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Faithfull, Robert Lionel (1853–1930)

Dr. Robert Lionel Faithfull, a member of one of the oldest families in the State, died at his home, Bibury, Moss Vale, on Sunday, after two days' illness. A son of the late Mr. William Pitt Faithfull, the original owner of the Springfield Estate, Goulburn, he was born on July 27, 1853. He studied medicine in Sydney and in the United States, and was a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London, licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, London, and an M.D. of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia College, New York. For more than thirty years he practised in Sydney, and was well known throughout the city. Of late years however, business affairs had occupied his attention. He was a director of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, Ltd., the Bank of New South Wales, and the Perpetual Trustee Company, Ltd., and was highly respected by his fellow-directors. He was of a quiet disposition, and was not a man of many hobbies, although his fondness for gardening was fully expressed in his home at Moss Vale. In his younger days he was fond of shooting, and spent many hours with a gun on his country estate.

The late Dr. Faithfull was one of six sons. Percy William, George, Henry Montague, Reginald, Robert Lionel, and A. Lucian Faithfull. The lastnamed is the only one who now survives. There are three sisters, Miss Florence Faithfull, who lives in the old home at Springfield; Mrs. William Faithfull Anderson, of Camelot, Narellan; and Miss Constance Faithfull, who resides in England. Dr. Faithfull is survived by Mrs. Faithfull and two sons, Mr Reginald G. Faithfull, of Wandoo Station, Albury, and Dr. Geoffrey M. Faithfull, of Inveralochy, near Springfield, and two daughters, Miss Helen M. Faithfull and Mrs. H. G. Raymond, of St. Albans, Geelong, Victoria. Mrs. Faithfull is the daughter of Mr. Andrew Faithfull Gibson, of Burrungurrulong, Goulburn.

The funeral will take place privately to the Springfield private cemetery at 11.30 o'clock this morning.

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'Faithfull, Robert Lionel (1853–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/faithfull-robert-lionel-1139/text1134, accessed 21 September 2018.

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