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Boulton, Martin (1822–1894)

Old residents will regret to learn the death of Mr. Martin Boulton, senr., which took place from paralysis on Tuesday last at his son's residence, Roma. The deceased gentleman was well-known on the Darling Downs, and both Toowoomba papers have published detailed references to the sad event. In the early days he took a very prominent part in the public affairs of Toowoomba. At the first election of nine aldermen in January, 1860, Mr. Boulton was returned second on the poll out of 17 candidates, and for some time subsequently he was a valued and useful member of the Municipal Council. He was a strong supporter of the School of Arts, and was one of its first trustees, a position he held up to the time of its transference to the Municipal Council. In other ways Mr. Boulton did his share towards making Toowoomba what it is to-day. He arrived on the Darling Downs nearly forty years ago, when the word "Toowoomba" was never uttered by civilised lips. He engaged for some years in pastoral pursuits, and afterwards established a small business in Leyburn. As settlement began to increase in Toowoomba, however, he returned, and carried on what was considered at the time a huge butchering establishment, the profits from which were devoted to the building of a terrace of cottages on the Mort Estate, several of which exist to-day, under the title of Boulton Terrace. Of late years he had suffered much from paralysis, the result no doubt of exposure and rough life in the early days. He leaves a widow (who has lived for many years in Boulton Terrace), three sons—George, William (manager of Canmaroo Station, near Surat), and Martin and a daughter, Mrs. Lethbridge, of Mitchell. Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Alford, Miss Boulton, aad Mrs. Shanklin, of Tipton, are sisters of the deceased gentleman, all of whom have long been residents of Toowoomba.

Original publication

  • Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld), 2 June 1894, p 2 (view original)

Citation details

'Boulton, Martin (1822–1894)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/boulton-martin-18479/text30136, accessed 19 October 2018.

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