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Jones, Auber George (1832–1887)

The Wagga Evening Post, of the 30th ult., contains a long obituary notice of Mr. Auber George Jones, who, after residing at Wagga for many years, was seized with a paralytic stroke, while on his way from Grenfell to spend the New Year's Day with his family, and never recovered. Reviewing his history, the Post mentions that, "starting in life with an unmade record, Mr. A. D. Jones quickly, at the leading schools of Hobart and Melbourne, carved out a name for himself, which brought him into prominence with the thinking men of some 30 years back. He had originally framed his mind for the dogmatic teaching of the Church, but his liberal conception soon led him to abandon this march in life's arena, and he aimed at becoming a leader of men's minds through the columns of the Hobart Mercury. Not meeting with the success his heart desired, he determined upon venturing his all upon pastoral pursuits in New South Wales. Previously to this step he had married Miss Hannah Moore, daughter of a well-known and highly respected early day citizen of Auckland, who then held the honourable position of printer to the Government." His pastoral ventures appear to have succeeded well, and in time he became possessed of large landed and household properties. He also became the proprietor of the Wagga Wagga Advertiser, and devoted the columns of that journal to pastoral affairs. The deceased attained his highest political fame when he was returned at the head of the poll for the Murrumbidgee electorate.

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'Jones, Auber George (1832–1887)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/jones-auber-george-3867/text25851, accessed 20 October 2018.

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