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Hortle, James (1799–1855)

from Colonial Times (Hobart)

It is our painful duty to record the death of this old and respected colonist, who expired this afternoon (2nd July), at half-past four o'clock, in a fit of apoplexy. Mr. Hortle has been known and esteemed among us for many years, and has held the situation of chief district constable for a quarter of a century, during which time he has performed his duties with uncompromising vigilance; and in former years, when bushrangers were more rife than at present, he distinguished himself on several occasions by his cool judgment and intrepidity, and his name alone was a terror to the nefarious and disorderly characters who infested Norfolk Plains. Mr. Hortle had been in a declining state of health for some months, but attended, as usual, at the Police-office to-day, where he conducted two informations, and examined witnesses in a felony case with much tact, and only left about three o'clock, in apparent good spirits, and had been at home twenty minutes when he was summoned to his great account. – Cornwall Chronicle.

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Life Summary [details]


1 November 1799
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


2 July 1855
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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