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McDougall, Malcolm Septimus (1833–1882)

It is with no ordinary feeling of regret that we announce the death of Mr Malcolm S. McDougall, of Lyndhurst, Warwick, and Clifton station, Cunnamulla. Mr. McDougall died at his residence, Lyndhurst, at an early hour on Saturday morning last, and, though not altogether unexpected, his death caused a painful surprise to his many friends in this district. Deceased had been suffering from heart disease for a considerable period, but it was only during the past few months that his condition began to excite anxiety in the minds of his friends. On Friday last he appeared somewhat better than usual; in the afternoon he drove into town and out to Canning Downs, where he spent some time looking at the stud stock, returning to Lyndhurst before nightfall. He was very cheerful during the evening, and sat up rather later than usual reading the newspapers. On retiring, he fell asleep almost at once, and slept rather more calmly than usual till about 4 in the morning; at this hour he begun to move and though the usual remedies to stimulate the action of the heart were at once applied, he never spoke, and death ensued in a very short time. Deceased leaves a wife and family to mourn their loss, and for them widespread sympathy is felt in their great bereavement. Unfortunately the two eldest sons–Malcolm and William–were absent from home when the sad event occurred; the former, who is travelling stock to the Melbourne market, is just now in the Dubbo district, N.S.W., the latter is at Clifton, near Cunnamulla, and of course could not reach home in time for the funeral, which took place on Sunday afternoon. The mournful cortege left Lyndhurst soon after 3 o'clock, and reached the cemetery about an hour later; it included the Hon. J. F. McDougall (deceased's brother), and other members of the family, and a large number of residents of the district, many of whom had come long distances to pay a last tribute to one so deservedly respected. The funeral service was conducted by the Ven. Archdeacon Matthews, of St Mark's.

The late Mr. McDougall was, we believe, an Australian by birth, and was only 49 years of age at the time of his death. He was son of the late Mr McDougall, of Balkhum Hills, near Parramatta, and brother to the Hon. J. F. McDougall, M.L.C., of Rosalie, and the late Messrs. Bruce, Donald, and Wallace McDougall. He had for many years been engaged in pastoral pursuits in this colony, and about four years ago purchased Lyndhurst, where he resided with his family up to the time of his death. The deceased gentleman never took an active part in public affairs, but any movement having for its object the advancement of the district invariably enlisted his support. Hospitable to a degree, and frank and honorable in his dealings, it is not surprising that he gained the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. By his death, this district has sustained a loss which it will be difficult to repair.

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'McDougall, Malcolm Septimus (1833–1882)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mcdougall-malcolm-septimus-25808/text33988, accessed 11 December 2018.

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