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Onus, William (1846–1913)

from Warialda Standard (NSW)

A familiar figure which has been identified with the life of Inverell since the seventies — who has seen it grow from an obscure hamlet to its present size, and who has done well his share in its development, was removed hence on Saturday week, when Mr. William Onus passed away at his home in Otho Street. The late gentleman was a native of Richmond, in the Hawkesbury district, and was born in 1846. He arrived in Inverell in 1872 — 41 years ago: — and entered into business as a butcher with Mr Ambrose, as Onus & Ambrose, in premises now occupied by Mr. J. Slack, in Otho Street. Later, he was engaged in cattle dealing, in which he was particularly successful. In 1894, he took up Gravesend station, though he continued to reside in Inverell. The late Mr. Onus was a keen sportsman and was largely the back-bone of the Jockey Club in the early days, being not only a prominent official but a large competitor also. He was married in Sydney in 1865, his wife being Miss Emma Powell, of Sydney. There were eleven children of the marriage, seven of whom survive, viz, Messrs Sydney and William Onus (Gravesend), Alick (Toowoomba), Mrs. W. S. Johnstone (wife of the manager of the Bank of Commerce, Glen Innes), Mrs F. W. Parker (Gulgong), Mrs L. C. Lanagan (Horton River), and Miss Jessie (Inverell).

The remains were sent to Richmond for burial on Monday, in accordance with the expressed wish of the deceased, and were interred in the family vault. — "Inverell Argus "

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'Onus, William (1846–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/onus-william-24917/text33467, accessed 24 November 2017.

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