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Badgery, Henry Septimus (1840–1917)

from Pastoral Review

Henry Badgery, n.d.

Henry Badgery, n.d.

from Australian Men of Mark, 1888, vol 2

The death took place on 23rd August, at Redcourt, Exeter, N.S.W., of Mr. Henry Septimus Badgery, in his seventy-seventh year. For upwards of thirty years he was managing director of the firm of Pitt, Son and Badgery, but for the past six years he was a director of Badgery Bros.

He was the seventh son of the late Mr. Henry Badgery, of Vine Lodge, Exeter, and was born in December 1840 at Sutton Forest. His father was a native of the colony, his father before him, a native of Devonshire, England, being one of the first free immigrants to settle in New South Wales. Mr. Badgery received his early education at the Goulburn Grammar School, where he remained until he was fifteen years of age. Later he went on to his father's station, where he became acquainted with the management of sheep and cattle, and stock and station life generally, remaining there until 1864. He then took out an auctioneer's license, and commenced business in his native place, Sutton Forest, as a salesman of all kinds of stock. In 1870 he went to reside at Maitland, shortly afterwards joining Mr. J. W. Wolfe in business as stock and station agents, the firm being later joined by Mr. J. N. Brunker. During his residence at Maitland Mr. Badgery was elected to the municipal council, and for a period occupied the mayoral chair. He represented East Maitland in the Legislative Assembly from June 1878 to November 1880, and the electorate of Monaro from December 1880 to October 1885. Mr. Badgery conducted the first sale of cattle at Homebush, and was probably the greatest stock auctioneer of his time. He was vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales.

Mr. Badgery was twice married. His first wife, who died about twenty years ago, was a daughter of Mr. G. M. Pitt, and there are six children surviving—Messrs. George M. Badgery, Harrie M. Badgery, Alan N. Badgery, and Keith Badgery, and Mrs. Mostyn Hawkes and Mrs. Maitland Brown, of Strathfield. His second wife, who survives him, is a daughter of the late Mr. Augustus Hooke, of Tia, Walcha, and there are three children of the marriage.

Henry Badgery was a genial, lovable man, and for several years, since he has given up active business, his cheery personality has been missed by his very numerous friends in Sydney. He was a strong character, striving always for the right, a foe to injustice, and the embodiment of true friendship to all who were worthy of it.

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