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Lyne, John (1810–1900)

John Lyne, photo by J. W. Beattie

John Lyne, photo by J. W. Beattie

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 620926

Mr. John Lyne died at his residence in Tamar-street to-day, at the advanced age of 91. Few men in the colony were better known or more highly esteemed than the deceased. In his earlier career he always took an active part in furthering the interests of the East Coast, and after he retired and came to reside in Launceston he was a familiar figure driving about the streets in his pony phæton, and he never ceased to take a very live interest in public affairs.

Mr. Lyne was the eldest son of the late Mr. William Lyne, of Great Swanport, and he came to this colony with his father when very young. As far back as the early twenties he settled in Southern Tasmania, and commenced his long career as a successful pastoralist and agriculturist. He acquired the fine estate of Apslawn, between Bicheno and Cranbrook, and within a couple of miles of the house occupied by his father, who, it may be stated, as showing the longevity of the family, attained the age of four-score years and ten. Mr. Lyne married Elizabeth, daughter of the late James Hume, of Templestowe, by whom he had five sons, who are all alive and occupying good positions in different parts of the colonies. His eldest son, Sir William is now Premier of New South Wales, Bishop and Charles are both in the Civil Service of New South Wales, Clarence is settled in Western Australia, and Carmichael, the youngest, occupies Trevallyn estate and represents Ringarooma in the House of Assembly. His first wife died about ten years ago, and he afterwards married Miss Murray, a sister of the late Mr. David Murray, of Launceston.

During his stay at Apslawn, Mr. Lyne took a prominent part in Swanport Municipal affairs, being for many years a Councillor and Warden of the Municipality. He was appointed a Territorial Justice of the Peace in 1817, his name being third on the list, and he was visiting Magistrate at the Bicheno prison. He did the East Coast good service, too, in the House of Assembly, where he represented the Glamorgan electorate from 1881 till 1893, and only retired because of his increasing deafness. Seven years ago he had a serious buggy accident, and his life was despaired of; but his wonderful vitality pulled him through, and although he always felt the effects of it physically, his mind remained clear and acute up till a few days before his death. In his early life Mr. Lyne was a noted athlete, and was contemporary with such well-known people in the early history of this colony as the late Mr. Geo. Meredith, the late Mr. Edward Shaw (father of the present Police Magistrate), the Amoses, and the Cottons. The name of Lyne has been a household word on the East Coast for many years, and the memory of deceased will always be held in the highest respect both there and in other parts of the colony.

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'Lyne, John (1810–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lyne-john-18353/text29988, accessed 26 August 2019.

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