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Dight, James George (1841–1926)

On February 2nd, 1926, there died at his residence, Kamilaroi, Prior-avenue, Cremorne, Sydney, in the person of Mr. James George Dight, the last descendant of the second generation of a well-known pastoral family descended from John Dight, who arrived in Sydney as surgeon of the ship Earl Cornwallis, on 10th June, 1801. The pioneer  and his wife settled in Richmond, on the Hawkesbury. Many  of the latter's sons and grandsons took up new country as pastoralists, and have helped to make this country what it is. The late Mr. James G. Dight was 85 years of age. He was the second son of the late Mr. Samuel Billingsley Dight, his mother (Miss Sophia Howe, of Windsor) being one of the daughters of pioneer John Howe, who came out by the Coromandel in 1802. It was a party from Windsor, led by that gentleman, during the years 1819 and 1820 (two trips) that discovered the beautiful country on the Upper Hunter River, which was taken up soon after. The late Mr. J. G. Dight was born at Singleton in 1841, near the estate of Clifford, which his father owned, and which is still in the possession of the family. For many years the late Mr. Dight managed Carroll Station, near Gunnedah, and when he arrived at manhood he married Miss Elizabeth Hall, one of the daughters of Mr. Ebenezer Hall, of Dartbrook, near Aberdeen, New South Wales. Mr. Dight was for many years a member of the Land Board at Gunnedah after he left his pastoral holding at Carroll in 1891. Subsequently Mr. Dight with his family, went to live at Strathfield, Sydney, and for many years took a keen interest in the Royal Agricultural Society in Sydney and its advancement. He was a steward at the R.A.S. shows until the year previous to his death. His three brothers were all well-known pastoralists and stock breeders. They were respectively John Richard, Charles Hilton, and Robert Raworth Dight. For nine months previous to his death Mr. Dight, with his wife and children, resided at Cremorne. His remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the Northern Suburbs Cemetery, on 4th February. — Sydney Mail, 17th March, 1926.

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