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Hughes, William Charles (1837–1900)

from Molong Argus (NSW)

We regret to bare to chronicle the death of the Rev. W. C. [William Charles] Hughes, late Wesleyan Minister, of Molong, which took place on Tuesday, at his residence, Wesleyan Parsonage, Kogarah, of inflammation of the lungs. The rev. gentleman had only been confined to his bed for a few days. Word was received in town of his serious illness on Saturday morning, but as hope was expressed then of his ultimate recovery, his Molong friends did not feel much anxiety, and the news came on Wednesday morning with a great shock. We are sure that but one feeling will be expressed throughout the district and wherever Mr. Hughes is remembered, and that will be of extreme regret, and of deep sympathy with the bereaved family. Mr and Mrs Hughes will be remembered long in Molong, for their unassuming self-denial, and many private benevolences. Mr Hughes took high rank amongst the preachers who have resided in Molong, and when a young man the important and arduous appointments which he filled bear testimony to the confidence reposed in his ability and faithfulness. He entered the Ministry in 1866, and his final circuit was Maryborough in Queensland, where he remained one year only, Thence he went to Uladulla, Bega, Lower Hawkesbury, Nattai, Rockley, Lower Clarence, Kiama, Lower Hawkesbury, Yass, Springhill, Forbes, Molong and Kogarah. In evidence of the success of Mr Hughes as a preacher and pastor, we may mention that he stayed the full term of three years allowed by the law of his church in each circuit, subsequent to his marriage, with one exception, when certain unavoidable circumstances rendered it necessary for him to move at the end of two years. 'He rests from his labours' of thirty four years, 'and his works do follow him.' Mrs Hughes and family of 5 sons and 4 daughters will please accept an expression of sincere sympathy from the Argus in this their sore bereavement. We are informed that it is the intention of the Wesleyan Church officers to drape the pulpit in mourning on Sunday next, and the Rev. J. Ward Harrison will make special reference to the sad event.

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'Hughes, William Charles (1837–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hughes-william-charles-26440/text34262, accessed 14 October 2019.

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