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Gow, Stephen John (1824–1914)

One of the oldest natives of the Hawkesbury district, Stephen Gow died at his late residence, George-street, Windsor, on Wednesday afternoon. He was in his 91st year, and had been ailing for some time. The son of the parish schoolmaster, the late Stephen Gow was born at Wilberforce, his parents being William and Mary Gow. When still a child he was taken by an uncle, the late Stephen Dunstan, of Wilberforce, who reared him, but on the death of the uncle the subject of this notice returned to his parents' home. The family moved to Mulgrave, the father having retired from teaching to live on his means. Later they went to Richmond, and it was there that they died, and were buried in St. Peter's cemetery. At the age of 28 Stephen Gow married Elizabeth Richardson, of Wilberforce. The ceremony was performed in old St. Matthew's. Mrs. Gow died 33 years ago, and was buried in St. Matthew's cemetery. After his marriage the subject of this notice started farming at Mulgrave, living in Windsor. Ten or eleven years later he went on to the farm now occupied by Mr. Frank Ryan, at Freeman's Reach, and later he lived on and worked the farm owned by Mrs. James Farlow. In later years he returned to Windsor, and worked one of the late John Hoskisson's farms at Cornwallis, part of which is now occupied by his eldest son, Mr. Stephen H. Gow. The late Stephen Gow was a very industrious and careful man. He prospered, and was soon able to acquire two farms at Cornwallis. They are now in the occupation of his sons, Messrs. William and Thomas Gow. The family numbered six, viz., Mrs. H. T. Rogers, of Woy Woy, the late Miss Annie Gow, who died a few years ago; and Stephen H., Edwin William and Thomas J., who live in Windsor and farm at Cornwallis. For many years the deceased gentleman was a regular attendant at the services at St Matthew's and an officer of the church. He did not trouble much about public life, but had been a director of Windsor Gaslight Co. Ltd., from its inception to the time of his death. He lived a serene and upright life, and was greatly respected. The funeral was largely attended yesterday afternoon. The remains were interred in St. Matthew's cemetery. Rev. N. Jenkyn carried out the church rites, and Mr. J. W. Chandler was the undertaker.

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'Gow, Stephen John (1824–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gow-stephen-john-24362/text33109, accessed 18 October 2019.

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