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Gibson, Richard (1831–1886)

It will be learned with regret by a large section of the community that Mr Richard Gibson, of the firm of Richard Gibson and Co., stock and station salesmen, 66 Queen-street, died suddenly last week at his residence, Royal Park-road, Carlton. Mr Gibson had for some time been suffering from an affection of the bronchial tubes, which, however, did not prevent him from attending to business. Indeed he was in his office on Friday afternoon, and apparently in good health. On Saturday morning Mr Gibson did not make his appearance at the breakfast table and one of the members of the family proceeded to his room and found him lying dead in bed. According to the medical testimony, death was caused by a sudden contraction of the bronchial tubes, which prevented respiration. Mr Gibson, who was highly respected amongst his acquaintances, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, Sotland, in November, 1831. He was an old colonist, having arrived in Victoria in 1852. He entered the office of Mickle and Bakewell, stock and station agents, and soon after he left to start in the ironmongery business with Mr John Mactier. In this branch of business he was only occupied for a short period, and returned to the stock agency business, joining the firm Kissock and Lyall. He was in 1858 taken into partnership with the former of these gentlemen in the firm of Dal, Campbell and Co., which he managed until 1872, when he started on his own account. In 1878 he took into partnership Mr Edward Trenchard, and subsequently attended but little to business leaving the business to Mr Trenchard, who continues to carry on the concern at the same offices in Queen street. Mr Gibson was successful in acquiring a good fortune. He was very widely known by the commercial men of the city and universally respected, but never took any part in politics. He was a widower and has left four children, all grown up. The deceased gentleman was interred in Melbourne Cemetery.

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'Gibson, Richard (1831–1886)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gibson-richard-16025/text27306, accessed 20 April 2019.

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