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Charlton, Matthew (1825–1907)

from Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW)

The late Mr. Matthew Charlton, who died at his residence, 'Quibree,' Lavender Bay, North Sydney, some days ago, was one of the oldest natives of Sydney. He was 82 years of age at the time of his death, having been born in Cumberland Street, Sydney, in 1825. Practically the whole of his life was spent in Sydney and North Sydney. He was responsible for the founding of the Ragged School in Kent Street, and also took part in the formation of the first Masonic lodge in Australia, at a meeting held in a room at the back of the Royal Hotel, in George-street. He saw the growth of settlement on the north side of the harbour, and in later years went to reside near Lavender Bay. When North Sydney was ruled by three municipal councils, he was an alderman of Victoria, which included what is now styled Victoria Ward.

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