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Butler, George Thomas (1845–1928)

from Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW)

The death occurred suddenly on Saturday afternoon last at Inverell, of Mr. George T. T. Butler, at the age of 84 years. Deceased, who was born in Maitland in 1844, was a son of the late Mr. Spencer Butler, a member of the Ormonde-Butler family and a descendant of the Duke of Ormonde, who was at one time Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He was educated at the Macintyre School, Free Church Street, West Maitland, and was a fellow student of Messrs. Thomas Berries and David Grover. He moved to Inverell over 60 years ago and in turn managed the wellknown grazing properties Auburn Vale, Bukkula, Newstead and King's Plains. After relinquishing the managership of King's Plains the late Mr. Butler proceeded to Lismore, where he was engaged in dairying pursuits for a period of nine years, and for several terms was director of the North Coast Butter Factory. When Byron Station was subdivided in 1907, he purchased Ormonde Vale which he successfully controlled until three years ago, when he gave up active operations and went to Inverell to spend the evening of his life. As a judge of wool he had few compeers, and his decisions as a member of the local land board over a long term of years met with universal approbation. Deceased was the first secretary of the Inverell P. and A. Association, which was formed in 1868, and held the distinction of being organiser of the first Inverell district exhibit. The late Mr. Butler was twice married, having in 1870 married Miss Helen Borthwick and later Miss Caroline Wall, who predeceased him six years ago. The issue of the first union was one daughter — Mrs. Sedgwick, of Fern Hill, and the second, three daughters and one son — Mrs. E. A. Thomas (Chatswood), Misses Ethel and Mary Butler (Inverell), and Mr. Spencer Butler (Ormonde Vale).

All sections of the town and country wore represented at the funeral. Rev. E. H. Stammer, who took the service, delivered a brief but inspiring address at the church, took as his his text. 'Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen 'this day in Israel.'

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'Butler, George Thomas (1845–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/butler-george-thomas-27378/text34826, accessed 19 October 2019.

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