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Gosper, Francis (1845–1933)

from Wellington Times (NSW)

We have been able to glean further particulars concerning the life of the late Francis Gosper, whose death was reported in last issue as having taken place at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Attenborough, at Canowindra. The late Mr. Gosper, who had reached the great age of 88 years and seven months, was a fine stamp of Australian, his splendid personality having won him hosts of friends throughout the Wellington district. He was a native of Colo, in the Hawkesbury district, renowned for its hardy natives. He was reared in that district and worked with his father on a farm, and later on he acquired a small farm of his own, and after his marriage he reared four of his children there. About 56 years ago he set out in a dray with his wife and four children and trekked over the Blue Mountains, a tedious journey at that time, but after many trials they reached this district. His first venture was as a butcher, going into a partnership with a Mr. James Wright, of Blathery Creek, at the Black Rock. He had a delivery cart and visited Neurea, Baker's Swamp, Dripstone, Blathery Creek and the Two Mile, and he soon became a familiar figure around those parts. He next leased a farm at Neurea, and in addition he carried on as a blacksmith, being the village smithy for a number of years to the inhabitants of the district. As years passed, his children, of whom he had eight, grew up and were married, and he was left with the youngest, Frank, to whom he afterwards made over the property. When he retired from active work he lived with different members of the family from time to time, but he principally made his home with his daughter, Mrs. M. Crockett, of "Sunnyside", Dripstone. He lost his wife some 17 years ago, but his grown up family of four sons and four daughters survive him. The daughters are Mrs. M. K. Crockett, "Sunnyside," Dripstone; Mrs. N. J. Munro, Sydney; Mrs. Attenborough, Canowindra; Mrs. A. Edwards, Sydney. The sons are Messrs Arthur (Yarrabin), Victor (Wuuluman road), Claude (New Zealand), and Frank (Canowindra). The remains were brought to Wellington, where they were interred in the Church of England portion of the local cemetery.

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'Gosper, Francis (1845–1933)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gosper-francis-24483/text33197, accessed 21 September 2019.

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