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Grono, William (1837–1918)

The death took place on the 25th January, at his late residence, Hominy Point, of William Grono, one of the best known settlers on the Hawkesbury River. Deceased, who was 81 years of age, was a man of fine physique, being well over 6 feet high, and of splendidly developed proportions. He was a fine character, gentle of nature, upright in life, and of most kindly disposition, and was much respected by a very large circle of friends. His brother, John Grono, died at the residence of his niece, Mrs C. Karlsson, of Grono Park, just 12 months ago, at the age of 90 years. Their father was William Grono, a shipwright, who married Frances [i.e. Esther] Smallwood, and they were grandsons of the late Captain John Grono, R.N., the first ship-builder on the Hawkesbury River, who arrived in New South Wales in 1788, and died at Grono Park on 4th May, 1817. The late William Grono was born at Grono Park, and married Frances Books, who survives him. They were married at Wiseman's Ferry. The issue of the marriage was a family of 10 children, five of whom are dead, including Ephraim Grono, a very popular man on the river, who died recently at a comparatively early age. The surviving family are: Frances (Mrs. C. Karlsson, Grono Park); Esther (Mrs. F. Eggleton, Sydney); Emily (Mrs. Robert Eggleton, who lost her husband a little over 12 months ago); John Logan Grono, and Jane Carmichael (Mrs. Robert Everingham, of Sackville North). The late William Grono had been in feeble health for some time. His sight failed a few years ago, and he was totally blind for the last few years of his life. The funeral took place on Saturday last, and proceeded by water from deceased's late home to the Presbyterian cemetery at Ebenezer. The burial service was read by Rev. David Baird, and Mr. Chandler, of Windsor, carried out the funeral arrangements.

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'Grono, William (1837–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/grono-william-27407/text34844, accessed 13 December 2017.

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