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Dight, Samuel Billingsley (1815–1888)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

The death of Mr. Samuel Billingsley Dight, who expired after a prolonged illness on the 7th instant, at Clifford, is matter of general regret in the district, of which he was one of the oldest residents. He was born in Richmond, New South Wales, in 1815, and was a son of Mr. John Dight, of Richmond, who, with his wife, emigrated to this country in 1801, and was one of the earliest free settlers on the Hawkesbury River. The second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dight married Mr. Hamilton Hume, the explorer, whom she survived many years. Mr. Samuel B. Dight had spent his long and useful life in agricultural and pastoral pursuits, and his thorough knowledge of these, added to his sound capacity for business, rendered him a valuable member of the Northern Agricultural Association, with which he was long connected, filling the office of president in Singleton for 1887, but resigning at the close of the term on account of failing health. He sat on the Singleton bench for many years, and was held in high esteem by his brother magistrates. His death leaves a blank which will not be easily filled. His remains were interred on Wednesday afternoon in the family vault at Clifford; and many friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Mr. Dight married a daughter of the late Mr. John Howe, of Windsor, and is survived by two sons and one daughter.

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'Dight, Samuel Billingsley (1815–1888)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dight-samuel-billingsley-17582/text29241, accessed 23 September 2018.

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