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Arndell, James Thomas (1852–1912)

Within a month of the death of his wife, Mr James Thomas Arndell, of' 'Caddie,' Cattai, passed away. His death took place at Windsor Hospital on Tuesday of last week, shortly after an operation — the second he had undergone within a few days — for an internal trouble. The deceased gentleman was the eldest son of the late Thomas Arndell, who died on October 30, 1907, and a great grandson of the late Dr. Thomas Arndell, who, in 1786, came from England to the then new settlement of New South Wales, as assistant surgeon. Dr. Arndell and his wife were buried in the family vault in St. Matthew's C.E. cemetery, and there the remains of the subject of this notice were laid to rest on Wednesday week. He was 60 years of age, and leaves one son and one daughter — Mr Arthur Arndell (Strathfield), of the head office of the Bank of New South Wales, and Miss Arndell, of 'Caddie.' Three brothers survive him, viz., Mr Andrew Johnston Arndell, Acting Deputy Postmaster General; Mr Albert William Arndell, formerly of 'Macquarie,' Cattai, and now of 'Mount Vincent,' Maitland; and Mr Alfred Sydney Arndell, of Lilberne Station, Blandford. The late James T. Arndell was a scion of a family that had much to do with shaping the destiny of the Hawkesbury. His progenitors were the pioneers of the district, and the estate acquired by Dr. Arndell in 1793 has never passed out of the family. In all his papers Dr. Arndell, it is interesting to note, referred to the property, which was a grant from the Crown, as 'Catty'. Later it was corrupted to 'Cataie,'or 'Cattaie.' Now the estate is known as 'Caddie,' while the creek which runs through the property, and the locality, are shown on the parish maps as 'Cattai.' There is no more respected family in the Hawkesbury district than the Arndells. No name is more honored, and no family escutcheon has been kept cleaner than theirs. Nothing of a shady character has ever been associated with the name, and the late James Arndell was a worthy descendant of an honored and venerated family. A man of unassuming manners, and of kindly disposition, he was beloved by all, and his death is deplored by the whole district. Those who knew him intimately appreciated his upright and manly character, and those who had only a casual acquaintance with him could not help seeing he was a good man — one of nature's gentlemen — and all admit that the Hawkesbury has lost one whose life and character stood for all that was good, true and noble. The funeral was largely attended, and the burial service was conducted by Rev. N. Jenkyn, rector of St. Matthew's, assisted by Rev. J. Cherry, of Pitt Town.

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'Arndell, James Thomas (1852–1912)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/arndell-james-thomas-15298/text26503, accessed 23 March 2019.

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