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Dight, Charles Hilton (1843–1918)

The remains of Mr. Charles Hilton Dight, at one time representative of Singleton in the Legislative Assembly, who died at Burwood were interred in the Church of England cemetery at Singleton, after a service in All Saints' Church. The chief mourners were Mr. J. G. Dight (brother), Captain-Surgeon W. B. Dight and Mr. F. J. R. Dwight (nephews), and Miss Collett (niece).

The deceased was born at Clifford, in Singleton district, in 1843, being the third son of the late Samuel Blllingsley Dight. After leaving school in 1860 he went to his father's station, Carroll, on the Namoi, and in 1870 went to Tucka Tucka, on the McIntyre, where he remained for 12 years, returning then to the Namoi for another six or seven years. He went to Singleton in 1890. For a number of years he was vice-president of the Northern Agricultural Association, and at the time of his death was the oldest surviving member of that body. He was churchwarden of All Saints' Church, Synod, representative, and a member of the church council. In 1898 Mr. Dight opposed Mr. (now Sir) Albert Gould, who had represented the electorate for 12 years, and succeeded in winning the seat in the Legislative Assembly. In 1904 he was opposed at the general election by Mr. James Fallick, the present member, and suffered a defeat by 70 votes. He was a senior magistrate, having been appointed a Justice of the peace in 1870. In 1871 he married Miss Jane McDougall, of Dunolly, who survives him. There is no issue of the marriage. In addition to Pelerin, his Singleton home, he had interests in grazing and other properties in various parts of the State.

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Additional Resources

  • profile, Singleton Argus (NSW), 15 June 1912, p 2

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'Dight, Charles Hilton (1843–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 October 2020.

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