp, and tumblers; Mrs. Clements (Blayney), mother of bridegroom, cheque; Miss Flo Sheather, cutlery ; Miss Allie Sbeather, silver mounted butter dish and knife ; Mr and Mrs. F. Hull, table runner and doyleys ; Miss M. and B. Clements (Blay ney), cutlery ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Clements (Blayney), set carvers in case; Mr. R. Clements (Blayney), silver sugar scuttle; Mr. Irwin Clements (Blayney), silver teapot; Mr. and Mrs. J. Clements; silver jam dish; Mrs. A. Bowyer (Sydney), wedding dress; Mrs. T. Manning, glass water jug and tumblers; Miss E. Man ning, water bottle and tumblers; Miss Hughes, silver mounted jam dish; Miss Lacey (Sydney), silver mounted flower stand ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Roberts (Blayney), set carvers in case; Mr. S. Hurst (Blay ney, afternoon teaspoons in case; Mr. Whiteman (Blayney), silver mounted salt sellers in case ; Mr. J. T. O'Brien, set carvers in case; Mr. T. F. Ellwood, cheque ; Mr. H. Cooper (Blayney), silver butter dish; Master L. Clements, silver jam spoon ; Mr. and Mrs. D. Jordan, set carvers in case; Mr. and Mrs. W. G Noble, silver jelly dish ; Mr. J. Whalen, water jug ; Mr. G.Sheather, silver mount ed cake and flower stand ; Mr. T. W. Manning, silver teapot ; Mr. and Mrs. F. West, silver mounted biscuit barrel ; Mr. A. Sheather; silver cake tray ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gravolln, purse sovereigns.
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Sydney Gazette of 25 August 1829
Description of the hanging of John Holmes on 21-8-1829 after burning down a barn belonging to James Thomas John BEAN (Jun.)

On Friday last, John Holmes, convicted of arson at Campbelltown, was executed pursuant to his sentence. When on the scaffold, the rev. Mr Therry addressed the Under Sheriff and enquired whether he would be permitted to communicate the prisoner's confession to the numerous assemblage of persons who were collected to witness the execution. Immediate assent was given and Mr Therry then stated that the unfortunate culprit acknowledged his guilt, as well as the justice of his sentence; that he had committed many crimes, but sincerely hoped that God had forgiven him, as he freely forgave all those by whom he had ever been injured. The prisoner then addressed the spectators himself earnestly entreating that they would take warning by his fate, and avoid the evil consequences of bad company which had brought him to an untimely and disgraceful end. The Under Sheriff expressed himself gratified at hearing a declaration from the prisoner which must be so consolatory to himself, and so gratifying to his friends and all present. Holmes then joined in prayer with great devotion and in a few minutes the drop fell.

After hanging the usual time, his body was earnestly requested by many persons, and Mr Prorit directed it to be delivered over to his friends on condition that it should be interred on the evening of the same day, as he was aware that they were desirous of having a wake over the body, which in all probability would have occasioned a disturbance in the town at night.

A neat Coffin was provided by his friends and on the evening the corpse was followed to the grave by a numerous train
Bean, James Thomas John Jnr. (I867)


After the Sunday School lessons were over at the Methodist Church on Sunday, the opportunity was taken to make a small presentation to Miss Hilda Wales, superintendent of the Kindergarten department, on the occasion of her approaching marriage to Mr. Alfred I'Anson, which happy event takes place during the present month. The present was from the parents of the kindergarten children and the kindergarten staff and was a beautiful tea set of best English china. Mr. A.R. Chellew, the general superintendent of the school, made the presentation, and in doing so, spoke of the enthusiastic service which Miss Wales had given over a long period of years. Her cheerful nature had endeared her to the children and her enthusiasm had been an inspiration to the teachers under her. She would be greatly missed in the school. Miss Wales suitably replied.
Wales, Hilda Ruth (I200)

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