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Lloyd, John Payne (1788–1872)

The following notice is given by the Belfast Gazette of the death of Mr. John Payne Lloyd, an old colonist, who died on the 26th December at the advanced age of 84. He seems to have passed an eventful life: "He was born at Barnstaple, Devonshire, in 1788, joined the army in 1806, and immediately shipped off to the Continent with his regiment. He fought under Sir Arthur Wellesley, and was in active service from the opening to the close of the Peninsular war, from Vimiera to Toulouse; was present at the battle of Corunna, and witnessed the funeral of Sir John Moore; took part in the siege of Badajos, and was wounded several times during the campaign. At the peace which then ensued, his regiment was disbanded. He lived for several years in Ireland, when he married. He left for the Mauritius in 1817, where he remained about five years, trading chiefly between Madagascar and that island. In 1822 he brought a general cargo to Sydney, and leaving it in the hands of agents, who failed shortly afterwards, he lost very heavily. This led to his settling in New South Wales. For some time he engaged in agricultural pursuits, but finally settled with his family at Liverpool, and for some years was actively engaged in business. His next venture was to New Zealand, where he was wrecked, lost the whole of his property, and was picked up by the natives, apparently dead; he returned home after this unfortunate event. He settled in Victoria about 16 years ago. He was one of the oldest members of the Freemasonic body in the colonies, having joined that craft nearly 60 years ago, and in which order he took a leading part, and passed through its various degrees. Mr. Lloyd had resided in Belfast for the few weeks prior to his death."

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'Lloyd, John Payne (1788–1872)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lloyd-john-payne-28024/text35752, accessed 21 October 2019.

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