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Grayland, Charles John (1820–1883)

It is with regret that we have to record the death of a very old colonist, Mr. Charles Grayland, who is very well known in this district from having filled several capacities in connection with pastoral and agricultural interests here. Mr. Grayland arrived at Port Philip in 1837, under engagement to Mr. Mollison, of Mount Macedon. He was subsequently employed by Mr. Hamilton, a squatter on the Goulburn, whose employ he left for a post on Tallarook station, His worth was so appreciated by Mr Hamilton that he again re-engaged Mr. Grayland as manager of a dairy farm on Yallock station. Several years afterwards he started business for himself as a storekeeper and hawker in the neighborhood of Ayre's Keayang station; where he remained for some time, until he came to Camperdown, and combined farming with storekeeping. After various vicissitudes he entered Dr. Curdie's employ as dairy-farmer, and continued therein for 12 or 13 years, leaving it to accept a post at Mr. Logan's Mt. Elephant station. In this capacity he was engaged up to last Thursday, he appeared very hale and hearty for his years. On that day, however, he was taken unwell; but no apprehensions as to a fatal issue were felt by his sons, who were on the station with him; but early on Friday morning he quietly and peacefully "fell asleep." His son Thomas was fortunately at hand, and on him devolved the heavy duty of arranging for a magisterial inquiry and his funeral, the former being held by Mr. T. Dowling, J.P., who found that death had resulted from natural causes. Mr. John Walls conveyed the coffin to Mt. Elephant on Saturday, and brought back the corpse on Sunday to Camperdown, whence it was driven to Cobden cemetery. The Rechabites walked in procession from Cobden to the place of interment, accompanied by a large concourse of people. The Rev. W. Hicks, who arrived from Terang just in time to officiate, read two suitable portions of Scripture and offered a fervent prayer, and in a short and touching address on tho solemn event, bade all prepare for their end. Mr. Shenfieid, J.P., then read the Impressive ritual of the Rechabite order. Tears were plentifully shed during the service. The departed was an honest, respectable, quiet citizen, and has left a numerous family to mourn their loss, who are provided for. Mr. C. J. Grayland, overseer, Tandarook station, is one of deceased's sons, as are also Messrs. A. and T. Grayland of Cobden. Mr. Grayland senr., was noted for his dairying knowledge and abilities, and in his prime, could excel all competitors in the practical part of butter and cheese making.

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'Grayland, Charles John (1820–1883)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/grayland-charles-john-14693/text25835, accessed 22 August 2019.

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