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Mitchell, Edward Henry (1847–1926)

Another of the grand old Hawkesbury natives, Mr. Edward Henry Mitchell, of Lower Portland, passed away on Tuesday last at the age of 79 years. Always known to his friends as 'Eb.' Mitchell, there was perhaps not a finer man on the Hawkesbury River than him. The son of John and Sarah Mitchell, he was born at Lower Portland in the house where he died, where his son, Mr. Owen Mitchell, now resides. Like his two sons, Tom and Owen, he was an enthusiast in the game of cricket, and was a player of note in his early days. He was one of the pillars of the Methodist Church on the Hawkesbury River, and gave the land on which the present Methodist Church is built, and was a liberal helper to the cause. At the age of 24 years he married Miss Frances Leonoria Cavanough, also a Hawkesbury native, and a member of an old and historic family in the district. They were married in the old Methodist Church at Lower Portland. His wife predeceased him many years ago. There are three children dead, and those now surviving are Grace (Mrs. Paull, of Sydney), Sarah Ann (Mrs. Alf. Watkins, of Lower Portland), Wesley (Sydney), Thomas Henry, and Owen John (Lower Portland). There was no more honorable or upright and fair-minded man in the Hawkesbury district than the late 'Eb.' Mitchell, and he was highly respected by a very large circle of friends. The funeral was a very large one, and left the house at 2 p.m. on Wednesday for the Methodist cemetery at Sackville. Rev. J. Scharkie conducted the burial service, and at the graveside paid a tribute to the deceased's upright life and his liberality to his church — the church of his fathers. Mr. Chandler carried out the funeral arrangements .

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'Mitchell, Edward Henry (1847–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mitchell-edward-henry-24110/text32934, accessed 15 December 2019.

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