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Jenkins, John (1816–1899)

We notice that Mr. John Jenkins, of Nangus, near Gundagai, whose death at Narrandera, at the age of 80, was reported in the Daily Telegraph of the 17th inst., was one of the pioneers of the Riverina, having first settled there 67 years ago. A native of Kent, Mr. Jenkins came to the colony with his parents in 1826, the family taking up their abode at Berrima. Six years later, in 1832; he, with his brother Frank (now of Buckingong, Narrandera) went on to the Murrumbidgee, and farmed Tooyal Station, near Wagga. The brothers soon became possessed of large mobs of cattle, and they formed and dealt in numerous station properties, including Yanko, Gaul Gaul, Bingegang, Gillenbah, and Buckingong and Nangus, their respective homes, where they have lived ever since. They were also among the first overlanders with cattle from the Gulf country to the Adelaide and Melbourne markets, and lived the rough and precarious life of the pioneers among the natives, of which so many thrilling stories have been told, not the least of which they themselves could bear witness to. John Jenkins was a man of extraordinary vitality and vigor, widely known, and much beloved, industrious and benevolent, and possessed the most guileless of disposition. He was hale and hearty, and retained his faculties up to the last, and only succumbed to an attack of paralysis following upon a severe chill through getting wet while watering his garden and neglecting to change his clothes. Besides his wife, who survives him at 77 years, he leaves a family of four sons and six daughters, with 50 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Mr. Jenkins father died at Berrima, only eight years ago at the ago of 101, and his grandfather lived to the patriarchal age of 115, a sister died at Narrandera a little while back at the age of 82, and Mr. Frank Jenkins is still comparatively youthful at 81, he, too, having a large family of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Nearly all the members of the imported family witnessed three generations they were responsible for, and the "old trunk" at Berrima saw four.

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'Jenkins, John (1816–1899)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/jenkins-john-25833/text34004, accessed 25 May 2019.

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