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Dargin, Thomas (1800–1843)

On Thursday, a great number of the inhabitants of this district assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the remains of our late respected townsman, Mr. Thomas Dargin, who died suddenly on the preceding Monday, and I never on any similar occasion in this neighbourhood witnessed so large and respectable a body of mourners as those who followed him to the grave.

It is at any time a most imposing spectacle to see a fellow mortal consigned to the dust; to view the earth closed over his remains, and hide them for ever from our sight; and on this occasion in particular the scene was more than usually impressive for independent of the great number of mourners who attended in the usual sable habiliments, his corpse was preceded by his brother freemasons with white scarfs and hat-bands, &c, and also by the Australian teetotal band, which added greatly to the appearance of solemnity. The suddenness of his death in the prime of life had startled all; even his most intimate relations had no idea of such a termination to his short and apparently slight sickness; and the universal esteem in which he was held, has made this sudden bereavement more generally and acutely felt. Amongst the mourners, I noticed our representative in the Legislative Council, William Bowman, Esq., who had come from Sydney purposely to attend on this mournful occasion.

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'Dargin, Thomas (1800–1843)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dargin-thomas-17577/text29239, accessed 11 December 2018.

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