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Dight, Arthur (1819–1895)

On Friday the remains of Mr Arthur Dight, of Lansdowne, Darling Point, were interred in the Waverley Cemetery. The service at the grave was conducted by the Revs John Walker of Woollahra, Dr Cameron, of Richmond, and Dr Kinross of St Andrew's College. Among those present present were Messrs C. H. Dight (Singleton), J. G. Dight, Geoffrey Dight, Stewart Dight, Frank Dight and A. Bowman. A large number of beautiful wreathes were sent to the house, among them being one from his Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor and Lady Darley. Mr Arthur Dight was the youngest son of the late Mr John Dight, who came to the colony early in the Century, and who in 1828 was appointed by Governor Darling a coroner of the colony, a position he held for many years. Mr Arthur Dight was born on the 6th of June 1819, and was 76 years at age at the time of his death. Only three sisters survive him – Mrs Watson (who is in England), Mrs Sharp, and Miss Sophie Dight, of Yass. For a number of years Mr Dight was largely interested in squatting pursuits, and up to the time of his death was the owner of the Yenda station, on the Burnett River. For some years he represented the Hawkesbury in the Legislative Assembly. Immediately after the death of his wife, seven years ago, he broke up his establishment at Richmond, and went to Lansdowne, Darling Point, where he resided up to the time of his death. For the last two years he had been in failing health, and during the past month he had been very frail, but his death came unexpectedly on Wednesday. Mr Dight is survived by seven daughters and one son. The eldest daughter is married to the Rev J. Walker, of Woollahra, the second to Mr Maurice Barlow, of Melbourne, the third to the Rev J. T. Robertson, M.A, of North Adelaide, the fourth to Captain C. J. Barlow, R.N, late Flag-Captain of the Orlando and now in command of the Empress of India, and the fifth daughter is married to Mr Elwin Bloomfield, of Sydney. The two youngest daughters are unmarried. Mr Dight was of a gentle disposition and of retiring habits. He was a staunch friend and was greatly esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances.

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'Dight, Arthur (1819–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dight-arthur-17603/text29252, accessed 23 July 2018.

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