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Isaac, Frederick Neville (1825–1865)

The remains of the Hon. Frederick Neville Isaac, who but recently appeared in the Legislative Council as a member of that House, were conveyed to the cemetery on Friday morning, July 14. The deceased was one of the early pioneers of the colony, as will be seen by a few remarks which we have been enabled to gather through the kindness of one of his dearest and most intimate friends, Mr. John Watts, M.L.A., the proprietor of the Eton Vale station. The funeral cortege was long; it was a compliment duly deserved by the deceased. Following the hearse was a carriage containing the chief mourners, Messrs. O. Coxen, M.L.A., C. Crump, George Downs (a very old and faithful overseer on the station of the deceased), G. Sandeman, M.L.A., and Mr. Buckley (Auditor-General.) His Excellency the Governor's carriage was next in the procession, and was followed by others containing members of both branches of the Legislature, and friends of the deceased. The career of the late Mr. Isaac was one of an extraordinary character, and the early hardships he had to endure seem to us now-a-days almost inconceivable. Arriving in this colony in the year 1840 with Messrs. H. Hughes and H. Isaac (the brother of the deceased), he accompanied the great Leichhardt during his first expedition; and, being a first-class bushman, proved of great service to that gentleman. He then returned to Gowrie, and went from there with stock to pick up new country. In 1847, he, with his men, settled at a place called Dullacca, which is now the station of Mr. W. Miles, M.L.A, but he was very soon driven from it by the blacks, and was so hardly pressed that he had to leave all his stores and his dray behind him. He managed to save some of his stock and with them he returned to Gowrie, where he was allowed to depasture them until such time as the firm of Hughes and Isaac dissolved partnership, and the run divided into the Gowrie and Westbrook stations. The latter became the property of Mr. Hughes, and the former that of Mr. Isaac, who then invited the late Mr. F. N. Isaac, his brother, to become a partner with him. This took place in the year 1852. The deceased then went to England, and there married, in 1854, a daughter of Mr. Sparkes, of Bridgenorth, in Shropshire. Shortly after his return to the colony some years afterwards he was not only appointed as a member of the Upper House, but also a territorial magistrate, and latterly a returning officer for the electoral district of the Western Downs. During the whole of the session of 1864 the deceased was most regular in his attendance in the Legislative Council, and it was illness alone which prevented him from observing the same punctuality during the present session. He was much liked and respected by all who knew him, and his name will ever be associated with Gowrie as a kind employer and a gentleman.

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'Isaac, Frederick Neville (1825–1865)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 9 August 2020.

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