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Huxley, James William (1809–1894)

The death of Mr James Huxley, at the advanced age of 85 years, took place on Sunday afternoon last. Deceased was a native of the Hawkesbury, and was one of the good old sort, being much respected in the district. He was a son of the late Mr Tom Huxley, and used often to relate to his near friends the circumstance that the strip of land known as Tom Ugly's Point belonged to his father, the Blacks residing in this locality pronouncing "Huxley" as "Ugly," and to this day the name as pronounced by the Aborigines, has adhered to the place. Deceased was a farmer for many years, and began his early agricultural career by working on a holding on the Richmond Lowlands, now the property of Mr B. Richards. After this he went to the Grose, and took a farm there, living on it for many years, and up to a short while ago, when he became feeble, and came to reside in Richmond. He was a prominent member of the Richmond Wesleyan Church for over 50 years, and for many years was a trustee of the local Church. He leaves four sons living, amongst whom is Mr James Huxley, formerly of the Chester Hotel, Clarendon; and now of Richmond. He was father of the late Mrs Tighe, a well-known resident of Newtown, Sydney. De-ceased was a keen old politician, and for many years was an active supporter of Mr Bowman; of late years he supported the present Member. It was interesting to hear the old man narrate his early electioneering experiences, when party feeling ran very high. Living in the Nepean Electorate, he also had a vote there, and was a supporter of Mr S. E. Lees. A few months ago he met with a nasty accident, falling on the pathway in front of the Wesleyan Church one Sunday, and this gave his system a severe shaking. Lately he had been gradually failing, and on Sunday last succumbed to the breaking-up of the system, there being added to this a severe attack of influenza. Deceased was buried on Tuesday afternoon in the Wesleyan Cemetery at Londonderry, the funeral being largely attended. The procession moved from the house at 12 p.m., and proceeded to the Church, where the Rev B. Dinning conducted service, and feelingly referred to deceased and his long connection with the Richmond Church. The choir was present, and sang two hymns. The Sons of Temperance, to which deceased belonged, followed the hearse in regalia, and, after the Rev B. Dinning had concluded the burial service, gave their customary service over the grave of their departed brother. Members and officers of the Salvation Army also followed in the procession, and showed their last mark of respect to one who had always been kind and generous to the local Salvation Army Corps. The pall-bearers were Messrs Biddle, Ausburn, C. Sly, J. Summers, members of the Sons of Temperance. A large number of beautiful wreaths were placed on the coffin, some of the most handsome ones being sent from Sydney. Mr Price carried out the funeral arrangements satisfactorily.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW), 25 August 1894, p 4

Citation details

'Huxley, James William (1809–1894)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/huxley-james-william-26787/text34385, accessed 13 November 2018.

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