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North, Samuel (1791–1864)

As it was pretty publicly known that this gentleman had been suffering under a protracted and almost hopeless illness, the announcement of his death, which took place on the 4th instant, was not wholly unexpected. He was one of the oldest civil servants of the Crown in this colony. He arrived in the year 1826, as a lieutenant in the 102nd Regiment, and first entered the civil service in 1827 as superintendent of bonded warehouses. In 1829 he was appointed a police magistrate for Windsor, and performed the duties of that office until 1844, when he was appointed police magistrate for Berrima, the Legislative Assembly having refused to vote the salary for a similar office at Windsor. In 1848 he was sent as police magistrate to Carcoar, his appointment at Berrima having also been met by a refusal to vote the salary. Early in 1854, he left Carcoar, having been appointed Water Police Magistrate at Sydney, and in January, 1859, he was also appointed Shipping Master. These offices he resigned but recently, having served the Government continuously for upwards of thirty-seven years. On leaving Windsor, as also on leaving Berrima, the public esteem of his character and conduct was ex pressed in the shape of highly complimentary and valuable testimonials. As Water Police Magistrate—a capacity requiring some special qualifications—he exhibited shrewd intelligence and firmness when on the Bench, and appeared to carry with him the opinions of all the lay justices who at various times sat with him. To efficiency as a magistrate he added the courtesy and character of a thorough gentleman—qualities that gained for him among our citizens both respect and personal esteem.

The remains of the late Mr. North were on Monday consigned to the grave, at Randwick cemetery. The lengthy funeral procession which moved with the hearse from Crown-street comprised a detachment of the Water Police force, and many distinguished members of the community. Among others there were the Hon. E. D. Thomson, .the Hon. J. H. Plunkett, the Hon. R. Towns, Lieutenant Sadlier, Mr. W. Macleay, the Rev. Canon Allwood, the Rev. G. H. Moreton, Major Wingate, Captain Mann, Mr. Elyard, Captain Scott, Captain M'Lerie, and several officers of the resident consular service. The pro- cession was met at St. Jude's Church by Mr. S. H. Pearce, J.P., one of the church wardens, and the body having been conveyed into the sacred edifice by officers of the Water Police force, the Rev. G. H. Moreton read the psalms and lesson appointed in the church of England Burial Service. The remainder of the impressive service, at the grave, was conducted by the Rev. Caton Allwood.

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'North, Samuel (1791–1864)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/north-samuel-22613/text32208, accessed 25 November 2017.

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