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de Boos, Henry (1817–1908)

Mr. Henry de Boos, an old Public servant, died at his residence, 24 Norton-street, Leichhardt, on Sunday morning, in his 81st year. Descended from a French noble family (his grandfather was a count), Mr. de Boos was born in London, and was a brother of Mr. Charles de Boos, widely known as a litterateur and Public servant, who died about eight years ago. Mr. de Boos received his early education in London, and was at first intended for the medical profession, but owing to his roving disposition he never completed his course. After leaving college he travelled extensively in North and South America, and engaged in various pursuits. Returning to London he and his brother Charles sailed for Australia about the year 1848, and on arrival here deceased entered the Government service as wharfinger at Newcastle. Afterwards he filled positions in the Works Department and in the Audit Office, and from the latter department was appointed clerk of petty sessions and warden's clerk at Gulgong, just after the gold rush there, and he remained in the latter position until he retired from the Public Service on account of ill-health in 1892. Mr. de Boos lived in retirement since. He was married 43 years ago to Miss Singleton, a native of Singleton, and granddaughter of the gentleman after whom the town of Singleton was named. His widow and a family of three sons and six daughters survive him, all of whom reside in New South Wales except the oldest son, who is in South Africa. Deceased was a member of the Masonic body for many years, and filled the chair of the Abbotsford Lodge, Mudgee, and in his younger days was a prominent member of the Church of England. The funeral took place yesterday, the interment being made in the Church of England section of the Rookwood Cemetery. The chief mourners were Mr. Vernon de Boos, Mr. Warwick de Boos (sons), and Mr. B. Pickering (son-in-law). The Rev. J. Claydon conducted the service at the graveside.

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'de Boos, Henry (1817–1908)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/de-boos-henry-13850/text24712, accessed 20 September 2017.

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