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Palmer, Thomas Draper (1867–1934)

The death took place on Monday morning of Thomas Draper Palmer, after attending to his customary routine duties at Holmwood, about three miles from Dubbo, on the Old Dubbo road. He had left for town accompanied by Mrs. Palmer and daughter. After going some distance, Mr. Palmer said he would return, as he did not feel very well. On his return to his home he rested and, later, following an attack of illness, Dr. Yuille was summoned, and had not long left 'Holmwood' when Mr. Palmer collapsed and passed away.

Besides Mrs. Palmer, who is well known in the West for her charitable work, and as president of the local branch of the C.W.A., two sons Bryan and Norman, and four daughters, Florence (Mrs. J. Scott), Marjorie, Alison and Ruth, survive.

The late Thomas Draper Palmer was 67 years of age, (states the Dubbo Liberal). He was born at Bathurst, educated at Newington College and had been living in the Dubbo district for nearly half a century. In his early days, with a brother (William), long since deceased, he carried on business as a cattle buyer with success. He acquired the property known as Warrie Flat, situated on the Macquarie River, about 10 miles from Dubbo and in recent years, purchased Holmwood, where he resided till his death.

The late Mr. Palmer was married to the sister of Sir George Fuller. He was in his youth, an International Rugby Union footballer. One of a family of 12, his surviving brothers are Dr. A. Palmer (Government medical officer) J. O., Jack, Frank and Alf.

A service was held in St. Andrew's and the cortege left the church for the Presbyterian section of the Dubbo cemetery. The Rev R. H. Vines conducted the services at the church and graveside.

The late Mr. Palmer was one of the earliest members of the Picnic Race Club, being a vice-president. He was also a member of the Dubbo Racing Club, the P. A. and H. Association and Mechanics' Institute. Billiards was his recreation, and he was a frequent player in the Institute room. He had been the Patron of the Dubbo Rugby Union since its re-establishment two years ago.

A well-known breeder in past years of Shorthorns, he was a recognised authority on that class of cattle, and acted as judge at the annual Show. Sir George Fuller and Mr. Bryan Fuller (brathers-inlaw), Dr. Arthur Palmer (Government medical officer), Mr. Bryan Palmer (son), Miss Edith Fuller and Colonel Fuller (sister and brother of Mrs Palmer) arrived in Dubbo on Tuesday morning to attend the obsequies that afternoon.

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'Palmer, Thomas Draper (1867–1934)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/palmer-thomas-draper-16872/text28768, accessed 15 September 2019.

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