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Butler, John James (1828–1896)

from Mercury (Hobart)

Mr. John. James Butler, of Brooksby, near Brighton, passed peacefully away on Thursday night at the age of 68 years. The deceased was the son of Mr. Gamaliel Butler, solicitor, who came out to this colony and made a large fortune in the early days. He was born in Hobart, and when a boy went to England with one of his brothers. Upon his return, taking an interest in farming business, he went and learnt it. After that he managed the Shene estate for his father, and afterwards carried on the business very successfully on his own account. He purchased Brooksby, many years ago, and has resided there ever since. In 1858 he married, in England, Julia, daughter of W. Gore Elliston, and leaves a family of sons and daughters. Though often pressed to do so Mr. Butler has always declined to stand for Parliament, but he has always taken a lively interest in all that appertains to the well-being of the district. He has been a member of the Municipal Council of Brighton from the commencement and has always been a very kindly benevolent man in every way. By his death one of the most prominent men of the district has gone, and he will be greatly missed by many.

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'Butler, John James (1828–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/butler-john-james-17021/text28880, accessed 25 November 2017.

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