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Dalton, James (1834–1919)

from Sydney Morning Herald

James Dalton, n.d.

James Dalton, n.d.

The death occurred shortly before 7 o'clock tonight of Mr. James Dalton, who throughout the western district was widely known in commercial and pastoral life and in connection with affairs of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a native of Duntryleague, County Limerick, Ireland. He came to Australia in the late forties, and founded the large and prosperous business now known as Dalton Bros., Limited, general storekeepers, flour millers, etc., in Orange, in 1849, followed by the opening up of the Sydney branch in York-street. Until seven years, ago, Mr. Dalton enjoyed the best of health, but then internal trouble developed. It was from the effects of a seventh operation performed last Friday week, that he collapsed and died.

The deceased was a man of remarkable vitality, keen business foresight and instinct, and was actively associated with the firm as its principal until eleven days ago. His charity and generosity knew no limits, hospitals, Churches, and other institutions being handsomely supported by him. The same applied to all patriotic causes since the outbreak of the war. He was the original selector of Gobabla Station, Nevertire; Baloura, Nymagee; The Lookout, Mullion Creek; Kangaroobie and Ammerdown, Orange; which some years ago passed into what is known as the Dalton Estate. In 1878 he erected Duntryleague, a magnificent home on the western boundary of the town, at a cost of about £50,000, and it was there he passed away in his 86th year. The name of James Dalton always stood for what was progressive and upright, and, despite what Orange owes to its natural resources, fertility of soil, and climatic conditions, to no individual does it owe so much for its development and growth as to the deceased. His wife died about 15 years ago. He is survived by the following: Sister, Mrs. M. Casey, of Orange; sons, Mr. J. J. Dalton, of Orange; Mr. M. F. Dalton, manager of Kangaroobie; Mr. E. B. Dalton, managing director of Dalton Bros., Ltd.; Father P. J. Dalton, S. J., Dublin, formerly of Riverview; daughters, Mrs. S. E. Cruise, of Orange; Mrs. W. McKillop, of Orange; Mrs. William Redmond, of Ireland; Miss E. M. Dalton, of Orange; as well as by numerous grand and great-grandchildren, among the former being the late Lieutenant James Dalton, who died in Palestine in December last.

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'Dalton, James (1834–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dalton-james-284/text23958, accessed 25 September 2020.

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