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Johnston, George Thomas (1832–1892)

Another well-known identity has suddenly passed away–in the person of Mr. George Johnston, who died at his residence, Lower Portland on Sunday morning last. Deceased was in Windsor on the day previous, apparently in good health and spirits. On reaching home on Sunday morning, he turned his saddle-horse in the paddock, and was partaking of breakfast. Whilst conversing with some members of the family at the table, deceased was observed to suddenly throw up his arms. His son rushed to his assistance, when life was found to be extinct. Deceased was the second son of the late William Johnston, of Pitt Town, and was related to Messrs. Beard and G. Greenwell of this town, and to many other well known families in the district. He was 66 years of age, and a native of the Hawkesbury, and resided on his own property the whole of his life. He had been ailing for some few years prior to his death. The funeral took place on Monday, when the remains were interred in the Presbyterian Church-yard, Ebenezer. The Johnston family were the founders of this Church, which is the oldest Presbyterian Church in Australia. A most impressive discourse was given by the Rev. J. Ayling, of Pitt Town, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends of the departed one. The coffin was conveyed by water from Lower Portland to Churchill's Wharf. Thence it was conveyed to the cemetery by sorrowing relatives, where the mortal remains of deceased were laid to rest among those of his ancestors in the old family vault. He leaves behind a widow and eleven sons and daughters, some of whom are married, the youngest child being 13 years of age. The duties of undertaker were carried out by Mr. T. Collison.

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'Johnston, George Thomas (1832–1892)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/johnston-george-thomas-17775/text29353, accessed 18 August 2019.

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