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McManus, Patrick Bernard (Paddy) (1868–1898)

The deepest regret was expressed in Kanowna on Saturday morning when the death was announced of Mr P. [Patrick Bernard] McManus, brother of the licensee of the White Feather Hotel. For some time the deceased was suffering from an attack of pneumonia, and early last week it was realised that death was inevitable. On Friday afternoon he rallied and regained consciousness; but this apparent improvement was only temporary, and he quickly relapsed, and died peacefully at about 5 o'clock on Saturday morning. In respect to the memory of the deceased the flags in the town and on the leads were flying half-mast high, the White Feather Hotel was closed, and other signs of mourning were to be seen throughout the town. The deceased was only 27 years of age, and he came to Kanowna from Coolgardie about four years ago. He had been successful in connection with a mining venture in Coolgardie, and when alluvial was struck at Kanowna he took a keen interest in the development of the leads. He held interests in several good claims, and he backed many alluvial miners who had not sufficient means to develop their claims. In fact, the name of 'Paddy' McManus was one to conjure with on the leads, and his death is deeply regretted by all the men.

The funeral took place this afternoon, and it was attended by many old friends of the deceased, including a number from Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The procession formed in Larkin-street, at the side of the White Feather Hotel, shortly after 3 o'clock, and the route to the cemetery lay along Isabella-street. The coffin was covered with floral tributes, some of the designs being most artistic. Many of the most beautiful ones were sent by the owners and employes of the Kanowna hotels, while others were sent by men on the leads. The order of the procession was: Rev Father Long in his buggy, followed by the Kanowna town band, who played the Dead March with muffled drums. The hearse with the neatly decorated coffin came next. The first mourning vehicle contained Mrs McManus, senior (mother of deceased, Miss McManus (sister), Mrs D. J. McManus (sister-in-law), Miss McCabe, Miss Higgins, and Messrs D. J. McManus, Mark McManus, John McManus, and James McManus (brothers of deceased). The next vehicle contained Cr J.F. Moore, of Coolgardie, an old friend of the deceased, and others. Then other vehicles to the number of 50 followed, making quite a lengthy procession, which was completed by 15 horsemen, while a number went to the cemetery on foot. Included in those who attended were the Mayor (Mr E. Tonniges), Crs E. Begg, J. Barry, T. Doyle, Greenhill, Doolette, and other members of the Council; Messrs Wilkinson, Schloo, Denman (Kalgoorlie), Bailey (Boulder), Mave, Maiden and party, Corn, Murray, Daniels, Faulkner, C. Walsh (Kalgoorlie), McKnight, Walsh, Davis, Joyce, Goodler, Pete, Wallace, W. Mallon, Gannon, Christensen, Smith (Moher and Smith), W. Batho, G. Sim, Gresson, Campbell (White Feather Reward), Cohen, Hourigan, Coles (Coles, Bell and Co.), M. Currie, M. Donnellan, D. Campbell, Davidson, McDonald, Siebeck, Spark, Westcott, M. Sanders, Stewart, W. Lowes, Ogilvie, Levy, T. Irvine, Mclntee, J. C. Auldjo, James, D. Casey, and Henderson, also Mr and Mrs Wyatt. The police force was represented by Constables Wilson and O'Brien, while the Cementers and White Feather Football Clubs were well represented.

The funeral service was conducted by Father Long.

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'McManus, Patrick Bernard (Paddy) (1868–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mcmanus-patrick-bernard-paddy-17548/text29229, accessed 17 November 2019.

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