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Brooker, Murdo (1853–1913)

As briefly reported in our last issue, Mr. Murdo Brooker, one of the pioneer residents of the district, passed away at his late residence, 'Yarrawa,' near Robertson, on Sunday night last. He was apparently in his usual good health when he partook of his tea that evening, but shortly after retiring to bed he complained of feeling unwell, and his sudden illness had only been of an hour's duration when he breathed his last. The news of his sadden demise caused quite a shock to the community. The late Mr. Brooker was highly respected by all classes throughout the district. He was a committeeman and steward of the Robertson Agricultural Society and on the committee of the Robertson Progress Association; in both these institutions he took a keen interest, and it was only in very bad weather that he was absent from the meetings. In his younger days deceased was a good cricketer, and often did yeoman service for the club he played with (East Kangaloon). He was 60 years of age, and leaves a widow and grown up family of sons and daughters to mourn their great loss. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday, was one of the largest seen in the district for many years, representatives from all parts of the district being present to pay their last tribute of respect to one who had always tried to do his best to advance the interests of the locality in which he lived, and whose every action was as straight as a gun barrel. His remains were laid to rest in the East Kangaloon cemetery, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. J. F. Schwegler. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. T. E. Bursill (Robertson) and R. B. Simpson (Moss Vale).

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'Brooker, Murdo (1853–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/brooker-murdo-26086/text34107, accessed 22 September 2018.

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