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Shaw, Edward Carr (1813–1885)

from Examiner (Launceston, Tas)

It is our painful duty to have to record the death of Mr. Ed. [Edward] Carr Shaw, who died at his residence, New Town, yesterday morning. The venerable gentleman, who was the second son of the late Mr. Bernard Shaw, of Dublin, was born in that city on May 6, 1813, and came to Western Australia early in the year 1830, but, not liking that colony, he was persuaded, after a few months' sojourn there, by the late Mr. James Lord to come to Tasmania, where he arrived in the last quarter of the same year. Shortly afterwards he settled in the Glamorgan district, first renting and subsequently purchasing the Red Banks estate. There he continued to reside till the middle of 1883, when he removed to New Town. He was appointed a commissioner of the peace in May, 1839, and a coroner in January, 1840; he was also for some years the warden of Glamorgan. Deceased was ever a consistent member of the Church of England, and held a seat in the synod of that body, representing the parish of Swansea from the first establishment of the diocese. Mr. Shaw was twice married, the first time to a daughter of the late Mr. James Fenton, and sister to the talented author of the "History of Tasmania." She died in 1856. He afterwards married a daughter of the late Mr. Edward Cope. By his first wife Mr. Shaw had ten children, only four of whom, however, are surviving, three sons and one daughter, the eldest being Mr. Bernard Shaw, Secretary of Mines. By his second wife deceased had one daughter, who survives.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, the body being interred at Swansea. Deceased had for some time past been breaking up, his death being caused solely by physical decay. Mr. Shaw by his honesty, integrity, and general demeanour had won for himself the esteem of all with whom his long colonial experience brought him in contact, and his death has caused profound regret among a large circle of friends.

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'Shaw, Edward Carr (1813–1885)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/shaw-edward-carr-18357/text29995, accessed 22 November 2017.

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