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Kirby, John G. (?–1893)

We have to record the death of Mr. John G. Kirby, who passed away on Thursday morning at his residence, Park View, Gilberton. He arrived in the colony in the year 1840 in the ship Baboo, and later on accompanied John McKinlay, the well-known explorer, across the continent in search of Burke and Wills. During this expedition Mr. Kirby lost the rest of the party, but afterwards found them in a range of mountains in Queensland, which were afterwards called the Kirby Range. A few years after this he revisited Ireland, his native country, and on his return to South Australia entered into business with a fair amount of success. His wife met with an accident through being thrown out of her vehicle and was killed about six years ago. There remain three sons and one married daughter. The funeral took place at the West-terrace Cemetery on Friday morning, the Rev. Thos. Field, M.A., officiating. Messrs. Mayfield & Sons were the undertakers.

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'Kirby, John G. (?–1893)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/kirby-john-g-14283/text25347, accessed 18 June 2019.

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