Very general and deep-felt regret was expressed throughout the district yesterday on the receipt of news from Melbourne that Mr. John Charles Carter, of Rosebrook, had died in that city on the previous day. For some time previously Mr. Carter had been suffering from congestion of the lungs, and about a year ago he received a severe horning from a wild bullock while yarding cattle in the hills. The wound in his leg, severe as it was, caused by this accident, was enlarged by a fall while getting over a fence at Bungil on the Murray, and these complications, which were further added to by an affection of the heart, induced a very low state of health and compelled him, under Dr. Cross' advice, to seek the medical opinion of Dr. Robertson in Melbourne. While there he was said to be progressing so favorably that Mr. Samuel Carter who was on the point of joining him last week gave up his intention; but a sudden relapse appears to have set in with the result that death ensued on Sunday. Mr. Carter was born in Tasmania in 1837 and was therefore in his fifty-first year when he died. He came to Victoria with his father and family when quite an infant, arriving in this district in 1843, when Brim Springs and North Brighton were taken up by his father. Rosebrook and Glenisla, Walmer and other estates were subsequently purchased, and for many years the deceased was in partnership with Mr. Samuel Carter and his other brothers, the partnership being dissolved four years ago. The deceased gentleman purchased some property at Ararat and resided there some four years, during most of which time he was a member of the Ararat Shire Council. At Ararat he lost one of his sons who is buried there. In August, 1874, Mr. J. C. Carter was elected a member of the Council of the Shire of Wimmera and held his seat continuously until last year, when he retired voluntarily. He was a trustee of St. John's Church of England, Horsham his death, it may be remarked, leaving Mr. Stuart Bolton as sole survivor of the original trustees. Mr. Carter leaves a family of three sons, two daughters and widow to mourn his loss. The remains of the deceased gentleman will be brought to Ararat, where the funeral will take place to-day.
'Carter, John Charles (1837–1889)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/carter-john-charles-14267/text25324, accessed 20 May 2013.
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